External News

31 July 2015

Winterthur has an exciting opportunity available for a Manager and Instructor in the Academic Programs Department. Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the globe. Winterthur and the University of Delaware co-sponsor two world-class graduate programs, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC) and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art conservation (WUDPAC).

Winterthur considers its employees and volunteers to be among its greatest assets and provides them with the chance to develop their appreciation for the decorative arts, research library resources, and horticulture while contributing to the mission of the institution. Accepting a position with Winterthur offers an exceptional opportunity to work in a unique culture that fosters creativity and collaboration with colleagues in the Museum, Library, Conservation, and Garden divisions.

The competitive compensation and benefits we offer underscore our commitment to our employees. Working at Winterthur is a unique and rewarding opportunity, offering a variety of career paths in a beautiful setting.

About the Job

The Manager and Instructor will support academic programs staff in establishing regional and national prominence in decorative arts and material culture studies, thus enhancing the scholarly reputations of the graduate, research and publication programs. The Manager and Instructor will give support to the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC - a collaborative program of Winterthur and the University of Delaware), the Research Fellowship Program and to Winterthur Portfolio, A Journal of American Material Culture, published for the Winterthur Museum by the University of Chicago Press. S/he will provide leadership for integrating new media in the Academic Programs Department. S/he will teach and mentor graduate students and research fellows. This is a unique opportunity at the intersection of management and education of a pre-eminent collection of objects, documents, and images made or used in the North American colonies and United States.

Job Requirements

Master’s Degree in material culture, museum studies, art history, preservation studies or a related field is required. Ph. D. in material culture, history, art history, design history, preservation studies, or a related field is preferred. Documented record of effectiveness as a manager and teacher. Assignment as instructor of record for a course in an academic field related to the American decorative arts and/or material culture preferred. Demonstrated scholarly achievement including evidence of original research, publication or another project that shows intellectual ability and promise in a relevant field is preferred. Proficiency in new media and digital humanities project development and management in cultural institutions strongly preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public. Creative thinker and solutions-based problem-solver. Superior organizational skills with a high attention to detail, proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously. This is a Full Time Exempt position at Winterthur.

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample and names and contact information for three references to: jobs@winterthur.org. Please reference Requisition # 1030. Deadline for applications: August 31, 2015.


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