Collections Curator, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
The vision of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is diverse communities connecting across boundaries by knowing and valuing their own and each others’ stories of life, faith, cultures, and histories.
Our mission is to hold, honor, and share items and stories featuring the lived experiences and faith values of Lancaster Mennonites and interrelated communities.
The Collections Curator, within the overall mission of the organization, will strengthen the development, care, management, research, and interpretation of our material culture collections, and ensure accessibility and meaningful public engagement.
- Supports the mission, vision, and core values of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
- Respects the dignity and diversity of all persons
- Values being part of a team and collaborating
- Embraces an openness to change
- Thinks strategically and attends to details
- Enjoys interacting with people as a major aspect of work
- Communicates proactively and in a manner that fosters respect for one another
- Master’s degree in museum studies with an emphasis on curation, collections management, material culture, or similar
- Minimum 3 years experience in collections management, curation, and exhibit design
- Effective project management and organizational skills
- Excellent research skills
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to organize, present, and communicate messages effectively through design
- Strong computer skills, and knowledge of museum software (preferably Past Perfect)
- Ability to appropriately lead while also working well in a team context
- Ability to provide own transportation between campuses; mileage reimbursement available
- Successfully pass all required child abuse clearances and background checks
- Physical requirements: capable of seeing, walking, standing, and moderate lifting (25 lbs)
- Familiarity with material culture of Mennonites and Mennonite-related groups in Southeastern PA
- Familiarity with Indigenous material culture and history in Southeastern PA
- General familiarity with Pennsylvania and regional Mennonite history
- Basic fluency in reading High German text and the ability to transcribe and translate Pennsylvania German script
- Assess current state of collections on all campuses of LMHS
- Assure acquired artifacts fit within our collections management policy and that they are timely accessioned and cataloged
- Research, develop, lead, and produce exhibits that make our collections accessible to the general public, educate, and tell compelling stories
- Monitor, maintain, and preserve existing artifact collections
- Collaborate with Retail Specialist to develop collections- and exhibit-related products for sale in museum stores
- Maintain correct and up-to-date collection records through digital means.
- Recruit, manage, and thank volunteers and interns; coordinate staff assisting on specific strategic projects
- Manage and document artifact loans in/out and transfers to or from our museum sites
- Successfully represent LMHS at professional meetings, networking events, and through professional presentations
- Ensure artifact storage space is clean, well-organized, includes finding aids, and that our facilities are used in maximally efficient ways
- Serve as a member of the Leadership Team
- Work constructively with the Museum Committee
Salary: $52,000 with full-time benefits
To apply, please submit a resume/CV, a letter of intent, and contact information for three professional references by February 28, 2021. Those invited to interview should be prepared to present a portfolio as part of the interview process. Applications should be sent electronically to email@example.com.