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What are some examples of job titles and responsibilities in museums?


Manager, Director, Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, President: Chief Executive Officer of the institution. Responsible for policy making, funding, planning, organizing, staffing and directing activities through staff. Responsible for overall supervision of acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation and presentation.


Director of Development: Responsible for development of museum support, including membership. Activities may include funding for capital outlay, purchase and operation of endowments, membership drives, proposals to government, corporation and private foundations, and the planning and supervision of special fundraising events.

Membership Secretary/Coordinator: Compiles and maintains membership lists; processes receipts of dues and contributions; and provides information to members of the institution's supporting organization.


Chief/Senior Curator, Director of Collections and Research: Responsible for the care and academic interpretation of all objects belonging or lent to the museum. Makes recommendations for acquisition, deaccession, attribution and authentication of objects. Considerable public and donor contact. May supervise one or more curators.

Curator of Collections, Collections Manager: Within the areas of his or her specialization, the same responsibilities as the chief curator. Less public or donor contact. May supervise a collections manager.

Associate/Assistant Curator: Under supervision of curator, responsibility for cataloging, care and maintenance of collection. Usually has knowledge of discipline of the collection. May process and track loans, serving as registrar for museums that do not have that position.

Conservator: Responsible for examination, repair and conservation of art objects, historical artifacts, or scientific specimens.

Registrar: Responsible for creating, organizing and maintaining orderly forms, legal documents, files and retrieval systems associated with the following: acquisitions, acceptance, cataloging, loans, packing, shipping, inventory, storage and insurance. Coordinates all aspects of borrowing and lending objects, including handling and packing of objects, negotiating insurance coverage, processing insurance claims, making shipping arrangements, arranging for security, handling customs procedures, processing requests for rights and reproductions.


Exhibition Director/Curator: Responsible for selecting, scheduling and curating of exhibitions. May be responsible for design, construction and installation of permanent and temporary exhibits.

Chief Exhibit Designer, Director of Exhibition Design: Coordinates and is responsible for design, construction and installation of permanent and temporary exhibits.

Education/Public Programming

Director of Public Programming: Responsible for overall long-term planning of exhibition schedule and such professional practices as acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation and presentation. Responsible for interpretive and educational programs. May supervise heads of exhibits and education departments.

Education Director, Education Curator: Develops, implements, evaluates and/or supervises the museum's educational programs with the goal of enhancing public access to and understanding and interpretation of the collections and resources. The programs, which may employ a variety of media and techniques, may encompass education exhibitions, printed materials, demonstrations, tours, classes, films, lectures, special events, workshops, teacher-training programs, school or other outreach programs, as well as docent/guide training.

Education Assistant/Specialist: Under the supervision of education director/curator, helps develop, organize and implement education programs. Prepares written and other educational materials for programs. May assist by scheduling schools, groups, docents, and field trips.

Volunteer Coordinator: Responsible for the promotion and development of volunteer programs and activities. Coordinates the needs of staff with available, interested volunteers.

Docent A trained volunteer who provides educational tours for museum visitors.


Head/Chief Librarian: Manages library containing specialized collections for the institution. Selects, orders, catalogs, and classifies special collections of books, periodicals and other materials relating to the subject emphasis of the institution.


Manager of Retail Store/Operations: Oversees museum store operations; responsible for ordering merchandise, merchandise display, pricing policy, employee work schedule and record keeping.


Director/Manager of Facilities: Oversees all departments responsible for the physical building and grounds of museum.

Chief/Director of Security: Oversees all phases of building and grounds security to insure protections of persons and property.

Building Superintendent: Responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the physical plant including heating, lighting, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems, and cleaning services. May supervises maintenance employees, custodians or grounds crews.