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Posted: 11/08/2016

Harbor History Museum

The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone that provides a gathering place and a sense of identity for our community. Established in 1964, the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba the Harbor History Museum was awarded a 501 (c) 3 status by the IRS, and began operating a Museum in 1976. In the summer of 2007, the Society underwent a re-branding to create the name that communicates the essence of our mission. “Harbor History Museum,” was established at that time. The Museum fulfils its mission and vision by providing a museum to the community and educational programs serving residents, visitors, researchers, and students. The Museum re-opened to the public on September 18, 2010 after conducting a capital campaign to build a new facility. The facility includes an 1893 fully restored one-room school house, a 65 foot fishing vessel currently under restoration, 7,800 square feet of exhibition space, and a 900 square foot library, research and meeting room. The Museum provides a variety of public education programs. Our core educational program is the Pioneer School Experience (PSE), which serves over 1,500 students every year. Led by a trained “school marm,” the children experience a pioneer school classroom complete with lessons, recitations, music, recess, and lunch. Children are encouraged to dress in period costume, and are provided with pioneer identities to support their learning experience. For our full-day programs, students also tour the Museum galleries and participate in “history mystery,” exploration stations. Our permanent exhibit features professionally designed exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and opportunities for hands on exploration of our region’s rich history and unique heritage. Artifacts, video kiosks, hands on exhibits, computer interactives, and a small theatre bring Peninsula history to life in our permanent galleries. In addition, the Museum provides 3-5 special exhibits throughout the year so there is always something new to see and experience for our members and visitors. We also provide monthly Third Thursday concerts, lectures, book readings, workshops, and film presentations.

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Professional Opportunity
Gig Harbor, WA
Starting at $30,000, higher with experie

The Harbor History Museum seeks a creative, scholarly, team-oriented and audience-minded Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, who will thrive in a fast-paced, vibrant environment. The Curator will envision a curatorial program, based in traditional methodologies for a 7,000 object collection along with a substantial archival collection and research library. In close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Curator organizes collection-based exhibitions, non-collection exhibitions and exhibition-specific programs; Produces adventurous public programming, scholarly presentation and gallery texts, and interacts comfortably with various audiences. The Curator conducts original research on the collections, recommends acquisitions, develops relationships with donors and collectors, and coordinates HHMs collections planning; Works with HHMs staff to produce meaningful and exceptional programming.

Key Responsibilities:

50% Collection Stewardship
Conduct original research related to HHMs collections and related exhibitions. Encourage and facilitate the use of Museum resources and collaborative programming with staff, committees, and general public, as well as community partners. Assist staff, docents, and members of the community in research of the Museums collections and exhibitions. In collaboration with the Director, assist in the redevelopment of an effective Collections Plan and lead/participate in the Collections Committee. Cultivate gift funds to support acquisitions and direct donations of relevant historical artifacts and archival material. Work with HHM staff and Collections Committee to make recommendations on new acquisitions for permanent collection, including undertaking research for attribution, provenance, interpretation, conservation, etc., and manage deaccessioning process.

30% Exhibitions
Provide curatorial leadership and work collaboratively with others at the Museum and in the community to develop and curate rigorous exhibitions (large and small) using holdings from HHMs collection, as well as loaned objects that will engage existing and targeted audiences. Secure foundation, corporate, and private funding for ambitious exhibitions. Under the direction of the Executive Director, develop curatorial budget and multi-year exhibition schedule.
Will lead, facilitate, curate, and fabricate Museum exhibitions (art and historical).

20% Outreach and Education
Collaborate with HHM staff in the creation and management of interpretive strategies, publicity materials, and public programs for a variety of audiences. Maintain active relationships with artists, community members, lenders, donors, and professional colleagues. Represent HHM at regional cultural initiatives and events. Lecture on and lead tours of HHMs exhibitions and collections. With Volunteer Coordinator, help train interns and docents in specific content areas and museum best practices. Assist in the oversight of the collections intern program. Motivate others in experimenting with new curatorial and museum practices to support a culture of innovation and collaboration to maximize audience engagement. Collaborate with Education Coordinator to link meaningful ancillary programs to upcoming and current exhibitions. Contribute writings for the publication of the Museums quarterly newsletter.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will be subject to regular performance evaluations.

Part-Time, Non-Exempt, 30 hrs/week. Starting salary range of $30,000-$35,000 based on experience. Will be subject to transition into Full-Time, Exempt with a generous benefits package. 

Job requirements:
*Bachelors degree in History, Museum Studies, Art History, or equivalent field; Masters degree preferred; A minimum of two years related professional experience required
*Knowledge of history, historical methodologies and museum practices *Demonstrated knowledge of budget applications required *
Exceptional computer skills *Practical experience using museum and archival based software (Past/Perfect, Star Museum/Archives, Stellant, etc.) *Proven ability to conduct in-depth, scholarly research and present in various formats *Ability to lift 45lbs, climb ladders, sit/stand for long periods of time *Valid drivers license

 Additional Desired Skills:

*Ability to practice history broadly with a specialization in an area of strength of HHMs collection, including and not limited to, expertise in Washington State history, Native American history, Scandinavian and Croatian history, and Pacific Northwest history

*Organizational skills as well as demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills

*Public speaking skills

*Ability to work independently and as a team collaborative

*Flexibility in working evening, weekends, and after hours are required by the position

*Enthusiasm toward your career



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How to apply
Please apply by December 31, 2016 to be considered. No phone calls please. To apply, please submit the following materials to the Executive Director, Katharine Hensler at katharineh@harborhistoryuseum.org: 1) A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) A current resume 3) A current CV (if applicable) 4) A short writing sample no longer than 200 words (optional) Please Note: Degree verification will be required for final applicants if a completed degree was used to fulfill a minimum requirement for this position. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You will be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position.
Katharine Hensler

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