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Curator of Education and Exhibitions


Salaried Staff

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1701 E Front Street Traverse City, Michigan

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Northwestern Michigan College


General Information

Job Title: Curator of Education and Exhibitions

Department: Dennos Museum Center

Posted Date: 09/19/2022

FLSA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Executive Director & Chief Curator – Dennos Museum Center

Starting Salary:   $57,403.00

Grade 14, Level 1 on the Staff Salary Schedule


Benefits: Excellent benefits package, including 4 weeks paid vacation, medical, dental, paid sick leave, and tuition benefits. For more details about benefits, go to and click on Salaries and Benefits. This position is eligible for relocation pay and the total value of the compensation package is up to $89,212.47.

Position Summary

The Curator of Education and Exhibitions will provide comprehensive leadership and support in all aspects of education outreach, programming, and curatorial work at the Dennos Museum Center (DMC). The successful candidate must have broad-based knowledge of the visual arts, as well as excellent verbal, written, research, and exceptional organizational skills. In addition, the candidate shall be committed to working collaboratively with campus and community stakeholders, and must be able to demonstrate the ability to work simultaneously, and effectively, on multiple projects.


Bachelor’s Degree (Required)

Master's Degree in a related field such as museum studies, arts administration, or art history (Preferred)

A minimum of 3 years related experience in a museum, gallery, or comparable visual arts setting (Preferred)



Essential Responsibilities

(Critical) Explores and implements creative partnerships and programming with local organizations and NMC to fulfill the DMC’s mission, including the use of Milliken Auditorium where applicable.


(Critical) Provides strategic leadership and innovation for the Museum’s docent volunteer corp, working in collaboration with an existing team of 25 trained docents. Leads, trains, and recruits additional DMC docents.

(Critical) Develops, implements, and evaluates all educational programming and tours for the general public, NMC students and faculty, and local K-12 in alignment with DMC mission statement and strategic plan.


(Critical) Assists and co-leads the conceptualization, scheduling, and implementation of semi-permanent and temporary (traveling) exhibitions in collaboration with the Executive Director, Registrar, and the Exhibitions Committee.


(Critical) Works with NMC faculty to connect Museum programming to classroom instruction.


(Critical) Embeds NMC diversity, equity, and inclusion values in curatorial and programmatic practices.


(Critical) Demonstrates a commitment to small team collaboration and resourcefulness.


(Critical) Assists in identifying, securing, and reporting external funding sources to support education and exhibitions.


(Very Important) Coordinates exhibition and program opportunities with the Store Manager.


(Very Important) Assists with installing museum exhibitions including: gallery preparation, installation of objects, and use of appropriate tools and machinery as needed.


(Very Important) Creates educational and program content in collaboration with the Audience Engagement & Communication Manager (social media, website, video, print, etc.); develops and engages target audiences together.


(Important) Serves as a spokesperson for the Museum’s programs, specifically with news media and the public as appropriate.


(Important) Cross-trained to open/close and support daily museum operations as needed.


(Important) Co-chairs the Museum’s Exhibition Advisory Committee.


(Important) Stays current with field-wide trends and best practices for museum professionals.




Foundational Competencies

Ethical Behavior and Integrity
Displays honesty, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior. Earns respect. Behaves in a straightforward manner with others with no hidden agendas. Builds trust and credibility through reliability and authenticity. Leads by example; words and actions are consistently aligned.

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Actively pursues learning and development. Stays current in content area, acquiring and refining technical and professional skills.

Commitment to Quality Service, Responsible Stewardship, Continuous Improvement
Displays a commitment to excellence and to providing quality service to learners, coworkers, or others they serve. Consistently seeks feedback and looks for ways to improve service, promote quality, and make effective use of college resources.

Creating/Contributing to a Culture of Innovation and Thoughtful Risk-taking

Creates/contributes to an environment of safety and trust. Seeks to solve problems rather than affix blame. Willing to experiment and learn.

Agility/ Adaptability/Tolerance for Ambiguity

Easily adjusts to organizational and environmental changes; adapts responses and tactics to shifting or evolving situations; deals effectively with ambiguity and uncertainty.


Valuing All People

Genuinely interested in others. Shows concern and empathy for others. Shows patience, understanding, and acceptance of people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Treats learners, coworkers, and direct reports respectfully and fairly.

