POSITION TITLE: Collections Manager
FLSA STATUS: Full-time (1.0 FTE), Non-Exempt
SALARY: $45,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Collections Manager is responsible for the management, daily operations, and general welfare of the collections, per professional and ethical standards of museum best practices. Additionally, they will oversee staff and volunteers assigned to museum collections activities. They will oversee the continuation of the Collections Reconciliation and Accessibility Project, the museum’s wall-to-wall inventory, which is in progress, and write grant proposals to fund museum operations, especially regarding collections and exhibits. The Collections Manager will work with the Executive Director and the Collections Committee in the collection's care and accession/deaccession of objects.
- Primary staff overseeing collections record-keeping, care, and storage for both the object and archival collections as outlined in the Collections Management Policy.
- Processes all new acquisitions, accessions, and deaccessions to the collection.
- Schedules and heads the Collections Committee, as well as overseeing any volunteers assisting in collections-specific projects.
- Advises the Executive Director of any changes in collections' status.
- Oversee collections' conservation and preservation including organization and storage of collections and making routine evaluations on all exhibits and storage spaces.
- Writes grant proposals to support the museum’s mission and goals, particularly those relevant to collections projects.
- Manage departmental budget and any pertinent funds.
- Contributes to the development of exhibits with Exhibits & Program Developer and prepares relevant artifacts for exhibitions.
- Attends staff meetings, training, and workshops.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Ability to work well with others, including diverse personalities of museum visitors and volunteers
- Practice good organizational and time management skills.
- Be flexible and able to meet challenges as they arise.
- Adaptable and willing to work in many different capacities at the Museum.
- Fluency in English. Another language fluency is also a plus.
- Proactive and comfortable working with little supervision, and bring an innovative approach to the work environment.
- Associate or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, preferentially in history, anthropology, arts, or museum studies. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly preferable.
- 1-2 years’ experience with handling, storing, exhibiting museum artifacts to industry standards and best practices, or equivalent knowledge and skills.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Must have reliable transportation and a current valid driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is usually performed during regular business hours at the Museum; however, Collections Manager must be occasionally available on weekends and evenings for specific duties and/or activities. Work is performed in a variety of settings and at various sites throughout the Museum and its properties. Some exposure to dust, fumes, and vapors is possible due to exhibits. Some exposure to heat and cold in the collections storage locations. Position requires one to sit at the computer and desk, stand, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and lift to move objects, retrieve files, and pull/push, lift, and carry light objects.
Starting salary of $45,000-55,000 per year for a full-time schedule is commensurate with experience. Additionally, full-time employees receive paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays (including one personal day), health insurance coverage, and a retirement plan.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three professional/educational references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is September 30, 2023.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. TCPM makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.
About Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
TCPM contains a collection of over 55,000 artifacts, including objects in storage at the museum and two additional storage facilities. We maintain five separate properties, including Kilchis Point Reserve, a 200-acre wetland along Tillamook Bay with an interpretive walking trail. We strive to serve both the community and visitors to the North Oregon Coast. The right candidate for this position will help us maintain our mission to “… preserve and interpret the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the North Oregon Coast and to foster appreciation and respect of the [same].”