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Curator of the Collection & Exhibits

The Museum of Boulder is seeking a Curator of the Collection and Exhibits. This person will be responsible for the care and maintenance of objects held in trust by the Museum of Boulder as well as contribute to exhibit coordination in collaboration with the Museum’s Curatorial Team. This role is responsible for a variety of tasks, including organization of the collection, storage maintenance, inventory of the collection, research and identification of artifacts. This individual will also be engaged with decisions and contributions related to the Museum’s exhibit space. The Curator/Coordinator will engage with other staff members, as well as individuals, museums, universities, businesses, and other entities on behalf of the Museum. 

We are looking for a seasoned professional with a demonstrated history of successfully managing the collection of a museum, and people as it relates to the collection, as well as a willingness to participate in the planning and execution of exhibits at the Museum of Boulder. The individual is expected to lead the cataloging, research, maintenance, acquisitions and deaccession process related to artifacts in the collection. As a team member of a small Museum team, responsibilities related to relationship building with other Museums and institutions, gaining sponsorship, coordinating special events related to the collection, and to exhibits will be expected, requiring the individual to act as an ambassador for the Museum of Boulder across the region. 

Leadership and participation in the Museum’s Collection Committee and activities related to the collection and exhibit is expected, as well as providing research and technical assistance to other museums in the area. Periodic preparation, presentation and tour leadership is a part of the responsibilities. There will be responsibilities of recruiting, hiring, managing and supervising interns, community curators and volunteers. 

Museum or other cultural organization curation experience is required. 

The Museum’s Primary Goals (as of 06/2022) as it relates to this role:

  1. Implement and maintain the communications, budget, timeline and reporting of the Boulder Strong project
  2. Implement and maintain the required communications, updates, timeline and schedule of any grants specific to the Collection, including the NEH and Community Foundation grant
  3. Spending time at the Collection facility to ensure that at least 5% (2,200) of the Collection items have been ranked on an annual basis.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities will include: 

  • Working with the Executive Director and Collection Committee to refine and implement the Museum’s Strategic Plan, especially Goal #2: Strengthening and Improving the Management of the Collection 
  • Excellent writing, speaking, organizational, and presentation skills, including writing grants and grant reports and communication with artifact donors and or artifact adoptees
  • Cultivating and stewardship of relationships with artifact donors, including researching, seeking and communicating for potential collection items
  • Using best practices, ensuring objects in the collection are safely handled, transported and displayed; noting flexibility with private exhibit loans, prioritizing the wishes of lenders and cultural sensitivity 
  • Establishing strong lending relationships with similar institutions 
  • Evaluating objects for how closely they align with the Mission, including the execution of a tiered system to assess the current collection and future accession. Criteria includes: historical significance; uniqueness; relevance to mission; representation of diverse stories; condition and subsequent costs of preservation, display and storage; value for exhibits or loans, etc. 
  • Overseeing the deaccessioning process, including establishing moratoriums, the method of disposal and transparent communication with the public, as well as collaborating with those associated with tribal historic preservation offices as it relates to repatriation and/or direct tribal object care
  • Identifying, researching and cataloging artifacts in the Museum’s collection, including accession, identification, description, provenance and donor information
  • Managing and overseeing the collection storage facility units and some onsite collection items at the main Museum
  • Leading and assisting with research, selection and preparation of artifacts for use in the Museum’s exhibits
  • Speaking publicly, providing research, and serving as a professional ambassador for the Museum 
  • Working both independently and collaboratively with a team, as projects require 
  • Managing relationships between donors, Board and Staff members, as well as community representatives
  • Managing the relationship and Memorandum of Understanding that the Museum has with the Carnegie Library of Local History (Boulder), the neighboring institution that maintains our historical collection of photographs and documents.  

