Director & Curator – Evergreen Museum

Classified title: Director & Curator of Evergreen
Working title: Director & Curator of Evergreen Museum
Role/Level/Range: ATP/4/PD
Starting Salary Range: $60,000 ‐ $65,000
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 5pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus
Department name: 10000058-Evergreen Museum & Library
Personnel area: Libraries

General summary/purpose:

Evergreen Museums and Library, a Baltimore, MD landmark since 1856 and a historic house museum of Johns Hopkins University since 1952, is seeking a new director and curator (D/C) to advance its interpretation and educational outreach programs. The university is seeking a visionary, energetic leader inspired by early Baltimore and Maryland history and the story of the Garrett family to create connections to the current day and with innovative ideas for how a historic structure with collections like Evergreen’s can be kept vibrant and relevant to a wide range of audiences. Under the supervision and direction of the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums, the D/C oversees and participates in all aspects of Evergreen Museum & Library operations, including development of strategic vision; academic programming and educational outreach; collections care, curation, and interpretation; fundraising and financial planning; retail sales and marketing; facilities maintenance; and fostering staff, volunteer, board, university, and community relations.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic, visible, and inspirational leadership to the museum, including the staff (3 full time and several part time), many volunteers and docents and other staff in development and communications in the dean’s office.
  • Demonstrates interest in and ability to meaningfully connect with Johns Hopkins students and faculty, as well as community partners, by spearheading creative, engaging, multi‐disciplinary academic programs (academic teaching and co‐teaching, internships, residencies, faculty and student research support, lectures, symposia, etc.) and involving students from across campus in the curatorial and educational activities of the museum In collaboration with faculty members, develops dynamic and exciting exhibitions and programs that favor student engagement, public engagement, creative collaborations, and multi‐disciplinarity (e.g. social history, public history, urban development, etc.)
  • Produces publications that advance scholarly and public awareness of the museum and its collections. Works to ensure that the museum employs current and innovative methods needed to reach multiple demographic groups, and encourages increased visibility and interaction utilizing traditional, print, social, and other forms of new media.
  • Follows standard professional museum practices for maintaining the safety and care of museum collections and for securing museum collection records and archival resource materials.
  • Coordinates the management, security, and the preservation of the historic and architectural integrity of the Evergreen Museum & Library.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the library and museums development staff to cultivate relationships with major stakeholders for the purposes of fundraising, including major gifts, for special projects and operations; and works with the Evergreen House Foundation and Evergreen Museum and Library Advisory Council to help achieve understanding and strong support for the museum’s goals and programs.
  • Works effectively and collaboratively to support the activities of the Sheridan Libraries and Museums staff who have primary responsibility for the Garrett Library. Works with Sheridan Libraries and Museums financial managers to develop and oversee the museum budget, including planning, preparing, monitoring, and administering; and recommends opportunities to grow and develop new revenue streams for the museum.
  • Works with the Sheridan Libraries and Museums communications and outreach staff to plan and perform a variety of public relations activities, including conducting special tours and giving lectures to various citizen groups. Works closely and collaboratively with Private Events staff, who are part of the Sheridan Libraries & Museums entrepreneurial program, to support and build the private events program that is indispensable to the financial health of Evergreen Museums & Library.
  • Oversees recruitment, training, and supervision of staff, docents, volunteers, student interns, and guest curators.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Master’s degree in art history, arts administration, museum or curatorial studies, humanities or a related field; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive, professional experience in a museum, including at least two years in a management capacity.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in pertinent fields such as architectural preservation, conservation of collections, registration methods and tools.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of clear, scholarly writing, and public‐speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to research, educational collaborations, and scholarly content.
  • Demonstrated evidence of rigorous, creative teaching capability, and enthusiasm for working with students in and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrated success in grant‐writing, donor relations and other skills and experience related to fund‐raising.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, community outreach, and public engagement.
  • Ability to interface effectively and diplomatically with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to move projects forward, working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Regularly attend evening and weekend meetings and/or engagements.

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