CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Curators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution. Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic recordkeeping systems, using computer databases.
 
Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
 
Inspect premises to assess the need for repairs and to ensure that climate and pest-control issues are addressed.
 
Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.
 
Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
 
Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
 
Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.
 
Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.
 
Schedule events, and organize details including refreshment, entertainment, decorations, and the collection of any fees.
 
Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
 
Study, examine, and test acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value.
 
Arrange insurance coverage for objects on loan or for special exhibits, and recommend changes in coverage for the entire collection.
 
Establish specifications for reproductions and oversee their manufacture, or select items from commercially available replica sources.
 
Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
 
Design, organize, or conduct tours, workshops, and instructional or educational sessions to acquaint individuals with an institution's facilities and materials.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Ancient Art Curator
Art Gallery Director
Asian Art Curator
Assistant Curator
Associate Curator
Coin Collector
Collections Curator
Collections Manager
Collections and Archives Director
Curator
Curator of Collections
Curator of Education
Curator of Photography and Prints
Director of Collections and Archives
Director of Exhibit Development
Educational Institution Curator
Educational Resource Coordinator
Exhibitions Curator
Exhibitions and Collections Manager
Exhibits Curator
Exhibits Manager
Field Collector
Gallery Director
Herbarium Curator
Historic Site Administrator
Historic Sites Supervisor
Manager of Exhibitions and Collections
Modern and Contemporary Art Curator
Museum Curator
Museum Director
Museum Registrar
Museum or Zoo Director
Natural History Collections Curator
Numismatist
Old Coin Dealer
Philatelist
Photography and Prints Curator
Prints and Drawings Curator
Research Associate
Stamp Collector
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Museum
Benchmark Title: Curators
 
 
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