Curator, Exponential Center and Business History

Details

Duration: Full-time; Exempt

Location: Mountain View, CA

Department: Exponential Center

Summary

The Computer History Museum (CHM) is seeking a domain expert to serve as inaugural Business History Curator. The Business History Curator will play an important role in overseeing the curatorial strategy and advancing the work of the new Exponential Center as a major strategic expansion to the Museum. Reporting to the Center’s Executive Director, the Business History Curator will work closely with the Museum’s curatorial and other relevant teams, to build the business and entrepreneurship-related collection and exhibits, research and insights, educational content, events, and thought leadership to supporting the mission of the Exponential Center and the Museum.

The Exponential Center is capturing the legacy—and advancing the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact. The Center’s work focuses on five integrated initiatives: collection/exhibition, research/insight, education, events, and thought leadership. Publicly launched in June 2016, the Exponential Center is led by Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock and actively supported by a distinguished circle of founding advisors, donors, Museum trustees, and network of leaders from Silicon Valley’s ecosystem. (See computerhistory.org/exponential)

The Computer History Museum is the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours, an award-winning education program, and innovative centers. (See computerhistory.org)

Overview of Position

  • Oversees the curatorial strategy of the Museum’s new Exponential Center, focused on the people, companies, and communities at the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and around the world
  • Acts as curatorial focal point for business history for the Museum
  • Contributes expertise as a core member of the Exponential Center team and Museum curatorial staff to build business history and entrepreneurship in 5 major areas of work: collection/exhibits, research/insights, education, events, and thought leadership

Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities

Collection/Exhibits

  • Leads development of strategy and plans for building Museum’s business history and entrepreneurship collection
  • Collects artifacts and conducts oral histories within specified domain to expand Museum’s collection
  • Provides curatorial oversight, including co-operative assessment of donation offers with the Museum’s curatorial team; participates as active member of curatorial review team for museum acquisitions
  • Coordinates with museum curators, archivists, collections staff and project managers on related projects
  • Assists in exhibit development and interpretive programs, working with designated teams to select artifacts and create content

Research/Insights

  • Conducts research and develops content for business history/entrepreneurship-related exhibits, programs, and publications
  • Conducts research, develops original scholarship, presents at conferences, publishes articles on business history
  • Interacts with Museum and Exponential Center-affiliated researchers and writers
  • Manages curatorial projects related to business history and entrepreneurship, e.g. venture capital and other elements of entrepreneurial ecosystems, Silicon Valley and other key regions
  • Ensures accuracy of content by conducting research and consulting other subject matter experts

Education

  • Contributes expertise to facilitate the development of business history educational materials.
  • Participates in educational programs and tours, such as for entrepreneurs, executives, etc.

Events

  • Participates in, and where appropriate, organizes Exponential Center or other Museum events
  • Participates in VIP and special events as needed

Thought Leadership

  • Serves as a domain expert for the Museum, including as appropriate, briefing media or policymakers
  • Maintains professional knowledge and contributes to field by attending workshops, reviewing publications, establishing networks, and presenting at conferences
  • Builds awareness—and supports partnerships—of Exponential Center and CHM with other museums, universities, organizations and relevant institutions

Other

  • Collaborates with Museum’s community of curators and center directors. Serves on appropriate Museum committees. Coordinates with additional Museum teams, as needed.
  • Interacts with Museum’s Board of Trustees, senior management, and outside organizations, as needed
  • Assists in periodic fundraising and grant writing for the Exponential Center and CHM
  • Conducts professional activities in accordance with the American Association of Museum’s Code of Ethics for Curators
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Background, Experience, and Education

  • 10 years of experience as curator in museum or leader in relevant academic or other setting
  • Master’s degree or PhD in relevant field, such as history of science and technology or business
  • Domain expertise on key people, companies, and regions for business history and entrepreneurship of the Information Age.
  • Working knowledge of Silicon Valley strongly preferred but not required
  • General understanding of computing technology and its impact on world economic, social and political systems
  • Experience in both outstanding independent work and collegial collaboration with teams
  • Track record of publications in the field of business history
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

How to Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and a list of 3 professional references to exponential-center_jobs_a@computerhistory.org, with the job title on the subject line.