The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center seeks a Curator.

This position reports to the Director of Museum Experiences in the Museum Experiences department.

The statements below reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the major responsibilities of the identified position and are not to be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. An asterisk (*) indicates that this is an essential function of the job as outlined in the American with Disabilities Act.


The Curator is responsible for management of the museum collection as well as the temporary and permanent exhibitions that fulfills the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

  • Work with the Registration Department to develop a collection plan for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in accordance with the institutional collection policy.

  • Responsible for the development, management, intellectual integrity and care of museum collection.

  • Manage collection’s documentation with the support from the Registration Department.

  • Manage the display of museum artifacts in conjunction with the Registration Department.

  • Address artifact donation inquiries from potential donors.

  • Monitors the condition of the museum collections in regard to environmental control and monitoring, pest management, security and risk management.

  • Coordinate new acquisitions and artifact deaccession with the Registration Department.

  • Utilize collection management software to maintain artifact documentation and status.

  • Develop interpretive content for exhibitions.

  • Manages research queries and photographic and digital reproduction requests.

  • Manages all history-based requests for the institution.

  • Conducts new historical research for exhibitions, digital material, and more.

  • When applicable, serves as a spokesperson for the institution as related to matters of history.

  • Works in conjunction with the Director of Museum Experiences to plan for both short-term and long-term needs of the exhibitions spaces of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

  • Manage installation and de-installation of temporary exhibitions in coordination with the Director of Museum Experiences.

  • Works with the Director of Museum Experiences to create a temporary exhibition plan.

  • Conduct daily condition reports of the exhibition spaces.

  • Manage visitor experiences of exhibitions with daily attendance monitoring and surveys.

  • Provide digital content support for areas related to exhibitions, collections, and historical topics.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in History, Public History, Museum Studies or related field required. PhD in History with a history of collection management preferred.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with African American History and the Underground Railroad required.

  • At least (5) years of collections experience required.

  • Knowledge of collection management systems like PastPerfect, EmU and Collectify required.

  • Strong project management skills required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and remain flexible in a fast paced environment.

  • Ability to work closely with a team in a diverse environment.

Working Conditions: Standard office environment associated with position. Must be able to lift 35 lbs. Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time. May be required to perform other duties as requested or assigned.

Additional Information: Position is full time. Flexible day, weekend, and evening availability necessary. Must work some holidays.

Salary range: $44,000- $55,000

Job classification, Full-time, salary

To apply: For more information, or to apply, visit

Posted: May 13, 2021

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