Position: The Virginia Historical Society seeks a creative, scholarly, team-oriented, and guest-focused individual for the position of Curator of Exhibitions. This individual serves as part of the Exhibitions and Publications Division, reports directly to the Vice President for Exhibitions and Publications, and will be responsible for imagining, researching, and developing exhibitions featuring the VHS collection of nearly 9 million items. The curator will also assist with the continued improvement of content and interpretation of the VHS’s existing long-term exhibitions. This work will be conducted either individually or as part of a team that may include the Senior Curator of Exhibitions or other scholars. The curator also works with staff throughout the institution to develop and deliver educational programs related to our exhibitions, assist in writing grant applications that fund exhibitions, develop content for use in publications and on the website, and serve as a spokesperson in promoting our exhibitions in the media and other public forums. The curator will also apply their research to the improvement of records related to VHS collections and work with Collections staff to evaluate proposed donations, purchases, and collecting priorities.
Critical projects upon the selected candidate’s arrival will include participating in the continued development, object selection, and writing of a 4,000 square-foot exhibition exploring the legacy of the arrival of the first Africans at Jamestown in 1619; the ideation and development of engaging 1,000 square-foot traveling exhibitions that will expose the VHS and its collection to audiences nationwide, and contributing to the development of a long-term exhibition plan that will be a critical element of the VHS’s upcoming strategic planning process.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in history, public history, art history, or closely related field, or a graduate degree combined with exemplary experience; demonstrated excellence in organizing compelling thematic exhibitions and conducting independent research; extensive knowledge of the history of the United States, Virginia, and the American south; thorough knowledge of industry best practices; and experience working with and handling historical objects.
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits package.
Availability: This position will be open August 1, 2017.
Application: Send letter of interest, resume with list of publications and past exhibitions, and list of references electronically to Curator@vahistorical.org. For additional information, please contact Andrew H. Talkov, Vice President for Exhibitions & Publications at 804-340-2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society is the oldest cultural organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. Located in the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia, the VHS houses its collection of nearly 9 million items and serves as the state history museum with permanent and special exhibitions as well as a vibrant portfolio of public programs.
The Virginia Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.