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Conner Prairie - Curator of Black History and Religion

  • 07 Dec 2020 12:30 PM
    Message # 9410890

    Application can be found at https://www.connerprairie.org/join-our-team/ 

    Curator of Black History and Religion

    Principal Function: The Curator of Black History and Religion will oversee Black History Experiences at Conner Prairie. The position's principal function will include overseeing the creation of a new Black Settlement experience through a religious storyline that brings to life composite stories of a 19th Century Black settlement found in the Midwest. This position will be responsible for working with the exhibits, interpretation, education departments, project advisors, and other internal teams to bring the experience to life while managing the settlement's day-to-day operations. The position will also be responsible for creating and developing new Black History experiences at Conner Prairie.

    Education and/or Experience: Masters in History or Religious studies with a focus in 19th Century African American History.  PH. D preferred; minimum of four (4) years’ experience in a related field required.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to:

    1. Manage research initiatives in support of the museum interpretation, documentation of collections, and the sharing of Black History at Conner Prairie. 
    2. Oversee the design, development and implementation of new strategies to include interpretation, programming and exhibit elements for the new Black Settlement Experience.  This will include online platform and marketing development.
    3. Oversee the administration of the project with respect to budgeting, community engagement, marketing, staffing, reporting and tracking.
    4. Oversee and manages religious fellows on the project.
    5. Lead the day-to-day operations of the experience.
    6. Collaborate closely with exhibits team in the development of the experience.
    7. Work closely with project advisors on the development and delivery of the project.
    8. Partner with marketing to develop strategies to reach communities of color.
    9. Foster relationships with local and national religious organizations and churches.
    10. Coordinate the publication of papers and other research efforts.
    11. Present virtual and in-person lectures and workshops.
    12. Recommend acquisitions and deaccessions to the Director of Exhibits and Collections Coordinator.
    13. Assist the organization with other Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion initiatives.

    Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty according to the requirements of the organization. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:  Project supervision and supervision of religious fellowships.

    Competencies: To perform this job successfully, all employees at Conner Prairie should demonstrate the following competencies:

    • Customer Service – Responds to requests for service and assistance; Manages difficult or emotional customer situations focusing on listening without interrupting and keeping ones emotions under control; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Maintains confidentiality and meets commitments; Remains open to others ideas and tries new things.
    • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
    • Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
    • Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
    • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
    • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
    • Quality/Quantity – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to promote and improve quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality; Meets productivity standards; Completes work in a timely manner; Strives to increase productivity and works quickly.
    • Safety/Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
    • Attendance/Punctuality/Dependability – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and events on time; Follows instructions; Responds to management’s direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternative plan.

    Job-related Competencies – To perform this job successfully, employees in this job should demonstrate the following competencies:

    • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
    • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
    • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
    • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

    Other Skills and Abilities: The following skills and abilities are either required or desired.

    • Computer software skills required include: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Past Perfect.
    • A working knowledge of the historical time periods that the organization represents is required.
    • The knowledge of collections appropriate for our organization’s time periods is required.
    • The knowledge relating to the logistics and handling or collection of items is required.
    • The ability to prepare and maintain financial budgets is required.
    • The ability to operate a computer, printer, copy machine, scanner, fax machine, and other office equipment is required.
    • The ability to speak, read and write in English is required. Spanish is desired.

    Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently will stand; walk; and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  The employee occasionally will climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell. 

    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), and the ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

    Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally is exposed to working near moving mechanical parts and the risk of electrical shock when working with office equipment and outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

    While the offices of Conner Prairie are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, this position may require work beyond these hours and on the weekends. It also may require occasional domestic travel.  A valid driver’s license is desired.

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