Curator, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

ID: 7100103
Posted: May 13, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
Reporting to the Dean of UAB Libraries, this position is responsible for the continued success of all aspects of the AMHS, particularly in these five major areas:

• Collections: The Curator develops and manages the museum collection. Responsibilities related to management include working with donors, private and institutional, to fulfill collection goals and stewardship plans; cataloging material; conservation and preservation; bringing the collections to audiences through exhibitions, displays, educational activities; developing digital initiatives and promoting collections through social media; and supervising researchers and visitors.

• Scholarship: The Curator plans, creates, manages, and installs professional exhibitions using the AMHS collections and arranges incoming and outgoing loans as appropriate. The Curator introduces collection material to students and the public through formal classes, school visits and tours, and individual appointments.

• Research: The Curator offers research assistance related to the collections. Research may include responding to reference questions, consultations with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, assisting public researchers, and participating in the success of the Reynolds-Finley Associates Fellowships program.

• Gallery Management: The Curator oversees existing gallery space in Lister Hill Library and will lead the development of and future displays in the planned 2,620 square feet gallery space that will highlight collection material from UAB Historical Collections (Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, and University Archives) and UAB Libraries’ special collections.

• Supervision: The Curator may supervise a curatorial assistant, student workers, interns, or maintenance contractors. The Curator administers the general operations of the AMHS.

Required Qualifications
• A master’s degree in library science from a school accredited by the American Library Association or academic credentials appropriate to the position such as a master’s degree in Museum Studies or Public History.

• Minimum three years progressively responsible experience in museum or special collections development

• Familiarity with standard museum procedures and engagement with key issues in managing museum collections and display spaces

• Experience in exhibition development, installation, promotion, and upkeep.

• Must be able to lift and move small instruments and objects in the museum collections.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated knowledge of the history of medicine and the health sciences.

• Experience with PastPerfect or other museum cataloging software.

• Demonstrated grant-writing and project management experience, especially in designing and successfully implementing collaborative public-facing humanities and/or outreach projects such as digital and physical exhibitions and social media campaigns.

• Knowledge of current technology and digital tools related to the visual arts.

• Ability to cultivate and sustain productive relationships with donors, faculty, and administrative and academic staff.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and work effectively and flexibly within and across boundaries in a diverse organization.

• Strong organizational skills with proven success in independently prioritizing a variety of projects and managing deadlines.

• Experience supervising employees or students.

• Proven competency in the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite or related applications and an interest in producing high-quality exhibition graphics, related material, and department publications.

• Evidence of scholarly activity, such as publications, presentations, or professional exhibits.