Curator of Collections
Location: Frankfort, KY
Begins: Sept 1, 2022
Salary: $43,000. Fulltime with benefits.
Qualifications: 3-5 years experience in a curatorial role at a historic site, museum, or other non-profit organization. Master’s degree or equivalent in museum studies, history, public history, historic preservation, arts management, or related area
Timeline: Accepting applications through August 21, 2022.
Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS) museum, a National Historic Landmark on the Kentucky River in historic downtown Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, is seeking a qualified and dynamic candidate for the Curator of Collections position.
The Curator of Collections helps LHHS achieve its mission to serve the public by preserving collections and sharing stories that illustrate urban life in early Kentucky, examining the contributions of Senator John Brown and his family, and demonstrating the ways in which the people and customs of the past relate to the world today.
The Museum Curator is responsible for the day-to-day management and care of the historic collections, including the structures known as Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House. The Curator is the primary facilitator of the museum’s Collections Management Plan and develops and implements all collections strategies identified within the 2022-27 Strategic Institutional Plan. In accordance with museum Interpretive Plan themes and in collaboration with staff, the Curator creates the Museum Furnishings Plan and presents it to the Museum Properties Committee for approval. The Curator conducts and supervises research related to the museum’s historic objects, and in conjunction with LHHS staff, creates various forms of interpretive products, including public programs, permanent, and temporary exhibits. The Curator reports to the Executive Director.
Liberty Hall and Orlando Brown House Conservation
In compliance with the site’s various maintenance and conservation policies and plans, recognized preservation practices, and the Kentucky Heritage Council’s Liberty Hall and Orlando Brown conservation easements, and in consultation with the Executive Director and the Museum Properties Committee’s Structures Chair, the Curator will follow all designated collections care tasks identified within the museum’s Cyclical Maintenance Plan, including regular inspection with the Housekeeper of the house interiors. Additionally, the Curator will execute all collections care tasks identified within the site’s Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Artifact Collections Care
The Curator is the staff liaison to the collections sub-committee of the NSCDA-KY Museum Properties Committee. As such, the Curator works collaboratively with the committee to fulfill the requirements of the Collections Management Plan including, but not limited to, the processes of conservation, accession, deaccession and loan management recommendations made to the NSCDA-KY board.
Specifically, the Curator:
- Cares for the collection by following established conservation standards
- Conducts regular inspections of exhibit and storage areas for indications of artifact damage or conservation hazards
- Monitors environmental conditions in Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House
- Maintains a log of temperature and humidity readings of artifact storage areas
- Conducts periodic collections inventories and assesses the condition of exhibited and stored objects, arranging conservation action as needed
- Catalogues collections and manages the collections database and hard copy files, updating the information accordingly
- Responds to research inquiries, writes, and advises other scholars relating to publications pertaining to the collection
- Arranges moving, packing, and shipping of artifacts for loan or conservation
- Makes recommendation and implements collection-oriented plan and procedural amendments to the Collections Management Policy, Housekeeping Plan, Integrated Pest Management Plan, cataloging procedure guide, or other museum documents that impact the curation of the collection
- Trains housekeeping staff in artifact care and handling
- Trains and supervises volunteers, interns, and contract employees regarding collections care
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, identifies collection-related grant opportunities and writes grant applications
The position of LHHS Curator is key to the museum’s community outreach commitment articulated within the Strategic Institutional Plan. To inform and serve the public, the Curator:
- Oversees daily tour operations and public programming
- Delivers mission related lectures to the public and assists with educational/outreach programming and fundraising events as scheduled
- Increases museum scholarship through the development of innovative programs, tours, and exhibits
- Conducts collections research
- Designs, creates, and installs exhibits based on LHHS collections and original research
- Maintains and cares for the current exhibit, Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection
- Develops, writes, and submits session proposals to various professional network platforms, including conferences, journals, etc.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director, represents Liberty Hall and participates in professional networking opportunities, both in person and online.
- Be committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion while upholding the values, goals, and strategic initiatives of Liberty Hall Historic Site. Applicants are expected to be a positive addition to our internal culture of transparency, accountability, support, and innovation.
- Have an inquisitive mind and a passion for history. Creativity, collaboration, and experimentation are crucial to this position.
- Be well organized and detail-oriented
- Be able to juggle projects with different timelines & deadlines with consistent communication throughout. Project Management experience extremely helpful
- Have excellent research skills, both in person and online
- Communicate in a timely manner and with complete transparency. We believe change is inevitable, roadblocks can stump progress, and people will make mistakes, but communication and accountability are required to reassess and redirect.
- Be willing to embrace and drive change with an open mind, a positive outlook, and the desire to learn
This position is located in Frankfort, KY. There is onsite housing available for those wishing to relocate.
Location: Frankfort, KY
Salary: $10.92 per hour
Schedule: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday, Friday, and every other Saturday
Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS) museum, a National Historic Landmark on the Kentucky River in historic downtown Frankfort, is seeking a part-time tour guide 2-3 days per week. Tour Guides are responsible for leading tours of Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House on a regular basis. They also participate in special tour programs and events. The Museum Educator supervises the guides.
- Learns and conducts regular and special tours
- Assists with adult and children’s programs as required
- Conducts sales in the museum store
- Learns and becomes proficient with the use of the online ticketing system, FareHarbor
- Maintains daily visitation log and reports statistics to Executive Director monthly
- Collects mailing list sign-up sheets and gives to Executive Director monthly
- Assists with planning and implementation of special events and other public programs
- Cleans high touch areas after each tour
- Attends Liberty Hall Historic Site staff meetings
- Attends periodic professional development opportunities
- Provides input on tour content and procedures, and visitor experience
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent
- Able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
- Able to lift and carry 40 lbs.
- Possess strong communication skills
- Able to handle cash and various payment platforms
- Able to handle multiple tasks at one time
- Customer service and/or tourism experience preferred
Liberty Hall Historic Site relies on the support of volunteers who assist with many aspects of museum operations and garden maintenance. Volunteers who enjoy working with the public can assist with children’s and adult programs and special events. Those who prefer to help behind the scenes can lend a hand in the office and assist with occasional collections projects. Garden volunteers are needed for clean-up days and the annual planting of the annuals in May.
- Free admission during regular tour hours
- Invitations to LHHS programs and the annual volunteer recognition event