Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  00093923

Description Activated On:  8/15/2023 1:47:31 PM

Position Purpose:
Describe the primary purpose of this position and how it contributes to the organizationís objectives. Example: Provides clerical and office support within the Division to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively. 

The position is Senior Curator of Military, Political, and Industrial History for The State Museum of Pennsylvania. It is a professional curatorial position within the Curatorial Division. The Senior Curator will collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Pennsylvania related to military, political, and industrial history, in accordance with The State Museum's mission.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

Prioritizes collection needs based upon professional research and evaluation and seeks donations of artifacts of historic and aesthetic significance. Conducts and supervises programs or activities of collection registration, documentation, cataloging, inventory, physical care, and grant preparation in continuing to bring collection, storage, and documentation programs to high professional standards. Identifies, classifies, and researches artifacts to make recommendations for acquisition and deaccession. Applies thorough knowledge of and experience in professional collections management.

Develops and implements research and exhibition plans resulting in exhibitions, publications, and/or public interpretation programs. This work includes the development of short- and long-term plans for museum exhibitions, including writing and editing exhibition scripts and publications, developing budgets, writing grant proposals to support exhibition projects, and implementing exhibition plans including all aspects of working with contracted and exhibition management staff, fabrication crews, and object installation.

Provides answers to public inquiries concerning the history and related artifacts of Pennsylvania, particularly military, political, and industrial history.

Develops effective working relationships with public and private groups and individuals concerned with the State Museumís military, political, and industrial history collections.

Work includes close cooperation with other staff of The State Museum, particularly in the fulfillment of education and exhibit programs.

The position coordinates the integration of military, political, and industrial history into exhibits and education activities at The State Museum.

Work may include supervising curators, interns, volunteers, and contract staff.

Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Chief Curator or in that supervisorís absence, the Museum Director.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to the Military, Political, and Industrial History collections and collecting activities.

The incumbent is to be familiar with PHMC general safety rules and safety rules specific to this position; for working in a safe manner and following all PHMC safety rules; immediately report all workplace injuries or incidents to their supervisor; and to immediately correct any safety hazards in the work area or report same to supervisor.

The Curator will perform related duties as assigned.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisorís signature.

Makes decisions on what objects to accession, loan, deaccession, for referral to other PHMC staff. Decides how objects will be documented, including cataloging and inventorying, within PHMC guidelines. Makes decisions on the physical care of specific objects. Prepares and reviews scripts and related materials for exhibiting objects, including working with teams to develop exhibits. As required, serves as team leader and project director on museum projects. Helps maintain program schedules and deadlines. Oversees the work of staff, interns, or volunteers in the section.

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


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Essential Functions
: Provide a list of essential functions for this position. Example: Transports boxes weighing up to 60 pounds.
 1. Clear and concise oral and written skills
 2. Ability to research and document objects
 3. Ability to understand & apply policy and procedures
 4. Ability to handle and move objects
 5. Ability to perform visual inspections
 6. Ability to operate specialized computer software
 7. Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
 8. Ability to operate PA vehicles
 9. Ability to interact with others
 10. Ability to organize and manage multiple projects