Job Opening: Curator for the LDS Museums & Historic Sites Division

By August 1, 2011

We received the following from our good friends at Historic Sites Committee. A few of us JIers (both past and present) have interned with Historic Sites and can attest to the fantastic environment, wonderful people, and important work involved in their projects.

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Purposes: The Church History Department is currently looking for candidates for the position of Historic Sites Curator in the Museums & Historic Sites Division. This individual will assist in identifying, researching, preserving, restoring, and interpreting historic sites significant to the history of the Church.

Work will include: intensive historical research, master planning, large-scale collaborative development projects, interpretive message and exhibit design, interpretive curriculum development, websites, and global outreach. Much of the Historic Sites Curator?s work will bear the imprimatur of the Church and must be of the highest quality and integrity.

Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the creation of a sacred history by researching and developing content for large-scale and significant projects, including sites, exhibits, websites, publications, and curricula.
  • Accountable to management for carrying out responsibilities in an effective and timely manner; meeting agreed-upon schedules; subjecting work to vigorous peer review, accepting and incorporating feedback, and producing quality work.
  • Makes decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment. Assists in division planning, champions division/department projects and programs, can be trusted to balance division/department short-term and long-term needs.
  • Develops cooperative working relationships with colleagues and assists in building strategic relationships with those outside the division and the department by collaborating with other Church departments and connecting with outside scholars, contractors, and vendors. Works well with people who have different backgrounds and perspectives. Ensures the division works well with other divisions and departments.
  • Ensures that work performed meets professional standards and seeks to develop new skills, abilities, and knowledge by keeping current on procedures in related professions, participating in professional seminars and conferences, and reading professional literature.
  • Qualifications
  • Masters degree (doctorate preferred) in history, religious studies, museum studies, public history, historic interpretation, instructional design, or a related field, plus five to seven years experience in creating exhibits, historic sites, websites, or publications.
  • Demonstrates expertise in historic interpretation, message design, web based learning, or instructional design through examples of work products and reputable publications.
  • Possesses an in-depth knowledge of historical methodology and a broad understanding of LDS history, including the monographs and periodical literature of the field and the essential historical records.
  • Demonstrates high proficiency in written and oral communication with the ability to draft a wide variety of documents and products for specific audiences.
  • Ability to work independently in a rigorous, production-oriented setting, and also work effectively as a collaborator in a team environment, where values of community, respect, and integrity inform the culture.
  • Ability to define and meet productivity goals.
  • Sound understanding of Church doctrine, organization, policy, and protocol and highly refined diplomatic skills.
  • Capable of effectively supervising the work of less experienced colleagues, interns, and missionaries.

Worthiness Qualification: Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently temple worthy.

Posting Notice/How to Apply:
Please Note: All positions are subject to close without notice.

Apply at http://ldschurch.jobs. Click on the “Advanced Search” link and enter the job reference id in the “Job Opening ID” field after signing in.

Please send letter of application, vita, and a writing portfolio containing three 500-700 word historical articles aimed at a broad audience to Historic Sites Curator Search, c/o Karen Westenskow, Church History Museum, 45 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-0902. Applicants must also complete on-line application found at www.ldschurch.jobs. References will be required of finalists. Applications due by August 22, 2011.

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