Director of Book Conservation (Andover, MA, USA) – updated

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is seeking an innovative and creative   conservation professional to lead its nationally-recognized book conservation laboratory. The successful candidate will be joining the NEDCC Senior Management team and will benefit from working in a collaborative atmosphere with digital imaging specialists and conservators in other specialties. The book conservation laboratory contributes a significant amount to NEDCC’s fiscal health with work from a broad spectrum of cultural institutions and private clients. Volumes conserved at NEDCC are varied and may include rare books and pamphlets, bound manuscripts and prints, and scrapbooks and albums. The Center has treated some of the nation’s most significant volumes, such as William Bradford’s manuscript history of the Plymouth Plantation; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s journals of the Corps of Discovery Expedition; the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon; and Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House scrapbooks. See NEDCC Stories for other projects of note.

The Director of Book Conservation is responsible for:  Cultivating prospective clients; building relationships and conferring with clients nationwide to develop appropriate treatment proposals; performing collections assessments; leading a staff of professional book conservators who perform consultations, treatments, and collections assessments; setting and monitoring standards for quality and productivity; working closely with NEDCC’s other department heads on joint projects; and presenting at national conferences. In addition, the role of the Director of Book Conservation as a member of NEDCC’s senior management team includes hiring, strategic planning, policy development, and other NEDCC-wide initiatives that have a broad impact on the preservation of cultural heritage collections nationwide.


  • detailed knowledge of and hands-on experience in book conservation
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • excellent relationship-building skills
  • a solid educational and/or practical foundation in book conservation
  • commitment to both the highest quality conservation treatment results and the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice
  • leadership and management skills to support a high-quality, efficient and productive work environment

Founded in 1973, NEDCC specializes in the conservation and digitization of paper-based materials and has recently expanded its services to include preservation of audio recordings. NEDCC’s mission is to improve the preservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality conservation and reformatting services to collections-holding institutions; and to provide leadership in preservation, conservation, and digital reformatting. Its services include book, paper, and photograph conservation; digital reformatting (imaging and audio); assessments and consultations; disaster assistance; and workshops and conferences. NEDCC is located in Andover, MA, twenty-five miles north of Boston. For more information, please visit

Application Process
NEDCC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Salary and benefits are competitive. This position will remain open until filled. Feel free to direct any preliminary questions about the position to Bill Veillette. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Bill Veillette, Executive Director,

This job announcement has been updated on May 14, 2018.

Job Postings: Digest 10/24/2016

JOB – ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CURATOR, Western Australian Museum (Perth, Australia)

The New Museum for Western Australia was developed with a People First approach, and it aims to be at the heart of our State and to reflect the spirit of its people. Visit for further information.
We are seeking a committed team player who is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. You will have good knowledge of how to create outstanding and meaningful visitor experiences and be committed to working with Western Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve this.
Conditions: This is a full time, fixed term vacancy until 30 June 2020. There will also be a Pool running for a period of 18 months from the initial appointment. Applicants deemed suitable will be placed into a pool from which full-time, part-time, fixed term appointments may be made. A current C class Drivers License or equivalent will be required for this position.
You must also have a relevant tertiary qualification to be considered for this position. All overseas qualifications must have been assessed for Australian equivalency.
Special Requirements: The Department recognizes Aboriginality as a genuine qualification for this position under 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. To apply you must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) descent, identify as ATSI and be recognized as such by the ATSI community.
Location: This position is based in Perth however employees may be required to travel to and work from any of the Museum’s sites on a short-term basis as well as undertake travel to regional and remote communities.
For further job related information, contact Bill Seager, by email or by telephone +61 (08) 6552 7766 (note: he is not to be contacted for an Applicant Information Package).
How to Apply: visit You will need to key in the Position Number (Pool Ref 13228 into the ‘Web Search No. Position Number or Keywords’ box on the website to access the advertisement.
To see this announcement, go to:

JOB – CRAWFORD COLLECTIONS MANAGER, Western Reserve Historical Society (Macedonia, OH, USA)

  • Deadline to apply is November 11, 2016.

