The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University seeks an experienced scholar with expertise in North America ethnographic collections, regional focus open. We are seeking an experienced individual with strong communication skills and ties to Indigenous communities to care for and interpret an historical ethnographic collection of Indigenous cultural material from North America. This individual will help further develop the current institutional goals of ethical stewardship, including fostering relationship building, collaborative dialogue, and diverse perspectives within museum spaces.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Curator of North American Ethnographic Collections performs curatorial functions and regular assignments as approved by the Senior Curator:

  • Contributes to the integrity of information about collections and database content in keeping with current professional practices and in consultation with Indigenous communities;

  • Promotes access to collections, particularly by Indigneous communities and incorporates their viewpoints in interpretation, through collaborative research; curation of exhibits; and contributions to programming (lectures, workshops, conferences);

  • Responds to researcher and student requests and consult with visiting researchers;

  • Recommends purchases or gifts, advises on the intellectual content of proposed accessions and deaccessions, and consults on conservation work and collections storage;

  • Assists with raising funds for research, exhibitions, and programs;

  • Collaborates with university colleagues, including Harvard Art Museum staff and other Harvard museums as well as faculty and students, and may have teaching duties;

  • Develops and maintains professional affiliations with colleagues in similar positions at other institutions; and attends and presents at conferences and professional events on behalf of the Museum.

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