Curatorial/Museum Specialist Senior Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Oversees museum collections or special collection including
managing, researching, cataloging, accessing and preserving, and
establishing written policies and procedures. Plans and coordinates
production of museum exhibits and conducts extensive research on
objects in the collection.
third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from
the Curatorial Specialist in that incumbents have management
responsibility for collection preservation and storage. It is
distinguished from the Exhibit Specialist series in that the primary
purpose of this series is research, cataloging and preservation as
opposed to exhibit design and preparation.
Examples of Duties:
- Supervises, trains, evaulates and coordinates the activities
- Oversees management of collection including handling,
preservation, storage, maintenance of retrieval system and
documentation; evaluates collection and determines priority of
- Develops and revises written policies and procedures for
care, conservation, safety, preservation, storage,
documentation, and use of museum collection.
- Plans, selects objects, researches and designs museum
exhibits; determines type and theme of exhibitions appropriate
- Plans and creates storage systems and facilities by
determining arrangement of objects and lay out of storage area
and regulating conditions such as temperature and humidity
according to curatorial standards.
- Determines most effective packing and shipping method for
collections and exhibitions including framing, packing and
arranging transportation both nationally and internationally.
- Determines insurance values for works of art and assures
that all works of art, either in house or traveling, are
properly insured; assesses risks associated with lending and
- Catalogs museum objects; develops and maintains computerized
record/retrieval system of collection; oversees and assists with
documentation, inventory, accession and cataloging of collection
and all other useful information pertaining to objects.
- Researches museum objects in order to catalog and document
accurately; utilizes findings for instructional and
informational purposes; researches collection to find specific
object(s) upon request.
- Monitors access and use of collection; establishes necessary
policies and procedures on how objects can be photographed and
examined, for what length of time and conditions for loan of
- Maintains contact with collectors, donors, art institutions,
museum and university personnel in acquisition of special
- Develops special projects such as preparation of
presentations or lectures regarding museum collection.
- Prepares exhibition and catalog budgets.
- Trains and oversees work of students and docents.
- Writes scholarly papers and lectures, assists supervisor in
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of curatorial standards.
- Knowledge and skill in cataloging, conserving, accessioning,
and preserving museum collections.
- Knowledge and skill in collection and exhibit management.
- Skill in research methods.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Master's degree in Anthropology, Art History, Museum Studies or
related field AND one year museum curatorial and/or registration
experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Art History,
Museum Studies or related field AND three years' museum curatorial
and/or registration experience; OR, Seven years' museum curatorial
and/or registration experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of
experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills
and abilities have been achieved.
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