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Posted: 03/21/2016

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Curator of Archaeological Collections
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
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Curator of Archaeological Collections
The Curator of Archaeological Collections (Curator) works within the Historic Preservation and Collections Department under the direct supervision of the Director for Archaeology (Director of Archaeology). In addition to supporting the overall mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and the department to preserve the Associations archaeological resources, the Curator is charged with overseeing the Archaeological Collection(s) and their associated written and photographic data and providing direction to the accession, research, collections management and documentation as well as analyses and reporting using these specific collections.
- Manage and supervise the archaeological lab as well as the storage facilities and objects on exhibit
- Manage and train staff, volunteers/interns in carrying out the full range of standard archaeological excavation and lab procedures
- Serve as the registrar for the archaeological objects:  responsible for all loan and information requests including documentation procedures, condition reports, and transportation related to the restoration collections; maintain database of objects on loan; monitor status of loaned objects
- Works with the Director of Archaeology to prioritize cataloging of archaeological material pursuant to departmental goals
- Prepare and assist in preparation of archaeological reports, articles, and presentations
- Identify conservation needs for archaeological and architectural materials; arrange conservation
- Collaborate with the Director of Archaeology and the Vice President of Historic Preservation and Collections and department staff to plan and implement short and long-term storage solutions for archaeological materials
- Implement best practices for historic preservation collections and lab procedures according to industry standards
- Working with the Director of Archaeology manage the historic preservation labs including organizing, accessioning and supervising processing, documentation and storage of accessioned materials, and the processing of specialized samples. Manage historic preservation laboratories supply budget
- Supervise and conduct research using the historic preservation collections
- Develop internships in collaboration with the Director of Archaeology for students and young professionals to document, catalogue and research Mount Vernons historic preservation collections and present the results utilizing technological and traditional formats
- Instruct and support Association staff with digital documentation and its incorporation into routine job-specific functions. Promote the integration of the humanities and technology through various digital formats
- Undertakes archaeological fieldwork seasonally and supervises interns, fieldschool students, and volunteers in field methods
- Represent Mount Vernon at conferences and symposia
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
  • M.A. in Historical Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, History or closely related field required. PhD preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archaeological methods and theory including historical archaeology of the English colonial world, artifact analyses, database functionality, field methodologies, collections management issues and public interpretation
  • Strong computer and records management skills including word processing and database management; knowledge of GIS and web development. Experience using cataloguing databases including Re:discovery and proficiency with DAACS preferred
  • Ability to design and conduct research projects as demonstrated through publications and professional papers.  Research interests associated with work in colonial and early American historical archaeology and material culture
  • Three years experience working in archaeology laboratory processing and analyzing historic artifacts.  One year at management or supervisory level
  • Strong computer and records management skills including word processing and database management, especially artifact cataloguing systems
  • Experience supervising, training and mentoring staff, college and graduate level interns and volunteers.  Experience and desire to design internships, volunteer projects and research topics for students and volunteers
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the principles and techniques of artifact conservation and collections management
  • Excellent communication skills, reflected in strong and effective writing and speaking, as well as excellent diplomatic skills; web development skills desirable
  • Flexibility, reliability, and the ability to work beyond a normal work day
  • Ability to successfully complete a security background check  

How to apply
Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three references as a single pdf through the Mount Vernon employment system. Please contact Dr. Luke J. Pecoraro - lpecoraro@mountvernon.org - for specific position inquiries.

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