Curator / Collections Management / Conservator Positions

Jane Emison Assistant/Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The Jane Emison Assistant/Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art will develop, research, exhibit, and publish Mia’s collection of South and Southeast Asian art. This dynamic curator will cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations and the community in furtherance of Mia’s strategic goals.

In this role, you will...
  • Interpret the museum’s collection of South and Southeast Asian art through permanent collection gallery displays, didactic materials and publications.
  • Conduct research and mount special exhibitions, with accompanying publications.
  • Oversee the care and preservation of the collection by ensuring proper and responsible handling and installation of objects and recommending objects for conservation treatment.
  • Speak publicly about the museum’s collection and provide training for museum guides.
  • Be an active member of the scholarly community of your area of expertise by speaking at symposia/colloquia and by publishing in related journals.
  • Locate, research and propose acquisition of South and Southeast Asian works of art that significantly augment the museum’s existing collections.
  • Work closely with collectors and prospective donors.
  • Be an engaged and proactive member of the Department of CSSAA, who subscribes to the museum’s positive culture and is dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s experience.
Specific Requirements
  • Master’s degree in the field of South and Southeast Asian art studies (Ph.D. preferred).
  • Assistant or Associate Curator level contingent on level of experience in the area of South and Southeast Asian art, including proven record of organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality.
  • Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gift and purchase.
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate complex projects to completion.
  • Team player with proven ability to work effectively and positively with staff, trustees, and all other internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to build positive and effective relationships with donors and the broader community.
Who You Are
You have a passion for Asian art and are an enthusiastic advocate for all things Mia. You are creative and open minded with positive and effective communication skills. You strive for self-awareness and leave the drama in the artwork. You give praise freely and seek to learn and grow.

You’re good at and enjoy...
Recognizing the value in others’ unique perspectives.
Knowing your success is directly related to visitor satisfaction.
Setting challenging goals and achieving them.

Mia Culture
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is an audience-focused workplace where everyone strives to provide excellent service and cultivate honest and positive relationships. Generosity, agility, emotional intelligence, positive energy, and driving results are the core values that define Mia’s culture. Successful employment at Mia includes full embrace and demonstrable indicators of these values by all team members.

To Apply
A complete application includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Please send the letter and curriculum vitae to Please also ask references to send letters of recommendation directly to by Friday, May 19, 2017.


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This job posted by MERC from April 7 through May 19.

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.

To Apply
Search for the Job ID # 271823
External Candidates please go to
Current NYC employees please go to


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.

Registrar/Collections Manager
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Job Category: Professional/Administrative

Division/Department: P/DF-Picker Art Gallery

Full time/Part Time: Full-Time

Working hours: Weekdays, Occasional Evenings, and Weekends

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history, as the newly conceived Center for Art and Culture will become home to two university museums: the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. These distinguished university museums play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the newly launched Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History. Reporting to the Director of University Museums, the registrar/collections manager of the Picker Art Gallery is part of the museum team and responsible for, but not limited to, all aspects of the care and management of objects owned by or on loan to the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, the handling of both collections in accordance with approved policies and in alignment with museum best practices.

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The registrar/collections manager is highly skilled and responsible for all aspects of the care and management of works owned or on loan to Colgate University Museums. The successful candidate is a team player and enjoys to plan for and realize the digitization of the collections in an effort to put the collections online; establish, develop, and implement policies and procedures related to collections management with pertinent staff that are in keeping with best practices in the field, AAM museum standards, and ethics for registration.
  • Responsible for record-keeping systems (electronic and paper), inventory procedures, administration of insurance policy, documentation, storage, care, handling/packing, condition, display and security of objects (in permanent collections and on loan).
  • Oversee the electronic collections management database systems.
  • In conjunction with pertinent staff, responsible for system security, digitization of images to be included in the databases, periodic software upgrades and database system migrations, metadata development and development of database search capabilities.
This position will be primarily accountable for the thoroughness, accuracy and the proper documentation and filing and storing of all object records (both digital and paper). Ensures that data entry for all objects is properly conducted, that all objects are recorded consistently in the relevant database(s), and in alignment with best practices.

Accountable for managing orderly records, files, and retrieval systems for Colgate University Museums collection (f.ex. history, location, provenance). Produces accurate and timely reports (e.g. in conjunction with appraisals, inventories, insurance purposes, exhibitions), for leading inventories, audits, and spot-checks as required.

