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Current Employment Opportunities

Associate Registrar, Permanent Collection

Position Title: Associate Registrar, Permanent Collection
Department: Collections
Reports to: Senior Registrar, Collections & Exhibitions
FLSA Classification: Exempt

SUMMARY

The Associate Registrar, Permanent Collection is responsible for the physical organization and maintenance of all Museum artifacts. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Registrar, the Associate Registrar ensures that all permanent and on-loan non-special exhibition artifacts are inventoried and registered in the Museum’s collections database. Ongoing responsibilities include object cataloging and housing, organization of collections storage, maintaining orderly forms, and retrieval systems associated with collections, acquisitions, accessions, deaccessions, cataloging, etc.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Oversee, assess, and determine physical care of the collection, oversee storage, movement, packing, and safe shipment of collection to and from the Museum, including housing or rehousing dependent on space.
  • Accurately maintain record system to register all in-coming and out-going artifacts, including preparation of tracking documentation as necessary.
  • Supervise access to collections.
  • Catalog new acquisitions into the Museum’s permanent and loan collections.
  • Process and examine all incoming and outgoing objects to determine liability for loss and/or damage.
  • Manage maintenance program for in-house collections storage areas.
  • Make arrangements for photography and image use requests and/or similar inquiries from partnering institutions and/or publishers.
  • Participate in exhibition installation and de-installation as needed to assist Senior Registrar.
  • Digitization and/or photography of objects in permanent collection and uploading images to TMS database.
  • Work with Senior Registrar to assess objects requested for loans. Condition report and pack outgoing loans.
  • Work with Senior Registrar, Director of Special Exhibition Development, and President/CEO to assess collections slated for permanent exhibitions; work with Exhibits team to coordinate installation and de-installation of objects in permanent exhibitions.
  • Work with Senior Registrar to identify objects needing physical care or those jeopardizing safety of other collection objects, including coordination of conservation with contract Conservators.
  • Organize, maintain, and replenish supply of archival materials required for collections care and housing.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the museum’s HVAC systems as it pertains to the environmental needs of the permanent collection and exhibition spaces.
  • Exercise initiative & make decisions in accordance established museum Collections Policy, procedures, & regulations.
  • Participate in quarterly Acquisitions Committee meetings as necessary.
  • Work with Facilities staff & Pest Control Vendor on integrated pest management (IPM) for museum & storage areas.
  • Work with Curatorial Consultants on projects requiring access to and assessment of objects in the collection.
  • Ensure the museum’s compliance with AAM Best Practices and other state and federal laws.
  • Perform occasional courier duties as needed.
  • Maintain archives on Museum history in collaboration with Collections team as time permits.
  • Supervise a team of interns and/or volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS 

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made.

  • Effective Communication: Effectively express and communicate ideas, both orally and in writing, to ensure best practices; listen actively to information presented by others; clearly express desired outcomes; keep all appropriate parties informed on projects and issues; collaborate for practical solutions.
  • Leadership: Motivate and lead by example, provide recognition; welcome the opportunity to lead and successfully deliver; self-confident; take responsibility and accountability for the outcome of work; plan and prepare for all projects; decisive and able to set priorities, formulate goals and establish a course of action; work for the common good, appreciating the views of others; initiate and support changes needed for future growth.
  • Personal Interactions: Effectively respond to the needs of internal and external audiences; treat others, including peers, superiors, and volunteers with respect, fairness, and sensitivity.
  • Quality of Work: Conform to the highest professional standards in achieving results; work is complete, accurate, on time and cost-effective; lead by example while adhering to the organizational vision.
  • Conduct Standards: Keep information confidential, speak honestly, clearly, yet tactfully; consistently respect all of the museum’s policies; display professional demeanor as a representative of the museum.
  • Teamwork / Attitude: Collaborate toward the overall stability of the museum by forming internal partnerships and building/nurturing external relationships; move seamlessly in and out of teams.

