Topic ID #37854 - posted 12/29/2016 12:58 PM

Open Position: Director of Curatorial Services - National WWII Museum (New Orleans)



sarahsievert

The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Curatorial Services Department of 14 professional curators, archivists, collections managers, and registrar.  The Director of Curatorial Services oversees the development, curation, care, and use of the Museum’s 190,000+ artifacts including its signature collection of 9,000+ oral histories and personal accounts of WWII. Ranked the #4 museum in the United States by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth.

 

The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – www.ww2online.org  The Director of Curatorial Services will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

 

Specific job responsibilities include:

·         Oversee the development and management of the Museum's collections - establishing and maintaining intellectual and physical control of the Museum’s collections; overseeing timely registration, cataloging and digitization; and implementing and updating processes as necessary.

·         Establish and administer departmental policies, procedures and workflows to assure timely and orderly processing and management of gifts, collections, cataloguing, and record keeping.

·         Manage public access to the collections and oversee licensing of all materials by responding to requests from the public, staff, and other institutions for information.

·         Assure the Museum's premier collection of 9000+ personal accounts and oral histories is actively managed to best practice standards and continues to become more effective, diverse and nuanced.

·         Define, implement, integrate and sustain – in coordination with the Museum Technologist -  a seamless, efficient, accurate, and customer-oriented system of access to digital collections fully integrated among the collections management system, digital asset management system, and public web interface.

·         Actively partner with the Director of Education, Director of Research, and other senior leaders in the development and implementation of educational, collections, and exhibit programs and initiatives.

·         Inform the planning and development of Capital Expansion exhibits and facilities.

·         Actively participate in the development and preparation of sponsorship, grant proposals and other revenue-generating proposals to support educational and collections initiatives.

·         Provide strategic management to the Curatorial Services Department by developing and managing the department budget; providing long range planning; representing the department at management, senior-management, and inter-departmental working group meetings; and assisting in the planning of meetings for the Board of Trustees and their respective Committees.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

·         Master's degree in a discipline related to the American experience of World War II, including history, education, museum management or related field (Required)

·         7–10 years of related experience in collections management. In addition, experience with major collections management systems and demonstrated knowledge of rights, reproductions, and licensing are required.

·         Previous supervisory experience, strong problem-solving skills, and excellent communication skills are a must.

Interested candidates should apply online at http://www.nationalww2museum.org/employment/ or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.






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