Job Posting: Associate Curator – Digital Content, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

Summary of Purpose
As part of the institutional digitization initiative, the Associate Curator, Digital Content participates in the research into and interpretation of The Henry Ford’s collections—specifically with regard to the creation of written material for digital distribution. The position will work closely with the chief curator, digital collections and content manager, curatorial staff, and registrar to ensure the historical integrity of information related to the collections. Reports to the chief curator, with a strong functional reporting relationship to the Digital Collections & Content Manager

Essential Functions

  1. Responsible for creation of written material and/or other content for online presentations according to specified deadlines.
  2. Performs research using primary and secondary resources.
  3. Maintains broad understanding of significant American objects, stories, and lives that are relevant to the strategic initiatives and brand voice of The Henry Ford.
  4. Maintains broad understanding of The Henry Ford’s collections.
  5. Keeps abreast of the latest scholarship on historical, material culture, and digitization issues relating to museum collections, as well as developments in the fields of content strategy, content marketing, and social media
  6. Practices a high standard of public history using the best scholarship and practices to create accessible, digitally-delivered products for the diverse audiences served by The Henry Ford.
  7. Helps refine broad strategic goals (sometimes from multiple sources) and general ideas into specific content creation plans.
  8. Coordinates content creation projects and tracks associated collections items and media assets.
  9. Leads and participates effectively in teams and contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues and opportunities.
  10. Acts as team player and provides expertise within teams as appropriate.
  11. Other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in American history, material culture, information studies, museum studies, or a related field. At least 1 – 2 years of training or experience handling historical material desirable.  At least 1–2 years’ experience writing and/or creating digital content desirable.  Familiarity with museum collection databases essential. Familiarity with standard cataloging theories and practice. Familiarity with key digital content concepts such as content strategy, SEO strategy, social media, and analytics.  Experience with tagged content a plus.  Accuracy and attention to detail; excellent writing, editing, coordination, and verbal communications skills.  Adept with technology, including the Microsoft Office suite, and familiar with content management systems.

Special Skills
Proven ability to research and interpret American social and cultural history through material culture; experience in interpreting museum collections preferred; ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment; ability to work on multiple projects at a time.

More information and application: http://www.thehenryford.org/about/jobposting.aspx?all=1&AppliTrackJobId=364&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1

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