Collection Manager

Employment Opportunity

Classification: Full-time/exempt

The collection manager is an integral part of the collection services team and oversees the management of the artifact collections and all registration activities including accessions, deaccessions, and loans in accordance with Historic New England policies and procedures. The collection manager works with collections, conservation, and site staff to monitor collections-related issues at the historic properties, including movement of objects, object damage reports, object handling, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and preventive care of the collections.

Responsibilities: Manages the overall storage and care of artifact collections including supervising the work of the collection technician, registrar, grant-funded cataloguing and data entry staff, and interns and volunteers. Oversees all collection cataloguing and accessioning projects. Assists in the implementation and maintenance of the collections management database to ensure standard museum registration methods. Manages all outgoing loan requests, from vetting initial requests with curatorial and conservation staff through to the approval by the collections committee of the board of trustees. Maintains paperwork for incoming and outgoing loans, completes condition reports, and arranges shipping and insurance as necessary. Maintains workflow and documentation of the deaccession process in conjunction with curators, collections technician, photographer, and other staff.

With the collections and conservation teams, plans and implements improvements to collections storage in the Haverhill Regional Office. Works with the team and site staff to monitor collections-related issues at our historic properties, including movement of objects, object damage reports, object handling, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and preventive care of the collections. Determines and monitors budget for collections management supplies. Actively participates in assigned task forces and contributes to Historic New England publications and programs. Writes articles, presents public programs, and represents the organization in activities in the museum community. Provides access to the study-storage facility to researchers and answers collections inquiries from researchers, colleagues, and the public.

Qualifications: A master’s degree in history, art history, material culture, museum studies, or equivalent experience is required. A minimum of three years job-related experience.
Requires knowledge of museum registration practices and collection care methods for art and artifacts. Some familiarity with American and New England decorative arts, costumes, paintings, and historic house museums. Experience with collection management databases, digital assessment management practices, and the use of standardized museum nomenclature. Experience with digital photography practices and standards. Requires fully competent computer skills including skilled use of MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel spreadsheet functions. This employee must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success. Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally and in writing is essential. A valid driver’s license and means of transportation are required.

Location: Primary office location is designated as the Haverhill Regional Office, Massachusetts. Some remote work is also an option. Candidate must reside in New England region. Regular travel to Historic New England’s sites throughout New England is required. Weekend and evening work periodically required.

Applications: Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.