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Director / Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications begins March 8th, 2017. Application review will continue until position is filled.
Carleton College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

Posting Details

Position Information

Organizational Unit Perlman Teaching Museum
Posting Number 13245
Job Title Director / Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Grade 13

Position Specifics

Classification Exempt (Paid monthly)
Status Full Time
If part time, hours to be worked weekly
Working Schedule 12 Months
Position Type Regular
If temporary please provide Start Date
And End Date
Position FTE 1.0

Position Summary Information

Purpose of this Position

The Director / Curator provides leadership in arts programming based in the Perlman Teaching Museum. A specialist in and advocate for visual teaching and learning, the Director-Curator oversees exhibit planning, develops strong collaborative relationships with faculty, and fosters and strengthens the pedagogical role of exhibitions and the art collection in the college.

This is a full-time year-round position.

Start Date: July 1, 2017

To apply, candidates will need to submit a letter of application, a one-page curatorial statement that addresses the goals of a teaching museum at a liberal arts college, and a resume.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities

• In consultation with the Arts and Exhibitions Committee and colleagues across the college, articulate a vision for the Perlman Teaching Museum and develop programming that connects art objects and artifacts to themes in the liberal arts.
• Plan exhibitions every term that feature loan and collection objects; usually centered in the museum, these can extend to satellite locations.
• Manage the exhibition projects according to professional museum standards.
• Coordinate and consult with other campus exhibitors, including the Curator of the Art in the Library Program.
• Collaborate with College Communications professionals to handle publicity for museum events and orchestrate publications complementary to exhibitions on an occasional basis.
• Be the primary steward of the college art collection, overseeing the care, use, and growth of the collection through targeted acquisitions and the cultivation of relationships with donors.
• Integrate students into museum operations through student employment, special projects, courses, and student exhibitions.
• Represent the college in the academic museum arena, contributing to innovations in best practices among teaching museums and college or university affiliated art museums.
• Develop collaborative relationships with other galleries or museums in the region.

Additional Job Responsibilities
• May teach courses related to Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices on a regular or occasional basis; such courses may be offered in conjunction with an exhibition, in collaboration with a faculty-taught course, or as a special project connected to the art collection.
• Initiate campus art installations or commissions, and collaborate with others in planning and implementing multi-media and multi-disciplinary arts events.

This position is supervised by the Director of the Arts and will manage staff comprised of the Museum Technical Director, a part time Museum Assistant, and student workers.

Required Qualifications

• Graduate degree in art history, museum studies, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated experience (3 or more years) organizing exhibitions and managing collections.
• Excellent writing and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications begins March 8th, 2017. Application review will continue until position is filled.


Carleton College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 02/02/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Quick Link http://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/3047

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Where did you learn about this opportunity?
    • Carleton Employment Page
    • Upper Midwest HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • The Star Tribune
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Indeed.com
    • Local Newspapers Northfield, Faribault, Owatonna
    • ThisWeek News
    • Professional society or organization
    • Other
  2. If you choose "Professional Society or Organization" or "Other" please let us know what the exact source is here.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curatorial Statement
  3. Resume
Optional Documents