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Curator of Exhibits and Collections [The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 15, 1973 in job announcements |

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, a small awardwinning Evanston, IL offers opportunity to create exhibits that
engage the public and collaboratively interpret American Indian
and First Nation people’s art, history and culture; develop and
manage the museum’s collection of over 10,000 objects and
3,000 library materials; and promote the exhibits, collections and
other museum resources to the public. The Mitchell Museum is
one of only a handful of museums in the nation that focuses
exclusively on the art, history and culture of American Indian and
First Nation people from throughout the US and Canada from
Paleo-Indian times to the present.
Full-Time Exempt Position Title: Curator of Exhibits and
Collections
Job Description: To create exhibits that engage the public and
collaboratively interpret American Indian and First Nation
people’s art, history, and cultures; develop and manage the
museum’s collections; promote the exhibits, collections, and
other museum resources; and support the museum’s mission,
strategic, and operating goals
Reports to: Executive Director
Job Duties:
 Provide excellent customer service, promote the museum
mission and vision in all activities, work collaboratively with
American Indian and First Nation peoples, represent the
museum both within and outside the building, and work to fulfill
the museum’s operating and strategic goals
 Develop, research, document, and interpret collection of
over 10,000 objects and 3,000 library reference materials
covering American Indian and First Nation peoples in the US and Canada from Paleo-Indian times to the present concentrating on
the 19th – 21st centuries.
 Research content, develop concepts and interactive
elements, conduct audience evaluation, design exhibit and
graphic elements, prepare objects and images, and construct
and install exhibits
 Update docent training materials for each exhibit, monitor
docent tour quality and accuracy, and conduct tours for VIPs,
exhibit openings, and tour groups as needed
 Following professional museum standards, conservation
principles, and museum policies and procedures, manage and
preserve collection including recommending and processing
acquisitions and de-accessions, processing loans and research
requests, cataloguing, housing & storing objects, and managing
inventory
 Supervise interns, volunteers and temporary staff as needed
to assist with administrative, collections, research, and exhibit
work
 Write grants and corporate sponsorship proposals with
Executive Director for select collections and exhibit projects
 Other duties as assigned
Requirements:
§ MA in Museum Studies, Native American Studies, Public
History or related field

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