Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Reports To: Director/CEO
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary: Responsible for collections development, acquisition, display, loans, temporary exhibitions, security and cataloguing. Works closely with the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for all aspects of the collection including:
    1. Acquisitions
    2. Deaccessioning
    3. Collection care (security and climatic conditions)
    4. Conservation-policies and treatment protocols
    5. Overseeing contractors including conservators and exhibition preparators
    6. Loan requests
    7. Database and online catalog
    8. Insurance (for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions and loans)
    9. Adherence to AAM ethical standards and best practices related to collections management and care.*
  • Develops and implements display, installation design, and interpretive content for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Responsible for implementing a regular schedule of temporary exhibitions that promote and support attendance.
  • Creates temporary exhibitions that can travel to other institutions.
  • Works closely with education and interpretive staff to advise on programming including audio guide systems, labels, and hands-on materials as well as public programs.
  • Builds the museum’s local, regional, national and international reputation by judicious additions to and shaping of the collection, presenting exhibitions, and promoting scholarly activities that enhance the reputation and prestige of the Museum.
  • Responsible for the Journal of Icons Studies and scholarly activities supported by the museum.
  • Represents the Museum at professional conferences and meetings and on local boards, councils, and other community activities.
  • Networks with Museum curatorial experts in the field across the world.
  • Assists in writing grants (working closely with Development consultant) and supports Deputy Director in seeking and implementing grant activity.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Manages Registrar and works closely with staff and volunteers.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word, Excel, all Microsoft office products; collection management database.

Advanced degree in pertinent discipline. Ph.D. preferred. Acknowledged expert in a field associated with the Museum’s mission. Minimum 5 years of experience working with collections and designing exhibitions.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Leadership/team building skills
  • Content knowledge related to collection and mission of the Museum
  • Ability to work with Board of Trustees and committees
  • Ability to build communities of support and fundraising
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in icons and understanding of Orthodox Christianity.
  • Strong language skills in Russian and Church Slavonic a plus.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to see color.

How to apply: send a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to Kent Russell, CEO/Curator: krussell(@)museumofrussianicons.org


Docents are our volunteer tour guides who work with the public to enhance the visitor experience through formal guided tours as well as informal one-on-one conversations. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about icons, Russian culture, and art history, and to meet and work closely with a dedicated volunteer group. The program consists of a 6-month training period as well as continuing education opportunities including lectures, workshops, local trips, and special events.

All training is provided at no cost. New docents are asked to make a one-year commitment. The time requirement is roughly 8 to 12 hours a month. Docents must be available to attend meetings on two Wednesday mornings per month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

For inquiries or questions, please contact Amy Consalvi by calling 978.598.5000, x125, or by email, info(at)museumofrussianicons.org.


From time to time, the Museum has a need for volunteer help with special events or in-house projects. If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact Amy Consalvi by email: info(at)museumofrussianicons.org or call 978.598.5000 x125, to learn about current opportunities.


Each year, the Museum of Russian Icons hosts interns who contribute their talents to the organization while gaining professional skills. Past interns have worked on substantial projects such as curating small exhibitions; creating marketing material; planning programs; and designing products for the Museum Shop. Projects vary depending on Museum needs and students’ interests. One of the benefits of being at a small organization is that interns have an opportunity to observe all staff and departments while specializing in one particular area.

The Museum offers two internships per year, each with a $500 stipend. To be eligible for the internship program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a currently enrolled sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student or a graduate student.
  • Majoring or concentrating in an academic area related to the Museum’s collection such as (but not limited to), Russian history, art history, museum studies, or a functional area within the museum (such as education, marketing, graphic design, etc.)
  • Intern for at least 120 hours over a 6- to 10-week period. (averaging 12 to 20 hours per week), during one of three periods: January to April (spring); May to August (summer); September to December (fall). Specific beginning and end dates and a detailed schedule will be determined once an intern is accepted into the program.

To apply for an internship, please complete the following. Applications must be complete to be considered. Submit materials to Amy Consalvi: aconsalvi(at)museumofrussianicons.org

  • A formal cover letter that identifies which internship you are applying for (spring, summer, or fall). Include a description of how the internship fits with your academic and professional goals, relevant experience, and the types of projects you’re interested in completing. Please also include detailed information about your schedule availability. If you would be receiving credit from your college/university for your internship, include that information as well.
  • A resume
  • A college and/or graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two letters of reference emailed directly from the recommender to aconsalvi(at)museumofrussianicons.org. At least one of these letters must come from a professor, advisor, or other recommenders who know your academic work.
  • A 3-5 page writing sample
  • For graphic design interns only: a portfolio of your work
  • Applicants who complete their applications by the deadline will be invited for an in-person or phone interview.
  • Send your application by November 1 for the Spring internship; March 1 for the Summer internship; and June 1 for the Fall internship.

Interns typically complete one major project, determined jointly with the supervisor at the beginning of the internship. This project will result in a finished product that the intern can add to his or her portfolio. Other smaller-scale projects will provide interns with an opportunity to gain additional exposure to their specific area as well as to other areas in the Museum. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will be invited to give a presentation about the work they have completed.

The Museum is not able to provide assistance with travel, lodging, or other costs related to the internship. Payment of the stipend is dependent on documented completion of at least 120 hours.

Specific projects will vary depending on the intern’s interests and the Museum’s exhibition and project schedule during the time of the internship. All internships will include an opportunity to shadow multiple staff members and learn about general museum operations.

“Interning at the Museum of Russian Icons was an incredible experience. Before this internship, I knew little about the museum field. Through this internship I gained a much greater understanding of the museum world, and what I hoped to accomplish in the future. Working in such an intimate museum environment with such friendly and welcoming staff was an asset because it allowed me to explore all of the different departments of the museum, whereas at a larger institution that can be difficult to achieve. Overall, my internship at the MoRI was extremely beneficial and went a long way in shaping my career goals.”—Jennifer Duckett, Smith College ’14, Art History/French/Museum Studies