Collections Manager/Curator

7/20/22-Gillespie County Historical Society Fredericksburg, TX

Job Description

Full-Time Salaried

Collection Manager (and or) Curator reports to the Executive Director of GCHS. The position requires easy collaboration with GCHS’ Archivist. The Archivist and the Collection Manager (and or) Curator work closely together managing the collection and providing the external relationships with the community concerning the accessibility of the collection and other archival and research resources.

About the Gillespie County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum:
The Society’s activities center around two primary museum sites it manages and operates, the Pioneer Museum and the Vereins Kirche. The Pioneer Museum is a 3+ acre complex of historic buildings, artifacts, and archives, interpreting the story of the 1840’s German colonization of the Texas Hill Country and the immigrant German founders of Fredericksburg. The Vereins Kirche is a replica of an 1847 structure, completely reinterpreted in 2020 to tell the story of the building’s history and significance. Both sites are in the heart of this popular tourist destination town. Annual visitation to the Pioneer Museum and Vereins Kirche is routinely 36,000-plus. The Gillespie County Historical Society was chartered in 1935. It currently has a $755,000 annual operating budget, a fifteen-member Board of Directors, three full-time and twelve part-time employees. Having completed all prerequisites, the museum is being considered for accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in September/October 2022.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Collections Focus:
• Care for the collection of the GCHS, including maintaining standards of the American Alliance of Museums
• Process donations, keep records, assist with public research, and make written and verbal reports; maintain sufficient supplies and inventory
• Updating the Collections Management and Emergency Preparedness policies when necessary
• Knowledge and understanding of the Past Perfect Museum Software, web edition is currently used, experience with Past Perfect 5.0 or web edition necessary
• Create and install new exhibits, and rotate materials on display at Pioneer Museum and the Vereins Kirche
• Understand and follow the Collections Management Policy, particularly as it relates to the Texas Abandoned Property laws when deaccessioning collections materials
• Manage and work with collections volunteers
• Work with community organizations such as the Friends of the Gillespie County Country Schools, the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, and the County Commissioners when interpreting
• Continue inventorying the collections storage area and digitizing information in the Past Perfect database system
• Provide research to family and local historians

Curatorial Focus:
• Work with contractors, home buyers, sellers, and the Fredericksburg Historic Preservation Officer to provide historical information and photographs on homes and buildings in the Historic District
• Provide historical information and do interviews with journalists regarding the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, as well and the operations of the GCHS
• Work with local publications and the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau to provide the most accurate information regarding the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County
• Work with contractors, architects, and other tradespeople to provide context and insight into restoration of buildings on the Pioneer Museum campus i.e. the Walton-Smith Log Cabin
• Perform maintenance and cleaning of objects as well as facilities on occasion
• Employee is a key holder and responsible for opening and closing the museum on a scheduled basis
• Create exhibits for display throughout Pioneer Museum and other entities owned and/or operated by

GCHS
Other Duties:
• Assist in the Visitor experience by supporting the Docent Team at the Welcome Center by providing admission and retail sales on a limited weekly basis
• Assist in School visits by collaborating with the Education Program Coordinator
• Assist in Museum Program experiences with the Volunteer and Public Programs Coordinator
• Support Membership events with the Development and Membership Coordinator
• Other reasonable duties as assigned
Ideally the Candidate Should Possess:

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to engage people of a wide range of ages and experiences
• High energy and passion for the museum’s mission
• Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
• Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, database management (Past Perfect)
• Proven record of successful research
• Flexible and adaptable to team’s needs

Qualifications and Education Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Content History, or a related field
• Three to five years’ experience in the museum field
• Enthusiastic leadership style that builds team cohesiveness
• Public relations and communication skills
• Proficiency in technology applications and social media skills
• Eager listener and seeker of knowledge to build proficiency in weaker areas

Qualifications and Education Advantages:
• Master’s degree in a related field
• Verifiable administration experience
• Experience relating to local government entities
• Past experience in related field

Salary:
This is a full time, salaried position. Salary is competitive based on experience in the range of $42,550 - $44,500. Requires some weekend and evening hours. The work schedule is flexible, and some duties may be performed from home. Benefits include paid medical insurance, 5 sick days, 10 days paid vacation, 2 days for immediate family emergency leave, and 6 paid holidays.
To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 work-related references. Additional materials beneficial to your application, which are examples of successes in research, public engagement, and museum program event implementations. Please send all by email to Dr. David B. Shields: dshields@pioneermuseum.org
Phone: 830-990-8441 pioneermuseum.org, 325 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624