The W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a research facility of Tarleton State University, is a combined museum and special collections library. Located at the site of the Thurber ghost town, its interactive exhibits explore the birth and death of a company town.
The Curator, under direction, oversees training and supervision of personnel and assists in personnel management. Acquires, researches, and manages collections. Plans, organizes, interprets, and presents exhibitions and lectures. This position reports to the site location in Mingus, Texas.
Responsibilities: 35% Educational Outreach Plan, coordinate, evaluate, and participate in presenting educational programs to children and adults at the W. K. Gordon Center and other locations for the Center. Build relationships with local educators through teacher preview opportunities, on-site school meeting visits, and creation of teacher materials sent through mail. Develop educational field trips for students that adhere to Texas state educational standards. Schedule and lead interactive field trips through the museum for school-aged students. Schedule and perform off-site field trip experiences as necessary. Develop and implement educational programming for children and adults. Seek out and create contacts with Texas industry professionals for Sunday afternoon museum programs. Plan, schedule, promote, and supervise set up and tear down of public museum events including Sunday afternoon educational programs, special night events, members only events, childrenâ™s educational events, and other museum programming as necessary. Evaluate programs based on visitor numbers and feedback.
35% Exhibitions Research, develop, and install temporary and permanent exhibitions that interpret the history of Thurber and promote the mission of the museum. Collaborate with staff to create temporary exhibition schedule at least one year in advance of exhibit opening. Develop, research, and interpret museum collection of Thurber artifacts. Research content for temporary and permanent exhibitions. Coordinate and collaborate with local community leaders and residents to create joint exhibitions and related public outreach programming. Develop concepts and interactive elements of temporary and permanent exhibitions. Create research based written content for exhibitions. Design and install exhibitions including written, graphic, and interactive content. Evaluate impact of exhibitions. Prepare objects and images for public display. Supervise interns and part time staff as needed to assist with administrative, research, and exhibition work.
10% Social Media Coordinator Oversee coordination of advertising, publicity, and public relations. Coordinate with University marketing department to promote museum programs and exhibitions through internal and external advertising. Maintain website and University calendar with pertinent museum updates. Create content for and maintain museum social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Blogger. Coordinate and collaborate with local communities to promote local events in an effort to create strong ties between the museum, University, and area community members. Supervise interns and part-time employees in research, writing, and publishing monthly blog posts on museum blog; write and publish own blog posts to museum blog as necessary; manage back end of blog.
10% Administrative Supervise interns, graduate assistants, and part-time employees. Supervise greeting of visitors, acceptance of admission fees, answers for verbal queries. Represent Gordon Center in official meetings and trainings as necessary. Complete university mandated documents related to finance, travel, employment, statistics, communications, operations, and technology. Oversee operations of online museum store; add new merchandise as it becomes available; process and fulfill online orders; ensure proper accounting information processed through Tarleton system. Seek out and apply for grants to fund museum educational programming and exhibitions. Stay up to date on current museum trends, strategies, and public history philosophies through research, conversations with other professionals, and continuing education opportunities.
5% Membership Design and gather membership package printed materials. Process membership packages at museum: add to museum database, print membership materials, write thank-you letter to new members, pack and ship new member packages. Promote Gordon Society member program through museum communications and social media channels.
5% Otherâ”Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience: Master'sâ™s degree in Collection Management/Conservation or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years of related experience in academic and/or professional collection management or conservation.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Knowledge of conservation and collection management. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Applications accepted only online at: https://www.tarleton.edu/jobs/
Internal Number: R-019371
About Tarleton State University
With its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community. Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education, within five colleges—Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Liberal and Fine Arts, and Science and Technology. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. Recent additions to the Stephenville campus consist of a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students. Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs with classes in Waco, Midlothian and the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth. Tarleton offers a traditional, residential college experience with a lively campus atmosphere, intercollegiate athletics, dozens of student or...ganizations and cultural attractions. Students benefit from the personal attention, warmth and faculty interaction found at smaller, liberal arts institutions.* Please note job openings are updated on a weekly basis *