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Indianapolis, IN 46204

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The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit, and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies. In this section, find listings for any open positions.

Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Collections

The Eiteljorg Museum is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Collections to lead and oversee all scholarly and curatorial aspects of the museum’s work. This pivotal role involves developing and implementing strategic initiatives that align with the museum’s mission, vision, and values. The Vice President will manage content research and development for exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, while also focusing on the acquisition, care, and management of the museum’s collections. Building strong relationships with collectors, donors, scholars, and institutions, this leader will engage in collaborative projects, presentations, and publications that enhance the museum’s reputation and impact in the fields of Western American and Native American art, history, and culture.

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Art History, Fine Art, or a relevant field, with over 10 years of experience in museum curatorial functions, including exhibition planning, collections management, and curatorial affairs. They should demonstrate in-depth knowledge of current museum trends and professional standards, strategic thinking, and the ability to lead and inspire diverse teams. Exceptional skills in collaboration, public speaking, budget management, and decision-making are essential. The Vice President will also ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards, particularly regarding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Experience in art or cultural museums, with a focus on the American West and Native American arts and cultures, is highly desirable. The successful candidate will foster a positive working environment, promote cultural diversity, and contribute to the museum’s strategic and long-range planning, supporting the museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity. Salary: $105K – $110.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé to personnel@eiteljorg.com.

Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description

Position title: Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Collections
Reports to: President and CEO
Department: Curatorial
Status: Exempt

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. 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 deaccessioning according to the collecting plan. Engage with other scholars, dealers, 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.

B. Exhibition Development: Oversee permanent collection and temporary exhibition projects that advance the museum’s mission and engage its audiences. Support cross-cultural understanding and public education in arts, histories, and cultures of Native America and the American West. Direct the exploration of exhibition topics and content that reflect important scholarship and 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. Create an exhibition proposal process that engages a cross-departmental team as well as any necessary external stakeholders in the planning process. Work with Education, Guest Services, and Advancement to ensure visitor studies and exhibition evaluations are conducted and effectively used to inform the planning process. Promote awareness and implementation of best practices for public exhibition and interpretation.

C. Collections Management and Stewardship: Provide oversight and direction for the management and care of the museum’s collection and ensure appropriate policies and procedures are adhered to by all museum staff. Lead the museum field in meeting and exceeding legal and ethical responsibilities, especially the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

D. Financial and Administrative Management: Provide overall financial and administrative supervision for the curatorial, collections, and exhibitions functions of the museum. Work with direct reports to develop an annual operating budget ensuring regular monitoring and reporting of expenditures to the Finance team. Develop long-range and strategic plans for these areas as well. Work with division staff, CEO, CFO, and legal counsel to ensure that legal matters, insurance, and regulatory requirements such as contracts, copyrights, and permissions are considered appropriately. Update division staff regarding changes to policies and procedures. Communicate the museum’s overall directions and objectives to staff, and help them align their individual work with the museum’s needs. Mentor staff prioritizing professional development opportunities when funding is available.

E. Engagement and Teamwork: Encourage collaboration between the division staff with other museum departments including advancement, operations, education, programs, and events. Foster 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. Participate in the Acquisition Committee and the board’s Collections Council and other board committees as needed. Support the museum’s development efforts in grant writing, donor development, and stewardship. Cultivate and steward a portfolio of donors. 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.

F. Leadership: Lead and direct the implementation of workplace culture programs that improve processes, communication, and collaboration in the division with the goal of establishing and maintaining a high-performing work environment characterized by professional excellence, strategic thinking, personal accountability, strong customer service, collegiality, and creative problem-solving. Recruit, mentor, develop, and successfully manage a team to achieve the strategic objectives and the present and future needs of the department in alignment with the museum’s annual priorities and strategic vision. Create a collaborative work environment by using a performance support process including goal setting, feedback, and development. Contribute to the creation and implementation of the museum’s strategic plans and to the development and effective communication of strategic goals, planning initiatives, policies, and resource allocations as related to the division’s core responsibilities.

G. Foster Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA): Promote and support IDEA initiatives through the Eiteljorg’s values, active listening, embracing differences, and engaging with empathy to create a culture of belonging among
internal and external stakeholders.

