Museum Specialist/Registrar of Collections
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:32 am
Description of Work: The primary purpose of this position is to serve as museum registrar. Core job responsibility is the record keeping for the museum collection of Tryon Palace, which consists of objects from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Also includes furnishings, decorative arts, textiles, clothing, books, maps, architectural elements, architectural equipment and archeology. Tasks include processing new acquisitions, compiling files and records, organizing and updating information about the objects. The Registrar coordinates all donation and acquisition paperwork, including deposit receipts and deed gifts, and the creation of object files and donor files. The position is responsible for all steps of processing new acquisitions, including assignment of artifact ID numbers, cataloging, creation of tags and labels, photo documentation, data entry and preparation for object storage or exhibit. The management of the collection database requires regular updates and the conversion of manual paper records into the electronic format. All loans, incoming and outgoing are handled by the Registrar. Position implements annual inventories of all artifacts on exhibit and annual rotating inventories for collections in storage. Creation of storage plans and maps and reorganization of storage areas will be completed as needed. The position will have a Monday through Friday work week. Additional evening, weekends and holidays may be required. The Registrar is an integral member of the Exhibit Team. Tasks include collaboration with team on exhibit planning, preparation of objects for exhibit and transport, pre and post condition checks, exhibit strike and installation. Additional responsibilities of this position are to respond to collections based research requests from staff and the public. Supervise interns and volunteers on collection management related tasks and projects. Also responsible for budgeting, purchasing and organizing supplies needed for processing and storage of collections. May need to assist with curatorial and collection management tasks such as packing and moving artifacts between locations. Assist with annual large scale cleaning in exhibits and historic house period rooms, assist with seasonal furnishing changes in the historic houses and provide assistance to conservation technician and education staff as needed. Management preference: Knowledge and experience with Re-Discovery and Proficio. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES: 1.Must have immense degree of accuracy in assigning correct numbers and marking objects and records with the corresponding number is essential for work in the Collection. 2.Must have ability to use computers and have an understanding of databases, particularly collection management software systems. 3.Must have knowledge of standard museum object nomenclature and numbering systems as well as standard practices in collection management and artifact registration. 4.Must have ability to conduct basic research on historical objects for cataloging and object file information. 5.Ability to interact with staff members at Tryon Palace and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, professional colleagues in the field and the general public. 6.Must be self-motivated and self-directed and focuses on moving the organization forward and serving the public good strengthening its collection and management practices. 7.This position requires a wide variety of physical activity; assist in packing and moving artifacts; Must be able to lift at least 35 lbs, and climb ladders. 8.Must have the ability to drive company van to transport artifacts and knowledge of basic tools (level, box cutter, hammer and screwdriver). 9.Demonstrated knowledge of basic artifact storage requirements including environmental concerns and appropriate storage materials, and safe artifact handling. 10.Must have knowledge of North Carolina history and material culture. 11.Familiarity, and preferred experience, with AAM accreditation, procedures, deaccessioning, comprehensive collection inventory, and storage moves. MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in history, art/history, museology, or closely related field and one year of experience in progressively responsible museum work in specific area assigned; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum Education and Experience for Trainee Appointment: Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in history, art/history,museology, or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.