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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 260M
Category: Education


This is the supervisory or expert level.  Positions supervise professional or entry level staff.  Develop and implement policy in accordance with American Association of Museums best practices. Manage department budget, track expenditures, conduct long range planning and scheduling, establish priorities for staff deployment and evaluate program effectiveness.  Responsible for on-site coordination between architects, consultants and other contractors and agency capitol project manager.  May provide physical plant oversight.  


Is the expert level responsible for performing a wide range of administrative, research grants management or conservation duties within four year institutions of higher education.

Typical Work

Select exhibits and develop exhibit teams;

Negotiate with institution regarding terms and details of traveling exhibits;

Work with faculty, administrators, or other educational consultants, exhibit design firms and prepare contracts;

Develop educational curriculum units in keeping with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements;

Write and administer grants;

Manage the school tour program;

Manage all aspects of a museum/gallery;

Be a member of, or advise, the facility’s governing board;

Manage the Research Center site or State Capital Museum & Outreach Center

Participate in exhibit research, curation and development;

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  museum administration and methods, including knowledge of state rules relating to personnel, finance, and contracting; proper function of exhibit and other teams; successfully negotiating with other museums for traveling exhibits and other projects; methods of documenting, researching, organizing and caring for collections; museum education best practices, including U.S. and Washington history;

Ability to:  care for objects on exhibition, evaluate exhibits by visitors, integrate sophisticated and accurate interpretation into exhibits; be aware of cultural sensitivities, different learning styles, and the balance between museum authority and multiple voices; attend trainings and conferences expounding best practices; lift 30 pounds.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Master’s degree in history, museum studies, fine arts, education, art history, anthropology


three years experience as a museum curator or equivalent.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 4284 Museum/Gallery Manager, 25720 Curator 3; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 12, 2006.
Revise class. General revision, revises definition, distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
(08/11/2010) Removed first line of typical work that no longer applies; old reference related to, servimg as senior editor of Columbia Magazine […]