Job Listing: Collections Manager FT
Morven Park - Leesburg, VA
Closes - Open until closed
Position Title – Collections Manager
Salary - $40,000 annually
Job Type - Regular, full-time, exempt position
To apply: Submit a brief cover letter, resume, and references to Employment@MorvenPark.org
Morven Park, a spectacular 1,000-acre property with a history that traces back to the late 1700s, has an exciting opportunity for a collections management professional. As an instrumental member of the Preservation & History team, you will be entrusted with the care, preservation, and interpretation of thousands of objects—including art, furniture, china, silver, glassware, and textiles—many from across the globe. Your work will have an impact on every person who steps into our remarkable Davis Mansion or takes part in our engaging educational programming. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, Morven Park is owned and operated by The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation (WDMF), a non-profit organization, with most of the property under a permanent conservation easement. WDMF was established by Marguerite Davis in honor of her late husband, the governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922, and is dedicated to preserving the open space, historic buildings, and unique artifacts of their former home, where visitors flock to: Play. Learn. Discover. Morven Park
This position offers a competitive salary based on experience, with benefits including:
▪ Fully paid employee insurance premiums (medical, dental, and life/disability)
▪ Paid time off
▪ Observance of federal holidays
▪ Automatic enrollment in 401(k) plan with company match
Our ideal candidate will possess:
▪ A thorough understanding of standards and guidelines directing the responsible and ethical care of museum collections, and a passion for sharing history.
▪ A degree in Museum Studies, History, or allied field and/or several years of experience caring for a museum collection.
▪ Experience using collection management software (PastPerfect preferred) as well as Office 365.
▪ Knowledge of best practices for the care and conservation of a wide variety of historic materials.
▪ A positive approach to problem-solving, new tasks, and collaborative projects, with strong communication and organizational skills.
▪ The ability to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, climb stairs and ladders, and lift/carry up to 30 lbs.
Our ideal candidate will be able to:
▪ Provide care and oversight for the Morven Park collections by meeting or exceeding the established industry standards of care for museum collections.
▪ Complete an annual review, in partnership with the Director of Preservation & History, of collection policies to ensure Morven Park is fulfilling all legal and ethical guidelines for managing and caring for museum collections.
▪ Maintain the collection database and paper records to ensure that both accurately reflect the location and known condition of all museum artifacts.
▪ Develop exhibits, programs, and tour content to share Morven Park’s collections with the public, and lead four to six collection-based programs per year.
▪ Monitor and maintain environmental conditions in accordance with the established Collections Management Policy, including weekly cleaning tasks, pest control, and directing the annual Deep Clean of the Davis Mansion.
▪ Identify conservation and research priorities and develop RFPs, meet with potential consultants/conservators, and manage all conservation and research projects.
▪ Provide recommendations for, and assist with, the accessioning or deaccessioning of objects.
▪ Assist with the development of the annual Collections budget.
▪ Manage all incoming and outgoing museum object loans.
▪ Develop and supervise collection projects for interns and volunteers.
▪ Assist with Morven Park events as needed, and other duties as assigned.
The Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic or category protected under applicable federal or state law. Equal opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. All employment decisions at the Foundation are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.