 

Requirements / Qualifications

Required Skills, Competencies, and Qualities:

  •  Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in museums and professional standards, e.g.,
    American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Standards and Best Practices, American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
    ethics and standards of practice, American Association of Museum Directors (AAMD) Standards and Best
    Practices.
  •  Proven ability to think strategically, plan, and execute goals across multiple departments, aligning with the
    museum’s long-term vision.
  • Exceptional leadership skills to inspire and guide diverse teams in achieving strategic objectives.
  • Strong collaboration skills to work effectively across departments and with external stakeholders.
  • Effective listener with the ability to build consensus within the museum and among diverse external partners.
  • Ability to make innovative, effective, and timely decisions that align with the museum’s mission, vision, and
    values.
  • Experienced in budget management, including development, resource stewardship, and maintaining fiscal
    responsibility.
  •  Skilled in public speaking, presenting complex information clearly and engagingly to diverse audiences.
  •  Strong understanding of ethical business practices and professional standards, ensuring the protection of
    confidential and sensitive information.
  •  Ability to remain calm and make informed decisions in urgent or emergency situations..
    Qualifications and Work Experience Requirements:
  • Advanced degree in Art History, Fine Art, or 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 including acquisitions,
    deaccessions, and exhibition organization, with a 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 Arts, Histories, and Cultures desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership in fostering a positive working environment, teamwork, and appreciation of cultural
    diversity.

Physical and Work Environment Demands: Reach with hands and arms, stoop, and see. Push, pull, lift, and carry 10-50 lbs. short distances. Climb step stools, carry objects up stairs, and stand for long periods of time. Enter data into a computer. Wear gloves and be able to perform delicate operations when dealing with fragile objects. Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and can understand spoken communications

ADA Requirements: The Eiteljorg Museum is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals, including those with disabilities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Museum will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job, unless such accommodations would cause undue hardship. If you require accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 317-275-1335. We will
work with you to meet your needs in a confidential and respectful manner. The Eiteljorg Museum values diversity and inclusion and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Work Environment Demands:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other
    federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and
    local standards.
  •  Must be able to talk, listen, and speak clearly on the telephone
Additional Information

A DIVERSE STAFF OF DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE: The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive benefit packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

Fall/Spring Collections Intern

The collections department of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is seeking an intern to assist in cataloging, photographing, housing, cleaning, condition reporting, inventorying, and packing collections, data cleanup, and assisting with preparation for the annual Quest for the West ® Sale and Show. The position is available during the fall semester from August 19, 2024 – November 22, 2024 and the spring semester from January 13, 2025 – April 30, 2025. There may be some flexibility with start and end dates. The intern is required to work a maximum of 16 hours per week (Monday-Friday) for 14 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the spring semester. The internship is paid $15.00 per hour.

To Apply: Please submit résumé to personnel@eiteljorg.com.

Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description

Position title: Fall/Spring Collections Intern
Reports to: Collections Manager

 

The Collections intern will report to the Collections Manager, and interact with the Registrar, Preparator, and Director of Collections and Exhibition Management on a regular basis. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about safe object handling, exhibition preparation, and various aspects of working with a collections management system (The Museum System). 

Requirements / Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Detail oriented, enthusiastic, and capable of doing repetitive tasks
  • Excellent computer skills (database experience a plus)
  • Some museum object handling and knowledge of collections care practices
  • Works well in a team and independently

Education: Enrolled in or recent graduate of an Associate, Bachelor, or Master’s program for museum studies, art history, history, ethno history, anthropology, or related field.

Physical Demands: Reach with hands and arms, stoop, and see. Push, pull, lift, and carry 10-50 lbs. short distances. Climb step stools, carry objects up stairs, and stand for long periods of time. Enter data into a computer. Wear gloves and be able to perform delicate operations when dealing with fragile objects. Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and can understand spoken communications. Most work is performed in a climate-controlled environment.

Additional Information

A DIVERSE STAFF OF DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE: The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive benefit packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

To Apply:

Please send résumé (include applicable education, work, and volunteer experience) and cover letter (explain: 1. your interest in the position, 2. your unique qualifications, and 3. how this internship supports your career goals) to Rebekah Ryan, Collections Manager, at personnel@eiteljorg.com by June 30, 2024. Please include the subject line: “Fall/Spring Collections Intern”. No phone calls or emails, please.

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