Curator of Popular Culture

Recruitment #220706-E12B-16

Introduction

Job Title: Curator of Popular Culture  
Vacancies: 1
Compensation Range:$50,000 - $60,000
Location: Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture (OKPOP), Leadership Team, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Summary of Position: 
The Curator of Popular Culture is one of the primary content experts at OKPOP, responsible for researching, writing, and curating the organization’s many stories. This individual will focus on research and the crafting of written content to be used in exhibits, various media and programming efforts and will work with collections and exhibits teams to tell robust and diverse stories of Oklahoma’s impact on the world of popular culture.

Reporting to the Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management, the Curator of Popular Culture oversees the coordination of the museum’s storytelling plan, leading the historical research and content development effort for the organization. The Curator of Popular Culture is also responsible for maintaining OKPOP’s comprehensive database of Oklahoma’s artists and their works, creative industry professionals, locations, projects, and dates.

Working closely with exhibits staff and marketing staff, this position works to curate and develop an accurate account of OKPOP content and to write copy for use within various platforms. The Curator of Popular Culture assumes responsibility for ensuring presented content is accurate, relevant, current, and clearly communicated. This requires continued growth in understanding of the subject matter and the cultivation of strong working relationships with staff from other departments.

This position is expected to be a passionate fan of pop culture, capable of communicating and sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues and guests through a variety of media. This position works with the curatorial team to further the storytelling objectives of the OKPOP with respect to the many ways in which the museum’s stories are communicated.

• Manage all phases of content development, from research to the final written product
• Research and develop written content for short-term exhibitions
• Contribute research for panels, podcasts, and programs
• Coordinate with the Education and Outreach Manager to develop content for a wide array of educational programs
• Work with marketing and outreach team to develop content for social media
• Work with OKPOP Productions team to research and develop content for OKPOP’s inhouse media productions. This could include books, documentary and narrative films, oral history interviews, podcasts, or other programs
• Assist in writing and editing copy for marketing assets (print and digital), communication collateral, newsletters, social media, web assets, and more
• Understand diverse audiences and produce targeted copy that speaks to them
• Develop, manage, and adhere to editorial standards to drive brand consistency
• Supervise subordinates including part-time staff and interns in ongoing research and database development
• Support our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards
• Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments
• Work with registrar and collections staff to identify, recommend, acquire, research, and catalogue OKPOP artifact, archive, and prop collections
• Regularly meet with and report on progress to Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management
• Occasional special projects and other duties as assigned

All OKPOP staff are expected to:
• Represent and embody the values of the organization to the staff and guests
• Identify the needs of guests and take necessary measures to satisfy them
• Understand completely all policies, procedures, standards, specifications, guidelines and training programs
• Have an extensive knowledge of Oklahoma Pop Culture content, especially specific stories chosen by the organization as part of our permanent exhibitions and programs
• Communicate the OKPOP story with positivity and enthusiasm.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants at this level are required to possess a combination of both education and experience. Preference will be given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in history, art and culture, museum studies, journalism or a closely related field and at least two years of experience in various areas of journalism or historical research, especially if that experience involves pop culture. Preference will also be given to published authors, applicants with advanced degrees, or with specific entertainment industry experience.

NOTES

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