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Director of Curatorial Affairs




Does not manage staff




Responsible for generating content for the museum by organizing exhibitions, developing collections, conducting oral history interviews, and writing for publications. The Curator is also responsible for the oversight of designated traveling exhibitions that tour to the museum. The individual should be seen as a leader in the field of popular culture, possessing a national reputation and network of contacts, will represent the museum at public presentations and to the media, and will work with the curatorial team and other members of the staff to advance the institution’s mission. The Curator must be capable of working in a highly collaborative environment and be able to articulate complex ideas and proposals. The Curator should be seen as generalist in nature, able to move between a wide range of topics, both historical and current, always with an eye to the connection with the museum’s audience.



  • Develop at least one major exhibition every two years
  • Generate all exhibition content, or oversee contractors in those roles
  • Coordinate and install assigned exhibitions traveling to the museum from other institutions
  • Conduct Oral History interviews with notable popular culture figures
  • Play a significant role in the formulation of the overall direction of the museum's artistic efforts and long-range exhibition schedule
  • With the curatorial and collections staff, insure that the highest level of professional care is given to works in the museum’s collection and on loan
  • Recommend objects for acquisition
  • Work with the Director of Education and Public Programs to develop exhibition-related programming and educational materials


  • Represent the museum to the press and public at large
  • Maintain a visible role in the community including the maintenance of relationships with collectors, donors, and members of the general public
  • Provide information and assistance to the Marketing department to develop communications and marketing materials and strategies regarding exhibitions and programs
  • Contribute to museum publications and communication efforts as requested
  • In conjunction with the Advancement department, participate in the planning and execution of programs for affiliate support groups such as Council Circle
  • Participate in other museum membership and public programs


  • Wide knowledge of and enthusiasm about popular culture is essential
  • Advanced degree or related experience in popular culture, literature, film studies, musicology or related field
  • Three to five years of curatorial experience with a record of increasing professional responsibility and measurable accomplishments; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work well with colleagues, other employees, donors, and lenders
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail
  • Basic MS Office skills essential; database proficiency preferred, especially TMS (The Museum System); design software such as Sketchup and Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills in order to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people
  • Proven ability to provide effective customer service for internal and external client groups


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

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The Museum of Pop Culture is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At MoPOP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.