Los Angeles Maritime Museum Seeking Curator

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is seeking a Maritime Museum Curator.  The job posting is below.  Note the closing date of April 11, 2019.

<b>Municipal Ferry Building</b> - The Ferry Building, Main Channel and Terminal Island.


$52,972.00 – $77,443.00 Annually
Job Type
Recreation & Parks
Job Number
2407 O 2019/03/29 R
4/11/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

$52,972 to $77,443


Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.


A Maritime Museum Curator performs professional curatorial work at a maritime museum; plans, organizes, and directs curatorial activities and educational programs; facilitates donations and loans of exhibits; supervises development and installation of exhibits (both on site and online); develops curricula for education programs; performs research necessary to present exhibits and programs; assists the Director with fundraising; conducts tours; and promotes interests in the museum via publications, presentations, the museum’s newsletter, website, and social media posts; supervises part-time staff and volunteers.

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in history, museum studies, or related field; and
  2. Two years of full-time paid professional experience in directing the curatorial activities of a maritime or specialty museum.
A Master’s Degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the experience lacking.


  1. In addition to the regular City application, all applicants must complete a Maritime Museum Curator Qualifications Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Maritime Museum Curator Qualifications Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions Section of the City Application. Applicants who fail to complete the Qualifications Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination, and their application will not be processed.
  2. A valid California driver’s license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for appointment to these positions if their record for the past 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major violation (such as DUI).
  3. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at http://per.lacity.org/Accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf (Download PDF reader).
  4. For qualifying work experience in Requirement #2, the term “professional experience” applies to positions that require possession of a degree from an accredited four-year college or university in order to obtain that position. Therefore, to be considered “professional,” experience must be gained in positions after obtaining a four-year degree.
Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity.


  1. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
  2. All application materials must be completed at the time of filling for you to be considered a candidate in this examination.

Applications must be received by THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs in the order that applications were received or by qualifications review. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Should a large number of qualified candidates file for this examination, candidate’s qualifications for the position of Maritime Museum Curator may be evaluated based on the candidate’s responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire. Those candidates considered possessing the greatest likelihood of successfully performing the duties of a Maritime Museum Curator based solely on the information submitted for qualifications review will continue in the selection process.

Examination Weights: Interview  – 100% 

The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of professional and personal qualifications by interview. In the interview, emphasis may be placed on the candidate’s experience, training, and professional development as they provide the knowledge of: the curatorial problems, procedures, and policies of a public museum-type facility; the principles and techniques applicable to the planning and development of exhibits in a maritime museum facility, including management of loans or donations of artifacts, including ships, ship models, equipment, photographs, navigational aids, textiles, ephemera, and other historical materials; Southern California maritime subject matter and the historical significance of maritime artifacts; the supervision practices and principles, including the laws and regulations related to Equal Employment Opportunities; and the ability to: elicit public interest and support in the acquisition and exhibition of maritime artifacts; communicate and interact effectively with staff, museum patrons, volunteers, community organizers and the public; work tactfully and effectively with individuals within the museum and in the community at large in order to promote the museum’s mission; and other necessary skills, knowledge and abilities.

The Qualifications Questionnaire will not be separately scored, but will be considered by the interview board in evaluating each candidate’s qualifications. Candidates may expect the panel members to discuss this information during the interview. Qualifications Questionnaires submitted by candidates on the day of the interview will not be accepted for presentation to the interview board. Candidates will be notified later by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interviews, which will be held in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of MAY 20, 2019 to MAY 31, 2019.


  1. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  2. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf (Download PDF reader).
  3. A final average score of 70% in the interview is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  4. In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22, 4.23 as applicable and within the required timeframe; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
Notice: If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage, as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
For additional information and FAQs regarding the City’s hiring process, please go to: http://per.lacity.org/index.cfm?content=employmenttestingprocess

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