Jobs Posting: Digest 12/07/2016

1. Assistant Conservator, Oriental Institute – The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA)
2. Director of Research, Collections & Exhibits, The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg, Canada)
3. Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany, and Assistant Professor in Geological Sciences, The University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA)

1. ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR, Oriental Institute – The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA)

  • The review of applications will begin in January 2017

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is seeking an Assistant Conservator of archaeological objects to work in a small laboratory under the supervision of the Head of the Conservation Laboratory. This is a 12-month position with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is an internationally recognized research center for studying the archaeological and textual record of the ancient Near East. The Museum is an important unit within the Institute and houses over 300,000 objects from across the Near East.
The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Conservator will support the role of conservation in the Museum’s Gallery Enhancement project, a three-year plan that involves the retrofitting of the Museum’s display cases. The Assistant Conservator will be involved in the treatment and maintenance of the extensive collection of ancient Near Eastern artifacts that will include integrated pest management as well as monitoring of environmental conditions. Responsibilities will also include the testing of display and exhibit case materials as well as material identification of objects within the collection. Experience with handheld x-ray fluorescence and SEM is a plus. The successful candidate must have excellent communication, documentation and practical skills.
Applicants should have a graduate degree in objects conservation from a recognized training program or the equivalent.  Three years’ post-graduate experience in a museum setting is preferred.
The review of applications will begin in January 2017. The salary is commensurate with experience; the position is benefits eligible.
For a detailed description of the announcement and to apply, please visit, and search postings for Keyword: Conservator; Requisition: #101781.
Please include a cover letter and a resume with contact information for three professional references.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

2. DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITS, The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg, Canada)

  • Applications Deadline: January 31, 2017

The Manitoba Museum, a not-for-profit and charitable organization, is Manitoba’s largest heritage and science center. We are unique in our combination of human and natural history themes, multi-dimensional interpretation, immersive dioramas, science and astronomy education, with quality school and public programs and exhibits. The Museum is currently embarking on a multi-phased capital campaign, which will see a renewal of 42% of the Museum Galleries over the next three years.
The Museum is recruiting an experienced senior Museum professional for Director of Research, Collections & Exhibits to lead all areas of responsibility including research, collections, conservation and collections management, and exhibits. The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree in a related discipline, such as history, natural sciences, conservation, museum studies, or collections management and at least six years’ experience in a senior management role, preferably in a museum environment. The successful candidate will also have a strong track record in writing and managing grants. Experience in capital renewal planning and execution is an asset.
The Director of Research, Collections & Exhibits reports directly to the Executive Director/CEO. This is a position of senior management responsibility and leadership that includes supervision, co-ordination, evaluation and reporting for the Departments of Human History, Natural History, Collections and Conservation, Library/Archives and Intellectual Property, and Exhibits. The incumbent is a member of the Senior Management Team and fulfills the duties associated with the work of that group.
Key Accountabilities & Typical Duties
Priority 1 – Leadership & Strategic Direction to provide strategic direction and leadership to the Division of Research, Collections & Exhibits, and its various departments and staff, to fulfill the Manitoba Museum’s mandate, mission and vision to its fullest potential.

  • Develops strategic short- and long-term plans for Research, Collections & Conservation, Information Services, Exhibits and Presentation Standards, Publications, and identifies the resources necessary to support these areas.
  • Establishes all goals, priorities, and work schedules for areas of responsibility in relation to the Museum’s annual business planning cycle and capital projects.
  • Works closely with staff to ensure the Manitoba Museum’s collection is safe, secure, documented, preserved, researched, accessible, and used (as appropriate)
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures relevant to the operation of all areas of responsibility. Functions as a member of the Directors’ Team, sharing responsibility for tasks, such as the preparation of institutional policies, strategic and operational plans and budgets, programs and projects.
  • Functions as a member of the Senior Management Team, providing input and monitoring the implementation and evaluation of the annual Business Plan and Budget.

Priority 2 – Research, Collections & Exhibits Oversight to oversee RCE operational activities, maintaining open lines of communication with Management and staff; report to governing bodies; facilitate meetings to promote the useful dissemination of information; and to foster effective teamwork.

  • Responsible for recruitment, selection, termination, performance management with the support of Human Resources, of Divisional staff, including work planning and review, and succession planning for direct reports, within established Museum policy and procedures.
  • Oversees all operational aspects of Research, Collections & Conservation, Exhibits, Information Services, and Publications, including the scheduling and facilitation of divisional, departmental, and project-focused meetings.
  • Oversees the strategic development, use and preservation of the Manitoba Museum’s collections and intellectual property
  • Mentors direct reports in their functions and provides guidance in professional development to ensure departmental objectives are attained.
  • Provides management support to any committees of the Board of Governors, as required; reports annually to The Manitoba Museum Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Reports annually to the HBC History Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Approves and controls the allocation of staff and operating resources and expenditures for the divisional area of responsibility; provides progress reports as required.

