Ford’s Theatre Society seeks a part-time Museum Coordinator to maintain the exhibitions and assist in interpretive resource development, both in physical exhibitions and using digital technology both on-site and off-site.
Ford’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
As part of its mission to celebrate the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education, in 2009 FTS updated the museum located on the lower level of the historic Ford’s Theatre and in 2012 opened three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space adjacent to the Petersen House. In 2014, to engage audiences on- and off-site, Ford’s created a digital strategy emphasizing expansion of digital interpretive resources.
The Museum Coordinator supports the Associate Director for Interpretive Resources by providing logistical, planning and implementation support for Ford’s Theatre Society’s interpretive resources, including tasks associated with daily operations, development of interpretive resources, management of the limited FTS collection, and publications and public inquiries.
1. Maintains permanent and temporary gallery spaces:
a. Performs day-to-day upkeep of exhibition and storage spaces
b. Monitors and tracks gallery and storage environmental conditions
c. Liaises with audiovisual vendor on upkeep of exhibition technology
d. Performs, or arranges with vendors, exhibition maintenance/repairs
2. Supports creation and management of interpretive resources:
a. Assists Associate Director of Education for Interpretive Resources, or other staff in creation of content for interpretive resources, including but not limited to, writing text and sourcing images
b. Assists in maintaining and updating content for online interpretive resources, including but not limited to the Remembering Lincoln website, Ford’s Theatre’s presence on Google Arts and Culture and the Ford’s Theatre website
3. Cares for the Ford’s Theatre Society collection
4. Leads tours and gives talks, lending museum expertise to programs as requested
5. Other duties as assigned
ˇ Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a two-year degree (or equivalent) in humanities, history, museum studies or related field; experience in a related field preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
ˇ Basic knowledge of standard museum collections handling and cleaning methods
ˇ Must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 25 pounds, climb ladders, navigate stairs and have no restrictions bending down or reaching above head.
ˇ Must be available to work some evening and weekend hours for exhibition maintenance
ˇ Strong oral and written communications skills
ˇ Experience with project coordination
ˇ Comfort with Microsoft Office suite
ˇ Ability to work independently
Applications are due October 19.