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Ephraim is a beautiful place to visit, but wouldn’t you like to work here?

The Ephraim Historical Foundation was founded in 1949 as a not-for-profit organization.  Our mission is to preserve and to foster the preservation of historical monuments, buildings, structures, sites, and collections of importance to Ephraim, WI.  Our organization acts as a resource in support of cultural organizations and civic services within the Village of Ephraim and the community at large.  We are the custodian of financial contributions for the preservation of historic properties and collections.  Our work enriches the concept of Ephraim as a village of values for the enjoyment and understanding of our cultural traditions and natural beauty.  We share the heritage and stories of the people of Ephraim through research, outreach, and education.

The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s vision is to faithfully preserve, sustain, and share the history, culture, and beauty of Ephraim.

The picturesque Village of Ephraim is nestled below Peninsula State Park, in the heart of beautiful Door County, WI. Settled in 1853 by Norwegian Moravians on the tranquil shores of Eagle Harbor, Ephraim takes pride in its Scandinavian roots. Ephraim’s rich heritage has been carefully preserved in more than 30 historical sites throughout the village, 11 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ephraim has the most accessible shoreline of all the Door County communities.  Within walking distance in this village of less than 300 people, are shops, restaurants and galleries set in century-old barns, rustic log cabins and vintage homes.

With 300 miles of Door County shoreline, you can watch a sunrise and a sunset over the water without leaving the county. Within a few minutes’ drive from our office, you can see thousands of acres of orchards, explore art galleries, devour cherry pie, sip on local wines and brews, splash in the lake or paddle along the bluffs, stroll through five state parks or tour 11 historic lighthouses.

The Ephraim Historical Foundation is searching for a new Curator.  This opportunity will allow the right candidate to build up collections, and develop ways in which objects, archives and artworks can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events and audio-visual presentations and exhibits.

The Curator communicates the museum’s vision and mission and carries out policies and procedures established by the Executive Director and the Trustees, and may be assigned to other duties as required by the small museum environment, including event, fundraising, and guest services support.

This position requires exceptional time management and multi-tasking skills as well as a high level of emotional intelligence. General guidance is provided by the Executive Director, however, work is performed independently within guidelines of policies and procedures. The position involves frequent internal and external contacts, which require excellent communication skills.

The Curator role is a highly visible position within the Ephraim Historical Foundation’s Museum environment with three main areas of focus—collections care & management, exhibitions, research and Presentation/Interpretation.

To be successful in this position, an individual must be aligned with The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s cultural values and visitor-centric focus.  The incumbent ensures effective working relationships by cultivating and maintaining professional credibility with all staff, administration, and volunteers.  The individual demonstrates maturity, sound judgment, positive attitude, and works collaboratively with peers and colleagues throughout the organization and community.

The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s culture is team-oriented and collaborative. To that end, all position responsibilities include the following three performance expectations & priorities:

Achieve the organization’s purpose by demonstrating the EHF’s vision, values, mission, goals, and strategies daily.

Help others achieve the organization’s purpose through collaboration and teamwork.

Carry out job function through completing the following essential duties. (Click here for full job description Curator Job Description- Final)

Collections Care and Management:

  • The primary responsibility is collections storage and the documentation, management, and care of the museum’s collections and institutional archives, seeking to make them accessible to internal and external audiences and to make sure the museum maintains a high level of accuracy.
  • Applicants should be skilled in cataloging and registration techniques, artifact cataloging and research, exhibit planning and creation. Independent judgment, decision-making authority, and common sense are essential. The curator must also have the highest standards of integrity and be capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Our new curator will spend time organizing exhibitions, arranging for restoration of artifacts, identifying and recording items, organizing loans, maintaining records, cataloguing acquisitions, ensuring that collections are properly preserved, and dealing with research inquiries. Additionally, we ask that our curator develop and organize the collections to expand and improve educational and research facilities.

Exhibitions:

  • The curator is responsible for creating, developing, implementing and evaluating indoor and outdoor museum interpretive and educational programs and exhibits for children, adults, and families. As a team member, this position is also responsible for the selection, training, and supervision of volunteers as related to curatorial programs.
  • Prepare and manage project, event, and exhibit work schedules and timelines, including the creation of annual in-house exhibits, load ins, load outs, installations and deinstallations in coordination with the rest of the staff and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with volunteers and additional departments to provide appropriate staffing for work schedules including installation and deinstallation.
  • Collaborate with other departments in the development of project, event, and exhibit build budgets.
  • Maintain a safe work environment for volunteers and staff including training and enforcement of all relevant OSHA safety standards.
  • Produce and maintain audio and video components for exhibits and supporting programs.

Research:

  • Applicants should be comfortable researching, compiling and preparing written and audio visual information about catalogues and publishing it on the institution’s website or blog.
  • Providing support for researchers within well-defined guidelines; keeps abreast of current publications relative to research methods, techniques, and developments; supports the dissemination of findings; acts as a content specialist to the Museum board and staff members.
  • Applicants should have experience conducting archival research with primary sources (including manuscripts, genealogical records, etc.)
  • Understand and can apply methodology and tools related to historic and cultural research.
  • Adapt research findings to public and education programming.

Presentation/Interpretation:

  • The curator will conduct research and lecture or write publications on findings or ongoing activities.
  • The curator should be comfortable with public speaking, giving presentations, and training volunteers on interpretation.

Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Necessary:

  • Knowledge of United States and Wisconsin history and material culture
  • Exceptional communication skills (oral and written)
  • The ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with attention to detail, adaptability, and a positive attitude
  • Proven ability to work diplomatically in a team environment.
  • Planning and implementation of other mission based public programming including workshops, classes, programs and events that supports the Museum’s mission.
  • Organizes event setup and take-down, activity schedule, resources needed, and works with staff and volunteers to make the programs happen.
  • Serves as a team player to ensure community based events run smoothly. All staff assist with all events.
  • Displays familiarity with safety requirements of the job and general work area. Identifies and reports workplace hazards and follows safety procedures.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as history, art history, public history, museum studies, or equivalent work experience required.
  • One to three years of work experience coordinating projects in a curatorial, museum or similar setting
  • Demonstrated experience organizing complex information for use by various stakeholders and successfully meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience in the handling of museum artifacts preferred
  • Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the responsibilities identified in this job posting will also be considered.

Work Environment:

Travel required between buildings in all weather conditions.  Work schedule flexibility is critical; will need to work some evenings and weekends and be able to move through out all of our buildings in the village of Ephraim. Must be able to work in an office environment but primarily in various other spaces and storage areas where artifacts and archives are housed.  Must be able to climb, stretch, reach overhead, and lift up to 40 lbs. A valid driver’s license is required.

The hiring salary range for this position is $38,000-$45,000 annually (DOQ). All interested candidates must submit their application, including a resume and cover letter, prior to the application close date of 11/15/2020.

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