Assistant Curator for Collections and Interpretation

Founded in 1931 the Greenwich Historical Society operates a nationally-accredited museum, research library and archives with the mission to “preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.” Central to the institution is the Bush-Holley House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1730, which was later the home of the Cos Cob art colony, a gathering place for American Impressionist painters and intellectuals. The Greenwich Historical Society’s campus is comprised of several restored historic properties recreating the 19th-century landscape of the Cos Cob Lower Landing, and features state-of-the art exhibition galleries, an archives and research library, a museum store in the restored Toby’s Tavern building, and a classroom and meeting space in the Vanderbilt Education Barn. The museum grounds feature flower, fruit and vegetable gardens recreated in the American Impressionist style.

Job Summary

The Assistant Curator for Collections and Interpretation will ensure the continued care and management of the Greenwich Historical Society’s Museum Collection and play a leading role in connecting its collections, historic properties and exhibitions to audiences by administering the Bush-Holley House public tour program. This position reports to the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections and is responsible for managing, recruiting and training a staff of docent guides. Working closely with the Manager of Public Programs and Manager of Youth and Family Programs, the Assistant Curator will evaluate and make periodic updates to public tours to reflect ongoing research and serve the Historical Society’s diverse target audiences. The position will also take a hands-on role in collections management, administering updates to the collections database, maintaining collection records and assisting in research. The Assistant Curator will have opportunities to expand their research and project management responsibilities by contributing to exhibitions through publications, programming and interpretation. This is a full-time position (37.5 hours week) with fringe benefits, including 80% individual health insurance coverage and employer contribution to employee retirement plan after 1 year of service.  

Requirements

Master’s degree in history, art history or related field (preferred), or combination of Bachelor’s degree in related field and demonstrated experience. Passion for sharing history with public audiences. Knowledge of collection management software and art handling; organized and detail-oriented; excellent oral and written communication skills; excels in interpersonal interaction and can inspire others.

Experience

2 years minimum experience working at a museum or historic site in curatorial, collections, or education role. Successful track record developing or leading public tours and recruiting and/or mentoring staff and volunteers.

Salary

 $48,750

How to to apply

Send cover letter and resume to Laura Kelly, lkelly@greenwichhistory.org