Accountable for working with curators and other museum staff to develop a style guide and policies (e.g. collections management) in addition to establishing proper protocols (e.g. handling of objects), ensuring that forms (e.g. loan forms, deed of gift) are meeting AAM standards and are approved by Colgate University.

Accountable for the proper care of all objects and for keeping the storage areas (on and off-site) neat and according to protocol and in consultation with pertinent museum staff and conservators.

Essential Functions:
Oversee monitoring of environmental conditions of all collection spaces in communication with Facilities and Security Manager and appropriate staff.

Serve as a courier to accompany designated works, as required.

Accountable for the development and implementation of registrarial policies and procedures in keeping with AAM standards and the institution's code of ethics and ensuring all relevant policies, laws and compliance standards are met.

Accountable for informing University risk management of all relevant information to ensure sufficient insurance is in place.

Accountable for ensuring proper and effective maintenance, functionality and data integrity of core museum software programs. Ensures database software is upgraded and in accordance with best practices.

Accountable for ensuring proper packing, safe shipping and receiving of works and associated documentation. Accountable for overseeing donations and acquisitions of works into the collections, and ensuring that appropriate paperwork is executed in a timely manner. Responsible for effective stewardship of gifts (e.g. deed of gift) in compliance with University, AAM and other regulatory guidelines.

Accountable for assisting students, faculty and other individuals in research of, and access to the collections.

Ensures input from appropriate stakeholders (e.g. conservators, appraisers) and accountable for effective collaboration with museum team including curators, preparator, facility and security manager, security staff, the departments of Advancement, Campus Safety, ITS, Facilities, and Risk Management.
  • Accountable for following the established Code of Ethics for Museums.
  • Accountable for the management of photographic services (f.ex. rights and reproduction requests). Knowledge of copyright and fair use knowledge issues a must.
  • Manage Study Room (Dana), schedule, receive, fulfill requests for class visits; record attendance in database.
  • Assist in developing online access to collection management systems. Manage user access and training staff on the use of collection systems.
  • Supervise assigned staff. Direct and provide training for outside art handlers and contractors. Train and supervise students/interns in museum registration methods.
  • Contract for outside services as needed in conservation, shipping, photography, and insurance.
  • Collaborate with curators and preparator in regard to collections, (traveling) exhibitions, installations/deinstallations, and loans of objects to/from other institutions. Responsible for logistics related to loans and traveling exhibitions; administer proper forms/documentation; coordinate appraisals and update records.
  • Interact with potential donors/patrons to facilitate gifts to the University Museums collections.
  • In conjunction with curatorial, respond to and fulfill requests from faculty, students, staff, public, and museum professionals requesting access to collections for study, instruction, research or loan purposes.
  • Oversee monitoring of environmental conditions of all collections spaces in communication with Facilities and Security Manager and Colgate staff.
  • Work with Facilities and Security Manager, museum team and Colgate staff to develop disaster preparedness plan; set long-range collections preservation policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop, write, and manage special collections related grant projects.
  • Contribute to budget planning for future collections care needs.
  • As assigned, act as courier to accompany designated works from the collections. Perform all aspects of courierships in keeping with practices endorsed by the Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums.
  • Represent Colgate University Museums at professional organizations, conferences, and meetings; be an advocate in the field of registration/collections management.
(Education and Experience):
Bachelor's degree in art history, studio art, museum studies, or related field and/or equivalent combination of experience or training required with minimum of 4 years of museum/gallery experience as collections manager and/or registrar and demonstrated knowledge of registration practices required.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated experience with TMS (The Museum System) required plus ideally proficiency in eMuseum and FileMakerPro strongly preferred. Knowledge of nomenclature, metadata standards and best practices in the field required. Familiarity with producing reports.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with electronic media, such as, but not limited to, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Google-Drive required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an independent self-starter.
  • Must be able to plan, prioritize, schedule, implement and oversee simultaneous projects assuring timely completion.
  • Ability to research and prepare cost estimates, develop and successfully manage budgets.
  • Confidentiality, discretion, and flexibility are a must.
  • Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, conservators, museum professionals, scholars, collectors, lenders and the general public on a daily basis and foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.; stand, walk, sit for 2-4 hours at one time, work in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions; and have very good visual acuity. Possess ability to work at heights.
  • Maintain effective communication.
  • Be professional, responsible, an enthusiast and positive member of the team
  • Must possess a high level of accuracy and attention to detail as well as the ability to identify and solve problems as needed.
  • Must be able to work extended hours during installations/deinstallations, scheduled shipments etc. and as needed.
Job Open Date: 03-15-2017

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Application Types Accepted: Professional/Administrative

Special Instructions to Applicants: It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through June 19.

