Specialist Curator-Faith, Religion and WWI

National WWI Museum and Memorial
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



Through the support of the Lilly Endowment Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative, the Museum and Memorial has established an endowed curator position on faith and religion, and funding support to strengthen public programming on religion and war, enhance online exhibitions and resources on faith and religion, and increase its collection of religious objects and materials. The Museum and Memorial takes a non-partisan, non-sectarian interpretive approach.


Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this endowed position and join the Museum and Memorial in this exciting initiative.


Position Summary: The Specialist Curator – Faith, Religion and WWI is responsible for the care, growth, and management of historic objects in the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s collection that relate to people’s experiences of faith and religion. This includes implementation of the collection’s acquisitions, conservation and exhibition activities in this area of focus. Additional responsibilities include research and interpretation as applicable to exhibition preparation, disseminating results of that research through publications, exhibits, lectures or other means. Working closely with the Senior Curator and Director of Archives and Research Center Manager, and other appropriate staff, the Specialist Curator – Faith, Religion and WWI is responsible for ensuring the Collection continues to be professionally maintained and properly cared for; and that new acquisitions are accessioned into the collection in a timely fashion and fully documented.


The incumbent is expected to embrace the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s stated mission and core values and demonstrate support for them through professional interactions and performance of job duties.


This is a full-time, exempt position.



  • Active acquisition responsibilities globally and curation of museum’s collection that relate to people’s experiences of faith and religion.
  • Responsible for maintenance of relevant artifacts’ storage, cataloging, packing and shipping.
  • Participates as a member of the Museum’s Collections committee, and advises Board of Trustees, committee members and other staff on collection matters.
  • Conducts research related to people’s experiences of faith and religion.
  • Develops exhibitions that relate to people’s experiences of faith and religion, concept, design, label writing and installation of exhibitions.
  • Primary contact of artifacts and WWI information for public inquiries in specialist area.
  • Serves as the museum resource on subject matter for media interviews, locally, nationally and internationally.


  • Collaborates with Development in grant application projects and fostering of potential benefactors relating to artifact acquisitions, or other related matters.
  • Ensures acquisitions are accessioned into the collection in a timely fashion and fully documented.
  • Partners with Curator of Education to meet educational objectives.
  • Provide outreach and public presentations, including VIP tours.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: 

  • Advance degree desired in WWI history, religion and faith, anthropology or relevant study areas, museum studies or closely related studies.
  • Extensive knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures especially in collections management.
  • Possess knowledge of the history and material culture of faith and religion and/or WWI.
  • Knowledge of research tools, methodology and accessible presentation of information.
  • Good communication skills.
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Previous supervisory experience.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or working conditions. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial and Kansas City, MO where it is located, warmly welcomes and encourages candidates that reflect the broad diversity of our nation and world. The Museum and Memorial is committed to enhancing the diversity of its employees to ensure equity and inclusion. 

Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary but will require some “on the floor” reviews of work, which will require movement throughout the Museum and Memorial or, possibly, to offsite locations. Requires ability to use computer and to communicate, to perform research and to create documents. Must be able to communicate effectively with teams. Requires the ability to focus for long periods of time. Some evening and/or weekend overtime hours may be required

Salary and Benefits: The National WWI Museum and Memorial offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefit package, including: pre-tax/Roth 401(k) matching program; health, dental, vision, life with AD&D, and short-/long-term disability insurance, Section 125 flexible benefits; paid holidays, paid time off leave.


Application Instructions and/or Questions:

Please send your resume, salary requirements, three professional references and cover letter to: 
Human Resources at the
National WWI Museum and Memorial

Email: human-resources@theworldwar.org


NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. By submitting your application, you authorize us to conduct reference checks and a review of available public information. Employment is contingent upon background and reference checks that the Museum and Memorial

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