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Exhibits Manager

Recruitment #24-006094-0001


The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC), is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill the position of Administrator I (Exhibits Manager).

This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to oversee all aspects of the museum’s research, interpretation, and presentation of African American heritage and practice. The incumbent will develop exhibition content and implement research projects and exhibition-related programs with a clear vision of the variety of needs for a diverse audience. S/he will also collaborate with colleagues, interns, volunteers, and community stakeholders to engage visitors in curatorial projects, services, and programs. Supervised by Curator of Collections.


Exhibition & Exhibition-Related Program Development

  • Creates innovative and dynamic interpretive content for permanent and temporary exhibitions, travelling shows, virtual exhibitions, and off-site projects.  
  • Writes exhibition/gallery guides, catalogues, press releases and other promotional material, hand-outs, reports, and articles that interpret collection and loan items.
  • Develops exhibition-related materials and exhibition-related public programs.
  • Conducts and produces research about African American  history, art, and culture with a focus on Maryland’s African American heritage.
  • Works closely with all levels of museum staff to develop exemplary interpretation and interactive elements that will enrich and connect permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • Develops compelling interpretation themes that are fully integrated into the missions of the MCAAHC and BDM.
  • Evaluates the aesthetic and historical value of collection and loaned items.
  • Researches and interprets the broad social significance, provenance, and specific use of items in the collection and those on loan.
  • Writes and edits publications (press releases, flyers, invitations, posts, etc.) across platforms and fields (print, digital video, social media, podcasts, etc.).
  • Assists with the design, build, and installation of exhibitions and maintenance of BDM gallery space.

       Exhibition Outreach and Instruction

  • Acts as BDM liaison for exhibitors and donors. 
  • Provides interpretive strategies for docents. 
  • Seeks exhibition partnerships and cultivates donor/lender relationships. 
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and insight for the effective integration of the African American experience in research, exhibition, or other activities throughout GOCI.
  • Writes newsletter and journal articles and catalog essays.
  • Assists with conducting tours.
  • Assists with planning and implementation of docent training.
  • Assists with development of exhibition schedule.
  • Leads exhibition team meetings.
  • Participates in BDM Exhibition and Collections Committee Works with the Curator of Collections to monitor the condition of collection items on exhibit and the environmental conditions of the exhibits.
  • Works with Curator of Education to develop educational themes to tie program offerings to exhibitions.
  • Works with the Curator of Education and  Outreach Coordinator to conduct workshops, tours, or other educational programs Assists with GOCI and MCAAHC programming and projects.

        Volunteer Supervision 

  • Supervises interns and volunteers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Curatorial Practice or related area from an accredited college or university.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 30 credit hours in museum studies and related courses. 

Experience: Three years of experience in curatorial practice. 


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

One year of supervisory or managerial experience.

Minimum of five years of progressively responsible curatorial experience in a museum setting. 

Knowledge of and experience with principles of research, exhibition development and installation. 

Ability to synthesize complex information in a manner that is engaging, inspirational, relevant, and accessible to the general public. 

Commitment to accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail. 

Proficiency in planning and organization.

Computer software skills including but not limited to MS Office, Pastperfect, various Adobe programs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The evaluation may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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