The Prescott Historical Society is seeking an experienced Curator of Exhibits and Collections to join its leadership team to oversee and manage departmental operations, budgets, and staff. This position leads the development and maintenance of all exhibits at the Sharlot Hall Museum, a 4-acre campus in downtown Prescott and its satellite Fort Whipple Museum. Responsible for the care and management of the Museum’s 40,000-plus objects collections including archaeological repository and NAGPRA collections.
-Oversees all aspects of collections management including registration, cataloging, storage, and inventory of collection items, and serves as point of contact for donations and loans.
-Develops and implements collections management policies and procedures including the Collection’s Management Policy, Collection’s Development Plan, Acquisition forms, Repository Agreements, and Loan forms. These policies align with best-practices outlined by the American Alliance of Museums.
-Leads the planning and implementation of museum exhibition planning and scheduling that will include but not be limited to: developing full proposal for exhibitions to be approved by the executive director in advance that include theme development/interpretation, object development [internal and loaned], shipping and insurance where applicable, proper handling and installation, exhibition design and budget development. This may include securing outside contractors for exhibition design and collateral support. All to be approved by the executive director.
-Coordinates with all areas of the Museum about new exhibitions in advance so they can plan around the exhibition(s) in order to develop programming, marketing, development, events/receptions and purchases for the Museum store.
-Coordinate with the development director to outline funding needs for both the exhibition schedule and funds needed regarding collection management and acquisition.
-Directs the evaluation of current collection exhibits and exhibit-related programs.
-Participates in budgeting for collections care and exhibits.
-Works with the development director regarding all grant opportunities, providing detailed information for those proposals. All grants are submitted through development department.
-Coordinates with Facilities on safety and security procedures and makes updates to the Emergency Preparedness Plan as needed.
-Collaborates internally and develops partnerships externally to extend the reach and impact of the museum’s exhibits and collections.
-Responds to scholarly requests and correspondence for research within the scope of the museum’s collection.
-Prepares collection and exhibit related reports and writes articles for publication. Some additional publications may be planned around special exhibitions and SHM timelines that promote the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.
-Gives public presentations and tours.
-Develops relationships with other curators/collection managers at regional museums as we further develop collaborative activities that align with the Smithsonian Affiliate opportunities.
-Supervises staff and volunteers working in collections.