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Curator of Collections & Exhibits

  • 509776
  • Full-time


Sharlot Hall Museum is an educational and cultural center, which fosters public and community understanding and appreciation of historical, social, and natural aspects of Arizona, with emphasis on the Central Highlands, and which promotes involvement in and support for research, collections, conservation, exhibits, and related programs.

Curator of Collections & Exhibits


Job Location:

Address:  415 W. Gurley St. Prescott, AZ

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Prescott Historical Society is seeking an experienced Curator of Exhibits and Collections to join its leadership team to oversee and manage departmental operations, budgets, and staff. This position leads the development and maintenance of all exhibits at the Sharlot Hall Museum, a 4-acre campus in downtown Prescott and its satellite Fort Whipple Museum. Responsible for the care and management of the Museum's 40,000-plus objects collections including archaeological repository and NAGPRA collections.

Job Duties:

-Oversees all aspects of collections management including registration, cataloging, storage, and inventory of collection items, and serves as point of contact for donations and loans.

-Develops and implements collections management policies and procedures including the Collection's Management Policy, Collection's Development Plan, Acquisition forms, Repository Agreements, and Loan forms. These policies align with best-practices outlined by the American Alliance of Museums.

-Leads the planning and implementation of museum exhibition planning and scheduling that will include but not be limited to: developing full proposal for exhibitions to be approved by the executive director in advance that include theme development/interpretation, object development [internal and loaned], shipping and insurance where applicable, proper handling and installation, exhibition design and budget development. This may include securing outside contractors for exhibition design and collateral support. All to be approved by the executive director.

-Coordinates with all areas of the Museum about new exhibitions in advance so they can plan around the exhibition(s) in order to develop programming, marketing, development, events/receptions and purchases for the Museum store.

-Coordinate with the development director to outline funding needs for both the exhibition schedule and funds needed regarding collection management and acquisition.

-Directs the evaluation of current collection exhibits and exhibit-related programs.

-Participates in budgeting for collections care and exhibits.

-Works with the development director regarding all grant opportunities, providing detailed information for those proposals. All grants are submitted through development department.

-Coordinates with Facilities on safety and security procedures and makes updates to the Emergency Preparedness Plan as needed.

-Collaborates internally and develops partnerships externally to extend the reach and impact of the museum’s exhibits and collections.

-Responds to scholarly requests and correspondence for research within the scope of the museum’s collection.

-Prepares collection and exhibit related reports and writes articles for publication. Some additional publications may be planned around special exhibitions and SHM timelines that promote the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.

-Gives public presentations and tours.

-Develops relationships with other curators/collection managers at regional museums as we further develop collaborative activities that align with the Smithsonian Affiliate opportunities.

-Supervises staff and volunteers working in collections.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Considerable knowledge of Arizona and regional history and objects. Experienced in conserving, preparing, storing, and exhibiting museum objects and documents. Well-versed in museum best practices for curation and exhibit development, collection care, historic preservation, and visitor engagement.

Selective Preference(s):

Master’s degree in museum studies or related field required, as well as 3 years previous relevant experience. Experienced in conserving, preparing, storing, and exhibiting museum objects and documents. Well versed in museum best practices for curation and exhibit development, collection care, historical preservation and visitor engagement.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on State business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see A.A.C. R2-10-207.12)

This position requires the ability to drive on State business. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

Vacation plus 10 paid holidays per year

Health and dental insurance

Retirement plan

Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

Please note that enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Baker at nicole.baker@azdoa.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.