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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Position: Collections Manager

Independence Seaport Museum

Location: Philadelphia, PA USA

Description: Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the creation and maintenance of relevant recordkeeping systems, organization and housing of objects in collection storage areas, and observation and care of all collection needs whether on exhibit or in storage. The Collections Manager reports to the Curator. Tasks and Duties Registration: All aspects of the processing, cataloging of the collections; Management of the collections management database; Manages loan agreements and condition reports and insurance; Maintain the disaster preparedness plan for the collections; Manages ethical and legal issues related to the collections; Risk management including disaster mitigation planning , security, integrated pest management, insurance; Manages rights and reproduction requests. Collections: Storage of collections and the implementation of re-housing projects; Monitors environmental conditions and coordinates with the Facilities Dept.; Monitors the security and condition of the collections on display and in storage; Coordinates conservation program and long-range collections care planning; Tracks and documents conservation proposals and treatments; Maintains records related to collections care. Exhibitions: Maintains exhibits and coordinates repair of interactives; Assists with preparation and installation of loan and permanent exhibitions and their maintenance; Manages packing of artifacts and shipping arrangements. General: Directs volunteers and interns in the curatorial department; Assist in the development of departmental and inter-departmental policies. M-F, 9-5, some evening and weekends. Salary based on experience, competitive benefits.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must possess either an M.A. in museum studies or a related field with a minimum of three years professional museum experience, or a B.A. in American or maritime history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies or a related field followed by five years of professional experience in object care and conservation at a museum. Must be organized, detail oriented, show measurable initiative, have good interpersonal skills and demonstrable writing skills. Position requires substantial practical knowledge and ability with collection management software. Ability to operate hand tools and developed skills with the installation and maintenance of exhibitions is a plus. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Application Instructions: Please respond with cover letter and resume by 1/18/08 via mail or e-mail, no phone calls: Craig Bruns, Curator Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106