Position Title: Curatorial Assistant
Reports To: Curator and Deputy Director for Programs
Level: Full Time. FSLA Exempt
The Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, CT seeks a creative and dynamic Curatorial Assistant to help develop the Museum’s art and humanities exhibits and collections in order to create a vibrant, visitor-centered, and welcoming regional cultural center. The Curatorial Assistant will help advance the Museum’s humanities scholarship with the goal of inspiring civic engagement, fostering community dialogue, and celebrating the diverse history of southwestern Connecticut.
Core Job Functions:
· In collaboration with Museum staff, assist with collections and exhibitions research for the Fairfield Museum’s galleries, the 18th century Ogden House, and other properties managed by the Fairfield Museum.
· Assists with all areas of exhibition development, including participating in the
exhibition design process, attending exhibition development meetings, and researching objects, exhibition themes, and ideas.
· Helps to prepare interpretive content with Museum staff and outside curators and consultants, particularly in the areas of Native American and African American history.
· Helps to prepare loan requests and assists with image credits.
· Helps with installation and de-installation of exhibits, including moving, packing, and documenting objects. Helps to clean and maintain exhibits.
· Assists with the research and development of digital projects and online exhibitions.
· Works with Museum staff to help develop and deploy exhibit-related programming and audience outreach.
· Assists with ongoing visitor and exhibit evaluation.
· Assists with collections processing, cataloguing, database entry, maintenance, record keeping and research.
· Maintains a high level of expertise of regional history and related humanities, and keeps up to date on professional development and ethical museum standards.
· Performs other activities as required.
Applicants should possess creative energy, good humor, excellent scholarship, a passion for community, and enthusiasm for leading museum innovation and engagement. Additional desired qualifications include:
– Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, history, American, Native American, or African American Studies or a related field.
– 1-4 years of experience in a curatorial role in a museum or other cultural institution, or equivalent experience.
– Experience with exhibition fabrication, registration, installation, and handling of objects.
– Experience in research and interpretation, particularly in fields of Native, Black, and colonial history. Familiarity with archaeology and artifacts a plus.
– Experience in the application of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles and practices.
– Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
– Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.
This is a full-time, two-year grant funded position with the possibility of extension. It includes a comprehensive benefit package including health, disability, dental and life insurance, and employer-sponsored 401K. Salary is $42,000.
The position requires occasional evening and weekend hours and will require employee to lift, bend, stoop, walk, speak, and stand for up to 7 hours in a day. The Fairfield Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
Applications are accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to those received by November 5, 2021. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org.