Curator – Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington – Washington, DC

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – September 2015

Title: Curator

Type of Position: Fulltime, Exempt

Education & Experience: M.A. in museum studies, modern Jewish history, or American history. Minimum 5 years professional experience in a museum environment.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

Position Summary: Responsible for creating historical content of JHSGW’s multi-faceted current activities and planning for a new museum, including exhibitions, publications, public programs, grant-writing.

Job Requirements: Knowledge of American Jewish history and a strong interest in the joys and challenges of presenting and interpreting regional history through a national lens; interest in political history and public policy as they relate to history of the Jewish experience in the nation’s capital. Excellent historical research ability and communication skills, both written and interpersonal. Past experience working on museum exhibitions and with exhibition designers. Ability to work as part of a small but highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects and deadlines. Occasional weekend and evening hours.

Primary Responsibilities
– Coordinate development of core and temporary exhibitions for planned new regional Jewish history museum, projected to open in 2020. Responsibilities include project management, concept development, research, writing, and working with scholars, community advisors, and colleagues to create captivating, historically rich exhibitions and engaging visitor experiences.
– Create and implement community outreach initiatives related to exhibition development, museum collections, audience research.
– Oversee online exhibition development and coordinate traveling exhibitions.
– Develop historical content for in-house print and online publications.
– Develop and present walking tours and public presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
– Support development of museum collections through outreach to potential donors to the collection; conduct oral history interviews; identify and implement new collecting initiatives.
– Assist with grant-writing and associated development activities.
– Provide other assistance as needed to help JHSGW fulfill its mission and advance its programs and activities.
– Other duties as assigned by the JHSGW Director and Director of Collections.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is the region’s foremost destination and source for American Jewish history. JHSGW engages audiences through exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and its 1876 synagogue [the oldest in the area]. The current six-person staff works with a broad array of board members, community advisors, and consulting scholars to develop engaging historical exhibitions, public programs for youth and adults, and publications.

JHSGW is planning the move of the historic synagogue to a new site as part of a major real estate development project in downtown Washington, D.C. The new location will provide JHSGW with land on which to build an adjacent museum. Planning for this new facility has begun and is a major focus of all activities.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Laura Cohen Apelbaum, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society at Position is open until filled.

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JHSGW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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