The Allen County Museum seeks a Director of Curatorial Affairs.

Located in downtown Lima, The Allen County Museum and Historical Society is made up of the museum facility, the historic MacDonell House, and a log house. The museum collection is diverse and relates to the history of Allen County. It includes an extensive Train and Transportation collection, Industry Collection, American Indian Collection, Mineral Collection, as well as paintings, ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, photographs, and historical clothing & uniforms.

Overview: As a key component to the operation of the Curatorial Department this new position oversees several key departments: Archives, Railroads and Transportation, and Education, that together create a dynamic work culture and will further enable productive collaborations within the museum.

Purpose: The Director of Curatorial Affairs is responsible for administrative, creative, and institution-wide efforts to steward the preservation, exhibition, and conservation of the permanent collection through assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. This includes identifying artifacts and narratives needed to strengthen existing collections, recommendations for the care and exhibition of the permanent collection, oversight of artifacts on loan, recommendations for acquisitions, and planning for present and future storage of collections. This position works closely with the Museum director and other museum departments in the planning and installation of all manner of exhibitions.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement a museum-wide strategy for the stewardship of the Museum’s collections; integrating care, research and access practices in the service of the staff, public, and researchers.
  • Work closely with the director and museum's curators to advance effective, integrated museum practices for accessions, exhibitions, loans, publications (both print and online), education and all aspects of storage, and environmental conditions
  • Serve as the senior member of the curatorial team, working with curators to plan and implement programs for the collection, including collection-related tours, collection installations, and education programs
  • Perform and oversee the registration and conservation of collections and library related materials.
  • Lead a Board-level collections committee whose purpose is to assist with selection of new acquisitions to the collection and explore new ways for the community to connect with the collections
  • Represent the museum to historical and art affiliated individuals and institutions on a local and regional level. Continue professional development in the museum field.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the museum director


  • Work with the director on special collections-related projects, fundraising needs, and grant opportunities
  • Develop and oversee the curatorial department budget
  • Oversee and respond to inquiries from the general public and stakeholders
  • Respond to requests for speaking engagements
  • Work with the director to plan exhibition schedules for the permanent collection and the temporary gallery
  • Oversee both incoming and outgoing loans; arrange for all transportation, insurance logistics, and handle all associated legal documents

Interpretation and Exhibits:

  • Oversee the writing of scripts, labels, articles, and blog posts about local history and museum collections
  • With the assistance of the Curators, provide content for museum website and social media
  • Assist assigned staff in planning and producing interpretive and educational programs
  • Give tours to general public and assist with programs and special events as needed
  • Provide training for staff and volunteers

Work Habits, Attitudes, and Interpersonal Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrates exceptional communication skills within a team environment; speak effectively and comfortably in public
  • Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented and well organized; flexible and adaptable; resourceful within a complex environment; considerate, respectful, collaborative and trustworthy

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise 3-4 curatorial staff members, plus volunteers and interns.

  • Minimum Education and/or Experience Required:
  • M.A./M.S./M.F.A. in museum studies, history, art history, arts administration, art, conservation, or related museum field. A minimum of 5+ years of increasingly responsible museum experience required.
  • Demonstrable experience in collections management software, specifically Past Perfect
  • Aptitude to readily familiarize yourself with broad collection that covers the history of Allen County
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office software skills, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs
  • Experience conducting primary collections research and online research
  • Experience with social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Possesses basic design skills, knowledge of fund-raising, and budgeting

Desired Education and/or Experience:

  • Previous work in American culture or related field, training in museum collections/techniques preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • Knowledgeable in database management, collections management and restoration.

Supervisor: This position reports directly to the Museum Director.

Skills and Abilities: Outstanding management and supervisory skills, a high level of initiative, creative and flexible problem-solving skills, and the ability to direct and motivate staff.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range: $40,000 plus employee health coverage; accrued sick and vacation time; the Museum participates in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Salary Range: $40,000

Job Classification:  Full-time, Salary

To Apply: Review of candidates and their application materials will begin immediately. Applicants should include a resume and references, a cover letter describing your interest in the position, and a statement of how your background meets the required qualifications.

Cover letter should be addressed to:  Amy Craft, Director, Allen County Museum and Historical Society, 620 West Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45801.  Send email packet to [email protected]. In subject line, reference complete last name and job title (Doe-Director of Curatorial Affairs).  Snail mail packets will also be accepted by deadline date.  Incomplete packets will not be considered. No phone calls please. Deadline for applications: March 6, 2019.

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Posted: February 6, 2019
Deadline: March 6, 2019