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    This position is in the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) of the Smithsonian Institution.  The incumbent reports to the Director and serves as Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at NMAAHC with responsibilities for developing, directing, and managing the museum’s curatorial, collections, and conservation teams and acquisitions strategies. 

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    Provides leadership and direction to Curatorial Affairs in the planning, development, and execution of museum exhibitions, symposiums, centers and other scholarly content driven activities.  Works with the curatorial, collections and conservation teams to formulate goals and objectives and appropriate policy guidelines for curatorial/collections/conservation activities. Ensures the development and incorporation of digital content in regard to exhibitions, publications and other content related scholarship. Makes policy decisions concerning Curatorial Affairs programs, including matters of budget, staffing, and organization.

    Works closely with the Project Management Office, Museum Operations and External Affairs to ensure and coordinate collaboration for the development, implementation and execution of public programs, exhibitions, and publications. 

    Oversees the development, justification, execution and control of the Curatorial Affairs federal and trust budgets. Ensures that Curatorial Affairs has established adequate control systems to monitor expenses and does not exceed budgeted amounts. Adheres to financial management policies and procedures of the Institution. 

    In coordination with the Director and the curatorial, collections and conservation teams, reviews and evaluates proposals for new scholarly programs, exhibitions or any significant changes in existing programs in research and collections. In concert with the Director reviews scholarship proposals and provides leadership and guidance on implementation of the proposed programs. In coordination with Director, establishes standards for research, exhibitions, collections, digital development, scholarly publications and other professional programs.  Directs and coordinates the efforts of the research and other professional staff to ensure that a high quality of performance is maintained, and that program emphases and museum strategic priorities are effectively carried out. This includes the monitoring of staff research and publication efforts, and the effective dissemination of scholarly work by professional staff and visiting researchers through lectures, symposia, and publications to both general and specialized audiences.

    Develops performance standards for reporting managers and evaluates their performance on a regular basis. Reviews and approves recommendations for personnel actions, including hiring for key positions, and acts on major personnel issues referred to him/her by managers. Develops, implements, monitors policies, and has direct responsibility for achieving Smithsonian and Museum objectives in such critical areas as staff development, labor relations, and equal employment opportunity.

    Performs historical research which results in authoritative scholarly contributions to the field. Participates in national and international conferences, meetings, and symposia and serves on national and international museum committees. Explores and develops joint programs in cooperation with universities, other museums, and community groups. Provides expert advice and consultation to professional and other organizations.  May substitute for Director at various events.

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    1015 Museum Curator

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