Reports to: Deputy Director, Collections and Curatorial Affairs
Updated: November 7, 2019
The Curator is responsible for the research of Vizcaya’s collections and history, and works with colleagues to interpret and present these to the public. Vizcaya’s interpretive plan views collections in the context of the whole estate (architecture, interiors and gardens) and, in the coming years, the Curator will be focused on presenting Vizcaya in innovative and relevant ways, drawing meaningful connections among past, present and future.
Toward this end, the Curator plays an important role in Vizcaya’s Contemporary Arts Program, whereby artists are commissioned to develop site-specific projects that provide new insights into the estate. They also support efforts to communicate Vizcaya’s labor and farming history through revitalization of the Vizcaya Village, which originally housed the estate’s service functions.
The Curator plays a leadership role in advancing furnishing plans and collections displays; and participates in collections management and conservation initiatives. The Curator also supports fundraising efforts and responds to requests for information about Vizcaya’s collections and history.
The Curator is part of the Collections and Curatorial team that includes the Archivist and Digital Collections Specialist, Collections Manager, Conservator, Collections Care Specialist, Collections Care Technician, and Contemporary Arts Program Producer (currently vacant); the position reports to the Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs.
The Curator will manage the department’s internship program and supervise interns and volunteers. In addition, the Curator may supervise part-time or contract personnel, depending on skills, experience and organizational need.
- Research and liaise with outside scholars to research Vizcaya’s collections and history, including the movement and dispersal of the original collection and the site’s social history.
- Play a lead role in the interpretation and dissemination of the estate’s collections and history by providing content for interpretive materials, thematic tours, and the Web; present at conferences, symposia and meetings; participate in developing a new book on Vizcaya.
- Collaborate with other staff on the development and creation of temporary/case exhibits that further the museum’s mission.
- Work closely with colleagues to implement Vizcaya’s Contemporary Arts Program, facilitating the engagement of creative professionals with the site’s collections and history.
- Participate in institution-wide initiatives to advance the restoration, re-integration and interpretation of the historic Vizcaya Village.
- Evaluate, update and maintain furnishing plans and collections displays for the decorated rooms and gardens in accordance with the interpretive plan.
- Participate in the ongoing deaccession and disposition of non-original objects; collaborate on the project to consolidate and improve collections storage on- and off-site.
- Advance Vizcaya’s long-range conservation plan through research and by identifying curatorial priorities for conservation based on object significance or interpretive value; support ongoing collections care efforts.
- Work with the Advancement Department to help identify, secure and steward funding, including the provision of donor/prospect tours, and the preparation of narratives and financials for grant applications and reports.
- Respond to inquiries from staff, volunteers, the general public and researchers; assist Vizcaya’s marketing and communications team with media inquiries and interviews.
- Participate in one or more cross-departmental committees to collaboratively advance programs and initiatives that involve the entire institution.
Competency or position requirements
- In-depth knowledge of the history of art, decorative arts, and/or design that is relevant to Vizcaya’s collections and history.
- Experience in and passion for making collections and history meaningful and accessible to broad public audiences.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting and disseminating research on primary and secondary source materials.
- Interest in contemporary art, especially as a tool for interpreting history.
- General knowledge of Collections Management Database systems.
- Ability to work independently as well in a team, in a collaborative and respectful manner.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to effectively supervise staff, interns or volunteers.
- Effective organizational and administrative skills with an ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.
- Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
- Must be able to physically prepare exhibits, which may include walking, standing, kneeling, or climbing.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Full-time 40-hour per week (M-F) position. Occasional evening and weekend work required as job duties demand.
Occasional travel, for example for conferences or research, is required.
Job Requirements (Education, Experience, Certification)
Education and Experience
Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies or related field. A minimum of three years of experience working in a collections-related or curatorial capacity in a museum environment.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: HRVizcaya@vizcaya.org
Position open until filled.
No telephone calls please. Thanks
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.