Curator, John L. Wehle Gallery

    • Job Tracking ID: 512962-713572
    • Job Location: Mumford, NY
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 22, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Position: Curator, John L. Wehle Gallery
Reports To: Curator of Collections
Primary Function: Maintaining and preserving the John L. Wehle Collection of Sporting, Wildlife and Western Art and the Susan Greene Costume Collection; overseeing the day-to-day operation of the John L. Wehle Gallery as an integral part of the Genesee Country Village & Museum complex.
Hours: Full time, weekdays and weekends, as needed

Curatorial (65%):
* Researches, writes and fabricates or arranges for fabrication of interpretive labels and text panels for permanent collection and works on loan.
* Rotates art and costume special exhibits each season.
* Coordinates loan of objects from outside institutions and individuals, which, includes insurance, packing and shipping arrangements.
* Coordinates loan of objects from gallery collection to outside institutions and individuals, which includes insurance, packing and shipping arrangements.
* Provides information regarding collection to scholarly and public inquiries, including photographic loans to publishers, authors and photo editors.

Collections Management (20%):
* Keeps accurate, up-to-date collection records.
* Accepts donations of objects to the collections according to the Collections Management Policy of Genesee Country Museum.
* Catalogues new acquisitions
* Consults with certified conservators for treatment of damaged or deteriorating objects.
* Practices standard objects-handling procedures to ensure safety and preservation of collection.

Education & Programming (15%):
* Develops educational materials for elementary and secondary school groups, visiting adult groups, college classes, etc., especially emphasizing the relationships between the Historic Village and the Genesee Country Nature Center.
* Lectures to outside groups and organizations when requested.

* Supervises the F/T Gallery Manager and the P/T seasonal Gallery Docents.
* Annually plans and administers budget to provide wages and day-to-day operational costs.
* Trains staff in basic Gallery security and emergency procedures.
* Trains staff for daily interaction with public.

* Understands and uses various functions of the security alarm system.
* Responsible for keeping confidential, secure records regarding value of collection.

* Work efficiently, courteously, and professionally with a wide range of staff, volunteers, interns and visitors.
* Possess accurate and orderly organizational skills.
* Represent the Museum in a professional manner, including appearance.
* Awareness of professional museum standards, ethics and practices.
* Ability to move, lift and carry at least 25 pounds.

Experience and Skills:

* Bachelors in Art, Art History, Museum Studies or Costume Studies with 3 to 5 years of professional experience. Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Material Culture or Costume Studies preferred.

Please provide a cover letter and resume for consideration.

Completion of a background check is required for employment.


Salary: Commensurate with experience (please provide your salary requirements when applying)
Medical Insurance: We offer 5 health insurance options. We offer one single plan that is 100% employer paid, along with a quarterly HSA contribution.
Dental Insurance: We also provide 50% employer paid premium for single dental policy.
Life Insurance: We provide a 100% employer paid premium group life insurance policy of $50,000.
Retirement: Employee contribution into retirement is immediate; eligible for Museum contribution, after two years of employment working over 1,000 hours each year. Museum contribution is determined each year and has been 4% in past years. This requirement is waived, if your immediate previous employment was with a 501c3 organization.
Voluntary Supplemental Disability: pays 60% of your salary in the event you are unable to work due to non-work related injury or illness.
Membership: Family membership to the Genesee Country Village & Museum
Vacation: Three weeks of paid vacation (prorated)
Sick Time: Five paid sick days (prorated)
Holidays: up to ten paid holidays for a calendar year