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Date posted to CSA website: October 6, 2014

Employer: Plimoth Plantation, Inc. Plymouth, MA

Position: Manager, Historical English Clothing and Textiles

Job description:
Oversee historical clothing and textiles interpretation and production, managing daily operations, including budgeting, ordering and processing of supplies, interdepartmental communication, and scheduling for the Museum. Research, design, produce, repair and maintain the 17th-century reproduction English clothing for the Museumís Colonial Programs staff. Provide training for the staff in how to wear and care for their garments. Provide training to staff in the history of the style of clothing and manufacture/process of cloth-making in the time period in order to strengthen the exhibit and the interpretation of textiles, clothing, and fashion in Plymouth Colony. Represent the Museumís Historical English Clothing and Textiles programming to other museums, historical organizations and media outlets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Based on thorough research, create the clothing for the Colonial exhibits and programs.
  • Hire, train, and supervise historical clothing and textiles staff, including volunteers and interns; also provide training for Colonial Programs staff to help them interpret Colonial-period concepts of clothing and fashion as well as the clothes they are wearing.
  • Set departmental goals, assign and supervise textile projects for staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Supervise pattern drafting, construction, fitting and alteration of historically accurate reproduction 17th-century clothing and household textiles using modern and period techniques.
  • Oversee maintenance of reproduction clothing and textiles, including laundering and mending.
  • Oversee production of related textile crafts, such as weaving, dyeing, and knitting.
  • Conduct and document research to improve and expand current wardrobe programming and develop new programs and exhibits.
  • Evaluate and continually strive to improve Colonial Programsí interpretation of clothing, textiles, fiber processes, and sewing skills in first- and third-person.
  • Serve as costume and textile adviser on the Museumís film and photo shoots, and consult with filmmakers, photographers and writers involved with Museum-approved projects.
  • Maintain accurate records of departmentís activities, including clothing issued to interpreters, volunteer hours and knitting kits.
  • Initiate and coordinate departmental outreach activities such as Weaversí Guild of Boston, attend meetings and conferences, present programs and coordinate projects for special audiences beyond the regular Museum guests or staff members.
  • This description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties inherent in satisfactory performance of the position.

    Job applicant qualifications:
    Education and Experience

  • Bachelorís Degree in the Arts or Humanities required.
  • Proven knowledge of and success in the construction of 17th-century clothing.
  • Some supervisory experience or, at a minimum, project management experience required.
  • Additional Requirements
    Some weekend and holiday work is required.

    Position will remain open until filled.

    Contact information:
    Sue Haverstock
    Associate Director, HR
    Plimoth Plantation, Inc.
    PO Box 1620
    Plymouth, MA 02362
    Phone: 508-503-2680
    Email; shaverstock@plimoth.org
    Website: www.plimoth.org


    Date posted to CSA website: August 31, 2014

    Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Position: Assistant Curator/Collection Manager

    Job description:
    The successful candidate will thrive in an academic institution in a necessarily collaborative unit in a school with people engaged in addressing real societal problems locally and globally through research, teaching and outreach. The individual will report to the Director/Curator, and work collaboratively with the faculty, staff and students in the Design Studies Department and across campus. The individual will develop, maintain and interpret the collection to promote the vital role of designed objects in creative and scholarly activities.

    The candidate will work comfortably in a research environment, taking advantage of unique opportunities available within a research institution, and actively assist faculty and students with their scholarly and artistic research endeavors. Individual is attracted to the educational role of working with project assistants, undergraduate and graduate student assistants with their scholarly and creative research. Individual is well organized, an initiator, appreciates team approaches, is detail-oriented, capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines. Individual appreciates their role in introducing students to future professional opportunities.

    In addition to the Director/Curator and this position, the staff includes at least one graduate project assistant, student assistants and experienced volunteers. The collection staff is small with a big vision; a vision supported by the School of Human Ecology and Department of Design Studies.

    The position includes but is not limited to:

    Curatorial activities:

  • Interpretation of objects for faculty, students and guests, a responsibility shared with Director/Curator.
  • Contribution to research for major exhibitions.
  • Research and documentation for the collection database.
  • Planning and implementation of rotating exhibitions in Mecklenburg Reading Room.
  • Assisting with exhibition planning and installation of major collection-based exhibitions in the Design Gallery and outside venues.
  • Assisting with development and implementation of education and outreach programs.
  • Assisting with implementation of strategic planning goals.
  • Assisting with development of online and written materials.
  • Management of the schedule of access to the collection, including class visits, guest researchers, students, and outside visitors.
  • Evaluation of potential accessions, deaccessions and preservation projects.
  • Management and evaluation of student workers and volunteers.
  • Participation in collection development activities and events.
  • Collection management activities:

  • Caring for a collection of approximately 13,000 textiles and related objects of dress, adornment and textile production, consistent with current knowledge of and experience with professional museum practices.
  • Assessment and improvement of information systems for handling and documenting objects.
  • Management of collection facilities.
  • Maintenance of collection database, the online collection and collection documentation.
  • Identify proposals for funding of special projects related to collection objects.
  • Photographing objects.
  • Maintaining new website and social media.
  • Processing loan and image requests.
  • Job applicant qualifications:

  • Masterís degree (terminal degree preferred) in a textile area within material culture-related disciplines, or professional museum studies.
  • Knowledge of professional museum standards and practices.
  • Three years curatorial/collection management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of textiles and related objects, and their cultural and social context.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Comfortable working with collection databases, word processing, spreadsheets, photo editing software, and website software such as WordPress.†
  • Daily work requires ladders and maneuvering large two-person drawers.
  • Deadline date for applicants: Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.

