Position Announcement: Associate Curator of Native American Art, The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

The Associate Curator of Native American Art is responsible for research and documentation, exhibition, and teaching with the Native American collection, and participates in the collection’s preservation and growth. The Associate Curator of Native American Art participates as part of a cohort of professionals, including a Native American art fellow and an undergraduate intern, in support of teaching and learning with Native American art at the museum and Dartmouth.

Skills & Knowledge

• Understanding of curatorial practices, research and methodology.
• Knowledge and understanding of museum ethics and principles.
• Ability to write effectively.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to operate in a team-based working environment.
• Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.

Minimum Experience

• Two years minimum museum experience building and working with collections.
• Demonstrated record of scholarship and discernment in acquisitions, exhibitions, and/or publications.
• Ability to deal with a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
• Record of organization and preparation of special exhibitions.

Minimum Education

• Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Anthropology, or related field with an emphasis on Native American Art and Culture; 
• Masters or Ph.D preferred.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds. This position is a 31-month term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

• Researches and documents, exhibits, and teaches with the Native American collection, and assists and advises the Director and Senior Curator of Collections on matters concerning the collection’s preservation and growth, working with collections management and registration.
• Updates document files and the Native American collection section of the Hood website. 
• Conducts research for possible purchases and/or gifts.
• Conducts campus and public tours, lectures, and gallery talks and meets with museum docents, the media, and museum donors when applicable. 
• Works with the Senior Curator of Collections and Collections Documentation Manager and Cataloguer to improve standards for records for the Native American collection.
• Plans and coordinates visits of tribal cultural heritage representatives, elders, scholars, and curators, including access to relevant collections for purposes of research, revising cataloguing, and repatriation activities under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in consultation with Senior Curator of Collections and Registrar. 
• Answers or directs inquiries and requests for information on collection.

Teaching and Programs
• Organizes collection installations and participates on a team to curate one major exhibition, all in collaboration with the exhibitions, curatorial, external relations, and registration teams. Researches and writes printed materials and/or wall texts, brochures, catalogue, and website content.
• Participates on a team, including Native American Art Fellow, Senior Curator of Collections, and Associate Curator of Academic Programming, to create a series of teaching templates to facilitate teaching with the Native American collection across the curriculum. Conducts teaching sessions, coordinated with Dartmouth faculty, in the galleries and object study center for Dartmouth students.
• Works with the Senior Curator of Collections, Associate Curator of Academic Programming, Associate Curator of Education, and Student Engagement Coordinator to develop curricular and non-curricular teaching methods and models with the Native American collection.
• Works with the museum’s education and academic programming department and Campus Engagement Coordinator to develop and implement a wide range of interpretive programs based on the collection and special exhibitions.
• Within the Dartmouth community, provides expertise on museum objects for teaching.

Professional Development  
• Coordinates, along with Deputy Director and Senior Curator of Collections, two visits annually by a prominent tribal cultural representative, elder, scholar, tribal historic preservation officer, or curator (six total visitors over three years) to support professional development and to create networks.
• Attends conferences such as those given by Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA), Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and College Art Association (CAA).
• Prepares papers or proposes panels for presentation at these conferences. 
• Assists in the development of a paper on best curatorial practices in academic museums, with a focus on the benefits of diverse practices in communication, stakeholder engagement, and program development.