The Southeast Ohio History Center seeks a Curator of Collections.

The Southeast Ohio History Center is a growing museum of regional history that focuses on southeast Ohio and its essential role in the story of our nation. The History Center’s outstanding collection of art, artifacts, archives, and photographs spans 12,000 years and is the result of over 50 years of collecting. The History Center opened in its new location in April, 2017 in the historic First Christian Church building in Uptown Athens, Ohio.

Athens is a dynamic, diverse community with a rich history. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Athens is also the proud home of Ohio University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory.

The Southeast Ohio History Center seeks an energetic Curator of Collections to oversee the display and management of the History Center’s collection. The Curator of Collections plays an important role in training and guiding collections volunteers and student interns, managing the collection, and helping to facilitate the installation of three to four temporary exhibitions a year. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, and be someone who works well in a team.

Essential Qualifications:

  • B.A. in History, Education, Museum Studies, or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in public history, museum education, collections, or related field
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking, and writing ability
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Passion for learning and sharing the history of southeast Ohio
  • Creativity, self-motivation, and the ability to coordinate multiple projects
  • Detail-oriented and takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and the general public

    Desired Qualifications:

  • M.A. in History, Education, Museum Studies, or equivalent experience in the field
  • Experience managing museum collections, including knowledge of collections management databases such as PastPerfect

    Essential Duties:

  • Manages collection records including Deeds of Gift, donor files, loan records, and digital records using Past Perfect
  • Serves as the leading staff member on the Collections Management Committee
  • Coordinates the processing of incoming donations, and identifies items for deaccession
  • Trains, recruits, and oversees collections interns and volunteers
  • Implements the strategic collections management plan
  • Monitors environmental conditions and housekeeping in the collections storage and lab
  • Monitors the exhibition space for problems
  • Manages the collections budget to purchase supplies necessary to protect 3D and archival collections
  • Executes loans for exhibits, including all paperwork and condition reports ensuring prompt return of materials
  • Works with the Executive Director to identify granting agencies and write grant proposals to support collections maintenance and development.
  • Works with the Executive Director to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate exhibitions


  • Serves as a security contact capable of responding in an emergency
  • Familiarity with social media management, graphic design, and marketing
  • Participates actively in the Ohio museums and local history community
  • Accepts speaking engagements on behalf of the History Center
  • Is available to give tours of the collections
  • Delivers excellent customer service
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Salary range: $16.00 - $16.50 per hour

Job classification: full-time, 35 hours per week.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Jessica Cyders at [email protected] by September 10, 2021. For more information, visit

Posted: September 1, 2021
Deadline: September 10, 2021

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