Amherst College invites applications for the Collections Manager position. The Collections Manager is a full time, 33-month term position, job group and level PT-3. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
The Collections Manager is a grant-funded position for a 33-month project to create a comprehensive basic catalogue of approximately 7,000 artifacts, the personal effects of poet Emily Dickinson, her family, and their heirs. Reporting to the executive director, the Collections Manager is responsible for establishing a collections management program at the Emily Dickinson Museum that will ensure the long-term preservation of the collections. Principal duties include accessioning, numbering, and documenting the collection; populating and managing a collections database; and training and overseeing diverse staff and interns in appropriate object handling and maintenance.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Hire, train and supervise collections assistant and interns for project activities
Establish work flows for comprehensive basic cataloguing project, monitor progress and, in consultation with the Project Director, make adjustments as needed
Create new digital and paper records and establish an archives system for access and retrieval
Implement accession numbering system and collections documentation protocols
Establish data entry procedures and controls in collections management software, manage user access and training
Oversee digitization, naming and linking of images included in the database
Acquire equipment, supplies, and set up work stations for object processing
With consulting conservators, establish object conservation priorities and plan/implement safe storage of the collection
Meet regularly with the Project Director
Contribute to an inclusive community for all
3-5 years of related experience with material culture or decorative arts collection
Knowledge of museum policies, practices, standards, and procedures
Knowledge of nomenclature, metadata standards, best practices in preventive conservation, object handling, and museum legal and ethical issues
Extensive knowledge of and experience with collections management and digital asset management systems, and proficiency in working with databases
Knowledge of domestic objects
Excellent project management, leadership, time management, and organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
Commitment to working effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds
Master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate in museum collection management
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The College's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The College's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live! ABOUT THE EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM Emily Dickinson holds a place in the literary canon alongside Whitman, Shakespeare, and Dante. The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic Dickinson family homes in the center of Amherst Massachusetts-the Homestead, where the poet was born and composed nearly all of her renowned work, and The Evergreens, home of her brother Austin and his family. Its mission is to spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson's revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. The Museum is open for guided tours March through December, offers approximately fifty public programs each year, and serves a growing educational audience. It holds the largest and most varied collection of non-manuscript objects associated historically with the poet and her family.
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About Amherst College
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 1,800 students in the fall of 2013.