Collections & Exhibits Curator

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is hiring a Collections & Exhibits Curator who will be responsible for the organization and care of its growing collection, the development of special exhibitions, and the maintenance of its core exhibitions. As part of a small, but dedicated staff, the person in this position will have the opportunity to help advance the Museum’s mission and make it a vital part of the community and the region.


  • Manage the Museum’s 4,000-piece permanent collection, including the ongoing cataloguing and organization of the collection and database management.
  • Oversee all aspects of the care of the permanent collections, including handling, use and access, security, conservation, and environmental monitoring.
  • Identify possible acquisitions for the permanent collection and shepherd the acquisition process, from solicitation to accessioning.
  • Develop a two to three-year curatorial calendar for the Museum and direct the implementation of the calendar, from concept development and community focus groups to installation.
  • Work with staff, freelancers, and consultants to design, fabricate, and install temporary exhibitions and digital exhibitions.
  • Direct the maintenance and upkeep of the permanent and temporary exhibitions, including coordinating maintenance and repair as needed for both physical and digital exhibitions.
  • Assist the Museum Executive Director in the development of fiscal year budgets for curatorial and collection initiatives and needs.
  • Oversee curatorial interns and volunteers to help with museum projects and collection research.
  • Participate in conferences and workshops related to humanities and Southern Jewish scholarship.
  • Develop relationships with cultural organizations and local community groups to engage diverse communities with the Museum’s resources in collaborative and meaningful ways.
  • Contribute to ongoing efforts in Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion throughout MSJE’s collections, exhibitions, and programming.


  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in museum studies, history, or related field and at least three years’ experience working in a museum or cultural institution in a curatorial capacity.
  • Strong knowledge and interest in American Jewish history and Southern history, and knowledge of the available resources for exploring both.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and curating public exhibitions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including working with a range of backgrounds to develop artifact donor relations and audiences.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Experience with collections management systems, such as PastPerfect.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends. Willingness and ability to travel occasionally in support of the Museum’s collecting efforts.


This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF to info@msje.org with the subject line Curator Search. The search process will continue until the position is filled.