Museum Curator II – Curator of Statewide Services (PCN 05-4099)
This listing closes on 6/11/2018 at 5:00 PM Alaska.
Education & Early Development
Closing date and time
6/11/2018 at 5:00 PM Alaska
Libraries, Archives & Museums
Position Open To
Alaska Residents Only
This individual position is EXEMPT from the current hiring restrictions.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
Are you passionate about museums, and about preserving the history and diverse cultures of Alaska?
Are you interested in facilitating the development of museums and cultural centers statewide?
Do you have knowledge about the operation of museums and cultural centers and are you ready to share that knowledge with colleagues across the state?
The Alaska State Museum is recruiting for a full-time Curator of Statewide Services to coordinate museum services throughout the State. The position is located in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum building in Juneau.
This position represents one of the key functions of the State Museums – its main purpose is to develop and maintain programs that have a lasting value and build capacity in museums and cultural centers within Alaska. This position supports the growth, development, and excellence of museums and cultural centers by providing advanced technical support, onsite consultation and assessment, grant writing and administration of granting programs, coordination of interns, and engaging with constituents.
The Curator of Statewide Services responds to information requests from museums and cultural centers statewide, and from the general public, on a daily basis. Requests involve providing technical information and guidance that covers all aspects of museum operations including governance and ethics, development, collection management, exhibits, strategic planning, and program development.
The Curator of Statewide Services maintains engagement with the Alaska museum community through written articles, a monthly museum chat, a statewide list serve and multiple social media platforms. Additionally, the Curator of Statewide Services coordinates an in-house internship and volunteer program and a statewide internship program, creates professional development opportunities for staff at museums and cultural centers statewide, and identifies and applies for grants to execute special projects that build statewide capacity.
This position must travel for meetings, conferences and site visits on a regular basis.
In order to complete these essential functions, the person hired for this position must be able to:
- Use hands/fingers for repetitive motion such as keyboarding and turning pages.
- Communicate through speech, reading and writing.
- Speak on the phone and in person frequently.
- Read typed print more than 4 hours per day.
Our ideal applicant will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:
- Knowledge of the day to day operation of museums and cultural centers, to include collections, exhibits, governance, and strategic planning.
- Skill at program development.
- Ability to provide reference research and technical services on museum operations to a statewide constituency.
- Experience engaging with constituents through written publications, on-line forums, list serves and social media.
- Ability to work closely with professional and developing colleagues from across the state.
- Ability to provide onsite assessment and written reports to evaluate Alaskan museums according to national museum standards.
- Experience working with multiple museums across a large geographic area (such as a statewide or regional area) which encompassed a diverse array of ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Experience working with museums in Alaska is a plus.
- Experience writing and administering grants.
Applicants must supply a responsive cover letter that addresses their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as related to the traits listed above in order to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process. Please provide examples of duties from specific positions you have held which helped you gain the skill or experience. Applicants are NOT required to have experience in every area. If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so.
Master’s degree or certificate in Museology, Public History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Visual Arts, Art History, Conservation, or a closely related field; and one year of experience in research, study, and interpretation of objects; educational exhibit planning and design; or object conservation and preservation.
Bachelor’s degree in Museology, Public History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Visual Arts, Art History, Conservation, or a closely related field; and four years of experience in research, study, and interpretation of objects; educational exhibit planning and design; or object conservation and preservation.
Visual Arts includes both the Fine Arts such as painting, sculpture, and architecture and the Applied Arts such as textile or decorative arts, graphic art, design, photography, computer art, and similar areas but does not include the performing arts such as music or dance.
Additional Required Information
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they relate to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.
Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
A writing sample is required for this position and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Please attach a one to two page essay that provides technical information or guidance on ethics, collection management, exhibits, or strategic planning. The writing sample should be written like an article that might be released in a museum newsletter to constituents across the State. Please attach this essay to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘governmentjobs.com’ domains.
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The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
At the time of application, applicants must submit a professional writing sample
At the time of interview, applicants must submit the following documentation, if it is not already attached to your application:
- Names and contact information for three professional references who are familiar with your work.
- Copies of your last two job performance evaluations OR copies of two letters of reference written by your supervisors.
- Copies of transcripts for postsecondary and graduate education to document the minimum education qualifications (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
Name: Addison Field, Chief Curator, Alaska State Museums
Phone #: 907-465-4866
Fax #: 907-465-2806