Vice President of Programs and Chief Curator

National Women’s History Museum
Alexandria, VA

The Next Priority: Creating a Physical Presence in D.C.

For the last 25 years, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has served as the largest online cultural institution dedicated to U.S. women’s history. As an institution, it has focused on sharing the powerful history of women in America.

Beginning in 2022, NWHM will begin a groundbreaking partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. to create a community in which visitors can experience women’s history, in-person for the very first time, together, through innovative physical exhibitions and robust public programming that explores women’s struggles, triumphs, and contributions to American history.

The Museum’s inaugural exhibition will highlight trailblazing African American women activists and their presence in Washington, D.C. It will explore their barrier-breaking and tenacious work to ensure equality, representation, and justice. NWHM will engage the community and contemporary artists to interpret and present history through their work.

NWHM is an independent museum that provides an extensive amount of online material and resources for educators, learners of all ages, and general audiences, including biographies, virtual exhibitions, K-12 lesson plans, etc. In addition, the museum offers a robust selection of virtual programs, and will resume in-person programming when it is safe to do so.

The National Women’s History Museum seeks a Vice President of Programs and Chief Curator, a new role for the Museum, who will work with leadership to lead the organization’s vision and point of view over the next 10 years. As the first permanent Curator for the Museum, the Vice President will shape the long-term plan and, in turn, the direction of the robust virtual programming created by the Director of Education. As the Institution expands, the Vice President will have the opportunity to work with the President to develop a robust curatorial department. Qualifications include:

  • At least 10 years of experience working in a museum and curatorial environment, with a demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of exhibition, design, production, and promotion.
  • Ability to make a compelling narrative out of subjects in women’s history – enlivening the storytelling through objects, art, artifacts, and technology.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to create cohesive, collaborative teams that work in tandem to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas and themes that will be easily understood by Museum visitors and the general public.
  • Genuine curiosity in the curatorial field is required, with a natural interest in discovering new ideas in the virtual and exhibition arena while thinking innovatively regarding the Museum’s collection.
  • Well-versed in how to identify and attract diverse audiences and grow audiences through public engagement and creative outreach.
  • Knowledge of the role fundraising plays in advancing cultural projects.
  • A demonstrated commitment to values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and employing these values to create a more inclusive, accurate, and representative telling of women’s history.
  • Master’s degree in Women’s Studies and/or Gender Studies or related field is required; Ph.D. in these or related fields is preferred.

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