The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is responsible for strengthening the state's competitive position in all areas of economic development, community development, tourism and culture.
The DECD invites applications for the position of Museum Curator 1. The position will serve to augment the curatorial team skills in the area of museum educational programming at all of the four museums run by the State Historic Preservation Office: the Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford; the Eric Sloane Museum, Kent; the Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury; and Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby.
This position will be based at one of the four museums and/or in Hartford and the successful candidate must be able to travel to all museum locations as needed to perform regular job duties. The position will report to the Director of Arts, Preservation & Museums.
- The successful candidate will work collaboratively with site staff to research, develop, test, market, schedule, present and evaluate mission-driven museum education programs that meet the needs of diverse audiences including pre-K, elementary, intermediate, high school and college students, as well as members of the public, including researchers, special-interest groups and museum visitors (both in-person and virtual);
- develop and assist with volunteer and seasonal staff training;
- assist with the development of exhibits (both on-site and virtual);
- work with museum staff to plan and present museum programs (both on-site and virtual);
- and interpret the history of the museums to the public.
Position Details: This position will be split between Hartford (state offices), but travel will be required to all four of the SHPO museums located in Canterbury, East Granby, Kent and Guilford, especially during the museum open season May 1 to November 1. This is a full-time, 40/hours/week position. While this schedule can be somewhat flexible during the closed season with up to 50% telework, weekend hours onsite at the museums will be required during the open season (May to November 1.) This position will work collaboratively with the five museum staff and the museum director to develop, market and present a coordinated set of educational opportunities for the various museums. Travel to the museums will be required and dictated by the staffing needs at the museums. Funding for professional development and conferences is available.
Benefits: We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a
) and 13G (3a).
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Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the State Library or Department of Economic and Community Development, Division of Culture, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in a museum or historical site involving the interpretation, conservation and exhibition of small historical museum collections.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs research required for exhibition of museum collections such as preparation of bibliographies or compilation of biographical information; abstracts or summarizes historical source material relating to museum collections or exhibits; monitors progress of contractors or preservation specialists engaged in repair or restoration of historic structures and museum artifacts; implements museum educational programs facilitating public understanding of collections; registers and catalogs collection items and new acquisitions; maintains museum records; prepares correspondence to interested groups and individuals concerning collections or exhibits; speaks before groups concerning museum and its collection; may assist in the development of brochures, guides and museum publications; may conduct small privately requested tours of specific museum collections; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of American history with particular reference to social, cultural and technological trends as reflected in museum collections and themes; knowledge of methods used in cataloging, preservation, restoration and storage of historic collections; knowledge of basic research source materials; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to perform simple historic research; ability to prepare exhibits of museum collections; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of professional museum experience with responsibility for preservation and exhibition of historical museum collections.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in American history, American studies, archaelogy, art history, museum studies or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Work Experience developing school programs for a museum in collaboration with classroom educators.
- Experience developing online education programs for public school audiences.
- Experience presenting online education programs for public school audiences.
- Work experience growing the number of onsite school visits to a museum.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.