Actively and enthusiastically works with others to achieve a shared common goal. Gives credit and recognition to those who have contributed. Shares information and own expertise with others to enable them to accomplish group goals. Creates a sense of belonging in the team and a culture of inclusion. Collaborates across boundaries. Looks at problem solving at the institutional level (not just in own area or department). Open to sharing resources, working with other departments and organizations.

Accountability/Personal Responsibility

Meets commitments and keeps promises; gets things done. Acknowledges and learns from mistakes. Holds self and others accountable. Takes responsibility for achieving goals.



General Competencies


Building Effective Relationships — Advanced

Importance: Critical

Relates well with all kinds of people in a variety of situations. Develops and maintains effective communication and relationships. Demonstrates understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, and empathy to others. Is approachable; makes time for others. Is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. Develops and proactively uses networks, both inside and outside the college; presents controversial findings tactfully in even the most sensitive situations; mediates disputes; approaches even the most difficult situations with empathy and interest.


Communications / Active Listening — Proficient+

Importance: Critical

Has good sense of who needs to know what and keeps others informed. Communicates in a clear, concise, organized, and compelling manner. Gives others their full attention; listens without interrupting. Seeks to understand others' points of view. Interprets both the words spoken, and the non­verbal cues used by others. Accurately hears implied as well as expressed messages; accurately interprets non­verbal cues; communicates more complex information effectively; adjusts vocabulary and approach to improve understanding; speaks and/or writes in a well-organized, clear, and concise manner.

Global Awareness / Internationally Skilled — Proficient

Importance: Very Important

Understands the complexities and interdependency of world events and issues. Understands one's own culture and history in relationship to others. Is open to new opportunities, ideas and ways of thinking. Is self-aware about identity and culture; demonstrates sensitivity and respect for differences. Understands the complexities and interdependency of world events and issues; understands one's own culture and history in relationship to others; is open to new opportunities, ideas and ways of thinking; is comfortable with ambiguity and unfamiliar situations.

Strategic Understanding / Leadership — Proficient+

Importance: Critical

Explains how their role supports NMC's mission and vision. Recognizes opportunities to help the organization accomplish its goals. Considers a broad range of internal and external factors in establishing goals and priorities. Consistently ensures a fit between individual or group actions and the organizational mission/strategy. Identifies the trends in the world and within higher education that will impact the organization; thinks broadly, placing current task or issue in the context of long-term implications; considers the impact of decisions on areas outside their own.



Functional Competencies                


Advertising Channels and Tools (Marketing / Advertising) — Proficient

Importance: Critical    

Knowledge of print, electronic, and point of sale tools and techniques for advertising and sales promotion. Knowledgeable about multiple channels for advertising and sales promotion (e.g., print, electronic, point-of-sale); selects appropriate channels for promotions; independently develops effective materials to reach target audience via this channel.


Business Knowledge / Business Sense / Understands How Business Works (Generic) — Proficient

Importance: Very Important     

Understands NMC's financial model—the elements that affect NMC's financial viability/sustainability. Knows how businesses work. Knowledgeable about how policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affect an organization. Knows the competition. Is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace. Evaluates and reacts to current market conditions; sees how trends in one area impact other areas; sources and implements industry best practices; looks for ways to build external awareness within the organization.


Communicating a Shared Vision (Generic) — Basic+

Importance: Very Important     

Encourages the development of a common vision. Demonstrates openness to new ideas. Is decisive; influences, inspires, motivates, and challenges others to accomplish goals aligned to those of the organization's vision. Clarifies group's mission and links it to that of the larger organization; influences others, through informal mentoring and participation in implementing department or NMC vision and goals.


Decision Making (Generic) — Proficient +

Importance: Very Important

Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions. Perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals. Applies general rules and guidelines to make sound decisions in ambiguous situations; adjusts decisions when changes indicate

the need to re-think a situation; provides well-thought out rationale for decisions; can make quick decisions when necessary.


Developing Others (Generic) — Basic+

Importance: Very Important

Enables, empowers people to perform at their highest levels. Builds on people's strengths. Recognizes different kinds of contributions. Makes people feel valued. Has a genuine affection for people they lead; has empathy, compassion. Trusts people who work for them. Motivates, inspires others. Believes people

are capable of learning and change. Coaches, trains, mentors, and guides rather than dictates. Develops leaders, not followers. Shares their knowledge. Creates opportunities for others to lead, take on new responsibilities. Ensures each employee has a compelling professional development plan aligned with

organizational goals. Coaches, trains, mentors team members and colleagues in their professional growth.


