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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Museum-Curator of Collections
Salary: $43576.00 Annually

Job Description:



Job Title:               Curator of Collections


Department:          Museum

Reports To:           Museum Director

Pay Grade:            N                                      Status:  Full time                         

FLSA Status:         Exempt


Position Summary:  This is a specialized, professional position which provides collections curatorial leadership, vision and planning, and oversees the museum collections management system.                               

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises selection, registration, documentation, exhibition, and storage of incoming and outgoing artifacts.
  • Oversees the management of the collection by maintaining appropriate records, supervising proper environmental control, directing and following professional standards and practices.
  • Develops policy and procedures for collections management as needed.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports as needed.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises collections interns, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assists with interpretive plans, education programs, exhibits, and other projects of the Museum.
  • Interacts with donors or potential donors and assists the public as needed.


Secondary Functions: Greets and monitors visitors, gives tours, and assists archive patrons as needed. Assists with clerical duties of the Museum.  Assists with the museum digital educational offering. Helps to maintain the physical standards of the Museum and other collections locations. Assists with disaster preparedness/security/emergency/safety plans for the Museum.  Provides leadership in collections, history and preservation in the community and beyond.


Position Requirements:

Education:  Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, American history, or in a relevant field.  Master’s degree in museum studies or history preferred.


Experience:  Three or more years of experience in supervision of museum collections preferred.  Knowledge of collections rules, practices, standards, and procedures necessary to professionally perform and manage a wide variety of interrelated and possibly non-standard procedural assignments and to resolve a wide range of problems using independent judgment.  Knowledge of materials and methodology of museum collections organization, management, and preservation.   Must have research experience.  Knowledge of Riley County history, the history of the American West, and material culture preferred.


Skills: Ability to coordinate multiple projects and deadlines, work cooperatively and conduct research is essential.  Strong computer skills and attention to detail are necessary.  Ability to use Past Perfect software preferred.


Supervisory Control: Ability to plan and carry out the successive steps guided by procedures manual and ability to handle problems and deviations from the work assignment in accordance with instruction policies, previous training, and accepted practices.


Supervisory Responsibility: Coordinates, assigns and supervises volunteer, intern and weekend projects as needed.


Guidelines: Professional standards, Riley County personnel policies, procedures and policies developed in-house.


Complexity: The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpretation of considerable data, planning work, or refining the policies, methods and techniques used.


Scope & Effect of Work: The work involves handling of one-of-a-kind historical artifacts and records that provide unique insight into the history of Riley County. The collections records and research conducted and preserved will be important to each succeeding generation of Riley Countians.


Personal Contacts: Contact with the general public, professional colleagues or community partners, and Riley County Historical Society members primarily through Museum visitation, telephone calls, and e-mail. Contact with fellow staff members to coordinate museum work across disciplines.


Purpose of Contacts: To meet the needs of the public in requests for information, in initiating a donation, or in providing a service such as a group tour, a volunteer opportunity or expertise in collections.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and depth perception.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


In performance of this job the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. On some occasions, this employee may be required to use protective clothing such as a hard hat, safety vest, ear protection, boots, gloves, safety glasses or face shield.  Use of personal vehicle may be required. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a moderate noise level.


Approved:                               Date:         



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2018-16

Open Date: 3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 5/1/2018 11:59:59 PM