The Mount Clare Museum House management team is seeking an energetic, highly organized and creative museum professional to plan, develop, implement and oversee all aspects of the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibition schedule as directed and assist as necessary with site operations of Mt. Clare Museum House; an historic site collecting and interpreting American Art and Regional History as it relates to the Carroll family and their 18th century estate located in Carroll Park in Baltimore City.
The Curator of Collections & Exhibits develops interpretive exhibits, exhibit–related programs and publications, and is responsible for all aspects of collections management. Work will focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with staff, community organizations, and peer museums.
The Curator will research and promote scholarship on the museum’s collection, including provenance, the Carroll family history and the role the site has played in Baltimore and the region’s art and cultural history. Interpret works of art on exhibition in an engaging manner; think rigorously and communicate sensitively about the conception and reception of museum exhibitions. Conceptualize and plan the installation of seasonal changes to the permanent collection; install and rotate objects in the collection and refresh and upgrade installations as needed. Manage the storage and display of loans and related correspondence. Participate in decisions regarding new acquisitions and conservation of objects in the permanent collection.
The candidate is expected to develop collaborative projects that engage and build audiences, as well as participate in public speaking. Assists in the writing of local, state, and national grant proposals to support collections care and exhibitions; and contributes to the writing of materials related to exhibitions and interpretation. The Curator will assist in routine operations of the House Museum as necessary and directed. The Curator will work with staff to implement exhibit plans for the War of 1812 Bicentennial and work with the Curator of Education to organize interpretative programming to support the special exhibit, opening to the public on or about September 2012. The Curator will have an extraordinary opportunity to create a vision for the interpretation of the permanent collection, furnishing plans, and the installation and interpretation of special exhibitions in 2013-2014 as part of the continuation of museum’s commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial 2011-2015.
Three to five years of professional curatorial experience working in museums is required, including experience building and managing a decorative arts collection; administering a departmental budget; training and managing intern staff, volunteers and docent corps. Excellent knowledge of current curatorial standards and proven track record in creation of exhibits are essential. A concentration in Museum Studies, American Studies, American History or comparable field is preferred. Master’s Degree in Art History, American History or related field is desired. Relative experience may be substituted for educational requirements.
Must have working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management and tools, work organization and supervision; the ability to supervise, train, motivate and direct interns and volunteers; the ability to interact effectively with all age levels and cultural backgrounds; Must have excellent oral, written, computer, problem-solving and communication skills. Ability to work independently as well as an integral team member is desirable. Goal directed, results driven. Grant writing is a plus. Ability to lift 30 lbs, a valid driver’s license and vehicle required. Experience with PastPerfect software a plus.
The successful candidate will possess proven leadership and administrative experience with sound judgment and objective decision-making ability. This position requires strong knowledge of American art, American Decorative Arts, American history, current curatorial and collections management methodologies.
About the Company/Organization
Mount Clare is a 1760 colonial Georgian home built by one of Maryland’s leading patriots and one of our first state senators, Charles Carroll, Barrister. Mount Clare was the center of Georgia Plantation, a self-sufficient plantation with a diverse community. Because of its exceptional value in interpreting our rich national heritage, Mount Clare was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
The National Society of the Colonial Dames in America in the State of Maryland has been the steward of Mount Clare since 1917, and owns the museum’s collection of nearly 3,000 objects from the 18th and 19th century which includes paintings, furniture, and decorative arts, a majority of which are on display at Mount Clare. Today, Mount Clare Museum House educates the public about all aspects of life on an 18th century plantation including the lives of enslaved Africans and indentured servants.
The museum has one of the finest privately owned decorative arts collections in the country, most of which belonged to the Carroll family. It is renowned amongst scholars and collectors alike. The collection consists of English and Chinese export objects as well as many regional objects and furnishings from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
How To Apply
To apply for this position, send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
B&O Railroad Museum Attn: Mt. Clare Museum Search, Dave Shackelford 901 W. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21223
This position reports directly to the Site Manager and is a part-time 20 hour per week position without benefits.