Grants and Grant Management (Non-Profit) — Proficient

Importance: Very Important

Writes, submits, tracks, and reports on grants and grant proposals; prepares clear, on-target documents that include all the information called for in a grant or proposal request; presents information in compelling ways that result in positive outcomes. Presents grant-related information in compelling ways; uses in-depth knowledge of grant sources to create tactical plan for grant applications in the annual funding plan; writes grants; approves grant applications; writes outcome reports; builds and maintains contacts with foundations; ensures funds awarded are used according to grant guidelines.


Presentation Skills (Generic) — Advanced

Importance: Critical

Makes clear and effective formal presentations. Uses audiovisual aids, technology tools, and other supporting material effectively. Adapts communication for different audiences. Handles questions and answer sessions well. Adapts the content and delivery of formal presentations to fit the needs of the audience; explains complex concepts that are easily understood by the non-technical constituents; speaks with poise and composure on controversial topics; presents information in an engaging and persuasive manner.


Web Site and Publication Design (Marketing / Advertising) — Proficient

Importance: Very Important

Applies principles and skills in graphic design, web development, and usability to develop effective web and print media. Independently produces designs for web publication, including graphics and text; develops usability features consistent with audience's web browsing habits and preferences; knowledgeable about coding and information architecture.


Written Communication (Generic) — Proficient+

Importance: Critical    

Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (e.g., facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, concise, and organized manner with content and wording appropriate for the intended audience. Readily comprehends written information in area of commercial and technical expertise; composes effective and professional written communications and documentation for non-routine, commercial and/or technical matters; presents information and ideas in a systematic and logical sequence of writing.                




Supervises a single work unit within a department, or is an intermediate-level professional individual contributor.


Establish work schedules

Instruct and train others

Provide guidance and stability

Share special or technical information with others

Guide or facilitate projects

Manage expenses

Bring commitment and drive into the workplace.

Lead by example

Serve as a spokesperson or advocate

Assign work activities

Serve as a role model

Empower others to take responsibility and to be accountable



Direct: 36

Tools and Equipment




Desktop Computer


Google Apps for Education

MS Excel

MS Word




Web Development tools


Work Environment

Lifting Activities

Most frequently lifted object: Under 10 lbs. lifted to waist level; carried 1-9 feet (Several times per week)

Heaviest object lifted: under 30-39 lbs. lifted waist level; carried 10-19 feet (Occasionally)

Non-lifting Repetitive Activities

Arm Movement (Continuously)

Bending (Several times per day)
Climbing (Occasionally)

Gripping (Continuously)

Kneeling (Occasionally)

Leg movement (Continuously)

Sitting (Continuously)


Standing (Several times per day)

Talking (Continuously)

Typing (Continuously)

Walking (Several times per day)

Writing (Several times per day)

Other Physical Demands

Extended work hours

Irregular working hours

Prolonged visual work

Travel (10-24%)

Mental Demands

Complicated planning

Exercising Independent Judgment

Minimal Guidance or Direction

Performing Multiple Functions/Activities

Persuading others

Rapid decision making


Other Challenges

Production deadlines

Safeguarding organization assets and property


Contacts with Others


Internal Contacts

Employees in your own work unit or department — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Employees in your Function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Managers in your function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Senior executives in your function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Daily)

Employees in departments outside your function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Once per week)

Managers in departments outside your function — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Once per week)


External Contacts

Vendors, Suppliers, Subcontractors — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Quarterly)

Strategic Business Partners — Purpose: Interact with or advise (Once per week)

Customers — Purpose: Direct Activities (Several times per week)

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.


This is a full-time, 40+ hour per week position. Potential for flexible working options. Occasionally nights and weekends may be required.


Applications submitted by 8 am on October 4, 2022 will receive first consideration. All applications must be submitted online at   For assistance call 231-995-2613 or email .


Special Instructions to Applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants Official transcripts will be required of the finalist. Please attach a cover letter and unofficial transcripts to your application. Transcripts can either be mailed or emailed to: Attention: Human Resources Northwestern Michigan College 1701 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686

This position is located at 1701 E Front Street, Traverse City, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.