The Museum of the Coastal Bend is hiring for a full-time Exhibits and Collections Manager. This position is responsible for overseeing the permanent and loan collections of the museum, and for managing exhibit development and implementation. The position is actively involved in exhibits and collections related outreach, and public programming.
This position is expected to work a flexible 40-hour week, year-round, to encompass the museum's public visiting hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm), lectures, and events. Lunch breaks are not included in the 40 hours. "Weekend" for museum staff is defined as Sunday/Monday. If required to attend business activities on either of these days, employee is expected to flex hours with another standard workday during the same work week. This position receives the following holidays at 8 holiday hours/day: Good Friday, Saturday of Easter weekend; Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend; Winter Break (80 hours total – 2 consecutive weeks ending the first business day after New Year's Day). Vacation and sick time is accumulated and used as per standard Victoria College policies. Overtime must be submitted in advance of completion and approved by supervisor.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Manage all aspects of collections care, following and implementing accepted museum professional standards and practices. Directly manages the acquisition, documentation, accession, inventory, care (including minor conservation), maintenance and handling, use and access, copyright, security, environmental monitoring of objects and facilities.
Actively work to maintain Curatorial Facility Certification and informs Director of CFCP activities.
Receive, prepare, and catalog new materials.
Work with Exhibits Committee, exhibit designer(s) and/or curator(s) to create and implement exhibits.
Plan and organize exhibition-related movement of objects, including packing, shipping, and insurance for collections exhibitions as well as for incoming and outgoing loans.
Oversee collections database development and maintain the database of collection contents, paper files and archives.
Facilitate and manage collections research; communicate with and foster relationships with scholars, donors, lenders and collectors;
Participate in Exhibits and Collections Committee meetings to develop, implement, and evaluate exhibits and collections activities.
Actively contribute to the educational staff's development of tour programs, outreach activities, and public programming, and assist with implementation.
Strategically develop and implement exhibits- and collections-related outreach programs that build a strong presence for the Museum in the community.
Work closely with appropriate staff to develop grant concepts and secure income and funding for exhibits and collections initiatives.
Manage Public Archeology Lab activities and collections volunteers, including recruitment, training, scheduling and communicating.
Work with appropriate museum and college staff to market programs.
Develop articles and relevant information for newsletters, website and other media outlets.
Maintain inventory of supplies for exhibits and collections.
Strategically participate in community events to promote museum programs.
Active involvement in the cultivation of donors and other development activities;
Prepare monthly, annual, and other periodic reports analyzing and summarizing program attendance, successes, challenges and other relevant information; participate in reporting said information.
Assist as needed with daily museum operations including staff supervision; opening and closing the museum and museum store; coordination of facilities and staffing needs for tours, meetings, and special events; membership communication; and promotions.
Participation in the museum's programmatic and intellectual life.
Perform some overnight travel, weekend and evening duties as required.
Performing other duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in History, Archeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, or related field from an accredited college or university;
Minimum of two years' experience in a museum, curatorial repository or archive
Knowledge of curatorial practices, museum ethics and principles
Experience managing collections and exhibits
Demonstrated knowledge of NAGPRA and other regulations governing fair use of collections
Requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, public speaking, and critical thinking skills
Must possess a valid drivers' license
Ability to work collaboratively and organize groups such as committees and teams
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
Basic computer skills, proficiency with MS Office Suite and database systems, and willingness to learn advanced computer skills?
Must be energetic, curious, excited to share amazing things with the public, interested in innovation, and equally willing to work autonomously or as a team
Must be comfortable speaking to and interacting with audiences of all sizes both formal and informal
Discretionary judgment regarding confidential information
Demonstrated high level of initiative, persistence in completing assignments, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to accomplish basic business tasks, meet deadlines, and ability to learn and interpret policies and procedures
Ability to interact with diverse groups
Some overnight travel, weekend and evening duties as required and ability to maintain a flexible schedule?
Graduate degree in a related field and additional experience in a variety of cultural institutions
Experience managing volunteers
Experience with Adobe Suite; InDesign or other graphic design software; Collective Access database system
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle controls, key pads, etc. Will be required to sit and reach with hands and arms as well as, sit, stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds while handling and loading artifacts, boxes, crates and educational display components. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, some color vision, and the ability to adjust focus from documents to computer screen. Hearing of light to moderate sound is required by this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods, must be able to remain on feet during tours and programs.