Curator of Collections

Posted on 03/02/2018

Curator of Collections
Edmond Historical Society and Museum – Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

Job Status: Full Time (40 hours per week)
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: Edmond Historical Society Collection Offices
Date Prepared: April 29, 2013
Revised: April 7, 2015

The Edmond Historical Society and Museum (EHS&M) has been in operation since 1983 and the WPA-built Armory home has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991. The gallery and Children’s Learning Center comprise nearly 10,000 sq. ft. and feature permanent and temporary exhibits that chronicle the transition of Edmond from a simple train stop to a thriving community. The EHS&M collections include over 40,000 artifacts, documents, photographs, books and memorabilia that are frequently accessed by researchers and community members as well as form the basis for displays in the gallery.

General Description of Position
The Curator of Collections is responsible for the oversight and implementation of all aspects of collection management including but not limited to: acquisition, use, research, care and exhibition. The Curator of Collections is also the contact point for research questions and requests to use the EHS&M collections by researchers or community members.

Duties include:

  • Supervise research, educational use and exhibition of the EHS&M collections.
  • Propose and research potential donations. Works with the Collections Committee to define and uphold the EHS&M’s collecting priorities.
  • Over-site of the acceptance, processing, inventory and care of artifacts in the EHS&M collections.
  • Provide content for the EHS&M newsletter, website and promotional endeavors as needed/requested by other staff members.
  • Respond to research questions and assist researchers or other visitors in the use of the Library and other collections as appropriate.
  • Oversight of interns to insure that educational and museum objectives are met.
  • Creates and oversees the Curatorial and Exhibits budgets.
  • Assist with identifying collection and exhibit specific grants, writing related narratives to support such grants and create budget for said projects.
  • Assist with oversight of contractors, building maintenance, etc.
  • Space planning and reorganization of collections storage areas and gallery space.
  • Oversight and approval of work study hours for UCO work study students. Supervision of work study student assigned to collections.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in History, Museum Studies or related field preferred.
  • Employment history of collection management or museum curatorial experience with a demonstrated record of scholarly research and publication, as well as experience organizing exhibitions strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of professional standards, principles and practices necessary for the proper care and exhibition of artifacts and archival materials.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines while handling multiple projects and frequent interruptions.
  • Excellent communication oral and written skills along with ability to work effectively as a team member required.
  • Must be result-driven, energetic, diplomatic, highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Must be proficient in the use of Past Perfect and Microsoft Office software.

To Apply
Email, with these documents attached, or Mail actual documents to:
Anita Schlaht, Executive Director
431 S. Boulevard
Edmond, OK 73034
[email protected]


  1. Cover letter stating your desire to apply for the position and a short, one paragraph, narrative of your experience and qualifications. In the second paragraph briefly discuss any speaking opportunities you have had, your topics, and the audience.
  2. Current resume
  3. 1-2 Writing Samples, including a sample label written by the applicant, an article or submission to a newsletter or publication, an artifact description or condition document, etc.

Applications will be received through March 23, 2018.