Curator of History Objects & Fine Art Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC)
Job Posting: Curator of History Objects & Fine Art (Status: full-time, exempt; salary commensurate with experience, with range beginning at $45,000)
Cincinnati Museum Center inspires people of all ages to learn more about the world through science; regional history; and educational, engaging, and meaningful experiences. CMC is committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. We acknowledge how we’re alike and embrace how we’re different. When we work with empathy and equity, we can build a better community together.
CMC seeks a collaborative, curious, and dynamic Curator of History Objects & Fine Art to build and steward CMC’s collections, help create inclusive, future-focused strategies for collecting and preserving material culture, and participate in collaborative interpretation and fundraising. This position helps center CMC’s Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion values in its work and considers how to bring forward marginalized narratives, diversify collections, and broaden perspectives on Cincinnati history.
The Curator is part of a strong team of historians, archivists, and librarians and reports to the Chief Learning Officer; they supervise interns and volunteers. CMC seeks candidates from all communities, including but not limited to People of Color, Native Americans, recent immigrants and others interested in telling the rich stories of Greater Cincinnati’s people, past and present.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage, preserve, and facilitate access to collections by preparing, cataloguing, and storing objects, using collections management software, determining preservation needs, and responding to requests for object loans, research, and public inquiries. Participate in visioning, planning, and implementing comprehensive digital and community collecting strategies.
- Acquire history objects and fine art by meeting with prospective donors and partners, creating collections goals, selecting objects, and facilitating object transport and acquisition
- Working with colleagues across CMC, collaborate to create exhibits by researching content, advising on themes and messages, and selecting, preparing, and installing objects for safe display. Collaborate to create, review, and present education programs by researching content, advising on collections connections, helping deepen community partnerships, and presenting occasional programs and blog posts. Help plan and implement America 250 programming to best recognize the experiences of ALL Americans.
Education or Equivalent Work Experience
- Degree or equivalent work experience in American History, Museum Studies, American Studies, or related field; at least 3 years of experience in researching, preparing, and handling history objects, preferably including large objects and works of art.
- Additional years of related work or trainings accepted in lieu of degree/experience required.
- Familiarity with the history of the Greater Cincinnati region, including southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana is a strong plus.
- Keen curiosity and aptitude for learning and sharing new information; solid grounding in American material culture and analog and digital museum methods and research; broad knowledge of current trends in inclusive curatorship and interpretation.
- Strong knowledge of, commitment to, and experience with DEAI work, particularly researching and working with others to give voice to marginalized perspectives in history.
- Ability to forge strong and respectful relationships with colleagues, donors, and community partners. Experience working and presenting with exhibits and education teams is a plus.
- Experience in collections management databases, digital imaging, and increasing online access.
- Typical office setting, with occasional outdoor activity while moving objects and some driving to assess and collect objects and fine art. Regular and frequent computer and phone use; occasional work near heavy equipment, such as trucks and forklifts.
- This position can sometimes be physically active, needing to stand or sit for hours on concrete floors and climb ladders or stairs to shelve or install artifacts; position must lift at least 50 pounds individually, and up to 100 pounds with assistance.
- 40-hour work week with occasional evenings and weekends.
About Cincinnati Museum Center (www.cincymuseum.org)
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is nationally recognized and a national historic landmark. It includes the Cincinnati History Museum, Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. A 2009 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service, CMC welcomes 1.8+ million visits annually.
Apply at www.cincymuseum.org or by sending your resume to HR@cincymuseum.org