Manages and cares for anthropological collections, with particular responsibility for the Museum’s ethnographic collections and associated research materials. Manages the acquisition, cataloging, documentation, preservation and growth of museum collections and associated materials. Oversees museum records and collections documentation (including accession records, loans, repository agreements, etc.) and participates in development and implementation of collection database and digitization efforts. Collaborates with curators and staff in the development and implementation of collection management policies and procedures. Prepares reports, grants proposals and research papers. Supervises curatorial assistants, volunteers, and field technicians. Interacts with public, university and professional community through collections tours, teaching, lectures, presentations and publications.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Manages all aspects of collection care by following and implementing accepted museum standards for processing and cataloging incoming ethnographic materials, data entry, maintenance of systemic order, and routine care and conservation; evaluates the standards and develops strategies to update the physical condition of the collections and increase efficiency.
2. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of computer database applications and participates in long-term planning for divisional and museum-wide data management protocol and network systems.
3. Oversees museum records and collection documentation (including creating donor and accession records, loans, repository agreements, etc.). Works with collection staff in other museum divisions (archaeology, osteology, archives) to assure that collections records are complete, well-maintained, and current.
4. Establishes work priorities and directs staff to effectively accomplish the division’s goals and objectives, recruits, employs, trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate curatorial assistants, volunteers, and field technicians.
5. In consultation with the curator, Interacts with the national and international scientific community responding to inquiries, facilitating the use of the collections, and managing specimen loans so as to influence the results of scholarly research.
6. Assists in activities associated with NAGPRA including, but not limited to overseeing inventories of ethnographic collections, working with director, curators and staff in other collections departments to prepare Federal notices and communications, responding to requests and participating in consultations with Native communities, and preparing materials for repatriation.
7. Assists Interpretation Division (Exhibits, Public Programming, Education) with negotiating and preparing object loans and documentation, including condition reporting and transport records; coordinates shipping. Maintains records of incoming and outgoing exhibition loans.
8. Interacts with internal contacts such as faculty, curators, museum staff, and various University administrators to exchange information regarding the collections; assists curator with the management of the annual budget, purchase of materials and supplies, development and submission of grant proposals and management of contracts and grants; maintains records on collection use and growth; and assists in the preparation of fiscal year reports.
9. Conducts public outreach programs, and participates in educational events (tours, lectures, science fairs, etc.).
10. Represents the museum through professional activities that may include: managing electronic resources, editing publications, organizing workshops, conducting research, teaching, and authoring published publications.
11. Advances professional development through attendance at conferences and workshops, service on advisory panels, holding office or assuming committee assignments in professional organizations in areas such as conservation techniques, integrated pest management, health and safety, and policy development.
12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
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