Curator / Collections Management / Conservator Positions

Collections Manager
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

The John Michael Kohler Arts is seeking an experienced Collections Manager for a newly created position developed to provide leadership for two major collections-based initiatives and to lead the registrar team. The first major initiative is the development of the Art Preserve—a new facility that will house the Arts Center’s permanent collection with innovative storage and display methods. The Collections Manager will work collaboratively with the curatorial and building team to ensure that building and exhibition designs meet the long-term needs of the collection and strategize the long term care of the Arts Center’s extensive collection of artist-built environments. The facility is slated to open to the public in 2020.

The second initiative is the digitization of the permanent collection—this process is underway and is intended to fill both the internal needs of the collections management database and the external needs of our public seeking access and information. The Collection Manager will evaluate collections software applications, work with the curatorial team to identify priorities, recommend best practices, and serve as project manager for all digitization efforts.  The Collections Manager will also ensure that digitization plans complement the designs for the curated storage facility.

The Exhibitions and Collections department is comprised of ten full-time employees. In addition to overseeing the management of the collections, the Collections Manager will oversee the typical registrar functions of the Arts Center, as well as the management of ten to sixteen exhibitions per year, which could include touring exhibitions, temporary loans, site-specific installations and the collections based exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

Provide leadership and project management for all collections related initiatives at the Arts Center including conservation, digitization, and a major collections move.

Oversee all aspects of collection records, including accession, deaccession, deeds of gifts, and object records; including electronic, paper, and photographic records.

Develop and ensure standards are met on all aspects of the handling and movement of all works of art within the storage area, galleries, and on the grounds.

Lead the initiative to make the collection information available online to a broad public.

Temporary Loans

Review information and paperwork for temporary loans.  Look for opportunities to streamline and automate processes.

Work with the exhibitions and collections team to plan each temporary exhibition.  Oversee (and assist when needed) the registrars in their management of the logistics related to the transportation of works of art to and from the Arts Center, including:

Managerial and Administrative

Manage and assist collections and registrar staff.  Establish departmental goals and objectives consistent with the Arts Center’s strategic plan. Directly manage the registrarial team. 

Work collaboratively with the development department for funding requests involving collections.

Manage the permanent collection budget and develop the annual budget regarding exhibition and collection production areas for inclusion in the exhibitions budget.

Update and keep current records regarding the value of permanent and temporary art, including fine arts insurance or possible claims.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in arts management, collections management, or related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred but will consider a combination of training and education.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience working in museum registration and collections management with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of best practices in museum registration, insurance, and art handling.
  • Significant project management experience required. The ability to facilitate, implement, and budget a project plan is a must.
  • Excellent knowledge of museum conservation/preservation practices
  • Proven track record with collections database software and Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of imaging software preferred
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory responsibility with a demonstrated ability to lead a cohesive team and meet or exceed goals.
  • Flexibility to travel and/or work extended hours as needed; ability to engage in significant physical activity
  • A valid driver’s license is required as well as a clear driving record
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, located on the western shore of Lake Michigan is one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours from Chicago.

Send cover letter, resume, and list of professional references to: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Human Resources, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 or email Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt.

Additional information about JMKAC is available at

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Head, Preservation & Conservation
City of New York, Department of Records and Info Service
New York, New York, USA


Level: 02

Title Code No: 60217

Salary: $57,221.00/$65,804.00-$81,791.00
Frequency: ANNUAL

Title Classification: Competitive

Business Title: Head, Preservation & Conservation

Work Location: 31 Chambers St., N.Y.

Division/Work Unit: Municipal Archives

Number of Positions: 1

Job ID: 271823

Hours/Shift: Day - Due to the necessary duties of this position, candidate may be required to be on call and/or work various shifts such as weekends and/or evening shifts.

Job Description
The NYC Department of Records & Information Services (DORIS) seeks an experienced conservator and preservation professional to manage all aspects of the preservation program for Library and Archival collections. With considerable latitude for independent judgment, the Head will assume wide-ranging responsibilities which include: surveying and project planning; disaster preparedness; pest management (including mold remediation); handling and care training; storage and housing; treatment; managing the daily operation of the conservation laboratory and supervising subordinate staff; participating in professional development and outreach activities including tours and exhibits; ensuring compliance with industry standards and best practices; and serving as a resource for NYC agencies. The Head will assume a vital role in current initiatives which include maintaining an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan; advising on measures necessary to protect collections during the relocation to a new facility; and establishing an internship program. The Head will work in close collaboration with the Director of the Municipal Archives, as well as library and archives staff.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
1. A master's degree from an accredited college in Library Science, Archival Science, American History, Political Science or a related area, plus two years of full-time experience in archival or library science, one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity of incumbents performing at a professional level; or
2. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" above. However, all candidates must have a master's degree from an accredited college and the one year of supervisory experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills
  • A master’s degree in conservation and preservation of library and archival materials
  • At least three years of experience in an active Conservation lab
  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience with simple to complex treatments on varied formats especially books and paper
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the evolving practice of conservation
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with others
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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Posting Date: 11/15/2016

Post Until: Until Filled

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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This job posted by MERC from March 23 through June 22.

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