26 Feb 2015

Full-Time Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Programming

Development Resources, inc, (Job Poster) – Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

This is an exciting time for the White House Historical Association. Under the leadership of a new President, Stewart McLaurin; the energy and catalytic impact of the leadership gift from David Rubenstein; and the leadership of a prestigious and committed Board of Directors, the WHHA is poised for expansion, increased impact and national outreach.

To help support this exciting future, the WHHA is seeking an experienced Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Programming. This individual will report to and work in partnership with the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Education Resources and Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History to manage and curate all a large collection of fine art and ephemera, including art related to the White House that have been commissioned by the WHHA or acquired, as well as the Decatur House collection of fine and decorative arts. S/he will play a key role in collaborating with peer institutions to develop successful exhibitions and public programs, as well as with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in maintaining the Decatur House.

Responsibilities will include:
Manage all curatorial efforts including research, maintenance, and exhibition of the White House Historical Association’s collection and the Decatur House collection.
Develop a strong working relationship with the National Park Service, the White House Office of the Curator, and the Executive Support Facility, particularly during temporary exhibitions at the White House Visitor Center; serve as key spokesperson surrounding these exhibitions.
Collaborate with the Senior Vice President of Education Resources to develop relevant and collaborative relationships to support future programming and exhibitions.
Build trust and facilitate communications with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in relation to oversight and preservation of the Decatur House and the collection.
Work with the White House Office of the Curator to research proposed acquisitions for the White House Collection by the Association, as well as identifying collections that contain White House-related objects.
Review, develop, and execute loan proposals with other institutions.
Manage special public programming increasing the creating and management of symposia, lectures, television programs, radio programs, musical performances, and other cultural events run and operated by either the WHHA alone or in collaboration with other institutions.
Stay current with trends and developing technologies in the field.

The Curator will have a minimum of four years of experience in a historical/educational institution with national reach and reputation. This individual will be sophisticated, personable, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented with the ability to manage a large collection of art and artifact. S/he must have a strong background in the arts, as well as working collaboratively across an organization, and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally. The successful candidate will have some experience with events in a historical home, museum, or other cultural institution.

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in history, museum, or curatorial studies preferred.
Experience assisting with the organization and maintenance of collections in a museum, historic site, or cultural institution including maintaining catalog records and providing administrative support.
Proven success as a curator, preserving artwork and artifacts, handling loans, developing exhibitions, and partnering with preservation/government entities.
Experience managing projects and programming, including managing vendors, working with partners, and developing, as well as implementing exhibitions.
Ability to direct and successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
Strong research skills with the ability to identify new opportunities and to stay current on best practices in the areas of curating and exhibition development/management.
Knowledge of collection management principles and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to work with external vendors and to serve as a strong representative of the organization.
Exceptional communication skills with a proven ability to communicate effectively with staff, colleagues, and external partners; must have strong written, oral and listening skills.

Skill Set:
Strong background in the arts with the ability to think strategically about programing at the WHHA.
Knowledge of collections management principles, procedures, and methods used in the handling, storage, care, lending, and preservation of museum or archival collections including thorough recordkeeping/cataloguing.
Deep knowledge of the curatorial and acquisition process, as well as exhibition planning, development, and implementation.
Ability to gain internal respect and build consensus among superiors, peers, and external stakeholders, partners, and vendors.
Ability to quickly and thoroughly understand and articulate the WHHA’s mission, programs, history, policies, culture, values, key stakeholders, and collections.
Ability to establish relationships related to program development that will increase visibility for the organization.
Sound decision making capabilities; excellent judgment and strong attention to detail.
An energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive work style.
Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with WHHA vendors; ability to respond to inquiries and disseminate accurate information regarding collections to staff, researchers, donors, prospects, art/ artifact vendors, and the general public.
Unimpeachable ethical standards, confidentiality, and personal integrity.
Strong critical thinking skills and complex problem-solving skills.
Intellectual curiosity and a passion for history; knowledge of American political and cultural history to assure accuracy of collection cataloging records and to respond to inquiries desired.

Questions, resumes and CVs should be sent to search@driconsulting.com

 

 


• Job Title: Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Programming
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Development Resources, inc,
• website: driconsulting.com/
• Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: art curator, arts education, director, and history. Location: DC. Job listing expires in 26 days.

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