9 Jan 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous

[Listing expires 2/1/2020]
Organization Name:  Earl Scruggs Center
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The Earl Scruggs Center seeks an experienced, full-time Curator. The curator must be approachable with strong interpersonal skills, a team player, able to multi-task and prioritize exhibit projects, and provide oversight of the museum’s displays and collection. The Curator handles all aspects of long-term exhibits, two special exhibits per year, programming in coordination with other staff, care of the exhibits, and exhibit technology in coordination with exhibit tech company.

The ideal candidate will work with the Director and other staff to accomplish the mission/vision and accomplish responsibilities to highest standards on time and within the budget.

The Curator also manages all aspects of the Earl Scruggs Center collection as well as the Cleveland County Historical Collection, which are housed together.

The Curator must interact professionally and productively with members of public, museum staff, board, volunteers, and visitors. While the majority of the Curator’s time will be spent on-site during operating hours, a portion of time will be spent in the community promoting the Center using the collection. In addition, a small percentage of time will be spent at an off-site storage facility managing volunteers/interns and/or working with the collection.

Position requires 40-45 hours per week and may include occasional evening, weekend, or holiday hours as needed. Weekly schedule rotates between Monday-Friday and Tuesday-Saturday, in coordination with other staff. Salary range of $36,000-$45,000 commensurate with experience and skills. Benefits include health insurance, holidays, and paid vacation.


Exhibits/Collection Management

  • Develop or secure temporary exhibits (2 per year) which meet the Earl Scruggs Center mission and vision at a high level of professionalism and scholarship.
  • Recruit, manage, educate, and train curatorial interns and volunteer docents (coordinate with Operations Coordinator/other staff).
  • Manage care of collection through pest control, building security, access to objects/artifacts, tracking of temperature, humidity, and other conditions of artifact storage and exhibit areas to appropriate museum standards.
  • Insure collection/loans appropriately and keep policies current.
  • Plan for rotation of objects/artifacts, photos, text panels, etc. for conservation.
  • Maintain all licensing agreements, renewals and payments for photos and films used in primary and special exhibits, website, film work, etc.
  • Maintain all music licensing used in primary and special exhibits, film work, ambient music, etc. including compliance with monthly, quarterly BMI/ASCAP music licensing data reports.
  • Maintain and manage the Earl Scruggs Center Oral History Collection and future oral history gathering efforts as well as digital editing and storage of the oral history collection.
  • Document and manage all acquisitions and ongoing reporting on collection and loans.

Community Engagement

  • Present items/programs at the Center and in the community to assure objects/collections are accessible to the public.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community groups, (including libraries, local history and others, universities, etc.) as well as granting agencies to develop mutually beneficial partnerships, awareness of the Center, secure sponsorship for exhibits, and programming.
  • Communicate with internal and external partners/shareholders including DCC Board, County government and community groups about exhibits and county historical collection.
  • Network with museum and non-profit professionals and strive to apply current museum best practices in all areas of responsibility.
  • Serve as key partner in development of educational programming relative to long term and special exhibits for K-12 as well as public programs in coordination with appropriate staff.

Other Responsibilities

  • Effectively research as required for all areas of responsibility.
  • Handle inquiries from researchers and the public (communication, research, paperwork)
  • Utilize computer-generated imagery and digital media in various aspects of duties.
  • Budget planning, forecasting and reporting specific to curatorial responsibilities.


  • A minimum of 3-5 years of curatorial experience working with history collections in a museum or other collecting institution with a public audience
  • Demonstrated experience with exhibit development and production/fabrication
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of scholarly research and writing and lectures and public programs for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse community groups, colleagues, scholars and researchers, and partner organizations
  • Demonstrated experience with collections databases, proficiency in PastPerfect is a plus
  • Ability to use Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is a plus


  • Some physical activity such as climbing ladders, lifting tables, boxes, objects up to 40 pounds, and kneeling is required

FULL-TIME position.

Reports to: Executive Director Staff reporting to this position: None. Will work closely with and manage some volunteers and intern(s).

The Earl Scruggs Center: Music and Stories from the American South

The Earl Scruggs Center combines the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, with the unique and engaging story of the history and cultural traditions of the region where he was born and raised. The Center presents exhibits about the life and legacy Mr. Scruggs, Cleveland County history, and other subjects relating to music and stories from the American South. In addition, the Center offers programming such as concerts, music classes for children, field trip opportunities, and a wide variety of cultural programs.

Hiring Salary Range:

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Please send resume, cover letter, and salary history to:
Mary Beth Martin, Executive Director
PO Box 2063
Shelby, NC 28151

The North Carolina Museums Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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