Mystic Seaport Museum Seeking to Fill Two Assistant Curator Positions

Mystic Seaport Museum is currently looking to fill two Assistant Curator Positions:

In summer 2018 the Henry Luce Foundation awarded Mystic Seaport Museum a major grant to fund three new exhibitions from its permanent collections. As the preeminent US maritime museum, Mystic Seaport Museum stewards significant collections across all media in its mission to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience. The three Luce exhibitions seek new perspectives, scholarship, and public access to objects long hidden from view, and typically overlooked within the field of American Art. As part of the grant, two assistant curator positions will be created, each to oversee the development of one exhibition (the third exhibition will be guest-curated).

Luce Project Assistant Curator I is a full-time position for an eighteen-month term beginning in fall 2018.

Purpose of Position:
The Luce Project Assistant Curator I will lead the research and development of an exhibition with the working title of “Sailor-Creators and the Sea as Studio.” The Luce Project Assistant Curator will work directly with museum staff to develop a solid foundation in the history of sailor art. The Luce Project Assistant Curator is expected to bring their own perspective and ideas to the table to expand the museum’s interpretive approach to its collections.

Essential Functions:
· Develop content and plans for the exhibition “Sailor-Creators and the Sea as Studio.”
· Assist in creating a compelling presentation of the subject matter to diverse audiences.
· Engage with established scholars and professionals in the arts and humanities to curate the collection.
· Assist with the creative organization of the collection; recommend acquisitions for the collection.
· Work with Museum Staff to ensure the proper care, access and conservation of the collection.
· Promote knowledge of the collection through writing, teaching, and public speaking.
· Foster and maintain good working relationships with sponsors, colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum.
· Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
· Advanced degree in a discipline relating to American art, history, or visual and material culture, and two years of curatorial experience or an equivalent education and experience.
· Knowledge of maritime history is an asset but is not required.
· Broad understanding of professional museum practices.
· Desire and ability to build relationships and work effectively and collaboratively across departments.
· Excellent written communication skills across multiple platforms.
· Effective project management skills.
· Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams.
· Collaborative team player who enjoys working closely with other departments to create tightly integrated strategies.
· Keen analytical and critical thinking skills.
· Ability to balance competing priorities.
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time

Luce Project Assistant Curator II is a full-time position for an eighteen-month term beginning in early 2019.

Purpose of Position:
The Luce Project Assistant Curator will lead the research and development of an exhibition with the working title of “Immigrant Craftsmen and the Sea as Muse.” The Luce Project Assistant Curator will work directly with museum staff to develop a solid foundation in the history of sailor art. The Luce Project Assistant Curator is expected to bring their own perspective and ideas to the table to expand the museum’s interpretive approach to its collections.

Essential Functions:
· Develop content and plans for the exhibition “Immigrant Craftsmen and the Sea as Muse.”
· Assist in creating a compelling presentation of the subject matter to diverse audiences.
· Engage with established scholars and professionals in the arts and humanities to curate the collection.
· Assist with the creative organization of the collection; recommend acquisitions for the collection.
· Work with Museum Staff to ensure the proper care, access and conservation of the collection.
· Promote knowledge of the collection through writing, teaching, and public speaking.
· Foster and maintain good working relationships with sponsors, colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum.
· Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
· Advanced degree in a discipline relating to American art, history, or visual and material culture, and two years of curatorial experience or an equivalent education and experience.
· Knowledge of maritime history is an asset but is not required.
· Broad understanding of professional museum practices.
· Desire and ability to build relationships and work effectively and collaboratively across departments.
· Excellent written communication skills across multiple platforms.
· Effective project management skills.
· Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams.
· Collaborative team player who enjoys working closely with other departments to create tightly integrated strategies.
· Keen analytical and critical thinking skills.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time
EOE STATEMENT Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran’s status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.

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