Museum Collections Manager
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, New York, USA

The Art Museum at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh invites applications for a Museum Collections Manager.

The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, with a commitment to the care and management of art objects, a willingness to work one-on-one with students, and an appreciation for museum collections and their role in expanding art appreciation and knowledge of art history to the campus community and the region. This full-time position reports to the Director of the Museum.

Responsibilities include: Cataloging new collections as received and updating information; Researching, photographing, and scanning existing collections; Managing loans to and from the collection including the changing exhibition program; Supervising interns working with the collections; Managing rights and permissions for changing exhibitions and the Rockwell Kent collection; Maintaining accuracy of database information for movement of collections; Supporting the development and maintenance of a traveling exhibition program; Overseeing the fine arts insurance information for the College Foundation and Student Association collections, as well as temporary exhibitions and loans; Coordination of public relations activities including social media for areas of responsibility; and teaching undergraduate course in museum studies, as needed. This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree plus three years of art museum collections management OR Master's degree with two years of art museum collections management; Experience with museum collections software, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office; attention to detail; and excellent writing skills are required. In addition, candidates should be comfortable working in a collaborative environment and have the ability to work a flexible schedule as necessary, including some evenings and weekends. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; have knowledge of and appreciation for art history; and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. The ability to safely handle art objects, both heavy and fragile, is also required.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of standard art museum collection management policies including: acquisitioning and accessioning, records management, and marking objects; familiarity with fine arts insurance and risk management including emergency preparedness, security and fire protection systems, art handling, packing, shipping, and integrated pest management; knowledge of Collections ethics, sensitivity to care of sacred and culturally sensitive objects, copyright law, and rights and reproduction management.

SUNY Plattsburgh is an equal opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity. As an equal opportunity employer and a government contractor subject to VEVRAA, SUNY Plattsburgh complies with hiring regulations regarding sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and veteran status.

Salary: $40,000 minimum, plus excellent benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Materials received by March 6 will be guaranteed full consideration. Please apply to and include a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three current professional references. Official transcripts from an accredited institution will be required prior to employment.

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This job posted by MERC from February 19 through May 21.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
Tamworth, New Hampshire, USA

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm (, located in the historic village of Tamworth, NH, seeks a full-time (40 hr/week) curator beginning in late spring 2017. This is a new position reporting to the Executive Director and the successful candidate will oversee collections management, exhibit research & installation, and historic structures and interiors. The Curator will be a key member of the management team and this is a unique opportunity for someone with a background in American studies with a passion for rural history, preferably New England c. 1800-1950s. Interest in agricultural and/or medical history is a plus given the wide interpretive focus of this institution.

The Curator will be involved in all aspects of the institution and assist in developing a site-wide interpretative plan that celebrates our agricultural heritage and the world of the country doctor. Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide collections management including update/maintenance of the PastPerfect database, assessment of the permanent collection, creation of a systematic plan for collections’ development, review and updating of curatorial policies and procedures, etc.
  • Oversee maintenance and upkeep of exhibit areas within the Museum Center and historic Enoch Remick House, as well as within agricultural outbuildings located throughout the property.
  • Develop an outdoor interpretive signage for self-guided tours encouraging visitor exploration of the entire museum site.
  • Assist with writing content for publications such as quarterly newsletter and brochures, as well as the website, social media and electronic communications.
  • Participate in special events and community outreach.
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and/or staff assisting with curatorial tasks and projects.
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in American studies, social or public history, with a minimum of 5-years experience in a museum or historical society, preferably as a curator or in collections management. Qualifications must include proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and PastPerfect software. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, creative and a team player who is comfortable working in a rural setting. Remick is an EOE and offers a competitive salary with health benefits and PTO.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and resume should be directed to: Curator Search, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH 03886. Fax 603-323-8362 or email No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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This job posted by MERC from February 17 through May 19.

The last update to this page was 4-21-17.