Job Post: The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) seeks experienced Curator


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African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI), IA

The African American Museum of Iowa

The African American Museum of Iowa

55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, 319-862-2101

Curator Position: The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) seeks a dynamic and experienced museum professional to serve as full time Curator.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The curator will be expected to supervise a variety of interns, and temporary staff as available.

Key Responsibilities:

(Exhibition Related)

  • Conduct scholarly research to support annually changing exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions throughout the state. Write exhibition text, labels, and supporting promotional materials.
  • Manage exhibition content, loaned objects, insurance paperwork, etc.
  • Prepare and adhere to exhibition budgets.
  • Select and manage exhibition advisory committees.
  • Oversee and assist with all exhibition design and layout aspects, including signage, wall construction, lighting, object placement, etc.
  • Write grants that pertain to the curator function.

(Collections Related)

  • Function as Registrar, Collections Manager, and Archivist.
  • Manage all incoming archival and artifact donations, in accordance with the AAMI’s mission.
  • Monitor and care for the AAMI’s object, archival, textile, and photograph collections, both on display in permanent and temperate galleries and in storage. Monitor AAMI climate and humidity.
  • Conduct basic conservation work, as needed.
  • Maintain PastPerfect 5.0 museum records for archives, objects, photographs, oral histories, and library materials.


  • BA in history, museum studies, or other related field, with academic courses in African American studies preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, professional demeanor, and diplomatic skills.
  • Ability to successfully interact with internal and external individuals of diverse background, including donors, dignitaries, committees, and members.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.
  • Writing sample to be provided upon request.

Application Process:
Qualified applicants please send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Michael Kates at Application deadline is May 31, 2013.


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