    Contact information:
    Professor Roberto Rengel
    Chair, Department of Design Studies
    1300 Linden Drive
    Madison, WI 53706-1524
    Phone: 608.265.5209
    Email: rjrengel@wisc.edu


    Date posted to CSA website: August 31, 2014

    Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Position: Director/Curator

    Job description:
    As director, the individual will strategically position the activities of the collection, gallery and library to forward the missions and aspirations of individuals and organizations within the school, campus and broader communities committed to the importance and power of design and textiles in particular. Collaborative development efforts with the Dean will further the mission. The individual will draw on resources unique to a research institution to enhance scholarly publication, produce creative exhibition programming, and organize timely conferences, lectures, and public programming. The individual will invest in teaching/learning activities by teaching classes, working with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to forward their research and creative projects, and promoting the collection and gallery through publications, websites and social media.

    As curator, the individual will extend teaching and learning through interpreting objects for faculty, students and guests, direct accessioning/de-accessioning, participating in the campus-wide curatorial and museum practices program, and by initiating and writing grants to support special projects. The individual will promote the unit through activity in regional and national textile-related communities and organizations.

    The staff includes: an Assistant Curator/Collection Manager, a Gallery Curator, graduate project assistants, student assistants and experienced volunteers. The collection staff is small with a big vision; a vision supported by the School of Human Ecology and Department of Design Studies.

    Job applicant qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with specialization in textiles broadly defined (for example; material culture studies, art history, art administration, museum studies, or design history).
  • Five years management with teaching experience in a collection.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse and broad group of stakeholders and partners, including students, scholars, designers, artists, industry leaders, scientists, and private and corporate donors.
  • Experience managing with a collaborative team approach.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching, development, grant writing and administration.
  • Deadline date for applicants: Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.

    Contact information:
    Professor Roberto Rengel
    Chair, Department of Design Studies
    1300 Linden Drive
    Madison, WI 53706-1524
    Phone: 608.265.5209
    Email: rjrengel@wisc.edu


    Date posted to CSA website: August 10, 2014

    Employer: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    Position: Curatorial Assistant, Textile Arts

    Job description:
    The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is seeking a Curatorial Assistant to work in The Caroline and H. McCoy Department of Textile Arts. Under the supervision of the Curator, the curatorial assistant provides support to the curatorial staff for the day-to-day operation of the costume and textile arts department.† Assists curatorial staff in all areas, including collections records, research for exhibitions and publications, loans, and general curatorial inquiries.†

    The department has experienced an invigorated exhibition program since the re-opening of the new de Young in 2005.† The ideal candidate should have a strong academic background in either textile or costume studies, have a desire to work with all areas of the collection, be highly motivated, and have an innovative spirit.

    Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
    1. Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection's maintenance and exhibition preparation. Handles incoming and outgoing loans.
    2. Assists with correspondence with scholars and facilitates research visits of colleagues from the broader museum/academic community.
    3. Works with the Registration Department to ensure proper documentation of collection and assists Curator with maintenance of the departmentís object files.
    4. Assists with the creation and execution of programming and outreach for the department, working closely with colleagues in Education and Marketing.
    5. Assists with monitoring activities on the art market, the auction houses, and private dealers.
    6. Works with Curator in the preparation of exhibitions and related educational materials.
    7. Performs other duties as assigned, including writing labels and short pieces for in-house publication, preparation of digital presentations, and directed research projects.

    Job applicant qualifications:
    Minimum Qualifications
    Education: Bachelorís Degree in art history, fine art, anthropology, or a closely related discipline. Masterís Degree preferred.
    Work Experience: 1-2 years of curatorial experience or other relevant museum experience. Experience in staging costume exhibitions preferred.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • Specialized knowledge in either textile or costume history.
  • Reading knowledge of French language.
  • Strong knowledge of textile structure. Ability to complete structural analysis.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), FileMaker Pro, and other standard computer programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be part of a team.
  • Demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent research skills with the ability to conduct directed and independent research.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects in a demanding and fast-paced work environment.
  • Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Possesses a high level of initiative and energy.
  • Interest in new media and film.
  • Ability to achieve and sustain best curatorial practices.
  • Deadline date for applicants: Open until filled

    Contact information:Apply online at http://famsf.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=DUfA7


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