20.508 Curator's job at The Henry Ford

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 08:05:18 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 508.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 08:03:41 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Curator's job at The Henry Ford

[from Jim VanBochove]

The Henry Ford
Curator of Design and Decorative Arts

The Henry Ford seeks a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and dynamic
individual with a proven track record to join a committed team of
intellectually curious colleagues as Curator of Design and Decorative
Arts. The incumbent will be responsible for managing, developing,
researching, and interpreting The Henry Ford's world-class
collections relating to American design and decorative arts from the
17th century to the present. These collections number more than
40,000 items including architecture, interiors, ceramics, glassware,
metalwork, fashion, and furniture.

The Henry Ford is the history destination that brings the American
Experience to life and is comprised of Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield
Village, The Henry Ford IMAX Theater, Benson Ford Research Center,
Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Henry Ford Academy.

The Curator has three primary spheres of
responsibility: Collections/Content Expertise; Educational and
Program Development; and Institutional Support.
This position demands a deep and broad understanding of significant
American objects, stories, and lives to lead the intellectual
direction of major collection areas by developing collections plans
that align strategically with the mission and the vision of The Henry
Ford. Using institutional History and Educational Principles as a
guide, shapes the content development for program and exhibition
planning according to initiative parameters; serves as the
institution's content expert on that topic.

Initiates, writes grants, and/or creates budgets for the
documentation of collections, the development of educational
programs, or exhibition planning, as required; maintains an
understanding of potential grant-funding sources relating to
collections and programs.

Requires a minimum of a Master's degree in Design History, Decorative
Arts, Art History, American History or related field; Knowledge of
the history of American design and American decorative arts from the
17th century to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century;
Solid general knowledge of American social and cultural history from
the 17th century to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th
century; A minimum of five years professional experience with
decorative arts and/or design (curatorial or related experience
preferred); Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications
skills required. Proven ability to research and interpret American
social and cultural history through material culture, decorative
arts, and design; Experience in developing, managing, and
interpreting museum collections

Full position description available at

Please apply to:

Workforce Development
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124


The Henry Ford is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national
origin, marital status, height, weight, age, unrelated disability or
other legally protected status.

Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
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