History Colorado - State of Colorado
invites applications for the position of:
Associate Curator of Business and Industry
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Acquisition, management, research, and interpretation of the business and industry collection.
Working to build a meaningful collection for the 21st century through the pursuit of a purpose-driven acquisition (with a focus on diverse and contemporary subjects), and deaccessioning program tied to institutional vision and goals and the development and implementation of an updated collection plan in collaboration with other curatorial departments.
Using a variety of approaches, including public presentations, education programs, scholarship, technology, responding to patron and scholarly inquiries, and collaboration with other departments and divisions to realize the collection's full potential as an interpretive and educational tool, a resource for understanding Colorado history and means to make history matter.
Improving physical and intellectual control of, and access to collection resources through processing and documentation in coordination with other curatorial staff and Collections Management and Registration.
Working with the Hart Research Library staff to provide and expand broad public access to collection resources through digital means and on-site physical access.
Actively participating in division and organizational strategic planning.
Promoting the mission and goals of History Colorado through cultivating and sustaining relationships with community advisory groups, colleague institutions, partner organizations, and scholars and researchers.
Participating in the collaborative, team-based exhibit development process which may include serving as a content specialist, collection resource, or exhibit developer depending on the exhibit project and team composition.
Serving as the primary curatorial contact for three of History Colorado's regional museums: Fort Garland, Fort Vasquez, and the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park.
PREFERRED CANDIDATE CAN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE:
The successful candidate will be a forward thinking and dynamic individual who possesses a passion for preserving and sharing the past and a belief in the power of original artifacts/documents/photographs and the stories they embody to engage people in making personal connections to history through research, exhibit experiences, and educational programs. A creative imagination, the ability to recognize and deal with sensitive issues and diverse cultures, and a willingness to step outside the traditional curatorial role are highly desirable, as are:
Broad general knowledge of Colorado history and the history of the American West.
Experience with Argus collection management database.
Knowledge of preventive conservation practices.
Successful grant-writing and administration experience.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team environment.
Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
Experience supervising volunteers and interns.
If you are considering a career opportunity with the goal of making a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of History Colorado. Our professionals inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. The History Colorado Center is a convenient location to downtown shopping, restaurants, and cultural facilities in the Golden Triangle district.
HISTORY COLORADO COLLECTION:
History Colorado's artifacts and original documentary materials are central to our educational and interpretive mission. The collection spans curatorial disciplines and typologies and, while recognizing there are issues and collecting goals unique to each curatorial area, staff works collaboratively to research, document, and preserve the people, places, and stories of Colorado
History Colorado collects in three main areas: artifacts, archives, and photography. The artifact collection is further divided into four curatorial areas: business and industry, art and design, clothing and textiles and anthropology and ethnography. The collection currently comprises approximately 250,000 artifacts, over 1 million photographs, and 8,000 linear feet of textual and
archival materials. The business and industry collection includes artifacts related to: agriculture, leisure activities, the military, mining, technology, and transportation including railroads and related tools and equipment.
For more information about the History Colorado collection, please visit: https://www.historycolorado.org/research-learn
HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence. We welcome responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Masters Degree in an appropriate field such as History, American Studies, or Museum Studies with specialization in a particular subject area or time period represented in the collection.
A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible curatorial experience working with business and industry related collections in a museum or other collecting institution with a public audience.
Ability to plan strategically and creatively.
Knowledge of museum collection standards and best practices and information management techniques and database systems used in curatorial and museum registration departments.
Good communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of scholarly research and writing and lectures and public programs for a variety of audiences.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse community groups, colleagues, scholars and researchers, and partner organizations.
HOW TO APPLY: Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line application by clicking the link
below or submit a State of Colorado Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental
questions according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a complete and timely
application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for
ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office
before the closing date and time listed above.
Periodic travel by car, van and truck to storage facilities and museums throughout the state, typically for periods of less than one week in duration.
Successful candidates must pass a criminal history background check prior to hire.
Associate Curator of Business and Industry Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. What relevance do history museums and the collections they hold have for contemporary
* 2. What is the role of a curator in the 21st century museum?
* 3. How would you go about surveying a large collection of farm equipment and determining
what to keep and what to divest of?
* Required Question
METHODS OF APPOINTMENT: Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.