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Collections Manager [Mingei International Museum]

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on July 7, 1974 in job announcements |

Applications due July 21, 2014.

Position: Collections Manager
Mingei International Museum seeks an experienced museum professional for the
position of Collections Manager for a 36,000+ object craft and folk art permanent
collection. Reporting to the Registrar, he/she is responsible for the acquisition
and de-accessioning of objects in accordance with established policy as well as
for cataloguing, storing, arranging conservation, outgoing loans from the
collection, and caring for and ensuring public access to the collection. Mingei
International Museum is committed to maintaining best practices in all areas and
is AAM accredited.
Primary Responsibilities
 Catalog new acquisitions and de-accessions. Maintain collection
management database and manage the input of data, including digital
images.
 Oversee administration of EmbARK database and instruct and assist its
users. Ensure database integrity, perform periodic clean up and set
policies around data entry. Work with LAD manager to ensure effective
linkage of data to Commons platform and Mingei website. Create a
condition report on each object with digital photographs; separate report
for EmbARK files.
 Provide administrative support for exhibition publications and design
department requests (captions, credit lines, etc.)
 Generate and process donation paperwork as appropriate.
 Assist with all aspects of exhibition preparation, implementation, and
archiving.
 Act as a departmental representative at Collections Committee meetings.
 Conduct collection research. Provide information and access to the
collection for researchers, the public and other staff working with the
collections for educational and public program purposes.
 Ensure that Collections Storage areas are organized and clean. Rehouse
objects as needed in order to adhere to best practices.
 Conduct an annual partial inventory of the collection.
 Coordinate object restoration projects.
 Train and oversee department volunteers and interns.
 Perform various data entry activities pertaining to the collection.
7/3/2014
 Implement the portions of the museum’s emergency preparedness policy that relate to the collections.
 In consultation with the Registrar, develop/implement an annual operational plan.
Qualifications/Skills Required
 Minimum of 2 years of museum registration experience or equivalent with museum, gallery, or private collection. Experience with folk art, craft and design mediums a plus.
 Bachelor’s degree in related field. Post graduate degree a plus.
 Excellent project management skills.
 High level of written and oral communication skills.
 Accuracy and attention to detail.
 Knowledge of standard museum and conservation/preservation practices.
 Extensive knowledge of and experience with collection database software. Embark preferred. Knowledge of digital asset management.
 Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.
 Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility.
 Proven ability to work independently and with a team, manage multiple concurrent projects, and meet deadlines.
 Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
Please email résumé with 3 references and cover letter to jobs@mingei.org with COLLECTIONS MGR in subject line.
Deadline: July 21, 2014 9:00 PST
No phone calls, please. EOE employer.

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