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Senior Museum Curator

The Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee

Job Title: SENIOR MUSEUM CURATOR

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Position Number: 45000319 

Salary:  $34,501.48

Posting Closing Date: 04/24/2017 

The position is eligible for state benefits, including health insurance and paid vacation and sick leave.

For the full job announcement and to apply, go to https://jobs.myflorida.com/s/PgKSXk

The Museum of Florida History, Florida Department of State, seeks an experienced museum curator to join the staff of the AAM-accredited state history museum.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • At the historic house museums known as the Knott House Museum and The Grove Museum, serve as curator and collections manager; includes planning and coordinating the maintenance of collections and collections databases. Perform research and documentation on these collections, which may include condition reporting, cataloging, photographing, scanning, marking, and inventory. Work with staff/volunteers on collections management projects. Participate in the installation of exhibits. This involves working with curatorial and other museum staff and may include preparing mounts, framing, painting, etc. Research and respond to public requests for information on objects in these collections, as well as for historical information, object identification, and methods of preservation. This may include providing occasional tours/programs for the public.
  • Assist in the maintenance of Museum of Florida History (MFH) collections and collections database. Perform research and documentation on MFH collections, which may include condition reporting, cataloging, photographing, scanning, marking, and inventory. Work with staff/volunteers on collections management projects. Participate in the installation of MFH exhibits. This involves working with curatorial and other museum staff and may include preparing mounts, framing, painting, etc. Research and respond to public requests for information on objects in the MFH collection, as well as for historical information, object identification, and methods of preservation. This may include providing occasional programs for the public. Serve on MFH Collections Committee, providing written and/or verbal input on acquisitions and/or policy to assist Committee members in their discussions.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including assisting in the maintenance of museum objects, exhibits, reference materials, library, assisting at the Museum's public events, and overall administrative assistance.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s Degree in History, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Humanities, Public History, Museum Studies or related field.
  • Two years full time (4,160 hours) working, interning or volunteering in a museum, preferably a history museum, with at least one year full time (2,080 hours) working with collections.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of American history, obtained through course work or on the job
  • Knowledge of a variety of historical artifacts
  • Knowledge of museum terminology and programs
  • Knowledge of techniques used in conducting research
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of artifact care, conservation, and exhibition
  • Knowledge of museum exhibit planning and implementation
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communication
  • Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to collect and maintain artifacts
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and interpret historical objects
  • Ability to photograph objects
  • Ability to proofread text for typewritten and grammatical errors and to make corrections
  • Ability to use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage
  • Ability to use a computer for word processing, collections research, digital image and audio data management, and preparation of exhibit plans, reports, and media presentations
  • Ability to organize information in a logical sequence
  • Ability to compose correspondence
  • Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous and effective manner
  • Ability to work with other people on projects and teams
  • Ability to organize and maintain paper and electronic filing systems
  • Ability to follow established procedures
  • Ability to communicate and convey ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, subordinates and superiors.
  • Ability to adjust your work hours during the morning or afternoon during emergencies if necessary.
  • Ability to work at other off-site locations such as Knott House or off-site storage.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

PREFERRED (NOT REQUIRED) KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Experience working in a history museum or historic house museum
  • Experience cataloging historical objects
  • Strong technology skills including Microsoft Office products and collections management systems

OTHER:

Position is located in the Division of Cultural Affairs, Bureau of Historical Museums

Open Competitive Announcement

Relatives of current Florida Department of State Employees will not be considered.

A criminal background investigation is a condition of employment for this position and selected applicant will be required to provide a social security number.

Application deadline is 11:59 P.M. on the closing date.

RESPONSES TO QUALIFYING QUESTIONS MUST BE VERIFIABLE ON THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please attach copies of any documents that are needed to meet the minimum qualifications for this position to this People First requisition. Examples of educational documents include: college diploma or transcripts, or high school diploma or equivalent.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: https://www.sss.gov

The Department of State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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