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Registrar/Collections Manager [The Printing Museum, Houston, TX]

Classification: Temporary, 1 year position
Work Schedule: Flexible, 30-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Curator


While the museum remains closed to the public in 2017, it will undergo a strategic planning process with focused attention towards how the collection aligns with its mission and future moving forward. The Registrar/Collections Manager will play a crucial role in this process, working towards completing an accurate inventory and catalog of the collection, as well as establishing clear ownership and title of collection items.

Oversee the proper documentation and care of the museum’s collections (including archives and Reference Library) in accordance with museum “Standards and Best Practices,” as put forth by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

  • Complete an inventory of the collection, currently in-progress
  • Create and maintain object and vendor documentation and files, as well as digital files and photographs related to the collection
  • Determine status of museum ownership for collection items by reviewing museum records
  • Establish records of ownership for Found in Collection (FIC) items
  • Accession and catalog collection items; assigning accession and/or catalog numbers to all objects in the collection and creating accurate and precise entries in Past Perfect, the museum’s collection management database.

Develop cataloging solutions to improve systems of record and accuracy of collection data.

Maintain and oversee condition, housing, and transportation of collection items.

Prepare reports for Collection Management Committee meetings and assist with drafting new forms and paperwork, as needed.

Other Duties:

  • Oversee and help facilitate a preservation assessment of the collection by an outside professional, which will lead to the eventual creation of a Preventative Conservation Plan.
  • Work with Curator, Executive Director, and Collections Committee in reviewing, updating, and drafting policies and procedures related to collections management, including updating the Collections Management Policy.
  • Support Curator as needed in collection research, refining a scope of collections, and creating a vision for collection development in relation to institutional planning.
  • Performs other collection duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in history, art history, library science, museum studies or related field.
Master’s Degree is a plus.

2-5 years of experience in a museum environment involving collection registrar work and/or collections management, as well as object handling.

Extensive knowledge of collections handling techniques, as well as AAM-recommended museum practices and ethical standards.
Experience with collection/documentary photography and construction of basic housing for documents, books, and artifacts is a plus.

Proficiency using collection management software (such as TMS or Past Perfect) and knowledge of museum cataloging standards and registration techniques. Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Google SketchUp is a plus.

Willing and interested in working with collection records and computer database for long hours over extended periods of time, as well as able to use discretion, maintain confidentiality, and respect donor privacy.

Capable of working independently, but also adept at working in a team/collaborative environment, including working with and possibly overseeing volunteers and interns.

Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, including the ability to present information in a variety of formats, as well as demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Interest and experience with letterpress printing, graphic design, digital technology and/or library science is a major plus.

Must have a valid driver’s license and able to lift 30 pounds.


Commensurate with experience and education. Temporary, full-time, 30 – 40 hours/week. The Museum of Printing History dba The Printing Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Please direct all inquiries to Keelin Burrows, Curator. To apply, please send a current resume, a letter of interest, and the contact information for 3 professional references to Keelin Burrows, Curator at Preference will be given to candidates who apply by Wednesday, January 18, 2016. For more information about The Printing Museum please visit and for more information about the museum’s collections visit

About us:

For nearly 35 years, the Museum has promoted, preserved, and shared the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.

Each year, over 10,000 visitors experience the history of printing technologies and how those technologies were used by men and women to make a lasting impact on the world. Visitors also explore both historical and contemporary aspects of printing through temporary exhibitions and special events. We also provide an opportunity for people to excel at the craft and art of printing through workshops, seminars and our annual Summer Book Arts Studio.

Director of Exhibitions and Programming [Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth, NH]

The Director of Exhibitions and Programming for the Portsmouth Historical Society is a full-time, year round position that has oversight of the institution’s 4000 sq. ft. of museum galleries, mission-driven museum shop, and related educational programming including exhibition lecture series and Third Grade Portsmouth History Program. Portsmouth Historical Society is a fast-paced nonprofit which operates Discover Portsmouth – a multi-program museum/ welcome center – and the John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark. The Director of Exhibitions and Programming facilitates/acts as liaison to the Exhibition and Programming Committee of the Board of Trustees, and manages three part-time employees including the Museum Shop Manager, the Educational Program Coordinator and the Curatorial Associate. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, exhibition budgeting, preparation, installation, related programming, coordinating guest curators as needed and assistance with publicity. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the design and production of exhibition graphics, print materials and website content, and coordinating artwork transport and other activities related to the mounting of exhibitions. Bachelors minimum, Masters preferred in history, history of art, American Studies or related discipline. Minimum three years of increasingly responsible experience in museum and/or gallery operations. Must have excellent writing skills, interpersonal skills, be well organized and highly motivated to work in a team environment. Advance knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, design software an advantage. Experience with Little Green Light and PastPerfect desirable. Familiarity with working in historic buildings, ability to do light carpentry, painting, lift 50 pounds and overseeing contractors and maintenance personnel for larger jobs within the gallery space is required. Applicants can submit a resume and cover letter online to or by mail to Attn: Wendy Rolfe, Portsmouth Historical Society, P. O. Box 728, Portsmouth, NH 03802. No phone calls please. EOE.


Part-Time Educator [The Springfield Museums Corporation, Springfield, MA]

PART-TIME EDUCATOR, position available immediately. The Museum Educator will work as part of the Education Department team, responsible for conducting a variety of programs in the Science, Art, History and Dr. Seuss Museums. Programs include Science School Programs, Weekend, School Vacation Weeks, and Evening Family Programs, Summer Programs. The Museum Educator will fill in for Family Science Adventures, Museums on the Go Outreach, Weekend Birthday parties, and other special events as needed. Duties include: teaching scripted Science School Programs which include physical, life and earth and space science topics to school groups in grades Pre-K to 8; maintaining supplies and materials; creating games and tours to correspond with special exhibitions; creating and preparing gallery and classroom activities for family events; tracking participation; and assisting in the assessment of each activity. He/she will represent the Springfield Museums and lead educational activities at community outreach events. Qualifications: An Associate’s degree is required (preferably in Education, Early Childhood Education, or other related field). Experience in the following is necessary: teaching in a Museum or other informal educational setting; teaching science lessons and activities; and working independently with groups of children. Candidate must be dependable, energetic, creative, and enjoy working with students, teachers and families. He/She must work collaboratively in a team environment, and be willing to handle live reptiles. Some aspects of this position may require standing for long periods of time, and lifting and/or carrying up to 30 pounds. Reliable transportation is required. Selected candidate must pass a CORI check. Send letter of interest and resume by January 13, 2017 to:


Family Science and Adventure Coordinator [The Springfield Museums Corporation, Springfield, MA]

PART-TIME FAMILY SCIENCE ADVENTURE COORDINATOR, available immediately. This is a part-time position which requires weekend and occasional evening hours. Responsibilities include: the development, planning and implementation of a variety of hands-on science gallery activities to be offered for Museum visitors on weekends, during school vacation weeks, and summer vacation. creating themed science activities to correspond with special exhibitions, school vacation weeks and other museum events: maintaining Family Science Adventures activity supplies and materials; perform other similar duties as assigned by supervisor. Qualifications include a minimum of an Associate’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education or other related field. Experience teaching in a Museum or other informal educational setting. Experience planning science activities and creating lesson plans. Working independently with little supervision. Must be enthusiastic, dependable, and enjoy working with the general public and individuals of all ages. This position may require standing for long periods of time, and lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds Regular hours are Saturday and Sunday October through June from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. including some holidays at 10 hours per weekend. December, February and April School Vacation Weeks and six weeks of Summer programming July through Mid-August, Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., up to 22 hours per week. Send letter of interest and resume by January 13, 2017 to:


Major Gifts Officer [Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI]

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for prospect and project management within the Development Department of the Newport Art Museum. Working with the Executive Director and Director of Development, this individual will identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit current and prospective individual donors, corporations and foundations capable of giving $50,000 or more to the Museum’s annual fund, special events and other strategic initiatives. He/she will be part of an overall effort to strengthen donor and corporate relationships and encourage increased levels of financial support. The successful candidate will possess progressive fundraising experience and proven ability to solicit and close gifts on the $50,000+ level; track record in building relationships across a spectrum of individual, foundation and corporate donors to achieve aggressive fundraising goals; capable of developing and executing ongoing strategy for qualifying candidates and moving them to prospect status using tools such as a donor pipeline, small cultivation events, research, and community networking. A minimum 3 years of major gifts leadership, progressive experience in successful development programs, knowledge of office systems / MS-Office and familiarity with fundraising database systems (Raisers Edge) is required. To apply, please include a cover letter, current résumé, three references and salary requirements. No phone calls please. All requests should be emailed to:, with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. This is a full-time salaried position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
The Newport Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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