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Jazz Institute Curator (Part-Time)

Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri.  Harris-Stowe’s beautiful campus is minutes from the renown Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions.  Harris-Stowe’s diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.

The Don Heide Wolff Jazz Institute and Art Gallery seeks a part-time Curator.  Located on the historic campus of Harris-Stowe State University in the Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Administration Building, the Wolff Jazz Institute and Art Gallery serves as a repository of various genres of music that includes:  jazz, popular, rock, big band, orchestra, opera, folk, soul, blues, Broadway musicals, classical, country, gospel, ragtime and rhythm and blues.   The collection also contains the well-known music of legendary artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, Clark Terry, Ray Charles, Charlie “Birdman” Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and Glenn Miller.

The Curator will be responsible for the daily operations of the jazz institute.  The curator will provide leadership and guidance in assisting faculty, staff, students and patrons on how to utilize and/or incorporate materials from the collection in course curriculum for research and academic enrichment.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Overseeing the maintenance of the collection as well as the acquisition of new materials that align with the theme and mission of the Wolff Jazz Institute
  • Cultivate both internal and external partnerships to strengthen the services of the Institute
  • Provide leadership over fundraising initiatives
  • Catalog audio recordings using advance library software
  • Increase the visibility and marketing of the Institute on a regional, state and national level
  • Partner with other music and fine arts organizations that align with the mission of the Wolff Jazz Institute
  • Manage a staff of volunteers

Required Qualifications:  Media Specialist certificate accepted.  Bachelor’s degree in music, education, history or ethnomusicology preferred.  Experienced in event planning and community outreach with excellent public speaking skills and an appreciation of art and all genres of music.


Only completed applications will be accepted. Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please submit your application on line at www.hssu.edu.  Submit your application using either Chrome or Firefox when applying, as our system works most smoothly with these browsers.  Please check to ensure documents are in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .ascii, .pdf, or html.

“Please No Phone Calls”

Due to the large number of applications submitted and the high volume of applicant inquiries we receive regarding the status of applications, we are unable to accept phone calls or walk-in inquiries regarding applicant status. 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER 

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