Performs a variety of professional, managerial and technical duties related to the planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the utilization, upkeep and maintenance of City museums. Organizes exhibits, directs collection management, implements architectural preservation and historical research. Assures proper acquisition, care, custody, cataloging and displaying of historical artifacts and local, regional and national touring exhibitions. Coordinates with non-profit and governmental entities on matters related to the Brigham City Museum of Art & History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History.
Works under the general guidance and direction of the Community Activities and Services Director.
Provides close to general supervision to Curator of Education, Museum Aide, other staff, and all volunteer personnel.
Performs a wide range of duties overseeing all operations of the museums including grant writing, budget preparation, expenditure control, scheduling and installing exhibits; non-profit and governmental coordination; serves as adviser to Mayor and City Council concerning historical preservation and arts; maintains close liaison with Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Division of State History and Museum oversight board and local interest groups.
Manages the overall operations of the city museums; establishes programs, policies and procedures affecting day-to-day operations; promotes the acquisition of artifacts helpful in preserving the history of Brigham City and the surrounding areas and in other collecting areas.
Organizes and supervises full-time and volunteer personnel; delegates daily work assignments and reviews performance to assure quality and timely completion.
Attends regular board meetings; apprises of management and operational needs; discusses alternatives to various problems; makes recommendations to the museum boards.
Cooperates with local arts groups; provides location for art shows, lectures, exhibits, etc.; participates in the special event preparations; writing narrative presentations, researching history and information; participates in the building of sets and exhibit back drops.
Serves as chief curator for both museums, curating multiple exhibitions per year.
Coordinates tours and educational programs with local schools and interest groups; conducts tours and instructs tour members regarding museum articles and materials; develops and delivers lectures and interprets historical materials.
Develops annual projections of acquisitions, materials, equipment, and supplies as required to assist with budget preparation; develops and recommends annual budget; monitors expenditures to insure conformity to established fiscal program and financial integrity; submits reports to mayor and city council and board members; develops inventory controls and monitors material usage; with board approval, purchases departmental needs, negotiates with vendors; prepares extensive grants.
Solicits contributions and donations of specimens, artifacts, materials, documents, works of art, and other items in accordance with the collecting plan; establishes systems and methods of recording, identifying and cataloging museum inventory and artifacts; assures the proper preservation of museum items; conducts research of records, artifacts and archived materials as needed to assist patrons locate historical information.
Promotes public awareness of museums; prepares public service announcements; coordinates with education administrators, teachers and other organized groups to schedule tours; prepares tour information, videos and materials to assure informative and educational experience; makes presentations to various groups and clubs; develops and communicates notices and announcements to the general public through various media options.
Performs related duties as required.
1. Education and Experience:
A. Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in fine arts, art, museology, historic preservation or other related field; graduation from high school or equivalent may be given consideration;
B. Four (4) years of experience performing above or related duties;
C. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of developing and managing museum facilities; standards and practices associated with the preservation and care of historical artifacts; curation; museum operations; established methods of classification; methods of recording, documenting, and cataloging; basic accounting and record keeping procedures; of the operation of personal computers and various software applications including CollectiveAccess collections management program, word processing, etc. methods and processes for preserving artifacts. Working knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting processes and general accounting; general management including fiscal and human resources; principles of supervision; interpersonal communication skills; fiscal management; public relations and multimedia processes. Some knowledge of general facilities care and maintenance.Ability to organize and construct special events, exhibits and displays; perform technical and professional writing; direct and control a small staff of workers performing similar duties; prepare and present budget estimates; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with various age groups, history and arts organizations, elected officials; subordinates, and the public.
3. Special Qualifications: Valid state of Utah driver license
4. Work Environment:Incumbent of the position performs in a climate-controlled environment. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain (up to 50 lbs.), related to walking, standing,stooping, sitting, reaching, lifting, etc. Communicating, i.e., talking, hearing and seeing essential to job effectiveness. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exists. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.