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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.

Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement

The Eiteljorg Museum is currently accepting applications for the position Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement. The Eiteljorg Museum recognizes the critical importance having Native/Indigenous knowledge and experiences represented within the institution to actively and accurately incorporate Native presence/voices in museum activities. The Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement works to build strong, active, and ongoing relationships with Native communities, to share their stories with diverse audiences through exhibits, public presentations and other opportunities for engagement. This endowed position is responsible for implementing the museum’s Great Lakes Initiative, which seeks to establish the museum as a resource for programs, projects, and information related to the Native arts, histories, and cultures of our own Great Lakes region.  As a member of the curatorial and education/public programs teams, the position collaborates and provides support across departments in fulfilling the museum’s mission “to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America”. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. Full job description is attached.

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter and resume to personnel@eiteljorg.com  with subject line heading to read: Hoback Curator. Faxed applications can be accepted at: (317) 275-1430

Review of applications will begin in June 2022 and continue until position is filled. Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description

Reporting relationship: Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer

Position title: Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement
Department: Curatorial and Public Programs/Education
Status: Full time, exempt 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a community liaison to grow and nurture relationships with Native American and First Nations tribes of the region including their cultural centers and historic preservation offices;
  • Work with tribal communities to facilitate access to the collection and other resources held by the Eiteljorg Museum;
  • Insure that institutional policies and practices reflect Native/Indigenous perspectives and are in alignment with cultural practices;
  • Be a resource for and provide support to the Native American community at the local, regional, and national level through public outreach and service;
  • Represent the Eiteljorg Museum at conferences, educational programs, and tribal events;
  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities including budget and deadline management, record keeping, responding to public inquiries, and following up with tribal requests and potential donors.

Curatorial Responsibilities

  • Work independently and in partnership with other curatorial staff to develop exhibitions.
  • Research and propose acquisitions in support of the institutional collecting plan and the Great Lakes Initiative.
  • Work with the Associate Curator of Native American Art and the VP & Chief Curatorial Officer to facilitate and support the Native American Advisory Council

Education and Public Programs

  • Collaborate with public programs and education staff to propose and develop educational resources (K-12) and public programs.
  • Present and participate in public programs, curatorial talks, and museum guide training;
  • Serve as a resource for public programs and education staff to meet the needs of students, educators, and the general public.

Collections

  • Work with the Collections Information Specialist and the museum’s database TMS (The Museum System) to provide culturally appropriate attributions and contextual information for items in the collection.
    Requirements / Qualifications

    Requirements/Qualifications:

    • Graduate degree* in arts or humanities such as history, art history, Native American studies, anthropology, education, social work/social justice, or a related subject.
    • Experience and knowledge will be given consideration as a substitution for a graduate degree.
    • Demonstrated experience building and nurturing relationships with Native/Indigenous communities.
    • Minimum of five years’ relevant experience in an educational setting, museum, cultural center, or related entity.
    • Knowledge of the arts, histories, and cultures of the Native/Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region
    • Demonstrated public speaking skills;
    • Ability to multi-task and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to audience engagement and public outreach;
    • Ability to travel as needed.

    The successful candidate will be expected to:                   

    • Support the Eiteljorg Museum’s mission, goals, values, and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan;
    • Contribute to building a positive team spirit and cooperative atmosphere with co-workers;
    • Follow museum and department policies and procedures; maintain records, and live up to commitments including completion of tasks accurately and on time;
    • Participate in acquisitions committee and collections council activities;
    • Maintain proficiency in all computer-related programs to perform job duties;
    • Adhere to safe work procedures;
    • Value and appreciate others’ knowledge and skills;
    • Have a sense of humor                                                                                                                                    

    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to enter data into a computer;
    • Ability to perform delicate operations when handling fragile items
      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.

      Public Programs 2022 Fall & 2023 Spring Intern

      The Eiteljorg Museum is currently accepting applications for a Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Public Programs Intern. In this paid internship, a successful candidate will gain insight into public programming in a museum setting while actively participating in planning and implementing in-person programs for a wide variety of audiences.

      Time commitment for this internship is late-September 2022 through early December 2022 and mid-January 2023 through early May 2023; weekly hours will be arranged between the intern and supervisor, depending on the intern’s program requirements- in general about 10-12 hours a week with some evening and weekend hours required. This internship can be used to earn academic credit through a successful candidate’s university or stand alone as a practical work experience. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing any and all paperwork required for completion of their program requirements. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. Full job description is attached.

      TO APPLY:

      The position is open to all undergraduate, graduate and nontraditional students. To apply for this role, submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience to Elizabeth Bostelman at ebostelman@eiteljorg.com by September 2, 2022.

      The completion of a successful background check must precede any job offer.

      Job Description

      Position title: Public Programs Intern
      Department: Public Programs
      Status: Part-time

      Responsibilities:

      • Assist with the museum’s largest community-led celebration, Día de Muertos
      • Assist the Manager of Special Events & Artist Engagement with Indian Market & Festival tasks:
        • Process artist applications and images for artist selection
        • Maintain artist database
        • Other tasks as assigned
      • Work with Public Programs Manager to develop new “Treasure Hunts” for Native American gallery reinstallation and Western galleries
      • Lead large organizing project of art studio cabinets
      • Other projects as assigned
      Requirements / Qualifications

      Requirements/Qualifications

      • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
      • Comfortable interacting with a wide variety of visitors, staff, and artists
      • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
      • Detail oriented with the ability to work on multiple task simultaneously
      • A commitment to DEAI practices
      • An interest in Native American art, history and cultures
      • An interest in museum programs and education
          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.

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          500 W. Washington St.
          Indianapolis, IN 46204

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