Position Title: Curator
Reports to: Executive Director
This is a full time exempt position.
The Curator at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum, a 1774 historic house museum with a renowned collection of late 18th and early 19th century furniture and fine and decorative art, oversees the management, research, and display of the collection. The Curator develops and oversees educational programming and exhibitions to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the site’s architecture, social history, and collection.
- Developing, planning, and implementing the programs of HHH including interpretation of social history, public education on architecture and decorative arts, and special exhibitions to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the collection for multiple and diverse audiences
- Providing direction for the continuing preservation, conservation, and research documentation of the HHH collection; overseeing maintenance of the collection according to collections management standards
- Initiating plans and overseeing loan and collections-based exhibitions with accompanying written (online and print) materials and programming
- Monitoring project budgets and collaborating on grants for ongoing and special projects
- Managing the docent/guide program, including preparation of background materials, training, and daily oversight
- Leading the development and growth of the collection by identifying potential acquisitions
- Researching potential acquisitions and deaccessions; working closely with the museum board’s Collections Committee
- Engaging in and supervising supporting research for tours, programming, exhibitions
- Working collaboratively with staff and the board to engage in outreach to a diverse public, to foster historical inquiry, and to enhance understanding of the relationship between the past and our present
- Playing a key role in annual and strategic planning
- BA, preferred M.A. in museum studies, history, art history, American Studies, or relevant academic fields
- Minimum of three years progressive experience encompassing collections development and stewardship and/or designing and carrying out interpretive programming, preferably at a historic site, museum, library, or archives
- Knowledge of best practices in collections stewardship, conservation and preservation issues
- Knowledge of current practices related to the digitization of collections
- Experience with exhibition planning, development, design, and installation
- Knowledge of American material culture and United States history
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- A commitment to expanding access to the collection for diverse audiences and to fostering inclusion through museum curatorial practice
Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $42,000 – $52,000
Generous benefit package
About the Hammond-Harwood House
Hammond-Harwood House is a 1774 architectural masterpiece located in Annapolis, Maryland. The Anglo-Palladian building was designed by William Buckland and is an adaptation of a sixteenth century Italian villa from Andrea Palladio’s Four Books of Architecture. Perfectly proportioned and with exquisite carved decorative moldings and trim, the building is a centerpiece of Annapolis’s Historic District.
The museum contains period rooms and exhibits featuring an outstanding collection of furniture and fine and decorative art; thirty percent of the collection items are original to the house and the inhabiting families, lending an air of authenticity to the period rooms. Highlights of the collection include a number of pieces by Annapolis furniture-maker John Shaw as well as twenty paintings by early American artist Charles Willson Peale and various of his family members. A permanent exhibit “Slavery at Hammond- Harwood House” focuses on the enslaved men, women, and children at the house and includes artifacts relevant to their lives.
A robust set of programs is centered on architecture, paintings, furniture, silver and porcelain, traditional American artisanship, social history, and literary traditions. Fully a museum, Hammond- Harwood House incorporates the history of the site and its inhabitant families, including the enslaved, while at the same time presenting the collection in its context.
Hammond-Harwood House is open to the public for guided tours, and a variety of programs are offered as well as occasional concerts, ballet, and theater in collaboration with local performance groups.
The Hammond-Harwood House Association, Incorporated, is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.
The Hammond-Harwood House Association does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit via email a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2022.
Contact: Barbara Goyette, Executive Director, Hammond-Harwood House Association