Job Listing: Collections Manager
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington DC
Closes: November 15
Title: Collections Manager
Classification: Non-exempt, Full-time, Non-Emergency
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden seeks a full-time Collections Manager. This position advances the mission of Tudor Place through the management, care, and use of the collections, including museum objects and archival materials.
This position will be an excellent opportunity for someone who seeks to deepen their knowledge of collections care by handling, researching, cataloging, and caring for the extensive and unique array of 18,000 objects.
The ideal candidate will be curious, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities at a small historic house museum—they will also carry a spare set of nitrile gloves in their back pocket at all times.
Daily monitoring of the physical condition and location of collections on exhibition and in storage, including use of dataloggers and analysis tools
Daily monitoring of security of objects on display
Implements the institutional integrated pest management (IPM) protocol
Opens house each weekday morning before public visitation begins; completes an end-of-day check when closing house after last tour
Oversees routine cleaning, care, and maintenance of all interior museum display spaces
Identifies objects in need of conservation treatment and assists the Curator in working with conservators; when appropriate, conducts preventative conservation measure
With other staff, assists with emergency response procedures and training, disaster preparedness, and disaster response
Conducts periodic physical inventories of the collections
Assists with annual January Clean, a month-long deinstallation and deep clean of the museum while closed to the public
Assists in planning for future collections needs
Generates and maintains records and documents relating to, including accession/catalog records, temporary receipts, condition reports, location records, deaccession records, and photographic documentation
Serves as the site-wide administrator of the PastPerfect collections management database
Manages all aspects (including agreements, condition reporting, insurance requirements, etc.) of incoming and outgoing loans of objects and archival materials, in close collaboration with Curator
Assists with the creation and management of archival finding aids
Public Outreach & Education
Leads tours, conducts special presentations, and assists with special events, as needed
Assists students and scholars conducting research in the collection
With the Curator, oversee the work of interns
Reviews and recommends updates to the Collections Management Policy
Assists the Curator with the Collections Committee, including reporting to the committee
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Master’s degree in Museum Studies or a related field with a focus upon museum collections management
Three or more years of experience in collections management at a museum or historic site
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Desire to work in a historic setting; respect for the preservation of a historic estate and its collections
Knowledge of current collections management methodology and best practices, including cleaning and care, accessioning, object handling, cataloging of fine and decorative arts, conservation and storage practices
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage ongoing projects and daily tasks with minimal supervision
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a small staff of museum professionals and enthusiasm for working in a team environment
Familiarity with collections management database applications (PastPerfect proficiency preferred) and knowledge of digital imaging technology
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
The physical requirements of this position are classified as medium work (exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects)
This position requires climbing (stairs, ladders), stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing or walking for extended periods, lifting, grasping, visual acuity, keen spatial awareness, and the ability to move within constricted spaces
Ability to work in a range of environmental conditions
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Salary will be based on experience, between $35,000 and $40,000.
Tudor Place prides itself on offering excellent benefits to eligible employees, including paid leave; paid holidays; life insurance; medical benefits; free, on-site parking; and a staff Museum Shop discount.
Please email Helen Hubbard-Davis, Director of Finance & Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter. Please include ‘COLLECTIONS MANAGER’ in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Applications are due no later than November 15, 2019.
Tudor Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer