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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H0021 / Curator,Education & Publ Progs
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, plans, develops, and oversees the implementation of a range of educational programs and exhibits on behalf of a university museum. Develops and coordinates a wide variety of marketing programs and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Researches, develops, prepares, and implements museum education programs for a variety of age groups and settings.
  2. Recruits, trains, coordinates, and supervises volunteer teachers, interns, project staff, and/or students for educational program activities.
  3. Develops and delivers training programs and workshops for university faculty, staff, and members of the community who utilize museum resources.
  4. Develops and prepares informational manuals and associated informational materials for educational exhibits and related initiatives.
  5. Ensures that all educational materials, presentation equipment, artifacts, and associated museum items necessary for tours and exhibits, are processed and handled in a responsible and safe manner, in accordance with accepted procedures.
  6. Solicits and secures funds for educational initiatives; writes and prepares grant proposals and participates in community projects and activities.
  7. Serves as an educational liaison on museum issues between the university, schools, and external organizations and agencies.
  8. Provides input into general museum planning and development; participates as a member of museum planning committees.
  9. Plans and coordinates museum programs and events which may include lectures, gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, open houses, book signings, fundraisers, outreach and community events, tours, press conferences, banquets, and service fairs.
  10. Writes press releases, public service announcements, and copy for promotional materials such as catalogs and brochures; responds to requests for information from the media and public, and distributes promotional materials.
  11. Maintains database records and files including mailing and contributor or donor lists and publication distribution information.
  12. May curate exhibitions as required.
  13. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of a range of museum display methods, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate media activities and special events.
  • Database management skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of museum principles, objectives, and practices.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Knowledge of safe handling methods, procedures, and techniques for museum artifacts and equipment.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Proposal and grant writing skills.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to recruit, train, supervise, and motivate volunteers within area of specialty.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017