Director of Collections and Exhibits

Museum of African American History, Boston, MA

The Museum of African American History is a small but ambitious and significant museum whose mission is to preserve, conserve and interpret the contributions of African Americans in Massachusetts during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum is comprised of four historic sites in Boston and on Nantucket Island and holds a collection of over 3,000 items. The Museum seeks candidates for Director of Collections and Exhibitions. In collaboration with the Executive Director and staff, responsibilities include: identify and implement best practices/policies in collections, exhibitions and research; participate in the development of a vision for the collection and propose acquisitions and deaccessions to raise the profile of the museum; develop, nurture relationships with scholars, museum professionals and collecting institutions; develop a vibrant exhibition program incorporating the museum’s permanent collection; research and write interpretive content for catalogs, labels, online database and scholarly material to support exhibits and contribute to the field; develop and present lectures, programs, gallery talks, and work with the museum education department to provide programs to the public; train, direct and supervise the work of collections staff; prepare and monitor budgets. At least two years’ experience in collections management in a museum setting; degree in museum studies, library sciences or related field; advanced degree preferred; proven knowledge of African American history a plus; familiarity with PastPerfect collections management software preferred; established communication, interpersonal and team building skills; strong attention to detail, high-level project and time management skills. Resume to Chandra Harrington at Posted on: 02/04/2016