 The Museum has a small staff, five full time and seven part time members. Administrative support is limited and team collaboration is essential. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Positive attitude and enjoyment of researching, studying, and working with a range of stakeholders, including community leaders, high-level corporate, government officials,Knowledge of professional museum standards, practices and ethics, including the understanding of artifact care, handling, preservation of historical objects, and preventative conservation practices
  • Knowledge of the history of Colorado and the American West
  • Five or more years of proven professional nonprofit experience of curation of a collection, including artifacts; implementing management, organization and experience of exhibit curation
  • Skillbase in curatorial specific software tools, digital camera, scanner and the Past Perfect, or similar database
  • Knowledge in the maintenance of the collection, including awareness of environmental monitoring and integrated pest management procedures for all artifact storage and exhibit spaces
  • Experience preparing artifact mounts and assisting with artifact installation and de-installs
  • Confidence in negotiating loans for exhibits; professionalism in the receipt and/or delivery of loaned objects
  • Demonstrated success in creating, managing, and strengthening relationships with multiple sponsorship sources
  • An ethical base, awareness and experience in unpacking and packing objects, including the preparation and documentation of condition reports
  • Established record of networking with other Museums, universities, businesses and leaders partnering with the Museum through its collection and exhibits
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as events and deadlines require
  • Considering the historical reputation of museums and their predominant roots in white colonization, we are especially hopeful for the interest of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) candidates for this role. Work with our collection and curation is directly related to historical record, research and BIPOC. We are working to eradicate systemic racism and creating meaningful change around hiring practices to ensure a more inclusive workforce.
  • Valid driver’s license/identification and the use of a personal vehicle
  • Bachelor’s degree in History or Museum Studies or related field is required
  • Must be able to lift, carry and roll objects weighing between 30-40 pounds

Work Environment: 

  • The Museum of Boulder strives to provide a work environment that encourages professional excellence, fosters productive and cooperative working relationships, and is conducive to the personal and professional growth of its employees. 
  • Each employee demonstrates a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Museum. 
  • Each employee is a valued member of a team that works together, meets regularly, plans, provides and executes quality products, services and commits to abide by the Museum’s Team Values and Expectations.
  • This position operates both in a large museum and gallery space, a professional office environment and at the separate collection facility
  • The Museum follows all current recommended public health guidance regarding COVID-19 and encourages, but does not require the public to mask. All current staff are fully vaccinated. 
  • Travel to other sites, including presence split between the Museum and Odell warehouse facility in the Boulder or Denver Metro region will be required. 
  • The Museum is a smoke and drug free environment. 
  • The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relation with all employees and contractors are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service, marital status, handicap, disability, or other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statues. 

Job Classification and Compensation: 

The Curator of the Collection and Exhibits Coordinator will serve as a full time employee reporting to the Executive Director. Competitive salary will be commensurate with experience (range of $48,500 – $54,000 for full time). Benefits include: paid vacation and sick leave, mileage reimbursement, monthly contribution towards health care coverage and a monthly retirement contribution after one year of service. 

Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@museumofboulder.org. At least four references will be requested following an interview. 

Donor Engagement Manager

The Museum of Boulder is seeking a Donor Engagement Manager. This person’s highest priority and responsibility will be achieving a significant annual fundraising goal developed collaboratively with the Museum’s leadership. The Manager will engage individuals, corporations, regional businesses, and other entities on behalf of the Museum.

We are looking for a seasoned professional with a demonstrated history of successfully developing relationships and raising major gifts from the Boulder and metro Denver community. The Donor Engagement Manager will play a critical role in increasing donor support and will act as an ambassador for the Museum of Boulder across the region. Museum or other cultural organization experience is ideal, but not required. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities will include: 

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with existing donors to increase overall retention and giving levels
  • Identify new, potentially significant individual, corporate, and foundation donors 
  • Initiate face-to-face solicitations with donors and other funders in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board members to refine the Museum’s development strategy
  • Manage relationships between donors and others on the Board and Staff 
  • Oversee the annual appeal campaign 
  • Work with the Executive Director and select Board members to create the Museum’s first planned giving program
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and current donors capable of increased giving
  • Collaborate with Staff to relaunch the sustaining gift campaign 
  • Meet frequently with the Board, Executive, and Finance Committees 

The Museum has a small staff, drive full time and seven part time members. Administrative support is limited and team collaboration is essential. 

