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Associate Curator

Employment Opportunity

Description: The associate curator is an integral part of the collection services team acquiring, developing, and refining the artifact collection according to Historic New England policies and procedures. Historic New England is committed to sharing history from many perspectives. The associate curator will participate in the development of a new collecting plan that will critically analyze and reshape our collections and the stories they tell to be inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible. We seek new acquisitions that reflect a sense of place and identity and foster greater social consciousness about ownership in and shared responsibility for our collective past, present, and future. The associate curator works with the exhibitions task force in the development and implementation of exhibitions, formulates and implements exhibition improvements and furnishing plans at the historic houses, participates in Historic New England programs, shares knowledge, and promotes collections through publications and lectures.

Responsibilities: The associate curator works with the collection services team to develop Historic New England’s collections by researching, evaluating, and pursuing acquisitions through gift and purchase and refines the collections through judicious deaccessioning of non-relevant objects after examination and research. The associate curator provides curatorial support on documenting and cataloguing the collections and keeps abreast of the market through journals and auction catalogues to discover objects that relate to Historic New England’s properties and collection interests. They reviews proposals prepared by conservators and conservation fellows, and work in concert with them on the conservation and stabilization of objects in the collection.

The associate curator works with the exhibition task force identifying, developing, and implementing temporary exhibitions to highlight the artifact and archival collections and support the institutional vision. They works with the grant specialist to develop and write collection and exhibition related grants. They serve as the one of the public faces of the collection services team at programs, building the visibility of, support for, and participation in the organization. The associate curator regularly writes articles and news briefs for Historic New England publications, presents public programs, and represents the organization in activities in the curatorial and museum community and before the general public.

Qualifications: The position requires a master’s degree in history, art history, or material culture and specialized knowledge of American and European decorative arts and a minimum of five years job-related experience. The position requires experience with museums, the research and development of special exhibitions, and the production of scholarly publications; enthusiasm for working with diverse communities and individuals, engaging experts and the public in collection activities at Historic New England, through cooperation with partners internally and externally to reach, engage, and serve wide audiences. Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally and in writing is essential. Must be a skilled public speaker. A valid driver’s license and means of transportation are required.

Location: Primary office location is designated as the Haverhill Regional Office, Massachusetts. Some remote work is also an option. Candidate must reside in New England region. Regular travel to Historic New England’s sites throughout New England is required. Weekend and evening work periodically required.

Applications: Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.