Priority 3 – Project Management & Partnerships to work with Manitoba Museum staff to facilitate creative projects and inter-divisional communication; foster partnerships; and advance high standards of professional achievement through sustainable practices.

  • Develops creative, multi-disciplinary projects within Research, Collections & Conservation, Exhibits, Information Services, and Publications that address institutional priorities; ensures their completion within established time frames and budgets; and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Oversees the development of grant applications, partnership arrangements, and curatorial revenue-generating opportunities for authorization by the Executive Director/CEO.
  • Liaises with other Directors to integrate divisional plans, projects and strategies, and to rotate weekend on-call duties.

Priority 4 – Public Outreach & Networking to advance the Manitoba Museums goals and objectives through interaction with colleagues, partners, stakeholders, and public outreach across multiple fields (culture, heritage, education, science, research, etc.).

  • Fosters collaborative partnerships, memoranda of understanding, and agreements with external stakeholders and organizations.
  • Represents the Manitoba Museum on inter-agency initiatives and at public events relating to areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as reasonably assigned.
  • Rotates with other Directors for weekend on-call duties.
  • Acts on behalf of the Executive Director/CEO when assigned.

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

        • Thorough knowledge in areas of responsibility, including research, collections management, conservation, library/archives, information management, and exhibitions.
        • Well-developed knowledge of management and financial reporting and budgeting processes, as well as human resource concepts, practices, current trends, and ideas.
        • Knowledge of the mission, function, and operational procedures of the institution.
        • Demonstrated leadership ability, including the successful development and implementation of multi-stakeholder projects, and community consultation.
        • Demonstrated ability in consensus-building and conflict resolution.
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to speak effectively in public.
        • Knowledge of evaluation methods.
        • Willingness to adapt to a changing environment.
        • Ability to work independently and in an organized manner with little supervision.
        • Knowledge of software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets (Excel) and databases.

Education, Training and Experience

        • Post-graduate degree in a related discipline, such as history, natural sciences, conservation, library and records management, museum studies, or collections management.
        • General knowledge of Manitoba’s human and natural history, with specialized knowledge in at least one area, is a definite asset.
        • Six to nine years’ experience in a supervisory or management role, preferably in a museum environment.
        • Experience in recruitment and selection, performance management and labour relations, preferably in a union environment.
        • Demonstrated track record in writing and managing grants.
        • Experience in capital renewal planning and execution is an asset.
        • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is a full-time position beginning April 2017. The incumbent will report to the Executive Director /CEO.
Please submit your resume, including cover letter with salary expectation, on or before Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Interested applicants are required to forward a résumé and cover letter with salary expectation to:
Director of Human Resources
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2
Fax: (204) 942-3679
We are not able to acknowledge receipt of applications submitted via fax or mail. The Manitoba Museum is committed to employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for interviews will be contacted.


          • Closing Date:Ongoing 
          • Job Posting No. 07197
          • Position No.00636007
          • Job Category:Faculty
          • Primary Location:Boulder
          • Department:B0001 — Boulder Campus – 10112 – Museum-Administration
          • Schedule:Full-time
          • Posting Contact Name: Jaelyn Eberle,

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado – Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track appointment as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology & Paleobotany in the Museum and Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences. We seek a scientist who will conduct field and collection-based research in one or more of the following areas:  evolutionary studies, systematics, organismal paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections house approximately 200,000 catalogued specimens, with strengths in Cenozoic terrestrial arthropods (and associated plants), as well as marine invertebrates and foraminiferans from the Western Interior Seaway.  Most holdings are from the Rocky Mountain region, but the collection includes other US and international materials.  Primary responsibilities will be to develop a research program at the forefront of paleontology; to curate, develop and increase the visibility of the Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections, including their digital assets; and to teach in the Museum and Field Studies Graduate Program and the Department of Geological Sciences.
Applicants must have a doctoral degree in geology, biology, paleontology, or a related field, and express a commitment to research, curation, teaching, and mentoring.  The successful candidate should complement existing expertise in paleontology and related fields in the Department of Geological Sciences.
For full consideration, please apply by electronic submission at CU Careers by November 30, 2016. The search is open until filled.
Direct questions to
Application materials must be submitted electronically at, job posting 07197.
Applicants are asked to please collate the following documents into a single PDF file. Those documents are: Cover letter; Curriculum vita; Names and addresses of four references; Statement of research that clearly outlines to non-specialists how the applicant’s research contributes to the most important scientific problems in his/her discipline; Statement of teaching experience and philosophy; Statement of curatorial experience and vision; and Representative publications.
Please use this naming convention for your file: LAST NAME_PALEO SEARCH. The maximum file size is 2.5 mb. In the event a second file is needed to complete the submission with the required documents, a second upload can be made using this modified name convention: LAST NAME.2_PALEO SEARCH.
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