JOB TITLE: #1611 Curator of Maps, Rare Books,
& Print Culture
OPEN TO: This job is open to all
LOCATION: History Center - 345 W Kellogg Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55102
SALARY: $4,679.00 monthly minimum; commensurate
STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular
(approximately 2,088 annual hours) position.
BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the State
Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with
employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals
with additional paid holidays.
CLASSIFICATION: 14L Professional
HIRING MANAGER: Director, Collections
POSTING DATE: May 26, 2022
DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled
TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply
online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at
www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover
letter by the application deadline date.
DESCRIPTION: This position exists to advance
the management, development, and access to rare print materials
related to Minnesota history and culture. The incumbent plays a
vital role in developing, documenting, interpreting, and growing
access/use of MNHS’s publications collections: Minnesota-related
maps, rare books and rare materials, and print culture. In order to
identify areas for growth in the collections and develop and
implement a robust strategy for access and impact, the inaugural
Patrick Coleman Curator of Maps, Rare Books, and Print Culture
collaborates with MNHS leadership, the director of Collections,
peer curators and collections management colleagues, colleagues
across the organization, and with an engaged community of external
stakeholders. The goal of curatorial efforts is to embed
collections in the telling of history and stories across the
organization; and to further the strategic priorities and the
mission of the organization related to transforming access,
expanding authority and expertise, and creating a sustainable
future for the use, growth, and stewardship of collections
Working independently as well as part of a team, the Senior
Curator is responsible for collection development, acquisitions,
and engaging with collections holders, creators, and their
communities. They work with colleagues to steward and provide
access to MNHS collections through research, programming, and
exhibits; communicate with donors about ongoing collection needs
and priorities; and offer intellectual guidance to Library
catalogers, reference staff, and other colleagues about new and
existing collections materials. The successful candidate should
have extensive knowledge of rare books and/or print culture, a
demonstrated interest in Minnesota history, culture, and literary
life; and a commitment to and experience with fostering and
maintaining equitable and respectful partnerships within a large
organization with a diverse public.
SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Lead the collaborative work
to broaden MNHS collection of maps, rare books and other rare
materials, and print culture; 2) Work with colleagues across MNHS
to promote access to and engagement with MNHS collections; 3)
Contribute to MNHS’s commitment to sharing Minnesota history
through community engagement and partnerships; 4) Contribute to
organizational strategic priorities and initiatives through active
participation in leadership, committee, and other opportunities;
and 5) Provide overall direction for hiring, training, supervision,
and motivation for assigned staff, interns, and volunteers, and
ensure overall compliance with MNHS policies and
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Seven years experience in a museum or library field or
- Three years of curatorial or collection development
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Minnesota history and
- Demonstrated knowledge of rare books and/or print culture; as
well as intellectual property and copyright law and
- Experience developing, handling, documenting, and making
accessible archival and special collections.
- Ability to supervise, mentor, and performance manage staff,
interns, and volunteers.
- Commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment
that embraces diverse viewpoints and experiences.
- Willingness to use a ladder to reach high places and
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to work in an environment where the air quality is
sometimes lowered because of air particles.
- Ability, flexibility, and willingness to occasionally work a
varied schedule, including evenings and weekends.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
- Valid driver’s license.
DEMONSTRATED SKILLS IN:
- Work effectively and inclusively with diverse people and groups
both internally and externally.
- ● Communicate effectively and inclusively in writing, by phone,
and in person with diverse audiences and constituencies.
- Engage audiences in public presentations including lectures,
classroom presentations, or other venues.
- Build community relationships.
- Use Microsoft Office and Google software and email, as well as,
internet and media technologies.
- Take initiative, to work independently and as a member of a
team, and to be self-motivated.
- Coordinate work, manage time, and stay organized, including
experience with budget oversight.
- ● Lead projects that incorporate multiple
- United States and Minnesota history.
- MNHS collections.
- Advanced degree in Museum studies, Library and Information
Studies, literary studies, history, or related fields.
- Demonstrated experience in project management.
- Active involvement in a professional association.
Should you have questions with the application process,
At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it,
we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our
employees, our products and services, and our community. The
Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture
among our team members is critical to our success as a historical
society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the
most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota
Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace