The Collections Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Museum’s collection, and for coordinating the work of the Museum’s professional staff and interns in this area. This includes the development and maintenance of the record systems (physical and digital) and responsibility for the storage systems of the collection. Responsibilities include logistics and paper work of all accessions, deaccessions, and incoming and outgoing loans.
Working closely with the Museum Director, the Collections Manager will work to coordinate all activities related to material culture research, collections development, interpretation, documentation, and preventative conservation. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Care for objects in on site storage and on site exhibitions.
Register and catalogue all items in PastPerfect. Provide hard copy updates at end of every calendar year to be stored in the Museum’s archives.
Advise the Museum Director of any changes in collections’ status.
Disseminate information as needed to other departments and researchers.
Communicate with Development and Accounting on recent acquisitions.
Monitor legal and ethical implications and care standards of transactions.
Oversee object movement, internal and external, including packing and shipping.
Act as courier or designate courier.
Implement security procedures and work closely with security personnel.
Contract for outside services as needed such as conservation.
Research the history, authenticity, and provenance of objects in the collection.
Collaborate with educators and other subject matter experts to utilize collection for mission related programming.
Oversee the long term care of the collection.
Properly house artifacts in collection storage and ensure safe display of the permanent collection.
Handle directly, or sets up a system for responding to, specific technical inquiries regarding the collection or general inquiries from the public.
MA in museum studies with a focus in collections management.
1-2 years of experience with similar collections. Prior experience with objects from 18th and early 19th century a plus.
Ability to work well independently as well as on a team, including a diverse personalities of museum visitors.
Demonstrates a professional demeanor, initiative, confidence, creativity, the ability to set priorities in a dynamic environment, and commitment to continuous improvement.
Accepts accountability for timely results and attention to detail.
Must be able to work at a desk and in storage areas, ascend and descend multiple staircases, and carry at least 30lbs.
Be flexible and able to meet challenges as they arise.
Experience in museum record keeping procedures, including experience with Collections Management Database systems. PastPerfect, preferred.
Required knowledge of current museum practices and techniques of collections management, including registration, exhibition, and object care and handling; industry standard research and cataloging methods; and computer literacy.
Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational and research skills.
Must be a self-starter with the ability to work on multiple projects with little or no supervision.
Must have a good work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve departmental and institutional goals.
Interest in Revolutionary War era history a plus.
3 days a week with room to grow into a full-time position. Flexible schedule.
$27/hr; includes paid leave.
Submit a cover letter and resume to: Director@frauncestavernmuseum.org. No phone calls, replies will only be sent to considered applicants.