Education and/or Experience

B.A. degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Art History or comparable discipline is required; plus, five years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills, Abilities, and/or Training

  • Experience with The Museum System (TMS) gallery database software preferred
     Experience with collection photography and photo editing, particularly with Adobe Creative Suite, preferred
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed and/or weekends
  • Ability to preserve confidentiality of information
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work within strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills, desire to be a team player, and sense of creativity
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Excellent written communication skills (i.e., business letter writing, grammar, etc.)
  • Excellent oral communication skills (i.e., ability to deal effectively with others, speak professionally on the phone, etc.)
  • Familiarity with industry terms and Best Practices
  • Proficient with Microsoft® Office Suite

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Regularly required to remain seated in a normal position for long periods of time
  • Occasionally required to stand for long periods of time
  • Regularly required to move about
  • Occasionally required to climb stairs and/or ladders
  • Regularly required to maintain balance while walking, standing, crouching, or running
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl
  • Occasionally required to reach up and out with hands and arms
  • Regularly required to talk, listen and hear, verbally express information or instructions
  • Regularly required to use hands to grasp objects, type, pick up objects, move objects, or hold objects
  • Regularly required to lift up to 50 pounds and carry a distance of 10 feet
  • Regularly required to push and/or pull up to 50 pounds a distance of 10 feet

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor weather and temperature extremes.
  • Regularly exposed to indoor conditions.
  • Rarely exposed to extreme noise level.
  • Occasionally exposed to chemicals, fumes, dust, or work safety hazards.

The individual is regularly exposed to indoor conditions and moderate noise level; the individual is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather and temperature extremes.

To apply for this position, please send a resumé/CV and cover letter to humanresources@bowers.org

Disclaimer

The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employee assigned to this job.

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Bowers Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in joining the Bowers Museum Internship Program! Our goal is to collaborate with talented students from our neighboring colleges and universities to provide an invaluable hands-on complement to their academic experience. The Bowers Museum offers an array of internship opportunities for students of all disciplines.

Internship

Position Title: INTERNSHIP

Department: External Affairs

Reports to: Vice President of External Affairs

FLSA Classification: Volunteer, Unpaid

To Apply: Send Resume, Cover Letter and completed Internship Application to HumanResources@Bowers.org

Proof of Covid Vaccination Required

SUMMARY

The Bowers Museum Internship Program’s goal is to collaborate with talented students from our neighboring colleges and universities to provide them an invaluable hands-on complement to their academic experience while learning to function successfully in a professional museum office environment.

Candidates will support External Affairs departments on a project-to-project basis; departments include development, membership, education (specifically art projects) and special events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills, Microsoft 365
  • Ability to work without constant supervision
  • Duties as assigned
  • Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.)

EDUCATION

Currently enrolled in college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student. Must commit to a certain number of hours and a specific schedule for a duration of at least 3 months.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Regularly required to remain seated in a normal position for long periods of time
  • Regularly required to stand for long periods of time
  • Regularly required to move about
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl
  • Occasionally required to reach up/out with hands and arms
  • Regularly required to talk and hear, verbally express information or instructions
  • Regularly required to use hands to grasp objects, type, pick up objects, move objects, or hold objects
  • Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds and carry a distance of 10 feet
  • Occasionally required to push and/or pull up to 25 pounds a distance of 10 feet

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The individual is regularly exposed to indoor conditions and moderate noise level; the individual is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather and temperature extremes.

Disclaimer
The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employee assigned to this job.

 

Please complete the Internship Application Form and submit along with your current resume and a brief cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.

External Affairs Internships available with duties ranging from social media and marketing support to research for educational programs and more. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Internships are open to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates. Internships are year round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis, depending upon availability. Interns are asked to commit to a certain number of hours and a specific schedule for a duration of at least 3 months. Internships are unpaid. Due to the unique nature of each department, the qualifications, responsibilities, and duration of each internship will vary. Additional information can be found on the internship application.

Notice: All applicants must show proof of covid vaccination, no exceptions.

 

Internship Application Form

Volunteer at the Bowers

For general volunteer opportunities, please submit your volunteer application with a cover letter of introduction that includes any qualifications and/or experience you may have relating to your area of interest. Email your application and cover letter to HumanResources@Bowers.org.

Opportunities range from assisting with art project preparations and execution for our monthly festivals to conducting onsite surveys and helping with mailing assembly. Volunteer applications are accepted year round and positions are appointed as needed.

Notice: All applicants must show proof of covid vaccination, no exceptions.

 

Volunteer Application Form

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