The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology invites applications for the position of Senior Curator, who will also act as Curator of African Collections. Reporting to the Peabody Director, and working with the Director and others, this position develops and leads the curatorial vision for the Peabody. Using an inclusive approach, the individual will advance the overall curatorial agenda of the Museum including direct supervision of three curators, together with overseeing the curatorial work of three other curators who also have administrative responsibilities. The person will have direct curatorial responsibility for the Africa collections. The position oversees the selection and work of two endowment-funded research fellowships, and may also undertake some teaching. The Senior Curator is a member of the senior leadership team and will serve as a strong thought partner for the Director on wide-ranging issues, especially related to our commitment to ethical stewardship of the collections.
• Lead planning for the Peabody’s curatorial vision, including documentation, research, presentation, interpretation, and development of the collections.
• Oversee curatorial work aligned with the curatorial agenda for three direct reports (Curator of North American Ethnography; Curator of Oceania; Curator of Visual Anthropology) and other staff with curatorial duties.
• Undertake customary curatorial work for the African collections: recommend purchases or gifts, and advise on the intellectual content of proposed accessions and deaccessions; contribute to the integrity of information about collections and database content in keeping with professional practices; make recommendations for conservation and consult on conservation work and collections storage; curate exhibits; conduct and publish research; contribute to programming (lectures, workshops, conferences); identify and obtain funds for research, exhibitions, and programs; respond to researcher and student requests and consult with visiting researchers; may have teaching duties.
• Oversee the recruitment and selection for the museum’s endowed research fellowships.
• As a member of the senior leadership team, contribute to the development of the museum’s overall strategic planning initiatives.
• Collaborate with university colleagues, including faculty, and other museums at Harvard; develop and maintain professional affiliations with colleagues in similar positions at other institutions; and attend and present at conferences and professional events on behalf of the Museum.
• Master’s Degree
• 7+ years of professional experience including Museum curatorial experience
• 7+ years of progressively relevant professional experience including Museum curatorial experience
• A Ph.D. (or equivalent), preferably in Anthropology together with expertise in the ethnography of Africa
• Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures.
• Experience working with descendant communities on collections-related projects.
• Strong leadership and supervisory experience with the skills to direct and mentor professional staff, and commitment to an inclusive and team-based approach to projects.
• Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated record of scholarly engagement and production, together with strong public speaking and written presentation skills.
• Some travel may be required.
The Peabody Museum stewards a premier collection of cultural and related materials, both archaeological and ethnographic, from around the globe and is closely allied with two academic departments at Harvard, the departments of Anthropology and Human and Evolutionary Biology. Collections are intensively used in teaching and research by these and many other academic departments.
Detailed information can be found here:
The Museum’s ethnographic holdings include over 16,000 items in four significant collections. The three principal collections, gathered from Liberia, southern Cameroon, and Uganda during the first half of the twentieth century, include a diverse range of objects used in daily or ritual life. The fourth collection contains more than 200 musical instruments ranging from drums to hand pianos. Archaeological collections are represented by George Reisner’s excavations in Egypt and Nubia.
Please note: this position is a full-time curatorial position with no academic department responsibilities or affiliation. The position may undertake some teaching duties.
Apply at https://hr.harvard.edu/jobs position #50494BR