Monday, February 24, 2014

Job Posting: Curatorial/Museum Specalist, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Curatorial/Museum Specialist
Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
The ASU Art Museum, a part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Registrar (Curatorial/Museum Specialist) to assist with overseeing all activities relating to the care and management of a 12,000 object permanent art collection. She/he will be responsible for applying policies and procedures encompassing collections care, risk management, incoming/ougoing loans, accessions/deaccessions, storage, packing, security of art work in the Museum and during transit, and fine art insurance. The Assistant Registrar will report to the Registrar and assist with supervising student workers and interns.

Essential Duties 
  • Catalogues, preserves, stores and evaluates museum objects according to registrarial standards. 
  • Researches database of collection pieces, retrieve relevant information and prepare research documentation in response to requests from curators, staff or museum patrons. 
  • Designs and/or consults with technical personnel regarding database changes, development or enhancement for file management and retrieval. 
  • Maintains museum collection management database including all information on collection pieces; updates information as required. 
  • Independently identifies and solves collection conservation problems including poor storage materials, problems with art objects, insect infestations and dirt/dust problems. 
  • Leads and instructs undergraduate and graduate students in preservation, cataloging and storage of museum objects. 
  • Maintains supply inventory; orders or purchases supplies according to established department procedure.
DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday-Thursday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art, or related field AND one year museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, five years museum curatorial and/or registration experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications
Experience in: museum collection management database software, specifically The Museum System (TMS); handling multiple tasks and meeting deadlines; working in a team environment;organizational skills and attention to detail. Demonstrated knowledge of photographic collection documentation procedures and experience using a DSLR and lighting equipment. Demonstrated knowledge of art history.

Working Environment
Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 30 pounds Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions

Department Statement
Now, more than ever, the world needs an abundance of creative thinkers and practitioners. Without individuals who think differently, who can reimagine reality and reinvent the rules, we will never solve the complex challenges of today. In April 2009, Arizona State University created The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to address this challenge. Our Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation, comprising schools of: Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Dance; Design Innovation; Music; and Theatre and Film as well as the ASU Art Museum and Future Arts Research at ASU. At a time when many universities are choosing to reduce or eliminate studies in design and arts disciplines, ASU has elevated creative practice to one of the core values of the nation's largest research institution.

ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Employment Verification Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent up successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 11:59PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Resumes should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications stated in this requisition.

Only electronic applications are accepted.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated. 

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