Curator of Learning and Engagement

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Education & Training / Executive & Management $66,000 to $70,000 yearly

Job Reference #: 19003299

The UI Stanley Museum of Art (UI-SMA) seeks to advance education and research in the fields of art and art history in ways that contribute to and enhance the academic mission of the University of Iowa. The museum collects, conserves, and exhibits major works of art in order to teach its constituents, including university students, faculty and staff, the Iowa City community, the people of the state of Iowa, and visitors from around the world, how to better understand and appreciate art and civilizations from around the world.

Position Overview

The UI-SMA is seeking to hire a full-time curator of learning and engagement. This position serves as a liaison between the Stanley and the larger University of Iowa (UI) academic community and oversees the museum’s department of Learning and Engagement, which is responsible for their academic, K-12, and public programs.


This position will bridge the museum and the UI campus through research, development, and implementation of curriculum-based programs and other initiatives that will connect faculty and students to the museum’s resources, including the permanent collection, exhibitions, and programs. The curator will integrate UI faculty and students into existing programs and implement new ones, pursue active collaborations across campus and in the larger community, and play a key role in developing and achieving near- and long-term educational goals for both the museum and the university.

Reporting to the Director, the Curator/Director of Learning and Engagement will serve on the Stanley's leadership team and, together with the Director, Chief Curator, and Manager of Exhibitions and Collections, will shape the museum’s strategic initiatives in service to its mission to transform lives by connecting the University of Iowa community, all Iowans, and the world with extraordinary works of art.

Success in this position requires expertise in building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of faculty, staff, community partners, and volunteers.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to object-centered learning and advanced skills in planning and implementing collection-based projects in course curricula. S/he will also excel at facilitating collaboration with multiple constituencies and achieving positive outcomes for all stakeholders. The ability to innovate and to work collaboratively are crucial skills for success in this position.


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Position Qualifications

This position requires the following minimum position qualifications:

  • A PhD in Art History or Terminal degree or equivalent combination of education, expertise and experience.
  • Reasonable experience (3-5 years) experience directly in the curatorial, museum and/or art collections field.
  • Demonstrates working proficiency in talent and performance management, supervising and applying HR/dept. policies and standards to direct reports (professional staff and student employees).
  • Demonstrates an extensive proficiency in/with:
    • Instruction at the post-secondary level.
    • Program development and administration including promotion, outreach and implementation of specific goals and objectives.
    • Knowledge and ability to manage educational/instructional programs, including research projects, extra-curricular activities, and/or academic planning.
    • Building healthy working relationships and partnerships with colleagues within and external to own unit. Uses effective communication concepts, tools and techniques tailored to the appropriate audience.
    • Written communication as evidenced by a record of publications, presentations, exhibitions, and/or grants.

The following are desired position qualifications:

  • Demonstrates an extensive proficiency talent and performance management, supervising and applying HR/dept. policies and standards to direct.
  • Familiarity with contemporary practices in K-12 museum education preferred.


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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Job ID: 68765

Posted 12 days ago

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