Museum Curator

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has immediate full-time opening for the position of Curator. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and references to: info@racingmuseum.net.

Position overview: Museum Curator
Department: Curatorial
FSLA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Director

The Museum Curator is responsible for exhibition development, installation, and maintenance of temporary and semi-permanent exhibitions; assistance to Collections Manager when applicable with collection, acquisitions, and conservation; responding to media and public inquiries about the exhibitions and permanent collections; maintaining adequate communication between the curatorial department and the Collections and Exhibits Committee and Board of Trustees.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities Exhibitions:

  1. Exhibition planning, development, and installation: Includes long-range planning; creation and maintenance of general and special exhibits annual budgets; researching subjects and scripting of exhibit storyline, panels and labels; designing exhibitions (overall flow, wall elevations, case layouts, object selection); designing exhibit graphics and labels; project management and working with guest curators, exhibit designers and preparators (as needed); producing marketing pieces associated with exhibitions, including exhibit handouts, catalogs and website content; working with Technical Services/Education to develop related interactive exhibits or programs; installation of artwork, display cases and accompanying labels; promoting exhibits with Director of Communications.
  2. Correspondence with Collections and Exhibits Committee and Board of Trustees: Answer questions and take suggestions from Museum Trustees regarding exhibition ideas, potential donors or lenders; discuss and review collections issues regarding acquisitions and major projects with Collections Committee and others, as needed; serve as Acting Secretary for all Collections Committee meetings and prepare the meeting materials, including agenda, before meetings, sending approved meeting minutes out to the entire Committee in a timely fashion; deliver Exhibit Report at Annual Board Meeting in August.
  3. Graphic Design and Editing: Assist with various graphic design projects and design signage, advertisements, etc., as needed for the Museum and its events; proofing publications, written materials, flyers, etc., before publication.

Qualifications: This Museum Curator position requires a B.A. in Museum Studies, History, or Art History with three to five years of experience in curatorial work. An M.A. in Museum Studies or related field and museum work experience is preferred. This position requires knowledge of collections management and exhibition development procedures, in addition to the ability to prioritize, delegate, and work collaboratively on major projects. A strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills are essential. Knowledge of the thoroughbred racing industry and history preferred. Computer skills required include: Microsoft Office, familiarity with maintaining and updating databases (PastPerfect for collections). Some graphic design skills and software knowledge (Adobe Creative Suite) are preferred.

Salary range: $50,000-$55,000

For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.

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