Director and Curator: Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University

Requisition Number: 309855

Range: PD

Level: 4

Salary: $56,416 – $62,000

Status: Full Time

Division: Sheridan Libraries and University Museums

Location: Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD

Contact: Human Resource Services: 443-997-5100

Position Summary

Homewood Museum, a Baltimore, MD landmark since 1801 and a historic house museum of Johns Hopkins University since 1987, is seeking a new director and curator (D/C) as it prepares for transformational changes in its interpretation and educational outreach. The university is seeking a visionary, energetic leader inspired by early Maryland history and the story of the Carroll family, with creation of connections to the current day and ideas for how a historic structure like Homewood can be kept vibrant and relevant.

Under the supervision and direction of the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums, the D/C oversees and participates in all aspects of Homewood Museum operations, including development of strategic vision; academic programming and educational outreach; collections care, curation, and interpretation; fundraising and financial planning; marketing; facilities; and fostering staff, volunteer, board, university, and community relations.

Essential functions:

  • Provides strategic, visible, and inspirational leadership to the museum, including the staff (1 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, 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 public engagement, creative collaborations, and multidisciplinarity (e.g. social history, public history, gender studies, Africana studies)
  • 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 Homewood Museum facility, which includes a privy outbuilding and an orchard.
  • Cultivates relationships with major stakeholders for the purposes of fundraising, including major gifts, for special projects and operations, and works with the Homewood Museum Advisory Board to help achieve understanding and strong support for the museum’s goals and programs.
  • Oversees the museum budget, including planning, preparing, monitoring, and administering, and recommends opportunities to grow and develop new revenue streams for the museum.
  • Performs a variety of public relations activities, including conducting special tours and giving lectures to various citizen groups.
  • Oversees recruitment, training, and supervision of staff, docents, volunteers, student interns, and guest curators.


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, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in pertinent fields such as architectural preservation, conservation of collections, registration methods and tools.
  • 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.

To learn more about Homewood Museum, please visit

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

To apply, please go to and post to requisition #309855.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at 443-997-5100. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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