Exhibition Curator: John Hay Library, Brown University

Brown University Library seeks collaborative and innovative candidates for the position of Exhibition Curator.  As part of the Special Collections unit in the John Hay Library, the Exhibition Curator provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Brown University Library’s expanding exhibition program.

Working closely with faculty, students, and library staff and committees, the Exhibition Curator plans and manages a full program of exhibitions that reflect the scholarly, historic, social, and cultural interests of the University and actively promotes Brown University Library collections. The Exhibition Curator oversees the production of all exhibition design and coordinates all related events, publications, online resources, social media, and outreach. The Curator has direct responsibility for exhibition spaces throughout the University Library, manages intern and student labor, oversees all incoming and outgoing loans, and serves as head of the Library’s Exhibition Committee. The Exhibition Curator has curatorial responsibility for selected visual and ephemeral collections in the Brown University Library Special Collections.

Working across departments, the Exhibition Curator supports the user-focused environment of the Library through assessment, evaluation, design and implementation of user-driven services. The Exhibition Curator participates in appropriate organizations at the regional and national levels.


  • Masters in Public Humanities, Museum Studies, or related fields;
  • Minimum of five years professional experience working in cultural heritage institutions on programming and exhibitions;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current standards and best practices for exhibitions and collection management;
  • Ability to work in a complex organization with a strong user service orientation working independently and in groups;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies and social media;
  • Commitment to collaborative work and team building;
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills required;
  • Ability to advocate for and promote the collections to a diverse constituency;
  • Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession;
  • Current core technical skills commensurate with duties;
  • Grant writing and management experience preferred;
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at:   https://brown.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/staff-careers-brown/jobs and reference REQ126116.   Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration.  Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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