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Job Opportunity: Sr. Curator of Programs

Lacey Simpson, Senior Curator of Collections for the City of Ketchikan Museum Department (Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center) has been promoted to Museum Director.  The City is now recruiting for the vacated position.  Please see the announcement below.

SR. CURATOR OF PROGRAMS – The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to administer the Programs Division of the Ketchikan Museums (Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center.)  A Bachelor’s degree with museum-related course work and at least three years museum programming experience are required. 

Applicants should be passionate about education, skilled leaders, excellent communicators, creative, community-minded, organized, and computer-facile (desktop publishing, graphic design).   Programs include a renowned Native Arts Program, interpretive tours for visitors of all ages, special programs connecting the public to the exhibits and collections, and the development of all publicity materials.  Additionally, the individual selected will supervise two permanent staff and seasonal interpretive guides; participate in planning, constructing, and installing exhibits; develop and manage budgets; and oversee facility management.

The City of Ketchikan Museum Department (Ketchikan Museums) operates two museums with a shared staff of eight.  We are a small organization, and teamwork and the willingness to wear many hats is essential.  The Tongass Historical Museum is a small community museum focused on the history, art, and industry of Ketchikan.  The Totem Heritage Center preserves 19th century totem poles retrieved in the 1960s from outlying Alaska Native village sites, as well as conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives.  

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry.  The climate is mild, but rainy.  Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.  The town is a major day port for cruise ships visiting Alaska; nearly a million cruise passengers call at Ketchikan from May through September each year.

Full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at http://www.egovlink.com/ketchikan/postings.asp?listtype=JOB or Ketchikan City Hall, 334 Front Street.  Direct inquiries and supplemental information to Lacey Simpson, Museum Director .  Position open until filled.

$4,086.12 – 4,602.97/month, DOE.  Generous benefits.  EOE/AA.

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