Responsible to the Frederick C. and Kathleen S. Crawford Curator of Transportation History for the long-term care, maintenance, and preservation of collections vehicles and objects. Primary location of work will be at WRHS offsite storage facility in Macedonia, Ohio with one (1) to two (2) days of work per week at the Cleveland History Center.
This position is classified as full time professional and non-exempt from overtime compensation.
Works closely with WRHS curatorial, registrar, education, and exhibit team.
• Aid in the implementation of the overall care, maintenance, and preservation of collection vehicles and objects.
• Perform maintenance and preservation treatments as assigned.
• Maintain accurate documentation of any preservation or restoration work undertaken on collection vehicles and objects.
• Utilize museum database software for data entry, object cataloging, and collections tracking purposes.
• Assist in the supervision of the volunteer staff working on the care, maintenance, and preservation of collection vehicles and objects.
• Report on the progress of any preservation or restoration projects undertaken.
• Maintain contact with, and assist in managing, outside contractors hired to do any preservation or restoration work on collection vehicles or objects.
• Assist with the evaluation of vehicles considered for acquisition.
• Assist in the transport and installation of collection vehicles, onsite, offsite, and in transit.
• Maintain preservation shop appearance and function, including tracking equipment, parts, and supply needs.
• Participate in educational and public programming involving or pertaining to the Crawford Collection.
• Manage special projects and tasks as assigned.
• Undertake other specific duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology field, Museums Studies, History, or related field of study preferred.
• Must have museum (or equivalent) experience in handling historic vehicles and objects appropriately, and be able to work as part of a professional team.
• Knowledge of museum methods, technologies, standards, practices, procedures, and ethics, and a desire to adhere to current museum policies and best practices.
• Organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to communicate ideas effectively, ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines, ability to work independently and in a team, and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
• Minimum five years of experience in hands on maintenance and care of vehicles from 1890 to present.
• Minimum three years of experience supervising staff and volunteers in a shop environment.
• Must be able to lift 75lbs, work at heights, and able to work in environments where paint, solvents, cleaners, dust, molds, and other materials generally associated with a shop are present.
• Excellent oral, written, and computer skills (Excel, Outlook, Word, etc.).
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate via email at or mail them to:
Western Reserve Historical Society
Attn: Human Resources, 10825 East
Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106 USA

JOB – COLLECTIONS MANAGER, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC, USA)

  • Position Closing Date: December 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Tracking Code 2402-141
  • A cover letter is required with application
  • Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Exempt Staff
  • Benefits Eligibility: Available at full-time University sponsored rates
  • Grant funded: No
  • Scheduled Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Number of months per year: 12
  • Department: Museum of Anthropology
  • Hiring Range: $47,500.00 – Commensurate with education and experience.
  • A cover letter is required with application

The Collections Manager implements and directs collections management activities for the Museum of Anthropology. The Museum of Anthropology holds more than 30,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects from the around the world. These objects are used in exhibits at the Museum of Anthropology, in teaching demonstrations in Wake Forest University classrooms, and in research projects of students, faculty, and visiting scholars. The Collections Manager handles, stores, houses, organizes, inventories, and photographs objects in the collections.
Essential Functions
• Implements the Museum of Anthropology Collections Plan by ensuring the collections are held and used in compliance with the research, storage, conservation, accession, deaccession, and loan policies.
• Maintains storage conditions for the Museum of Anthropology collections through preventative conservation methods, and suggests improvements to storage conditions. Houses, organizes, inventories, moves, tracks, and photographs the collections as appropriate.
• Identifies and implements preventative conservation measures for objects in the collections, coordinates access to the collections, processes accessioning and deaccessioning, and oversees the maintenance of collections facilities.
• Partners with the Academic Director to identify objects for exhibits, educational programs, and loans, and ensures their proper care while in use.
• Supervises Wake Forest University student projects and provides support to visiting researchers when appropriate.
• Monitors movement of collections at all stages of storage and use. Maintains Museum of Anthropology database and ensures it is up-to-date. Consults with the Academic Director regarding the database and the accuracy of its information. Identifies and solves cataloging errors in order to improve the veracity of collections records and the database.
• Responds to requests and inquiries about collections use from Wake Forest University student and faculty researchers, as well as other academic institutions, interest groups, heritage/descendant communities, and the public.
• Plans, coordinates, and supervises scholarly and public use of the collections, including for research, tours, and special events.
• Attends special events, which may occur offsite and during non-regular work hours.
• Acts as courier for loan objects when required.
• Consults with the Academic Director regarding deaccessioning objects outside the scope of the Collections Plan and accession policy.
• Suggests improvements to the Collections Plan and consults with the Academic Director to update Museum of Anthropology policies that impact the collections.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
• Master’s Degree in Anthropology, plus three or more years’ experience handling and caring for museum collections.
• In-depth knowledge of collections management practices and procedures, including the legal and ethical requirements of museum collections.
• Demonstrated skill in organization, attention to detail, effective communication, and ability to work in diverse cultural settings.
• Demonstrated computer proficiency with museum collections databases (including Re:Discovery and PastPerfect) and Microsoft Office Suite (including Word and Excel).
• Ability to work some evening and/or weekend hours as required.
• Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.
• Travel may be required to support out of area events.
• Ability to bend, kneel, and lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
• Degree or certification in Museum Studies.
• Museum collections conservation experience.
• Experience with artifact photography and object mount construction.
• Experience with NAGPRA.
• Demonstrated success in grant writing.
• Responsible for own work.
• Supervises volunteers, interns, and student employees working on collections-related projects as required.
Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.
In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.
For more information and to apply, go to:


