Topic ID #38955 - posted 11/17/2017 8:36 AM

Director, Exhibitions Research with Indiana Historical Society

Indiana Historical Society

Director, Exhibitions Research

Educations & Exhibitions; Exhibitions

Senior Director, Exhibition Planning and Development


Full Time


This position is the lead researcher for exhibitions at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center as well as for traveling and off-site exhibitions created by the Indiana Historical Society. The incumbent conducts and supervises research using collections, primary and secondary sources related to topics in the IHS exhibit development pipeline. The Director, Exhibitions Research organizes conceptual/historical framework and writes white papers that serve as content guides for the exhibit team which helps further topic selection, interpretation, design, production, marketing and fundraising. This position also writes and edits exhibit text and labels, articles for publications and brochures aimed at diverse public audiences. The Director secures appropriate exhibit props and furniture, and will provide additional support to the exhibition process as required.

1. Plan and conduct research, organize and write historical content.
2. Manage research and writing integrity throughout exhibit development process. Work collaboratively with a cross-institutional team to select topics and images and utilize wide range of resources creatively toward the best possible visitor experience.
3. Serve as IHS liaison to outside partners of collaborative exhibition projects (e.g. The Indiana Black Expo, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, etc.) and stakeholders in the Indiana Experience projects
4. Translate research into a variety of formats for use by a variety of audiences.
5. Coordinate, borrow, purchase, and acquire period correct artifacts, documents, furnishings and props for exhibitions. Work with exhibitions team and historical consultants to determine what furnishings are needed and can be purchased/acquired or fabricated.
6. Work collaboratively with department staff, Senior Director, Exhibitions Planning and Development and area Vice President to maintain and periodically assess the storage of non-archival props and furniture.
7. Work with department staff and Senior Director, Exhibitions Planning and Development to periodically evaluate and maintain appropriate storage for archival items and non-archival props and furniture.
8. Assist with maintaining photographic documentation of all experiences and exhibitions and department portfolio of projects. Coordinate documentation and storage of all relevant project research materials, documents and electronic files.
9. Assist team with exhibit installations, collections management and evaluation.
10. Keep abreast of best practices in the field.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.
1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills for diverse audiences.
2. Strong research and critical thinking skills.
3. Understanding and knowledge of American history.
4. Team player with the ability to collaborate with cross-institutional professionals to share information and ideas.
5. Knowledge of ethical, legal, and copyright issues as they relate to historical research and use of collections.
6. Understanding of generally accepted museum education concepts, strategies, ethics, and standards.
7. Commitment to public history and reaching a variety of audiences in meaningful and effective ways.
8. Ability to work with various communities and constituencies for whom the story being told is important.
9. Goal oriented, with ability to think strategically as well as entrepreneurially to move IHS institutional goals forward. Able to manage other staff, interns and volunteers and to lead, motivate, delegate and supervise.

Wrist & Visual Stamina – Ability to type and focus on a computer screen for prolonged periods of time
(Incumbent must be able to meet physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Reasonability of requested accommodation is to be determined by IHS on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the ADA.)

MINIMUM: Master’s degree in History, Museum Studies, American studies or equivalent related field. Extensive experience with historical research, writing, and collections management. Minimum 3 years supervisory experience including budget preparation.
PREFERRED: Working knowledge of Indiana history and American history. Experience in developing exhibits and writing for publication, helpful.

The salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. IHS offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental, life and long-term disability coverage; employer and employee funded retirement plans with American United Life – OneAmerica; employee assistance program (EAP); Pre-Paid Legal Services; flexible benefits, and generous paid time off. Free parking provided nearby, staff discounts in the Basile History Market and the Stardust Café, and reciprocal benefits at other cultural institutions in Indianapolis.

Please send a cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, or Fax: 317/233.0857. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Indiana Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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