Posted July 18, 2014
Implements collections management policy, guidelines and procedures, including processing, documentation, preservation, monitoring, and physical care of the Palace collections, relying on professional museum practice and familiarity with the material culture of Hawaii; works with a team of professionals (director, curator, facilities manager) to balance preserving the Palace’s collections while providing access to them through their use in exhibition, research, and educational; works closely with Curator ensuring a wide variety of program initiatives are carried out successfully; documents collections transactions, including accessions, incoming and outgoing loans in accordance with policy and guidelines; maintains insurance documentation, lender and shipper files, conservation treatments, artifact catalog and identification references; maintains collections database to facilitate access to the collections for research and exhibition; handles, cleans, catalogs, labels and stores objects in the collections; develops and updates collections procedural manuals and annual collections management report; maintains environmental monitoring plan, integrated pest management (IPM) plan, and emergency preparedness and response plan and implements plans through ongoing temperature, relative humidity and light data collection and ongoing pest monitoring in exhibition, processing and storage locations; assists with curatorial budget and grant management; participates in the curatorial team, assisting in exhibition planning and development and special projects; negotiates rights management with objects and images used in exhibition, in accordance with the lender and/or owner’s permissions or usage rights policy; maintains Palace’s General Facility Report to provide comprehensive facility information for potential lenders to exhibitions; provides ongoing physical support of exhibitions, including curatorial cleaning and maintenance, environmental and IPM monitoring, and object handling and relocation; assists with special events and other organizational needs as required.
Prefer master’s degree in museum studies, anthropology, history, or related discipline with specialized training in museology; three years professional experience comparable in scope and responsibility; knowledge of professional practice of museology acquired through education or experience and ability to apply that knowledge to a program involving a wide range of duties; skill in oral and written communication in order to ensure that documentation is well written, easily understood, and pertinent information is shared effectively; ability to use Pastperfect database and digital media software currently used within the profession for collections management and exhibition development; competency with Microsoft Office applications required.
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