Priority application deadline August 22, 2014
Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research are accepting applications for a joint Head Registrar position. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced registrar to work with the collections and exhibitions of a leading AAM-accredited contemporary art museum and the historic collections and architecture that comprise Cranbrook’s world-renowned campus.
The Head Registrar reports directly to the Art Museum’s Director (who also serves as the Center’s Director) and works collaboratively with the staffs of the Art Museum and the Center. In addition to all responsibilities related to the management of the Museum’s collections and loans (including those associated with its temporary exhibitions, accessions and deaccessions, outdoor sculpture collection, and Saarinen House) and Cranbrook’s Cultural Properties—ensuring that objects are handled and installed in accordance with the field’s highest standards of care and preservation—some key responsibilities include working with Campus Public Safety to oversee the Museum’s security systems and taking an active role in the security of Cultural Properties campus-wide; working with Cranbrook Facilities to oversee the Museum’s climate control system; managing the collections management database system used for Museum and Cultural Properties collections (TMS by Gallery Systems), including the development and implementation of a public web-based interface; organizing and controlling all art storage vaults in the Collections Wing and storage areas for Cultural Properties across the campus; coordinating work with contracted conservators; developing policies and responding to inquiries concerning Rights and Reproductions; and coordinating Cranbrook’s fine arts insurance coverage. The Head Registrar supervises two key positions—the Museum’s Head Preparator and Exhibition Designer, and the Center’s part-time Associate Registrar—as well as Academy work-study students and, as funding permits, the Museum’s temporary Registrar Assistants.
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Art History, or a related field; eight years of professional experience in a registrar’s office that includes experience in records management, art transport arrangements, accessioning and deaccessioning, loan management, exhibition management, database management (TMS preferred), strong computer skills, and administrative and supervisory experience; and a thorough understanding of accepted museum registration practices, art handling techniques, US customs and copyright laws, and risk management practices and standards. The position demands attention to detail and requires excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with individuals both inside and outside the department, including senior Cranbrook employees, Trustees, and Governors. A valid driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record is required.
The Museum and Center are a part of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes its Schools, the Academy of Art, an Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House & Gardens. Located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, twenty miles north of downtown Detroit, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes tens of thousands of public visitors each year to the Institute of Science, Art Museum, and historic houses. Cranbrook also is home to more than 1,600 students in grades pre-K through 12 attending Cranbrook Schools and more than 150 graduate Academy students.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé, work samples, list of references, and a completed Cranbrook Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at www.cranbrook.edu) to: Cranbrook, Human Resources, P. O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cranbrook offers a competitive salary and benefit package that includes medical, dental, life, and retirement. While Cranbrook will continue to accept applications until the position is filled, serious candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by August 22. Cranbrook is an equal opportunity employer and strives to provide a work environment that welcomes diversity.
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