Armstrong Air & Space Museum seeks a Curator.

The Curator is responsible for the oversight of Armstrong Air & Space Museum’s exhibits and collections functions in conjunction with the Ohio History Connection (OHC). All collections at the Armstrong Museum (AASM) are under the stewardship of OHC through ownership or loan, and the Curator is the main liaison with the registrars and curators at OHC to coordinate collections work at AASM. This position reports to the Executive Director and is a full-time, salaried position with full-time benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist OHC in processing site acquisitions, loans and transfers.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate preventative maintenance programs for objects on display and in storage, as well as exhibit elements.
  • Assist OHC in the care, assessment, and coordination of conservation efforts for objects (indoor and outdoor) and monitor any restoration process.
  • Adhere to OHC collections and exhibits policies and develop appropriate procedures for AASM.
  • Research and develop temporary, traveling, and online exhibits; research firms and costs related to their rental or fabrication and installation.
  • Review the museum's permanent exhibits, suggest corrections, edits, and updates; work in concert with the site director and OHC staff to enhance permanent exhibits.
  • Respond to research requests of both subject matter and of the museum's collections. Refer any professional research or survey to OHC.
  • Implement strategies to improve the museum’s accessibility for all visitors.
  • Improve housing and organization of three-dimensional and art storage in coordination with OHC staff.
  • Collaborate with internal staff, OHC staff, and other stakeholders to develop exhibits for the Museum’s expansion projects.
  • Participate in project teams, such as expansion meetings, and provide technical and creative advice and support.
  • As required, assist with pre-planning, set-up and strike for special events and rental functions.
  • Manage exhibitions and collections team.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and trains future staff including exhibits technician, interns, and volunteers.
  • Department Head.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Requires bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or three years of experience designing or fabricating exhibits and collections care. A general knowledge of air and space history is essential.
  • Language Skills: Requires the skills and abilities that allow for effective communication with the public and fellow professionals.
  • Mathematical Skills: Requires mathematical skills at the level to understand and prepare budget information.
  • Technical Skills: Knowledge of computers including Microsoft Suite and the internet.
  • Familiarity with graphic design, video editing, and computer simulation is preferred.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to work independently and on teams.

Physical Demands: Normal range of hearing, speech, and sight to communicate with a varied audience and/or staff, to record, prepare and communicate appropriate materials and reports.  Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, and other office equipment.  May require prolonged standing, sitting, stooping, bending, lifting or twisting.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer.  The Armstrong Air & Space Museum does not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, and veteran status, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law. 

Salary range: $32,000-$36,000

Job classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to: [email protected], ATTN: Curator position. For more information, visit https://armstrongmuseum.org/job-opportunities.

Posted: May 23, 2019