Curator of Object Collections | La Porte, TX

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Curator of Object Collections

San Jacinto Museum of History


This position requires a highly organized collections professional who can orchestrate the acquisition, documentation, cataloging, preservation, interpretation, exhibition and display of the object collections at the San Jacinto Museum of History (SJMH). Owned by the San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association (SJMBA), the collection totals over 17,000 objects and is represented by a broad range of media, and includes fine and decorative arts, 19th century weapons, Mesoamerican religious and utilitarian vessels, textiles, Spanish colonial objects, and household items. The object collection at SJMH is distinct from the significant SJMH Library and Archives collection, and the latter is administered by the Library Director.

The Curator of Object Collections at SJMH also has a significant public side, requiring someone who demonstrates effective communication with colleagues, volunteers, contractors, the public, board members and stakeholders. The position offices in the San Jacinto Monument where the museum is also located.

Responsibilities and Duties


· Administers the registration, cataloging, and inventory for the museum's object collections, prioritizing current acquisitions backlog and upcoming exhibit projects. Conducts research to identify and authenticate provenance for object collections.

· Maintains and updates the museum’s Collections Management Plan and policies (completed in 2006) as they relate to the object collections and their acquisition, deaccession, display, preservation, and disaster response. All collections plans and policies are developed in cooperation with Board of Trustees Collection Committee and Executive Director.

· Defines, updates, and implements collections storage solutions, environmental monitoring equipment and protocols and integrated pest management procedures for object collections.

· Administers all incoming and outgoing exhibit loans of object collections to museums, government agencies, and individuals.

· Oversees the research, development, and creation of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits, along with related programming (lectures, symposia, and workshops) in collaboration with other SJMH departments. Correspondingly, enhances other museum departments’ programming with object collections.

· Coordinates with site and monument restoration efforts by identifying site-related objects to ensure proper preservation and restoration of these artifacts to meet the museum’s plans and goals.

· Serves as a resource and liaison to the local community, other institutions, and the public with regards to the museum collection.

Strategic Plan and Budget

· Develops and executes an annual collection’s strategic plan.

· Prepares and manages an annual collection’s operating budget.

Internal Coordination

· Works as part of Senior Management Team to activate on short and long-term strategic issues.

· Coordinates curatorial activities with Marketing team to ensure timely and effective marketing opportunities.

· Coordinates with Development staff for grant and underwriting opportunities.

· Coordinates with the Operations and Education staff to optimize exhibit and educational focus areas.

· Ensures all curatorial events are known and tracked on the master events calendar for coordination and support purposes.

· Provides input for routine newsletters and other digital marketing efforts.

Employee and Volunteer Oversight

· Directly supervises any curatorial interns and/or collections volunteers.

· Conducts annual evaluations of all subordinate employees (if any).

· Performs other duties as directed by the Executive Director or Director of Museum Operations.


· A Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, History or a related field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

· Five (5) years of progressive museum curatorial or collections management experience.

· A combination of experience and education, with a proven track record of success in the museum field will be considered in lieu of meeting exact qualifications.

Museum staff is collectively responsible for contributing to a collaborative, cooperative, mission and revenue driven business operation. Everyone will be engaged, respectful, pro-active and help the organization grow and prosper.

Attendance at meetings/functions outside of traditional working hours will be necessary at times.

Ability to lift 30 lbs/50 lbs.

Status: Full-time/exempt/salaried (Range $60 - $65K per annum)

Reports to: Director of Museum Operations and the Board of Trustees Collections Committee. May be asked to report to the Board of Trustees as needed.

Application Process

Applicants should send their resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining their fit for the role as a single PDF document to

Please use “Curator – Your Name” as the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

San Jacinto Museum of History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.