The Curator of Historical Collections and Programs is responsible for the display and interpretation of the museum’s collection of decorative arts at the museum’s three sites, as well as for curating and organizing temporary decorative arts exhibitions in accordance with the museum’s overall exhibitions strategy. The Curator of Historical Collections and Programs is specifically responsible for overseeing the historic interpretation strategy of the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters (OTHSQ) and Telfair Academy. The Curator of Historical Collections and Programs works closely with the Executive Director/CEO and Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator to develop a compelling forward-looking vision for the future of the Telfair Academy. The Curator of Historical Collections and Programs also sets strategic plans and budgets; designs, implements, and fundraises for exhibitions and special projects; conducts scholarly research, writes, and gives lectures on topics of expertise; and serves as a visible senior representative of the museum to external constituencies to enlist their ongoing support and partnership.
The Curator of Historical Collections and Programs will lead Telfair Museums’ Legacy of Slavery (LoS) program, including the Legacy of Slavery Symposium, and coordinate the planned publication with the University of Georgia Press.
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
•Superior presentation skills and writing skills on a scholarly and academic level.
•Able to work a flexible schedule including, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
•Interest and experience in ongoing and in-depth study of 18th- and 19th-century American history and African American culture.
•At least three to six years of progressively responsible curatorial and art museum management experience.
•An MA (or Ph.D.) in art history, material culture, history, American Studies, African American studies, African Diaspora, archaeology, or museum studies.
Please provide the following as part of your application:
•Complete resume, references and including salary expectations.
•A cover letter addressing both your interest in Telfair Museums and your qualifications for this position.
•Indicate “Curator of Historical Collections and Programs” on the subject line of the email or in the body of the cover letter
•Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Mailed applications: Telfair Museums, Attn: HR, PO Box 10081, Savannah, GA 31412.
Job Posted: February 18, 2021