Seeking a Curator for the 390th Memorial Museum

POSITION: Curator / Archives Director

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, salary

LOCATION: 390TH Memorial Museum, Library & Archives

SUMMARY

Supports the Mission of the 390th Memorial Museum by ensuring access to historical information for educational purposes that is both accurate and timely. Manages the operation of the Library and Archives. Upholds the highest ethical standards of a professional curator in developing, maintaining, and protecting the Library and Archives collections.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Primary point of contact for the accreditation process, ensuring that the museum goals are met regarding accreditation.
  • Monitor the condition of the physical artifacts within the museum’s collections.
  • Maintain policies and procedures to develop a world class Library and collections facility.
  • Responsible for the operation of the Library & Archives, including the development, organization, cataloging, maintenance, and security of the museum’s collections.
  • Supervises and coordinates the development of the Library and Archives databases.
  • Supervises interns and volunteers in accordance with the museum employee manual.
  • Determine the method of disposition of surplus materials to control collection content and size and to enhance revenue.
  • Assists museum staff, volunteers, and the general public in accessing and interpreting the contents of the collection.
  • Ensures prompt response by Library and Archive staff members to research and other requests from museum staff and volunteers, researchers and the general public.
  • Promotes the stature of the museum by assisting the Communications Director in the preparation of the history of the museum and the 390th Bomb Group in periodicals, books, and museum publications.
  • Evaluates and approves 390th Memorial Museum archive images in compliance with museum policy and U.S. Copyright laws.
  • Represents the Museum Library and Archives at professional and public events and makes presentations concerning the content and use of the museum’s collections.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in History, Museum Studies (museology), Library Science, or field experience related to the collection at the 390th Memorial Museum, or comparable work experience.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Knowledge and understanding of archival principles, methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Background knowledge and appreciation of aviation and aerospace history.
  • Knowledge of archival records management, principles, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, principles, and procedures.
  • Skills in the configuration and use of computerized database programs.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional and ethical museum standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Extensive knowledge of acquisition processes to obtain archival materials.
  • Skill and ability to manage a diverse full time and volunteer workforce, deal with the general public, and coordinate with government and civilian agencies using tact and diplomacy.
  • Intermediate computer skills and knowledge.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work may be performed in an office, the museum, the museum library, or a field environment. Moderate physical activity. The museum is a non-smoking, drug-free environment.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Alex Wright, Executive Director, at director@390th.org

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