Qualifications: 

  • Six or more years of proven professional nonprofit experience developing and implementing a major gifts program as part of broader successful fundraising efforts 
  • Established record of networking with community stakeholders, businesses and leaders in the Boulder and metro Denver region 
  • Demonstrated success in creating, managing, and strengthening relationships with multiple donor sources
  • Knowledge of a broad base of fundraising principles and best practices for ethical fundraising
  • Excellent writing, speaking, organizational, and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team, as projects require 
  • Positive attitude and enjoyment of working with a range of stakeholders, including community leaders, high-level corporate, and government officials 
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as events and deadlines require 
  • Valid driver’s license/identification and the use of a personal vehicle 
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree or fundraising certification preferred 

Work Environment: 

  • The Museum of Boulder strives to provide a work environment that encourages professional excellence, fosters productive and cooperative working relationships, and is conducive to the personal and professional growth of its employees. 
  • Each employee demonstrates a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Museum.
  • Each employee is a valued member of a team that works together to provide quality products, services and commits to abide by the Museum’s Team Value and Expectations. 
  • This position operates both in a large museum and gallery space, as well as in a professional office environment. The Museum follows all current recommended public health guidance regarding COVID-19 and encourages, but does not require the public to mask. All current staff are fully vaccinated. 
  • Travel to other sites in the Boulder or Denver Metro region may be required. 
  • The Museum is a smoke and drug free environment. 
  • The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relation with all employees and contractors are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service, marital status, handicap, disability, or other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statues. 

Job Classification and Compensation: 

The Donor Engagement Manager will serve as a full time employee reporting to the Executive Director. Competitive salary will be commensurate with experience (range of $75,000 – $83,000 for full time). Benefits include: paid vacation and sick leave, monthly contribution towards health care coverage and a monthly retirement contribution after one year of service.

Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@museumofboulder.org. At least four references will be requested following an interview. 

Instructional Designer

The Museum of Boulder is seeking a term position Instructional Designer (I.D.). This person will be responsible for designing and developing open-source curriculum about Colorado’s Black history for both onsite school visits and online ancillary support materials for learners and teachers. The I.D. is a temporary part-time position funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America for the project Reclaiming a Vanishing History, which will include an exhibit (working title Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History), collecting and archiving original oral histories, conducting original research and in consultation with the Boulder Valley School District, producing school curriculum. 

 

Student Research Assistant Position: Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History

The Museum of Boulder (“Muse”) seeks undergraduate and graduate students to assist in researching and collecting material for a forthcoming exhibit tentatively titled Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History (“PCBH”). The planned exhibit will run at the Museum of Boulder from Fall 2023 – Fall 2025.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work under the direction of a Muse-affiliated supervisor.
  • Assist in the gathering of data related to projects assigned, which may include but is not limited to conducting Internet research, conducting oral history interviews, and pulling, organizing, and/or entering data.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports on project research.

VOLUNTEER

Do you want to get connected in the community of Boulder, help preserve our history, and participate in awesome art and science projects? Then volunteering with the Museum of Boulder is the perfect fit for you!

No experience? No problem! We’ll provide all necessary training and support you in whatever position works best for you. All you need is a willingness to learn and an ability to commit for one full semester (approximately 4 months.) This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Boulder, get experience leading groups or working behind-the-scenes at a museum, and support a local institution.

We will be holding 3 volunteer information sessions in 2021. Dates to be anounced. If you’d like to come by and learn more about the museum and our volunteer opportunities, please fill out the short form at the link below and we will reach out with the date and time of the next open house!

Our greatest needs are as follows:

Gallery Attendants who can share behind-the-scenes info with our visitors and be present to oversee the objects on display

Tour Facilitators to assist with visiting school groups of all ages

Makerspace Attendants to spend time with visitors in our Google Garage, working with tools such as a virtual reality machine, laser cutter, and other hands-on activities.

Event Facilitators to help put on our community events

Exhibit Prep Volunteers who can help us when we change over exhibits (2-3 times per year)

We have plenty of other volunteer opportunities, as well, including more public-facing and behind-the-scenes positions.