Support the teaching mission of the university and the LMA, by working closely with the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Africana and Latin American Studies Program, the Native American Studies Program, Museum Studies and other related academic units, to facilitate access to the collections and the use of objects in teaching.
Bringing materials into the classroom, as well as facilitating visits by groups of students to exhibits and collections storage spaces.
Facilitate access to the collections by faculty and students doing advanced research utilizing these materials.
Work closely with faculty to develop exhibits that support and enhance the curriculum, linked to specific courses and topics, and which respond to changing priorities in the teaching of anthropology and the decolonizing initiatives of the discipline.
Sustain a curator-teacher-scholar model that involves working closely with student interns, and the possibility of periodically teaching a museum curating course.
Publish collections-based research.
Direct and support the museum's daily curatorial programs
Maintain contacts with Colgate professors, local communities, scholars, museum professionals, and collecting institutions.
Work with other museum staff members to assure NAGPRA compliance, as well as corresponding respectful collaboration with Native American communities.
Implement best practices for anthropology museums in the areas of curatorship, collection development, exhibitions, and research.
Develop and manage an active exhibition and educational program.
Develop a vision for the collection, evaluate current standards of collection care, assess preventive conservation goals, maintain collection records, and be responsible for proposing acquisitions and deaccessions.
Represent the LMA at professional organizations. Work with Colgate faculty and local constituencies in regard to the Third Century integrated arts initiatives and the place of the LMA within these plans.
Cultivate dialogue with local Native American communities in relation to LMA collections. Develop and implement strategic goals related to collection and exhibition management. Engage Colgate's students and faculty while working closely with other museum staff.
Work with University Museums' staff, which may include a curatorial assistant, a collections manager, a NAGPRA assistant, a preparator, and students on work-study and as interns. Also, foster and sustain relationships with collectors, donors, volunteers, and the public.
Establish goals for the program(s) that are clearly stated and communicated, linked to the university's mission and institutional priorities, responsive to opportunities and challenges, and reflective of conclusions drawn from assessment results and current best practices. Periodically assess the effectiveness of programs, services, and operations toward achieving stated goals. Ensure that the following programmatic responsibilities are guided by the university's mission, institutional priorities, and stated program goals, and also compliant with university, federal, state, and other relevant policies and regulations:
Planning, allocation, and stewardship of resources [financial, physical, technical and human]
Design and delivery of programs and services
Development and implementation of procedures and policies
Oversight and execution of operations
Communication with stakeholders
Risk and crisis management
A cumulative three years of museum and curatorial experience working with anthropological collections in at least one of the Longyear Museum of Anthropology's collecting areas is required.
Experience must include a proven track record of working on NAGPRA issues and anthropological exhibitions and publications.
The successful candidate should have knowledge of collections management software.
Candidates must have administrative experience, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, the ability to work effectively in a leadership position within a collaborative environment, proven experience in grant writing, and must be capable of working collegially with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
Ph.D. in Anthropology or other related fields of expertise that connect with the LMA's collections. Experience in anthropological fieldwork. Experience working with Native American communities.
URL for LMA https://www.colgate.edu/about/campus-facilities/museums-galleries/longyear-museum-anthropology
MA required, preferably in Anthropology, MA in other related fields of expertise will be considered.
Additional application instructions:
Applicants are required to provide a brief sample of writing that demonstrates their abilities (ex: published essays, brochure text) along with a cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references.
Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their curatorial work might support the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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