Curatorial services Manager

City of Riverside

The Position

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position ofCURATORIAL SERVICES MANAGERto fill one (1) vacancy in theMuseum of Riverside.The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The Museum of Riverside is a municipal museum with a mission centered on nature, culture, and history as they relate to the Riverside, California, region. The museum offers a position to oversee the exhibitions, programs, and collections of the Museum. The position, which is new to the Museum of Riverside, will report to the Museum Director. The scope of the position includes general oversight of a team of curators, educators, and collection specialists to develop a dynamic program of changing exhibitions, education programs for pre-K through senior, and mission-based events. The position has general oversight of collections management for a diverse collection of approximately 200,000 artifacts and natural history specimens, and ensuring the integration of collections into programming. The successful candidate will have opportunities to create and implement a diverse array of programs for a community that is proud of its unique local character. The Museum’s main site is closed for renovation and expansion, with an expected reopening date in 2026. The Museum currently has one site open to the public, a Victorian house museum, Heritage House. A project eventually to open the National Historic Landmark Harada House is also under way under Museum oversight. After reopening, the position will be responsible for an active pace of programming at multiple Museum sites. The successful candidate will have strong administrative and organizational abilities, and several years of curatorial or museum education experience. Prior experience with exhibition development, interpretive planning, object-based teaching, staff supervision, and project management are critical to meet the needs of the position.

The Curatorial Services Manager, under administrative direction, will perform a variety of technical and advanced professional level duties in the stewardship and interpretation of museum collections in anthropology, history, and natural history; to formulate and implement appropriate object-related policies and procedures; to plan, research, and develop museum exhibitions and educational programs; to perform administrative work including grant-writing, budget preparation, and management of special projects; to serve on the senior management team; to supervise and mentor junior curatorial staff; and to do related work as required.

Work Performed

Typical duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following (duties may vary by assignment):

  • Assist in the administration and operation of the Museum of Riverside; assist in planning, organizing, and supervising Museum functions.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate subordinates; provide technical assistance as required.
  • Assist in coordinating Museum activities within the department and with other City departments, divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • Assist in the coordination, preparation, and administration of the curatorial budget; manage projects within established budgets.
  • Administer contracts and agreements entered into with other agencies, vendors, grantors, and non-profit groups, as assigned.
  • Research and prepare grant applications.
  • Conduct detailed analysis and research in disciplinary area(s) of expertise; oversee special projects as assigned.
  • Formulate and implement a collection development plan that will further growth of a distinctive identity for the Museum and result in meaningful collections; prepare accession, deaccession, and loan recommendations in accordance with established policy.
  • Formulate and implement policies for collections management and care in accordance with the highest professional standards; formulate and supervise conservation recommendations.
  • Present lectures to civic groups, school audiences, museum visitors, and professional organizations.
  • Contribute articles, reports, and monographs to professional publications.
  • Work with education staff to achieve appropriate interpretation and educational programming in conjunction with temporary exhibitions or the permanent collection.
  • Represent the director at meetings and with professional organizations as assigned; may act in the absence of the Museum Director as assigned.
  • Assemble and interpret a variety of historic data and materials.
  • Locate, acquire, and house appropriate artifacts or specimens within the scope of established collecting plans and policies.
  • Conduct detailed analysis to identify collection objects; prepare and maintain proper collection records. Conduct field research to gather data, specimens, and photographic records.
  • Provide for necessary maintenance, preservation, and restoration of collected materials.
  • Develop and implement a long-range, coordinated program of temporary exhibitions in collaboration with the Museum Director and curatorial and education staff; curate original exhibitions within disciplinary area(s) of expertise; develop concepts, interpretive copy, catalog essays, and other content; coordinate activity with guest curators, exhibition brokers, designers, contractors, and others in support of a varied temporary exhibition program.
  • Identify objects for the general public within disciplinary areas of expertise.
  • Confer and cooperate with other resource and museum personnel regarding materials sources, object data, exhibition details, publications, and programs.


Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in history, museology, archaeology, geology, natural science, zoology, or a closely related field of specialization.

Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in the collection, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of materials for museum exhibitions.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:

  • Exceptional ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience as the lead curator on at least three exhibitions
  • Experience with one or more collection data migration projects
  • Experience with one or more collection relocation projects
  • Experience developing exhibition-based public programming
  • Possession of a valid, class “C” California driver’s license

Selection Process


1)Completed Employment Application

2) Completed Supplemental Questionnaire

3)Resume, Cover Letter, including fully detailed experience for each of the highly desirable qualifications listed, and (3) three professional references



If you are selected to move forward in the assessment process, you may be required to self-schedule your appointment. You will be notified via email of your status and provided with self-scheduling instructions. Please check your email regularly following the closing date of this recruitment.

The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, drug screen, and/or medical/physical examination.

NOTE: The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.


Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.

Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:

  • An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at
  • An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.


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