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Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationWilliamsburg, VirginiaDirector of Curatorial Services
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF) seeks an experienced, forward-looking leader to help guide the curatorial departments at both of its accredited museums: Jamestown Settlement and the newly opened American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. This important role will help guide the Foundation in the development and growth of its collection, contribute to the expansion of its educational mission, and deliver its program of special exhibitions. The Director of Curatorial Services (DCS) will lead the department’s initiatives to enhance inclusivity and share the stories of diverse peoples with ever-broader audiences; bring scholarly expertise to its public interpretation; and grow the Foundation’s reputation in Early American History.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The position provides the opportunity to join a major forward-facing, visitor-focused museum that serves a large and diverse public and has a significant budget and big plans for the future. The DCS will help open a new chapter at the Jamestown Settlement, including providing curatorial input into a $9 million refresh of its main gallery, and will help steer an ambitious special-exhibition program. The DCS will also continue the momentum of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with a series of special exhibitions leading up to the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Commemorations of other upcoming local and national milestones are also planned. The DCS will supervise a 7-person team within an annual department operating budget of $500,000 (including salaries) and a new-acquisition budget of $900,000.
Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are nationally renowned, AAM-accredited living-history museums that explore the story of America’s beginnings, from the founding of the first permanent English colony in 1607 to the Revolution and the establishment of a new nation almost two centuries later. Both feature engaging exhibition galleries, theaters—including the state-of-the-art, multi-sensory 4-D theater at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown—and activity-filled outdoor living-history areas focused on life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a national perspective, conveying the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution. The planned renovation of the galleries at Jamestown Settlement will have an equally exciting impact and will take the Settlement in new interpretive directions. (Visit: https://www.historyisfun.org).
The Foundation is the largest provider of museum-education programming in Virginia, providing on-site museum visits, educational outreach, teacher training, and curriculum materials to schools throughout Virginia and beyond. In 2017-18, the museums served 202,136 students on site and 87,515 with outreach programs in 109 of the 132 school districts in Virginia. Paid visitation, which includes domestic and international visitors, to both museums has ranged from 610,844 in 2017 to more than a million during the Jamestown 400 anniversary year in 2007.
JYF is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia and also raises funds for programs, acquisitions, and endowments through its private affiliate Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. The Foundation recently completed a $17-million campaign for the new Yorktown museum. The Foundation has a $20.5-million operating budget and employs about 500+ full- and part-time staff, augmented by an active volunteer group of around 1,500 people.
ABOUT THE CITY AND REGION
Williamsburg, the principal city in “America’s Historic Triangle” of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, offers exceptional educational, recreational and cultural amenities and a temperate climate. It is home to Colonial Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary, many historic sites, streets, gardens, and churches, as well as good public schools, nearby theme parks, theaters, restaurants, shops, and antique stores. Outdoor recreation is a regional draw with beaches, state parks, road races, bike trails, sailing, kayaking, birding, and golf.
Centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic region, Williamsburg is 3½ hours from Washington and Baltimore and an hour from Richmond. It is easily accessible via major highways and three airports. The Hampton Roads region, the second-largest metropolitan area in Virginia and one of the more popular tourist destinations in the world, attracts over six million people annually and features the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk and The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. The region’s diverse economy is one of the nation’s strongest, and Williamsburg is a rapidly growing population center for young professionals, families, and retirees. Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are each only 3 miles from Williamsburg.
Visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com and https://www.virginia.org/regions/HamptonRoads/.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
History and Academic Expertise and Abilities
Management and Leadership Skills
Museum and Curatorial Experience
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