Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and detailed oriented full-time Humanities Curator. The humanities curator acts as the project manager for the NEH on the Road program within the Arts and Humanities Programming Division (AHP), a fast-paced department central to the artistic mission of the organization.
Major job duties include overseeing the NEH on the Road traveling exhibition program; identifying and cultivating exhibition prospects; coordinating exhibition development with a diverse array of professional staff and contractors; managing key budget lines and timelines; and working with curators, lenders, and host institutions. This includes the coordination and development of the exhibition script and didactic material; acquisition and loan negotiations; overseeing the organization and implementation of the exhibition orientation sessions; as well as miscellaneous department activities organized or produced by M-AAA. The position requires flexibility and skill to undertake priorities that can change from day to day; to communicate effectively with the project team, stakeholders, management, and other relevant parties; and to handle confidential matters requiring absolute discretion.
The ideal candidate for this position will have an advanced degree, at least three years of experience in a museum or touring exhibition environment, a history of demonstrating initiative, superior writing and editing skills, the ability to coordinate and maintain priorities, and the capacity to accept constructive criticism by program partners. They must be able to project a professional organization image via in-person, phone, and mailed communications.
Mid-America Arts Alliance is headquartered in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. M-AAA brings more art to more people in communities throughout our six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) and the nation. With an annual operating budget of over $4 million and 27 staff members we produce and manage more than 450 exhibition, performance, and professional development opportunities in more than 300 communities for more than one million people annually.
Perform a variety of essential project management and curatorial duties, that include:
• Act as the liaison between M-AAA, the NEH, originating institutions, and host institutions in
communicating and facilitating program activity.
• Guide originating institutions through the initial exhibition assessment and adaptation
• Prepare materials for site reviews, and manage logistics for site visits and other program
meetings as needed.
• Identify key exhibition concepts and research, write, and acquire appropriate materials
necessary to convey the humanities themes of each exhibition to constituents.
• Act as exhibition curator in the absence of an organizing curator for an exhibition.
• Work in conjunction with the Education Curator and to implement venue orientations and
consult on educational materials that accompany each exhibition.
• Productively engage in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective
programming strategies related to humanities exhibitions.
• Coordinate with other department staff to effectively complete duties. This includes
promoting positive staff communication and efficiency as well as enacting accountability
measures when necessary.
• Assist Constituent Services with the preparation of descriptive exhibition information for
marketing and website materials.
• Generate reports, reviews and recommendations in accordance with grant requirements.
• Perform other duties as discussed with and assigned by the division director.
Most work is of a sedentary nature, sitting at a desk using a computer, phone and other office equipment. Will frequently be required to travel to attend various meetings, conferences, originating institutions, and/or other agency events. Work requires extensive research and evaluating a variety of materials. While a majority of work occurs in relation to a long term plan, will be required to be flexible to changing priorities and additional projects that can require overtime and ability to manage short term deadlines.
The following are key items that will be utilized to evaluate work performance:
• Effective overall management, development, and delivery of the NEH on the Road program
within the established scope of the program, budgets, and timelines.
• Evidence of high quality exhibition content that utilizes a variety of delivery mechanisms.
• Pro-active approach to curatorial responsibilities and related department programming.
• Effective working relationship with other staff members, NEH staff, and project partners.
• Accurate and complete documentation of all program logistical information.
• General performance criteria as listed on evaluation form.
Qualifications & Requirements The successful candidate will have a demonstrated mix of the following:
• Advanced degree in history, applied history, museum studies, or closely related humanities
• Three to five years of experience in exhibition development, from concept to completion.
• Demonstrated success in museum interpretation, i.e. experience editing scholarly work and
conveying complex ideas in accessible language.
• Successful record of project management, including planning and managing timelines and
• General knowledge of museum theory, practice, and operations.
• Excellent problem solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to effectively prioritize
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Ability to collaborate with a diverse group of staff and professional colleagues.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
To apply, send cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Mid-America Arts Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.