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Job Title:  Museum Curator II - Lead 
Job Reference ID:  48544 
Grade:  19 
Posted Date:  07/11/2019 
Close Date:  07/25/2019 
Job Description

Arizona Historical Society

The Arizona Historical Society, through its exhibits, programs, publications, and outreach, informs and inspires people of all ages by reminding them of the boldness and daring that characterized countless individuals, past and present, who have made Arizona their home.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.


Museum Curator II - Lead

949 E. 2nd Street

Tucson, AZ 85719


The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is seeking a qualified Museum Curator II.  As the Museum Curator you will be responsible for working collaboratively with other staff on planning and development of exhibitions, interpretive programming and planning processes for special exhibitions, permanent collections installations, and other museum projects.

The Museum Curator will support, research and edits material for publication. Additional responsibilities may include supervising interns/volunteers as needed. Occasionally cover front desk admissions and positively represents the agency and its mission to patrons and the general public.



·         Working closely with staff on all aspects of exhibit development, including concept, design, planning, scheduling fabrication and installation.

·         Identifying objects from within collection or from other institutions for exhibitions.

·          Securing objects for loans, conducts research, working collaboratively with other staff in the development of narratives and story lines.

·         Writing interpretive materials.


·         Working closely with the Vice President of Exhibitions & Publications to ensure all AHS publications are properly fact-checked, edited, and prepared for production.


·         Helping to plan and organize the annual Arizona History Convention.


·         Developing annual goals and monitors performance against goals.

·         Completing and submitting monthly reports and statistics.

·         Tracking and reporting volunteer/intern hours if assigned.

·         Tracking exhibit related expenses.

Other duties as assigned as related to the position.


Knowledge of:

·         Museum and exhibition standards and best practices

·         U.S. history

·         Arizona History

Skills and Experience in:

·         Microsoft Word, Excel and Google products.

·         Working with a team on exhibit design, development and implementation.

·         Organization skills; follow through and attention to detail.

·         Research and writing skills.

·         Superior interpersonal and communication skills.

·         Experience managing projects; including timelines and budgets.

Ability to:

·         Work independently with self-direction

·         Be flexible and adapt to changing priorities and opportunities.

·         Work in a team environment  


·         Bachelor's degree in Museum Studies, History, Public History, Anthropology or related field is required.


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 

·         Sick leave

·         Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

·         Health and dental insurance

·         Retirement plan

·         Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

·         Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance


·         Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

·         Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melba Davis at (520) 617-1161 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Melba Davis at  or (520) 617-1161. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


Position Requirements
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Hourly Rate:  $0.00 / per hour  Salary:  $17.68-17.68 


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