Under limited supervision, serves as Curator of exhibits, including oversight of the design and installation of the museum(s) exhibits; manages overall educational function of the museum; develops curriculum-based programs for schools; directs Living History Program, including supervision of contractors and interpreters; develops and implements interpretive training; supervises associated interns and volunteer personnel. Performs related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university in Education, History, Museum Management, or related field, Master’s Degree preferred; and, three to five years of progressively responsible related experience; or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to plan and design museum exhibits; and a working knowledge of the concepts, standard practices, and procedures of exhibit design and production, including visual accessibility, the proper use of typology and familiarity with label standards established by the American Association of Museums and accessibility guidelines established by the Smithsonian and the National Parks Service. Working knowledge of lighting design, including the elements and effects of light on museum objects and lighting requirements for visual access. Ability to interpret architectural drawings, sketches and models including floor plans, elevations, electrical plans or other techniques used to visually display exhibit and building plans. Skill in story boarding, script writing, label writing, and ensuring that Museum visitors receive an experience that exceeds expectations from a standpoint of friendliness, enthusiasm, and delivery of product. Skill in performing research for exhibits, material culture objects, and patron requests, including a wide knowledge of nineteenth century American History and principles and practices of historical research. Knowledge of best practices in educational instruction methods, National and State education standards for instruction, Independence School District #30 Social Studies Curriculum Standards, and standards of effective historical and 1st person performance and interpretation. Knowledge of administrative principles and practices including goal setting and program budget development and implementation, newsletter and brochure design and production, grant-writing, principles and practices of customer service, and computer applications related to the work. Ability to direct activities as well as related staff and volunteers. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction. Able to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions. Physical Demands: Frequently required to climb; bend body and legs; move about on hands and knees; use hands, arms, and fingers to reach, handle, seize, hold, grasp or turn objects and lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Working Conditions: Work is performed in normal office environment as well as in a museum gallery setting; will range from quiet to noisy, based on seasonal visitation patterns of groups of school children and tourists. Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends as determined by event/program schedule.
Drug testing; Background Check; In addition to the application, testing and/or examinations may be required for further consideration on this position.
Apply online at www.indepmo.org/hr or by visiting Human Resources, 2nd floor, City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO 64050. Position Closes: March 3, 2020.
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