Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H1002 / Curator 1
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

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 direct supervision, provides ongoing care and documentation of a large collection of artifacts, specimens, and/or artwork for a specified university museum or gallery, in accordance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations, and museum/gallery policies and procedures. Performs diverse activities related to both collections and exhibitions, including research and curatorial activities. Assists with exhibition development and installations, and implementation of related education programs and publications. May develop original content for exhibitions, museum/gallery programs, and publications, and may curate exhibitions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides support to the daily operations of the museum's curatorial functions, to include research on university collections for publications, exhibitions, and/or related to the documentation, care, and maintenance of the collection.
  2. Assist in the coordination of guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions, outreach programs, and museum-related public programs/events.
  3. May develop original curatorial content including exhibitions, curatorial text, and publications and educational programs and materials.
  4. Conducts research on proposed gifts and/or acquisitions as assigned to advise the Director and/or acquisitions committee.
  5. Provides information and consultation to external constituencies and/or the general public on matters pertaining to the collection.
  6. Plans and develops strategies for generating funds and other resources for the museum.
  7. May provide research assistance to senior curatorial staff related to the development and organization of exhibitions, public programs, and publications as assigned.
  8. Interacts with the local scholarly and museum community and responds to research requests related to the collections.
  9. May train lower lever staff, students, and/or volunteers.
  10. Participates in departmental meetings and serves on working committees.
  11. May supervise lower graded staff and/or student employees.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 2 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 and understanding of curatorial principles, methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the field represented by the collection.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or special events.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft Office software.
  • Skill in manipulating databases.
  • Ability to analyze project requirements and prepare work estimates.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) facilitating research on university collections and conducts research in respective areas in support of exhibitions and/or publications; b) assisting in taking proper care of the collections, advises on conservation, and participating in planning for the focused growth of the collection; c) assisting in organizing and implementing exhibitions, public programs and publications

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may be performed in an office environment, museum environment or field environment.
  • 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.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

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

Revised Date: 10/03/2019