Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
The Curator of Collections and Exhibitions manages and cares for the Vietnam Era Museum’s collections: accessions/deaccessions, loans, cataloging, management/care, and management of related insurance policy. Manages museum technology: upgrades and consultants.
Responsible for all curatorial functions: researching/developing/installing two annual exhibitions, drafting/proofing/designing interpretive materials, overall management of interpretive projects and researching/writing contextual information for grants, social media, exhibition websites, and educational initiatives. Investigate and develop opportunities for temporary special exhibitions in support of the Museum’s mission, preparing exhibition proposals 3-4 years in advance for review and related planning.
Manages our Wall of Faces, related research, and strengthens relationships with family members and friends of those it honors. Responsible for annual departmental and related projects budgets.
Importantly, the Curator is responsible for strategically guiding our collections and exhibitions towards a more inclusive reflection of the Vietnam Era. This position plays a central role in our Capital plans, primarily in designing storage and exhibition space. The Curator serves as a public representative for presentations and maintains/strengthens community relationships with donors, collaborative partners, volunteers, and the museum/academic history community. With this in mind, this position Co-Chairs our Museum Committee, a central part of our Strategic Plan.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and in support of staff related to the goals and objectives of the Mission and Strategic Plan: educational programming, marketing initiatives, development and community outreach/relations.
Founded in 1989, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam War Era and its enduring legacy with future generations. Our Memorial recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s Veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities. Our Museum encourages learning by exploring the Vietnam War Era through inclusive and objective exhibitions. Located in central New Jersey, the Foundation operates the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and the Vietnam Era Museum, the first and only museum of its kind in the country.
Qualified applicants will hold a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Public/Applied History, archaeology/anthropology, historic preservation, or a related field with demonstrable experience in the responsibilities of this position. Background in military history, the history of the Vietnam Era and American History through the present is highly desired. Demonstrated background with at least 5 years of experience in collections management/curatorial tasks as a paid employee in a professional museum environment is required.
The ideal candidate will have an understanding of best practices and the ability to balance those with the reality of practical applications, including budget, staffing and organizational structure.
A deep understanding of technology (website-based and computer) and its applications in a museum setting is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in all aspects of exhibition development and the ability to perform related graphic design work. Proficiency in CMS, specifically PastPerfect and other systems relevant to smaller museum collections. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 365, Google Suite, Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and WordPress. Experience with oral history projects, museum interpretation and program management is preferred. Grant-related experience with demonstrable success is also preferred.
Must be an effective communicator able to work well alone or in a team setting. Exceptional organizational and project management skills are required. Must be an exceptional multi-tasker who is detail-oriented. Qualified candidates will bring creativity, flexibility and passion to this position. Must be comfortable working with a diverse community and making public presentations.
As a critical member of a small, dedicated staff, the ideal candidate will be a “team player” with a proven track record of working collaboratively with colleagues, community members, donors, volunteers and Trustees. This position works collaboratively with all members of the staff, regularly supporting development, marketing and educational initiatives. The ideal candidate will thrive in a lively environment and must be comfortable adapting to changing priorities and opportunities.
This is a permanent, full time position. This position manages interns and related volunteers and reports directly to the Executive Director.
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000, based on experience and qualifications. The position carries a full benefits package including retirement, paid time off and employer supported health and dental insurance.
To apply: Email cover letter, resume and two writing samples (one exhibition text including final design and one social media/blog text) to email@example.com
Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.