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The Eiteljorg Museum strives to attract, select and develop a diversely talented staff of people who are dedicated and passionate about our mission of inspiring an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. 

The museum offers a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance, short- and long-term disability, paid time off and a retirement plan to full time (30 - 40 hours per week) employees. Employees who work 20 to 29 hours per week are also offered paid time off and retirement benefits.

Additionally, the museum does not discriminate in hiring, promotion, wages and salaries, benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, disability, veteran status, or religion. The Museum applies its equal opportunity employment policy in implementing all employment practices, policies and procedures.

To apply for a currently open position, please send resumes, salary expectations, and references to personnel@eiteljorg.com or FAX to (317) 275-1430 or to:

Eiteljorg Museum
Attention: HR Manager
500 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Current Employment Opportunities:



Vice President, Chief Curatorial Officer

  • Date(s):  March 05, 2018 – August 31, 2018
  • Time:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to lead its curatorial division.  The Vice President oversees the museum’s core functions including: curatorial activities (strategic collections development, research, and publications), collections management and care, exhibition development (research, planning, evaluation and project management) as well as Native American cultural affairs and university relations.  Six professionals report directly to the VP, who serves as a member of the senior management group and frequently interacts with board members, committees and donors.  Qualified candidates will have an MA or higher degree in a relevant field and a minimum of 10 years related experience with supervisory responsibilities, and demonstrated commitment to public engagement.  Excellent financial and administrative management abilities, along with communications, interpersonal and leadership skills are necessary.  The Eiteljorg is a team-oriented organization that values the needs and interests of its constituents in all of its activities.  Send resume with references to Personnel, Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or email to personnel@eiteljorg.com or FAX to (317) 275-1430.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:                                     Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer

DEPARTMENT:                                   Curatorial

STATUS:                                              Exempt

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:            President/CEO

EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED:             6 Direct/4 indirect

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:        

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Ten or more years of relevant experience with leadership responsibility for museum curatorial functions including exhibition planning, collections management and care, curatorial affairs, with commitment to education and public engagement. 
  • Experience in art or cultural museums.  Knowledge of the art and history of the American West, and Native American Art, History and Culture desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership in fostering a positive working environment, teamwork and appreciation of cultural diversity

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Vice President & Chief Curatorial Officer is responsible for the development and management of curatorial activities of the museum including collections development, exhibition planning, collections management and stewardship, and scholarly publications. The vice president reports to the President & CEO and has the following six staff positions reporting: Director of Museum Collections; Curators of Western, Native American Art and Culture, and Contemporary Art; Exhibition Project Manager and Evaluator; Director of Exhibition & Graphic Design. The Vice President’s specific responsibilities include:

Curatorial Affairs   - Oversee all scholarly aspects of the museum’s work including content research and development for exhibitions, publications and support of education and public programs.  Develop the museum collections to support the museum’s mission and exhibition needs, through long-range and strategic planning, building strong relationships with collectors and donors, and through strategic acquisitions and de-accessioning.  Engage with other scholars and institutions in the field of Western American and Native American art, history and culture.  Contribute to the field through collaborative projects, presentations and publications.

Exhibition Development- Develop long and short-term exhibition projects that advance the museum’s mission and engage its audiences.  Support cross-cultural understanding and public education in art, history and culture of Native American cultures and the American West.  Oversee the exploration of exhibition topics and content that reflect important scholarship and that are compelling for museum audiences.  Maintain a five-year calendar for exhibitions working in collaboration with other museum divisions including education and programs, development, marketing and communications, merchandising, finance and facilities.  Align exhibition planning with both curatorial objectives and the museum’s strategic and long-range plans.  Engage outside consultants and constituents in the planning process.  Assure visitor behavior studies and exhibition evaluation are conducted and effectively used to inform the planning process.  Promote awareness and implementation of best practices for public exhibition and interpretation.

Collections Management and Stewardship – Provide broad oversight and direction for the management and care of the museum’s collection of art and cultural objects.  Assure appropriate policies and procedures are in place and adhered to for record keeping, incoming and outgoing loan management, and proper object storage.  Working in concert with the museum’s operations division,provide guidance for monitoring and control of the museum’s environmental systems and security of the collection. Assure that ethical practice and museum policies and procedures regarding the collections are observed.  Assure the museum maintains effective registration and conservation programs.

Financial and Administrative Management  - Provide overall financial and administrative supervision for the curatorial, collections and exhibitions functions of the museum.  Develop an annual operating budget and monitor and report on expenditures to achieve goals.  Develop long-range and strategic plans for these areas as well.  Working with the museum CEO, CFO and legal counsel, assure that legal matters, insurance and regulatory requirements such as contracts, copyrights and permissions are considered appropriately.  Help inform curatorial division staff about museum HR and administrative policies and procedures and assure they are followed.  Communicate the museum’s overall directions and objectives to staff, and help them align their individual work with the museum’s needs.

Engagement and Teamwork – Facilitate engagement of the curatorial division staff with other museum departments including development, facilities, education, programs, events, exhibitions and festivals.  Encourage cooperation and teamwork.  Serve as a member of the museum’s senior leadership team for strategic planning, budgeting, long-range planning and management policy and practice.  Work closely with the board’s Collections Council and other board committees as needed.  Support the museum’s fund development efforts in grant writing, donor development and stewardship.  Support public programs and educational endeavors through scholarly counsel, and direct interaction with the public. Support the president and CEO in achieving the museum’s objectives. Encourage effective participation of staff in planning, implementation and evaluation of curatorial activities.

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