|Desired Industry: Librarian/Museum
|Desired Job Location: Orlando, Florida
|Date Posted: 1/2/2007
|Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent
|Availability Date: 5/01/07
|Desired Wage: $45,000
|U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
|Job Level: Experienced with over 2 years experience
|Willing to Travel: Yes, 25-50%
|Highest Degree Attained: Bachelors
|Willing to Relocate: Yes
Highly motivated Museum Curator/Collection Manager with more than 3 years of increasing professional museum experience. Successfully completed the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies Management of Museum Collections Training. Committed to making the art and histories of African and African-American cultures accessible to the public while equally committed to preserving them for future generations. Organized and determined self-starter with strong interpersonal communications skills who excels under pressure.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute(November 2004-December 2006)Birmingham, AL
Curator of Exhibitions
• Selection and installation of museum gallery exhibits
• Supervise the design and preparation of museum exhibits and displays
• Supervised the cataloging of BCRI’s Permanent Exhibition to ensure BCRI’s (AAM) accreditation
• Maintain exhibition calendar for public and staff use
• Manage BCRI’s traveling exhibitions
• Research, collect and prepare artifacts for museum exhibitions
• Supervise the accession, cataloging, indexing of art and artifacts with PastPerfect software
• Manage Storage of art at onsite and offsite locations
• Coordinator of BCRI’s “Heritage Alive” Outreach program for youth ages 4-8
• Supervise Volunteers and work-study students
• Prepare budgets, written reports and forms related to museum operations
• Provide technical exhibition information via roundtables, interviews and lectures to the media and public
• Digital Photo Documentation
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Museum Collections Management Training(September 26-30, 2005) Washington, DC
• Collection Management Policies
• Collections Planning
• Collections Documentation: Accessions, Deaccessions, Loans, Condition Reporting
• Managing Electronic Collections Information
• Preventive Conservation and Collection Care
• Packing and Shipping Museum Objects
• Condition Photography
• Collections Assessments
• Storage Management
• Establishing a Collections Management Program
Tuskegee University (Archives & Museum Department)
Consultant (July 2004-August 2004) Tuskegee, AL
• Organized, rehoused, identified and described photos and archival documents related to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Interpretive Park Ranger (May 2002- September 2003)Tuskegee, AL
• Reserved and guided walking tours for both the George W. Carver Museum & Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
• Operated the National Park Service Museum welcome center and gift shop
• Information and research requests, Correspondence
• Historic Housekeeping
Missouri Preservation Services
Contract Research Assistant(November 2002) Kansas City, MO
• Conducted research on Tuskegee’s 1899 graduate, Charles Bowman, for placement in an African American Architectural Dictionary using Tuskegee University Archives
• Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Tuskegee University; Tuskegee, AL
• Management of Museum Collections, Smithsonian; Washington, D.C.
• Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, University Of Louisville; Louisville, KY
• Member of the African American Association of Museums (AAAM). Since April 2003
• Vice President of Tuskegee University‘s History Club: duties included organizing campus fundraisers and instructing club meetings. 2002-2003
Currently teaching Jazz Piano/Music Theory in Birmingham and surrounding areas.
On May 9, 2004, I (Kenneth M. Davis) was one of five History majors to receive a Bachelors of Arts degree from Tuskegee University. To receive such a degree from Tuskegee University is a unique and great honor for many reasons; however, the fact that the University is the only active college campus labeled a National Historic Site, in my opinion, makes a Tuskegee University History degree more prominent than History degrees given at other universities. The campus, as a unit of the National Park Service, is full of historical structures and shrines that illustrate many examples of African-American Greatness. Being a student on such a historic campus proved to be my first experience performing museum work. The fact that I took great pride in the campus history, led me, along with fellow history students, to organize the Frank Toland Historical Society (FTHS), fall 2002. As the vice-president of the FTHS, I organized a partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to hold club meetings inside of the George Washington Carver Museum. By May of 2002, I was fortunate to be hired by the NPS as an Interpretive Park Ranger.
As a Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site (TINHS) Park Ranger, I had to be knowledgeable of both Tuskegee’s history and a full range of NPS museum management policies. I also had to demonstrate knowledge of the care of the collection, which included cataloging, data entry, photo documentation, environmental monitoring, reports, and historic housekeeping. Working inside the Carver Museum I also had the distinctive opportunity to work with a very large and complex museum collection, which includes art & artifacts from Tuskegee Ins., Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen. The collection covered most disciplines (i.e. History, Archives, Biology, Geology, & Fine Arts). Equally as diverse as the collection were the museum patrons, for example, some people were more interested with Booker T Washington and his political views, while others may have been more fascinated with George Washington Carver’s revolutionary work with the peanut. Because of this, I had to be knowledgeable about many different subjects and at the same time connect them all to one Tuskegee Story.
Working in a small museum, I learned to be a flexible worker. As a student Park Ranger, I worked weekends 8-5 during the school terms, and I can recall many times when I was the only Ranger on duty; this meant that I worked many times unsupervised, covering the whole spectrum of museum activities: walking tours, bookstore management, correspondence, and operation of the visitor center.
November 1, 2004 I became the Curator of Exhibitions at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). As the curator, I was responsible for BCRI’s permanent fine art collection along with the museum’s two changing galleries. My duties included the following: accessioning and cataloging, installation of exhibits, labeling objects, research and writing for exhibits and grants, and exhibit design. Over the past two years, I enjoyed collaborating with community organizations, collectors and individual artists developing exhibition. I equally take pleasure in learning the many unique ways to present a work of art in a gallery setting.
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