  • This position remains open until filled

Position Purpose
The Archaeological Collections and Lab Manager will experience the inner workings of an archaeological laboratory by performing various collections-based duties and working on a variety of projects that require different skills. Under the general direction of University Operations and direct supervision by the Director of Cultural Resources Management, the Archaeological Collections and Lab Manager will be responsible for all aspects of management and stewardship of the permanent collections. Essential responsibilities include managing activities related to the permanent collection, exhibition coordination; registration of objects, cataloging, and inventory control; packing, crating and shipping of collections; management of outgoing loans; evaluation of collection conservation needs and implementation of long-range collections care plan; maintaining storage facilities and serving on collections/exhibitions project teams.
The successful applicant will also be responsible for cataloguing backlogged collections and will be directly responsible for managing the physical care and storage environment of the archaeological collections. This colleague must work cooperatively and creatively with staff, students and volunteers at the CRM facility and with university partners and contractors, ensuring that the overall institutional goals are maintained and programs are effectively promoted. This is term position of one year, renewable upon review and needs assessment.
Care of Collections (Primary duty)
• Work closely with the Director of Cultural Resources Management to oversee stewardship of the archaeological collections including policy and procedure creation and enforcement.
• Organize the collections rooms and assign barcodes to each box; maintain associated database and inventory.
• Direct and supervise volunteers and students with the reconstruction and/or cross mending of catalogued objects.
• Direct and supervise volunteers and students with the labeling of artifacts and packaging materials.
• Rehouse old collections that are incorrectly packaged (non-acid free boxes, etc.) into archivally stable materials.
• Monitor environmental condition of objects (desiccants andHOBOsensors).
• Administer Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program – coordinate with IPMcontractor and pest traps to ensure there are no infestations, if there are, be able to treat the infestation/work with IPM Contractor to treat.
• Coordinate conservation efforts.
Manage object and accession records, both paper and computer.
• Track object locations and condition within the facility, e.g. display areas, using a database.
• Track project collections temporarily housed at CRM facilities for analysis.
• Coordinate and perform inventories of objects on display and storage areas both on and off site.
• Coordinate and implement rotation schedules for objects on display.
Collections Catalog Backlog Reduction (Primary duty)
• Reduce project backlog: catalog archaeological collections from previous projects using an electronic collections database (including digital images). Assign accession and catalogue numbers to collections and individual artifacts.
• Recommend individual artifacts and collections for deaccession in accordance to the written deaccession policy (actual deaccession of items will be approved by theCRM director prior to implementation).
Public Outreach (collaborative programs, loans, exhibits, etc.)
• Assist theCRMdirector with the creation of a strategic plan for exhibitions.
• Manage the volunteer corps and student workers/interns.
• Prepare loan agreements with museums and other SCU departments.
• Manage transfer arrangements for exhibitions, including receiving and releasing all incoming/outgoing exhibition loans.
• Respond to various requests and inquiries from staff and the public about the collections.
• Create appropriate database records for exhibition loans including generating lists as well as incoming and outgoing receipts.
• Manage outgoing loans, both internal to SCU and regional institutions, particularly those temporarily housed offsite to CRM contractors.
Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Support
• Act as field liaison betweenCRMdirector and CRM consultants; providing logistical support as needed.
• Assist CRM contractors with field projects by providing help with artifact identification, particularly during the screening process.
• Coordinate, with CRM field lab, the packaging, recordation and transfer of artifacts during field recovery efforts.
• Other duties as assigned.
Provides Work Direction
• Supervise volunteers and student workers on various laboratory and curation tasks by providing training, work direction, and problem solving assistance.
• Act as liaison and coordinator for field laboratory organization and logistics betweenCRMcontractors and SCU.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
• Must be proficient working with and maintaining large databases;
• Must be committed to education and excellence; discretion, confidentiality, professionalism, and enthusiasm for collaboration;
• Must demonstrate experience including the ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making.
• Must demonstrate the ability to be an effective team member who can work in a dynamic and collaborative environment;
• Must be able to work independently;
• Must be detail oriented;
• Exhibit ability to plan, organize, and implement complex filing and research systems;
• Exhibit ability to multi-task and problem solve;
• Exhibit ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
• Exhibit ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, assistants, supervisor, other agencies, and the public.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear; frequently required to use hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and to reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch; occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Considerable time will be spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
• May be required to travel to other buildings and/or construction job sites on the campus.
• Will be required to climb stairs on a semi-frequent basis.
• Will be required to lift “bankers style” boxes with an average weight of 10-15 pounds.
• Will be required to reach or bend down to put boxes away or take them off of shelves.
• Will be required to move, load and unload carts.
• Must have physical coordination/skills to handle and move fragile collection objects.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Typical office environment.
• Typical laboratory environment.
• Mostly indoor office environment with windows (no A/C).
• Offices with equipment noise.
• Offices with frequent interruptions.
• Construction sites with noise, dirt, moving distractions, uneven ground (minimal).
Tools and equipment used
Collections databases; computer including word processing and other database programs; document/image scanner; digital camera; general office equipment; digital/mechanical scales, carts, stairs.
• Demonstrated experience in archaeological collections management;
• Demonstrated experience in managing, creating, and maintaining large databases;
• Basic knowledge of English colonial artifact types;
• Knowledge of artifact handling procedures for three-dimensional artifacts in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights;
• Knowledge of standard museum collections management practices and procedures.
• Knowledge and experience with museum database systems and standards and proficiency, preferably with collections databases.
• Working knowledge of Access, Excel and Re:Discovery Proficio database software required; must possess an aptitude to learn new computer programs/platforms as needed.
• Experience with digital photography;
• High degree of sophistication in verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts about archaeology and cultural practice;
• Experience with the application of Harris Matrix software.
• Preference may be given to candidates with specialized skills beyond the preferred requirements that contribute significantly to program needs.
• Excellent computer and database management skills;
• Working understanding ofHOBOsensors and environmental control databases.
• Experience with cataloging, collections documentation, and determinations of cultural affiliations for archaeological objects.
• Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position on a continual basis with or without reasonable accommodations including climbing ladders, lifting heavy objects, pushing and pulling heavily loaded carts;
• Experience conducting inventory, housing and re-housing collections;
• Applicant must have a working understanding of archaeological methods, stratigraphy, and inventory procedures. Although not required, previous excavation experience is a plus.
• Demonstrated experience identifying artifacts, particularly European and American ceramics, glass and metal, as they pertain to the historical record of California.
Education and/or Experience
• Minimum of three years of consecutive collections management experience in an archaeological curation facility or museum setting required; 5+ years preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This is a fixed-term position ending 12/1/2017 with the possibility of extension or conversion to regular status dependent on funding and/or business need.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.
For more details about this job opportunity, and to apply visit:

JOB – COLLECTIONS CARE, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, (Denver, CO, USA)

  • Close Date: Cover letter and resume by November 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (MST)
  • Job Code No. 702
  • Pay Range: $38,590- $50,168

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is seeking a Collections Manager to join our amazing institution.  This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in the continued success of the Museum, with 450+ full-time and part-time employees and more than 1,800 volunteers.  We are building on our already solid foundation with a strong vision and solid strategy to recreate and redefine how we engage our community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. Located in the heart of Denver City Park, and neighbor to the Denver Zoo, the Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities that help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. More than 300,000 students and teachers are served by Museum each year. The Museum houses nearly 1.5 million artifacts and specimens in its collections from around the world.
Job Description
The Department of Earth Science is an outwardly focused and collegial team that engages in international fieldwork but has strong emphasis on the geology and paleontology of the American West. The current staff has expertise in invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology and paleobotany, and each curator has at least one scholarly project in Colorado. The Department’s collections are sizeable and are growing; their composition and history are described at In addition to one full-time collections manager (this position), the Department has five curators, two fossil preparators who run a preparation laboratory that operates 364 days per year, and nearly 400 volunteers who engage in science, collections, and outreach.
Essential Duties
• Practices professional collections management for department collections, including knowledge and application of laws and regulations pertaining to collections.
• Facilitates the accession, deaccession, documentation, registration, and preparation of collections.
• Organizes and systematically stores specimens for ease of access, and for long-term preservation.
• Facilitates internal and external access and use of collections for purposes of research, education, loan, and exhibit.
• Oversees the work of volunteers (approximately 75), provides trainings as required and mentors/supervises volunteers, students, and interns.
• Provides information and expertise on collections to internal and external audiences.
• Coordinates with Museum departments to support and deliver 5 – 10 (or more) internal and external educational programs per year
• Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, earth sciences or a related field required. Collection management experience can be substituted for education.
• 3 years’ experience handling museum collections required.
• 3 years’ experience with relational databases required.
• Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required.
Ideal Candidate will
• Be a great team player.
• Extremely organized, highly motivated, proactive.
• Have supervisory experience.
• Be able to positively connect with a wide range of people.
• Be able to work across diverse communities.
• Desire to learn international, federal, state and local laws and protocols for specimen care, and understand the goals and needs of natural history collections.
Application Instructions
Please submit your cover letter and resume by 5:00 PM MST on November 20, 2016. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.
Applications may only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website
No phone calls please.
For more information about this announcement and to apply, visit:
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

JOB – DIRECTOR OF COLLECTIONS, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  • Application deadline is December 15, 2016.  

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) seeks a Director of Collections, an individual with a Ph.D. degree or equivalent experience, and the ability to provide a vision for the development, growth, enhancement, direction, and management of the Museum’s vast and diverse natural and cultural collections.
NHM is the largest natural history museum in the western United States and home to one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history.  These collections are world-class in size, quality, and research importance, and they sustain award-winning research, education, and exhibit programs.  Included in the collections are more than 35 million specimens and objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years.  These collections encompass those at the main Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, and the historic William S. Hart Museum in Newhall, as well as collections maintained at several off-site facilities.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Research & Collections, the Director of Collections will assist and advise the leadership of Research & Collections on policy development and implementation.  He or she will guide collections plans, funding initiatives, strategic growth, digitization efforts, inventories, space allocation, and performance metrics.  The Director of Collections will work closely with (but not directly supervise) the curatorial and collections staff, the registrars, conservators, and database managers to oversee a wide-range of collections activities and programs aimed toward making the Museum’s collections more relevant to research and education while increasing their accessibility and use.  The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, a talent for collaboration across disciplines, and the ability to engage and excite both our colleagues and public audience through the relevance of our collections.  This position will also be responsible for maintaining and strengthening NHM’s presence in key professional and governmental networks, and for establishing active internal NHM collaborations and cross-departmental initiatives.
The qualified candidate will have a strong background in collections care, management, digitization, and records documentation.  He or she will have experience in generating external funding via competitive grants and/or other external sources to support collections. Experience in conducting collections-based research would be an advantage, as would an interest in creative ways of engaging the public in collection support initiatives (e.g., citizen science collections-based activities).
How to Submit
Application deadline is December 15, 2016.  Applicants should send (1) a cover letter of no more than three pages, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of vision for natural history collections, (4) statement of prior experience with natural history collections, and (5) the full contact information of at least three professional references to Tyler Hayden ( as a single document.
The mission of the Natural History Museum is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The Museum’s vision is to inspire the widest possible audience to enjoy, value, and become stewards of the Earth.
To apply for this position, go to:
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please, no phone calls or fax

JOB – CURATOR – REGISTRAR/COLLECTIONS MANAGER, Disney Parks & Resorts (Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA)

  • Job ID:391986BR

Curator duties include research for exhibit topics and working with an exhibit team to develop and implement exhibitions. One is responsible for procuring artifacts and installing exhibits.
Registrar duties include implementing policies and procedures for loan contracts, facility reports, shipping, insurance for and documentation of artifacts. Oversee database management of owned and borrowed objects.
Collections Manager duties include the care and inspection of artifacts and objects of historical significance in storage, on loan to and owned by the Walt Disney Company for display at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Exhibit Team Duties
• Must work with a team to develop an exhibit concept. Provide input to WDI design disciplines: show designers, show lighting, show producers, graphics, interior designers, character finishing, props, and architectural and facilities engineering with respect to special requirements of objects on display.
• Researches, identifies, and recommends objects to support specific temporary exhibition requirements
• Maintains the coordination, planning, installation, and maintenance of assigned galleries and exhibits locations on Disney property
• Works with the WDI project team on all aspects of the exhibit planning, design and fabrication. This includes financial management, strategic planning, implementation of development plans, administration and management of gallery facilities including environmental, security, and maintenance
• Anticipates major project milestones and communicates issues to management and project teams
• Works with WDI project management on identifying, coordinating and scheduling outside vendors including packers, shippers, decorators, and conservators to accommodate artifacts special needs
• Makes independent decisions to resolve collections issues at the base level. Independently prioritizes deliverables to meet project needs
• Builds and maintains lender relationships, both internal (TWDC) and external
• Works with Corporate Legal and Risk Management to formulate loan agreements and insurance requirements
Collections Care Duties
• Responsible for the acquisition, conservation, registration, storage, care and preservation, and management of collection assets.
• Responsible for proper object handling and instructing others on proper procedures.
• Register and assign accession and catalog objects according to established registration system. Maintain records of storage, exhibit, and loan location of all objects. Document all object movement.
• Design and prepare exhibit mounts for delicate objects on display and in storage
• Organizes and maintains secure storage locations
• Responsible for collections care, periodic review of exhibit locations and routine maintenance, and disaster planning for assigned exhibit locations on Disney property
• Establishes partnerships with park partners to maintain gallery spaces and level of care for borrowed assets
• Works with WDW disciplines including Security, Alarm Systems, Pest Management, Operations, Decorating, Custodial and Engineering Services to achieve a safe and appropriate environment for the display and storage of objects
• Responsible for monitoring environmental controls, rotating sensitive objects off exhibit as needed, establishing and maintaining anintegrated pest management system, coordinating a housekeeping routine, and ensuring the security of all objects within the building
• Remains on call 24/7 for any emergency that may arise
• Perform spot inventories of the collections annually and facilitate and full inventory of the complete collections every 5 years
Basic Qualifications
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the field of Collections Management
• Skilled in object handling
• Knowledge of preventative conservation methods and procedures
• Educated about the organization, arrangement, and nomenclature of objects and artifacts
• Knowledge of a collection management software for cataloging and record keeping
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple responsibilities
• Ongoing education in Collections care and art preservation practices and methodology
• Able to communicate effectively and positively represent WDI to outside entities
• Ability to successfully lead project teams including consultants, staff extensions, vendors etc.
• Ability to resolve conflict and negotiate
• Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging, contracting, displaying, storing, handling and shipping of art and objects on loan or special exhibits
Preferred Qualifications
• 5-10 years’ experience in the field of Collections Management
• Knowledge of Walt Disney World and Disney history
• Must fully understand Walt Disney Imagineering creative process and work within project timeframe
• Knowledge of EMU, Electronic Museum Database – a collection management software for cataloging and record keeping – that is currently being used
Required Education
• Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies or equivalent experience
Preferred Education
• Master’s degree preferred but not necessary
• Additional Information
For more information about this announcement and to apply, visit:
Disney is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Job No:492646
  • Full time/Part time:Full-time
  • Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
  • Salary Grade: Administrative – AD 150

The position will help plan and implement the shift of the University’s Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Collection to the Libraries (transfer, housing, arrangement, description, web exposure), and be the core support for this collection as well as the Libraries’ permanent collections of art and material culture (archives, manuscripts, rare books, art and artifacts): care, safety, documentation, compliance with professional art, archival and museum standards.
The Seton Hall University Museum Collection is an important archive of Native American artifacts and some print items to be rehoused in the Libraries’ Special Collections and expansively exposed to scholars on the web.  The Collections Manager will utilize the Libraries’ relevant databases for art and artifacts (PastPerfect) and Special Collections (Archivists Toolkit/ASpace) as appropriate, as well as arrange loans and monitor environmental conditions for the Museum and other collections.  The Collections Manager will report to the Director of the Gallery, and will very closely coordinate with the Head of Special Collections along with the faculty associated with the Museum Collections.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Plan and implement the shift of the University’s Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Collection to the Libraries (transfer, housing, arrangement, description, web exposure). Initially, this will be 100% of the job, but will move to the % indicated after 24-36 months.
• Support the Libraries’ permanent collections of art and material culture (archives, manuscripts, rare books, are and artifacts): care, safety, documentation, compliance with professional art, archival and museum standards. Utilize the Libraries’ relevant databases for art and artifacts (PastPerfect) and Special Collections (Archivists Toolkit/ASpace) as appropriate, as well as arrange loans and monitor environmental conditions for the Museum and other collections.
• Coordinate packing, handling, movement, and shipping arrangements for objects, including loaned objects (oversee handling, packing, movement) and inspection of all objects entering or leaving the Libraries for the Museum and other collections as needed, and overseeing the inspection of objects generally, and the execution of incoming/outgoing condition reports and loan forms, general object condition reporting. Participate with the faculty associated with the Museum Collections in the formulation of policy guiding the use and availability of those collections, and enact those policies. Process new acquisitions to the Libraries’ collections, and apply established Collections Management procedures for their safekeeping, storage and movement, solve cataloging problems in order to improve the veracity of data in the collections records and database. Follow established procedures for maintaining records of accession, condition, and location of objects in collection, both permanent and loaned, and for overseeing movement, packing, and shipping of objects to conform to insurance regulations and best practices Monitor storage and exhibition spaces for temperature/humidity, environmental hazards, safety, cleanliness, and ongoing maintenance concerns with an eye to preventative maintenance.
• Additional Duties: Assisting with planning and implementation of exhibition programming and special events; Ability to work alone or in a team situation required with all relevant staff; Scheduling classes and groups usage of the museum classroom; Opening and closing the Gallery in the Director’s absence; Assisting with general administration and other tasks as assigned.
• Essential interface with internal and external constituents (scholars, museums, universities) in representing the Museum Collection and Special Collections.
• Will assist in formulating policy and is the essential interface with internal and external constituents as above.
• Will assist if needed in raising funds and obtaining grants.
• Will develop equipment needs and budget with Gallery Director. Will contract with outside vendors/contractors/consultants for specialized equipment and services.
• Will manage budgets and do purchasing and procurement with Gallery Director for the Museum Collections.
• Will have a strong hand in defining guidelines and how to accomplish goals with the Gallery Director and in close coordination with the Special Collections dept.
Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree – field of study: Archival Science, Museum Studies or related field such as Anthropology or Archaeology.
• Minimum of 2-3 years directly relevant experience in a museum, a special collection, or similar non-profit center required.
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both written and verbal) required.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment required.
• Ability to be equally effective when working independently or as a part of a team required.
• Ability to manage multiple complex projects in a fast-paced work environment required. Experience with provenance research and research use of these Museum and other Special Collections objects required.
• Experience with at least one of the databases previously noted (PastPerfect and Archivists Toolkit/ASpace) required.
• Strong computer skills: expert facility with MS Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and Adobe PhotoShop and Acrobat required.
• Ability to lift, move, and pack items/groups of items of up to 50 pounds.
• Previous experience shipping loans and/or exhibitions domestically and internationally required.
• Excellent communication required – drafting and interpreting policies, working with scholars, etc.
• Excellent attention to detail with ability to do repetitive tasks required.
• Strong commitment to quality control and collaboration required.
• Familiarity with current best practices and metadata standards in the field of collections management (including handling, packing, movement and shipping) required.
Desired Qualifications
• Master’s degree – field of study: Archival Science, Museum Studies or related field such as Anthropology or Archaeology.
• Experience with both databases previously noted (PastPerfect and Archivists Toolkit/ASpace) preferred.
• Good photographic skills preferred.
Physical Demands
• Ability to lift, move, and pack items/groups of items of up to 50 pounds.
For more information about this announcement and to apply, visit:

JOB – CURATORIAL ASSISTANT, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Schedule: Full-time
Grade: F
The Visual Resources Center (VRC) of Stanford’s Art and Architecture Library is used heavily by members of the art history faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students preparing for coursework and lectures. The VRC provides a vital source of teaching materials and the infrastructure necessary for the department to continue its teaching mission. Reporting to the VRC Curator, and operating as member of the Art & Architecture Library under the supervision of the Head Librarian, the Curatorial Assistant is an important source of reference and research services for faculty, students and visitors, and performs all services related to the VRC including: cataloging, copystand photography, scanning, maintenance, and training.  The Curatorial Assistant performs a wide range of complex and/or interrelated duties involving a high level of decision making within one or more functional areas of a library.  Applies knowledge of overall system and works mostly independently with a high degree of initiative.  May supervise employees and manage a unit by overseeing daily operations and updating and maintaining facilities and equipment.
Organization and Classification of Materials (35%)
• Original cataloging and classification of art and architectural images using the VRC’s content management system software, EmbARK Cataloger, while adhering to our local cataloging standards and guides such as VRA Core, CCO, Library of Congress, and Getty Institute authority files (AAT, ULAN, TGN). Developing and maintaining authority files for use by VRC workers in EmbARK Cataloger (10%).
• Creating web-based image study sets for instructors including organization of records, maintenance of portfolios and quality checks of online EmbARK Web Kiosk display and CourseWork/Canvas display (25%).
Administration (30%)
• Managing student staff schedules and reviewing/approving bimonthly timecards in Oracle. Working with the Curator to hire, train, evaluate, and supervise VRC staff in all aspects of daily VRC activities. Participating in setting up procedures and assist with overseeing materials processing work. Using on a daily basis common computer programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsers, and email. In Curator’s absence, managing daily operations. (10%).
• Working with Curator to determine VRC budget by monitoring student worker hours/pay and updating internal budget documents bimonthly. In Curator’s absence, verify Departmental Purchasing card transactions and order/maintain work supplies for unit. Participate in the development, implementation and interpretation of policies concerning the organization, circulation and care of the collection (15%).
• Instructing users in the use of the library catalog, databases, the VRC’s ImageBase, ARTstor, and other information resources. Answering directional and informational questions and assisting others with ready and basic reference questions. Applying public service skills to resolve problems and promote patron satisfaction. Interacting with management and colleagues within and outside the functional area as needed. Performing general VRC administrative tasks and special projects as assigned, including answering in-depth reference questions, technical & image support, helping with equipment/software upgrades & swaps, assisting with 4D Server & EmbARK database upgrades, assisting with data migration projects, and leading orientation tours (5%).
Collection Development (35%)
• Creating images on demand for courses via digital copy stand photography and/or slide scanning. Contributing to image post-processing work using Adobe Photoshop. Performing quality control checks for student post-processing work. Contributing to all other aspects of image production, post-processing, archiving, and image delivery. Participating with planning and supervising work associated with collection shifts and transfer of materials. Coordinate and perform a wide range of activities throughout a variety of digitization workflows for library materials. Maintain or assist in the development of organized research tools (30%).
• Maintaining the collection by performing quality control checks, modifying metadata as needed, and working with faculty to facilitate ease of use (5%).
Minimum Education and Experience Required
Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years of experience in an academic library, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
• Experience with direct interaction with patrons.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently in a standards-based environment that requires high quality in production and output may be required.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Art History or equivalent experience in a visual resources field may be required.
• Familiarity with terms, periods, and styles of art and architectural history may be required.
• Able to apply judgment in choosing procedures and evaluating alternatives.
• Demonstrated ability to perform detailed tasks accurately and efficiently.
• Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work well under pressure.
• Record of excellent attendance.
• Experience using or ability to learn one or more library automated systems.
• Knowledge of or ability to learn Library of Congress call number systems.
• Proven track record with handling complex procedures from beginning to end.
• Experience in library acquisitions or copy cataloging.
• Familiarity with concepts of cataloging, name authority, and controlled vocabularies may be required.
• Experience in searching online catalogs/databases.
• Experience working in an academic or large public library system.
• Demonstrated supervisory experience in complex environments.
• Proven experience in day-to-day oversight of a highly variable workplace.
• Exhibit strong analytical skills.
• Proven ability to apply sound judgment and seek constructive solutions to problems.
• Skilled in dealing with financial systems and managing budgets for materials and personnel.
• Background in managing projects with help from individuals and as part of a team.
• Ability to take initiative, plan and prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
• High degree of comfort in the use of computers in a networked environment for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, financial systems, and communication.
• Familiarity with image databases, scanning, and image manipulation software may be required.
• Demonstrated ability to learn and synthesize new information quickly.
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English.
• Working knowledge of cataloging tools such as VRA Core, CCO, AACR2r, Library of Congress and Getty Institute Authority files (AAT, ULAN, TGN) may be preferred.
• Reading knowledge of one of more of the following languages may be preferred: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese
• Experience with copy stand photographic techniques may be preferred.
Physical Requirements
• Ability to push a cart weighing up to 650 lbs. that requires an initial push force up to 70 lbs
• Ability to work in an environment that is dusty and or moldy
• Ability to lift books that are up to 10 pounds
• Ability to kneel and reach
• Must be able to stand for many hours
Work Standards
• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
• Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,
For more information and to apply, visit:

Job Posting: Director of Historic Preservation and Museums (Hartford, CT, USA)

Department of Economic and Community Development
State Historic Preservation Office
Director of Historic Preservation and Museums
Open To: The Public
Location: One Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103
Job Posting No: 11409
Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week
Salary: Grade MP-65 ($86,813 – $118,362 annual)
Closing Date: October 3, 2016—applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM
Eligibility Requirement
This is an unclassified, management position open to all applicants who meet the experience and training requirements established in the DAS Class Specification for class code 2562, which can be viewed by accessing this link
General Information
Reporting to the Director of Culture, and serving as the Deputy, the Director of Historic Preservation and Museums will assist in administering the historic preservation and museum initiatives of the agency to preserve and promote the state’s significant historic assets and to coordinate with other local, state and federal programs to incorporate historic properties and cultural strategies with Connecticut’s overall economic development.
Essential Functions
Refer to Examples of Duties listed on DAS Class Specification 2562. Specific functions include:

  • Directing and evaluating the staff of the State Historic Preservation Office and the staff of all DECD State Museums.
  • Managing the daily operations of historic preservation and museum initiatives and programs.
  • Planning, coordinating, analyzing and managing cultural programs, activities and publicity.
  • Interpreting and administering pertinent laws, developing (or assists with developing) pertinent policies, and assuring compliance with all federal and state requirements for historic preservation.
  • Designing and implementing programs for the field of historic preservation, restoration, education, tax credits and technical assistance.
  • Overseeing the operations of agency-operated museums, including capital improvement projects.
  • Preparing budgets and reports, such as the Historic Preservation Fund annual application and year-end report.
  • Negotiating and administering contracts.
  • Serving as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and as liaison to the Historic Preservation Council and State Historic Review Board, and representing the agency at meetings of professional and community organizations.
  • Participating in meetings of the Culture and Tourism Advisory Committee.
  • Acting on behalf of Director of Culture in his or her absence, and performing related duties whenever necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of preservation policy and economic development incorporating historic assets; considerable knowledge of research source materials; considerable knowledge of American history with particular emphasis on history and architectural history of Connecticut; knowledge of cultural strategies; knowledge of principles of museum administration and curatorial practices; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; supervisory ability.
General Experience Nine (9) years of professional experience in the study, research and preservation of historic sites, structures, artifacts, and administration/management of programs related to these fields.
Preferred Experience
As this is an upper-level management position, a degree in historic preservation or a closely related field combined with at least five (5) years of experience in an administrative capacity is preferred. Experience managing museums is preferred.
Application Instructions
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter that describes their interest and suitability for the position, a resume, and an Application for Employment (Form CT-HR-12) to:
Joe Olender, Human Resources Specialist
Department of Administrative Services, Small Agency Resource Team—SmART Unit
165 Capitol Avenue, 5th Floor East, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Confidential Fax (preferred method of submission): 860-622-2833
Materials may be attached to email and sent to
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities