Museum Collections Manager

Posted February 19, 2021

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, a nonprofit historical and educational organization headquartered at Anderson House in Washington, D.C., seeks a full-time museum collections manager to oversee the care, preservation and documentation of its museum collections—comprised of more than 4,000 works of art and artifacts, including paintings, sculpture, armaments and other military equipment, medals, ceramics, textiles and other historical artifacts. The museum collections are strongest—and growing fastest—in portraits of Revolutionary War participants, weapons used during the war and objects documenting the history of the Society of the Cincinnati.

The museum collections manager is the primary staff member charged with maintaining the Society’s museum collections and the records that document them. The museum collections manager works with the staff, interns and outside vendors and colleagues to ensure that the museum collections are properly documented, preserved and displayed, whether at Anderson House or another venue. The museum collections manager plays an important role in establishing and achieving goals to improve the care and preservation of and access to the museum collections and may be called upon to lead staff-wide projects in these areas, such as emergency preparedness and building security.

Major duties include:

  • managing proper documentation of the museum collections, including accessioning and deaccessioning, cataloging, photography, inventories and other records;
  • maintaining the collections management database (PastPerfect) and its online portal, as well as the physical object files;
  • ensuring proper care and preservation of the museum collections by managing the museum collections storage rooms, environmental conditions data and analysis, curatorial housekeeping and conservation projects;
  • facilitating access to the museum collections through the online database, image requests and research inquiries; and
  • contributing to exhibition planning and installation, including overseeing incoming and outgoing loans.

 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, art history, museum studies or a closely related field;
  • at least 3 years of professional experience managing art and artifact collections in a museum environment;
  • thorough knowledge of collections management standards and best practices;
  • demonstrated experience managing the care, preservation and documentation of museum collections, especially in museum registration, collections management software, object handling and housing, loan procedures and exhibition installation;
  • familiarity with the history and material culture of the era of the American Revolution;
  • excellent project management, communication and computer skills;
  • the ability to perform moderate physical activity, such as climbing ladders, lifting, kneeling and standing or walking for extended periods of time;
  • the ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours, including courier trips; and
  • being organized, detail-oriented, resourceful, self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, an effective writer and public speaker and eager to contribute to the Institute’s work.

 
Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in history, art history, museum studies or a closely related field;
  • familiarity with PastPerfect museum software and its online collections products; and
  • experience leading staff teams in larger projects.

 

Salary and Benefits

This is a mid-level position on the professional staff of the Society of the Cincinnati, with an annual salary in the range of $53,000-$60,000. Excellent benefits include paid annual and sick leave, health insurance, a 401(k) plan and a monthly commuting stipend.

 

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter, including mention of where you learned about this opening, by email to:

Emily L. Parsons
Deputy Director and Curator
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
eparsons@societyofthecincinnati.org

 

Position open until filled.