The Associate Registrar coordinates and implements all registration aspects of permanent collection management. Works closely with the Director of Collections to drive the strategy of the department and care of the collection. Collaborates alongside Curatorial, Conservation and Science, Strategy and Analytics, Legal, Facilities and Security to implement museum best practices.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides and implements guidelines on accessions and de-accessions, monitoring adherence to collection care and governance.
Schedules and coordinates logistics-handling, packing, shipping- regarding collection acquisitions and de-accessions. Proposes improvements to existing practices to achieve best care of collection and efficiency on logistics issues.
Creates and implements CITI database reports and statistics to achieve accuracy on collection data, complexity reduction and support of departmental goals
Drives the yearly collection inventory and proposes solutions to achieve complete data accuracy.
Acts as primary contact for assigned curatorial departments in all registrar matters regarding acquisitions, de-accessions, collection status, collection displays and insurance
Works and archives collection documents in digital platforms ensuring the sharing of information and the safekeeping of collection records
Establishes and nurtures strong working relationships with museum staff, colleagues from other institutions, consultants and vendors
5-8 years of experience in museum collection management or relevant field
Proven knowledge of museum collection care policies and procedures, fine arts insurance and database management. Familiarity with time-based-media objects preferred.
Comfort with data-driven decision making to implement changes and growth
Exceptional organizational skills, good judgment and professional initiative
Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills to implement workflows in a complex environment
Sufficient color perception and physical coordination to perform TSA related duties
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.