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Collections Manager [Denver Art Museum]

Posted by Tegan Kehoe on August 23, 1974 in job announcements |

Application deadline: September 12, 2014.

Direct the Collections Management Department and staff in the principle care, maintenance, housing, and access for collections and collections storage of the Denver Art Museum. Implement and manage the Museum’s IPM (integrated pest management) program, the gallery maintenance and cleaning program, and climate monitoring PEM datalogger system. Oversee development and revision of related collection management policies and guidelines and train staff appropriately.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develop and implement policies, procedures, and long-range plan for storage, care, use, access, and rehousing of Museum collections in storage.
Oversee development, planning, preparation and implementation of collection storage upgrades, and renovation or move of collections to on-site and off-site collection storage areas.
Oversee development and maintenance of a regular Inventory Program for collections that tracks location, condition, archival housing needs, art movement, and any general care concerns of incoming and existing collections in storage and on display.
Develop and maintain policies and procedures for safe and appropriate access to collections for staff (including curators, photography, conservation, etc.), outside researchers, education groups and tours.
Oversee management of the museum’s gallery maintenance and cleaning program, IPM (integrated pest management) program, climate monitor/tracking with the PEM datalogger system, and implementing the hazardous materials policy with regards to the object collection.
Research, develop, and manage grant implementation of collection management/storage projects and provide oversight hiring and training for grant contract workers.
Provide collections management-related expertise by working with the other divisions of Exhibitions & Collection Services to share resources as needed and develop, implement, and update policies and procedures related to collections care including variable/time-based media, art handling guidelines, integrated pest management plan, disaster preparedness, storage tour, access guidelines, and collections database development.
Conduct tours of storage areas for visitors and give lectures.
Develop and maintain conservation-sound art storage systems
Oversee departmental and grant-related budgets and financial tracking of departmental and project expenses
Supervise, train and serve as supervisor for Assoc. and Asst. Collection Managers, on-call employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers in execution of collection management duties.
Acquire, disseminate and incorporate into DAM’s procedures updated collections care resources and attend collections conferences and trainings seminars to maintain and implement current standards of Museum collections practices.
Other duties as assigned
Job Requirements
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITY:

Knowledge of accepted collection management, registration, art handling, variable media, and preventative conservation practices.
Working knowledge of museum databases (ARGUS or ARGUS.net preferred) and other computer programs
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
Excellent writing, planning, research, communication, organizational, project management, and public speaking skills and experience
Detail oriented, and skill in negotiation and resolution of non-routine problems
Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions to establish a safe work environment for self and others
Ability to work flexible hours when required
Skill with tools and knowledge of building materials
Ability to erect storage furniture and equipment
Ability to lift heavy objects
Ability to work independently or with a team
Must be willing to travel, serve as courier, and work off-site
EDUCATION OR FORMAL TRAINING:

Masters degree required in museum studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology or related
EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of five years of working experience and progressively responsible leadership experience in collections management in a museum setting with world culture collections.
Experience in initiating and implementing successful collection-related moves, grant re-housing projects and related initiatives.
Experience with managing multiple departmental budgets and grants
Supervisory experience
MATERIAL & EQUIPMENT USED DIRECTLY:

Computer and ARGUS.NET database
Hand and power tools
Lift equipment (forklift, scissorlift, stacker)
Camera (35M, Polaroid, digital)
Straight truck and cargo/passenger van; must have valid CO drivers license
Working Environment/Physical Activities

Temperature changes
Exposed to hazards from electrical/mechanical/power equipment
Subject to many interruptions
Lifting, pushing or pulling 50 pounds
Standing, walking, sitting, and climbing
Eye/hand/foot coordination
This is a full-time position with benefits. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to hrcoordinator@denverartmuseum.org. In the subject line of your email, please place your name and the title of the position for which you are applying. The deadline for applications is 9/12/2014.

It is the policy of the Denver Art Museum to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.

APPLY FOR THIS JOB
Contact Person: hr coordinator
Email Address: hrcoordinator@denverartmuseum.org
Apply URL: http://www.denverartmuseum.org

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