Curator of American Indian Collections – Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is hiring a Curator of American Indian Collections.  WHS is seeking to re-imagine its programs and services to better serve audiences and preparing to embark on a five-year project to create a new state history museum; this position will play an integral role in the development of the new $120 million, 100,000 square-foot history museum in Madison, Wisconsin.

A specialized function of the Curator of American Indian Collections is fostering acquisition and content methodologies for Indigenous perspectives, including: traditional ways of knowing; cultural revitalization; and contemporary culture. The Curator oversees the intellectual stewardship of American Indian collections at all WHS locations, including: inventories, research, cataloguing in Argus, online presence, and new acquisitions according to WHS procedures. The Curator of American Indian Collections provides leadership on exhibition and program methodologies, and stakeholder discussions for the new museum and ongoing projects across the Society. Serving as main point of contact and coordinator, the Curator schedules cultural maintenance and assesses cultural considerations for collections moves.

Sitting within the Curatorial Section of the Division of Library, Archives and Museum Collections, this role is responsible for content, collections development, and stewardship of artifact collections of the Society. The Curator applies working subject area knowledge in United States and Wisconsin history, material culture and public history, and works in-service to the state agency, including outreach and fostering knowledge in communities across Wisconsin to encourage documentation of cultural and social history throughout the State. The Curator works as a colleague on a team of curators developing overall storylines acknowledging multiple points of view.

Minimally qualified candidate will have experience in ALL of the following:

  • Experience effectively working on a group cultural or history project involving multiple points of view.
  • Experience coordinating and implementing a cultural or history project involving complex scheduling, accommodating varying needs and requirements of group/s, multiple deliverables, and with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of, by working experience or coursework, American Indian history and contemporary culture.

In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will possess at least one of the following:

  • Experiencing using material culture to interpret American Indian history and contemporary culture, including a demonstrated ability to conceptualize, research, and write articles, interpretive museum exhibit materials, or online content.
  • Experience working with professional museum practices including collections management standards, and museum acquisitions procedures and policies.
  • Experience with computer programs used in a museum environment, such as collections databases (i.e. Argus, or equivalent).
  • Experience implementing provisions for Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits.  The application deadline is May 9.