Friday, January 31, 2014

Position Announcement: Director of Collections, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

Job Description
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology invites applications for the position of Director of Collections. Reporting to the Director of the Peabody Museum, the position will have general oversight of the museum's extensive holdings of ~ 1.2M objects, both ethnographic and archaeological as well as extensive archival and osteological collections. The position will also provide direct or indirect supervision of collections-based personnel (~20 FTE), collections annual budget, and collections policies and procedures. The Director of Collections is a member of the senior leadership team and an advocate for the appropriate use, acquisition, preservation, de-accessioning, and management of the museum’s artifacts and archives.


• Supervises staff in conservation, registration, collections management, osteology, image services and archives.
• Oversees ~ 30,000 sq ft of collections storage areas on- and off-site.
• Provides leadership to ensure the highest standards in collections stewardship. Develops innovative approaches to collections stewardship, sets direction for collections use policies, and oversees management and care of collections in alignment with the overall strategic direction of the Museum.
• Responsible for the management of collections databases and online collections. Develops and implements collection plan as well as a high-level vision for all digital assets.
• Seeks grant funding for collections care, growth, and management.
• Represents the Peabody in the museum field.
• Develops relationships with other museums including those at Harvard.

Job Requirements

 • Experience with ethnographic and/or archaeological collections and familiarity with NAGPRA implementation required.
• Knowledge of collections database management programs (TMS preferred) and online collections database systems; ability to work with IT to improve database functionality.
• 8 years in collections management preferred with a sound knowledge of collections best practices, ethics and AAM accreditation standards.
• Strong leadership and supervisory experience with the skills to direct and mentor collections department staff and the demonstrated ability to work with diverse professional staff. Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability in successful grant writing.
• A master's degree in Material Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology or related field and experience in a university museum context are preferred.
• Some travel may be required.

Apply at Search for position ID 31361BR

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