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Posted: 09/04/2009

Detroit Historical Society

The Detroit Historical Society educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our regions shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences.

Chief Curator
Professional Opportunity
Detroit, MI




The Society is responsible for the overall management and operations of the Detroit Historical Museum, an 80,000 square foot facility located in Midtown; Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a unique maritime museum located on Belle Isle; and the Collections Resource Center, an expansive storage facility which houses an extensive collection of more than 200,000 artifacts. The Society has developed an expansion and renovation plan for the museums, adding 20,000 square feet to the Detroit Historical Museum, a new gallery, education and event rental spaces, parking and building exterior improvements, increased use of interactive technology and other learning-based attractions, enhancements to the museums web site, the addition of curatorial, educational and development staff, and operational funding support and additional growth in the Societys endowment.

The Chief Curator reports to the Executive Director and C.E.O. and is responsible for the articulation and implementation of a strategy for the Societys curatorial and educational initiatives. The Chief Curator will work with senior leadership to provide strategic and tactical direction to the entire organization, particularly with respect to the educational and interpretive initiatives that the organization undertakes. The Chief Curator will represent the Society in the greater Detroit community and the national museum community, extending the Societys brand as the regions leading local history organization.

We seek an accomplished and creative individual with an exceptional record as a transformational and translational expert in an urban historical venue. The successful candidate will have appropriate experience with collections, and related exhibit and educational programs. He/she must have a work style that reflects the values and vision of the Society and have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to positively interact with individuals at all levels of the organization and community. The successful candidate must be able to develop a variety of internal and external networks that synergize the creative and educational processes for the Society, can create innovative community based outreach and collaborative activities and find new ways in which to utilize the web. This individual aspires to key leadership opportunities, has experience directing multi-discipline project teams, and has developed staff into highly effective employees through coaching, mentoring, and modeling.

The ideal candidate will have at least seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in museum management, including exhibit coordination, project management, and team leadership. Knowledge of museum technology applications, current best practices and principles with respect to museum registration methods and collections standards, and concepts of planning and producing exhibitions is required. A masters degree in history or museum studies is required, a Ph.D. is preferred. For nominations, expressions of interest, or to submit your resume please contact Kittleman & Associates at dhs-cc@kittleman.net. Additional information regarding this position is available at www.kittleman.net.

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How to apply
For nominations, expressions of interest, or to submit your resume please contact Kittleman & Associates at dhs-cc@kittleman.net. Additional information regarding this position is available at www.kittleman.net.
Richard King
Phone: (312) 986-1166
29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60606

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