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Date posted: September 20, 2015

Employer: Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Ohio

Position: Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costumes & Textiles

Job Description:
Responsible to the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions for the acquisition, care, and management of the costume & textile collection, as well as the presentation of those collections (onsite, offsite, and Online) in exhibits, programs, and outreach and engagement activities.

This position is classified as full-time professional and overtime exempt.

The MAC Curator of Costume & Textiles reports to the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions and coordinates with WRHS Division Directors, including the Director of the Cleveland History Center, Director of Hale Farm & Village, the Director of the Research Library, and the Vice President of Development for the presentation, care, management and stewardship of WRHS collections. He/she develops and cultivates relationships within the museum, local arts and culture community and donors. Public outreach and community engagement is an integral function of this position.

Responsible for the supervision of interns, volunteers, and consultants engaged in the preservation, maintenance and presentation of collections in exhibits, programs, and outreach.

1. Stewardship - of WRHS collections and management of collections staff, responsible for the organization, development, and implementation of collections care and management procedures for the costume and textile artifacts of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

2. Presentation - Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center and Curator of Collections & Exhibitions for the fresh, imaginative and ongoing presentation of WRHS collections in Cleveland History Center galleries.

3. Management - of WRHS collections stored and exhibited at other WRHS sites. Oversees collections care and management as it pertains to costume and textile permanent collections, special exhibitions, research, education and outreach, scholarly publications, and digitization.

4. Relationships - Develops and sustains relationships with the community to advance WRHS’s mission, vision, and activities.

5. Continuous Learning - networks with peers and maintains memberships in various professional organizations to remain current and to be relentlessly committed to the pursuit of best practices in collection care, management, and presentation.

6. Fundraising - Works with the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, the CHC Director, the President & CEO and the Development Department to secure funding for collection related activities through grant writing, sponsorship requests, requests for individual contributions, engagement activities, programs and tours, in-kind gifts and other forms of fundraising. Involved with the budgeting, funds acquisition, and long-range planning for the costume & textile collection.

7. Compliance - Responsible for the ongoing implementation and adherence to WRHS Collections Policies and Procedures.

8. Undertakes other duties as assigned by the CHC Director and the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.

The MAC Curator of Costume & Textiles is a professional position that requires an advanced degree in museum studies or American history, with a minimum of three years’ curatorial experience.

A proven track record in management and administration, knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices, as well as skill in conceptualizing, organizing, and directing projects simultaneously, and the interpersonal skills to effectively work with a broad range of people are required.

The Curator of Costume & Textiles must provide evidence of high quality written and verbal communication skills. Writing, including grant writing, and the ability to interpret collections and communicate knowledge relevant to the collections is also required.

This position represents the Society’s collections department both internally and externally and therefore requires demonstrated public speaking ability and professional demeanor and attire.

Learning agility is absolutely essential in a dynamic organization like WRHS. The incumbent must be comfortable with ambiguity, flexibility and have the ability and willingness to solve problems from different perspectives.

Personal characteristics that are essential include: flexibility, loyalty, respect, maturity, tact, diplomacy, originality, the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, creativity, enthusiasm, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of humor. An understanding and respect for organizational behavior at all levels is essential.

Qualified candidates must embrace and role model each of WRHS’s core values: Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, and Connectivity and work tirelessly to make WRHS the first stop for history in northeast Ohio.

Application deadline: October 16, 2015

Contact information: Send cover letter and resume to jwaterman@wrhs.org.