JOB TITLE:   Senior Curator


NOTE:     The Tulalip Tribes publicly announces that Indian Preference to hiring shall apply to the Tulalip Tribal job opportunities.



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Museum Studies, History, Native Studies, Library Science or closely related field and 2 years’ experience working in Museum Collections Management
  • Master’s Degree can substitute for 2 years’ experience preferred



  • Must have ability to manage curatorial staff
  • Must have skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must have excellent computer skills, MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, some graphic design experience helpful
  • Must be able to work evening, weekends, holidays and /or flexible hours as needed
  • Must have ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must know how to work with the Past Perfect Museum Collections Software
  • Must have collections management and conservation experience.
  • Must have skill in planning, organizing, leading and directing activities to meet established objectives.



  • 2 years of experience working on PastPerfect Museum Collections Software
  • 2 years of working in Museum Collections
  • 2 years of experience in designing and preparing Museum exhibition
  • 2 years of experience museum project management
  • 2 years of experience in grant writing


  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Have no misuse/abuse of alcohol/mind altering chemicals for a period of three (3) years prior to employment and while employed with Tulalip Tribes.
  • Must successfully pass a background & criminal check, character investigation and meet the eligiblity requirements of Public Law 101.630
  • Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • Must adhere to strict confidentiality of information seen or heard
  • Must have the tolerance and patience to deal with upset, angry, and/or frustrated people
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and/or flexible hours as needed or requested.
  • Must have a successful employment history with The Tulalip Tribes and/or other employment entities

Physical Characteristics and/or Prerequisites:

  • Manual and finger dexterity for the operation of personal computer, office machines and routine paperwork
  • Tolerance to be exposed to computer screen for prolonged periods of time
  • Stamina to sit, stand and/or walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Mobility to bend, stoop, and/ or climb stairs
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

Tribal Department:   Hibulb Cultural Center


Employee Classification:   Non-Exempt


Job Summary:  Working experience in all aspects of museum operations.  Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.  Develop, write, review grant proposals, journal articles, and institutional reports.  Provide information about the holdings to other curators and to the public.  Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote Hibulb Cultural Center developing internship program, help seek financing, and to maintain collections.  Participate in the development and training of curatorial staff.


Employee Reports To:   Cultural Resources Manager


Employee Supervises: Assistant Curator, Education Curator and Librarian


Extent of Job Authority:  Authorized to carry out departmental and tribal procedures related to job duties.


Specific Duties Performed:

  1. Develop, write, review grant proposals to support exhibits, care of collections and for Natural History Preserve.
  2. Oversee care, presentation, and interpretation of artifacts in the collection
  3. Make recommendations for the acquisition and deaccession in the collections
  4.  Works to focus the scope of the permanent collection
  5. Conceiving and searching out exhibitions to expand public understanding of particular art works, artists, movements and Tulalip Tribes culture
  6. Curating shows from the permanent collection for exhibition and travel in collaboration with HCC Manager, Assistant Curator, and HCC Staff.
  7. Conducting necessary research and scholarly activity in regard to curatorial duties
  8. Supervising and assist preparators with hanging artwork, and maintaining galleries
  9. Supervising and assisting with unpacking/packing artwork, artifacts for shipping and transportation
  10. Coordinating all transportation arrangements for exhibitions including rental trucks, insurance and travel
  11. Maintain all documentation of the collection and incoming/outgoing art
  12. Tracking expenses for exhibitions & collection related activities
  13. Work with Marketing Director to ensure correct and timely dissemination of information to the public regarding exhibits and curatorial programming
  14. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other museum institutions, community members, and Tulalip Tribes department personnel.

Disclaimer:  The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.