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Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator - High Desert Museum

18 Jan 2019 11:29 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator

This position manages the Museum’s collection, library and archives. Furthermore, the position plays a role in helping to coordinate and facilitate the production and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions within a dynamic team of curators and exhibit design professionals. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, a team-oriented perspective and will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary museum. A positive demeanor and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

Preferred Qualifications

• BA/BS in Museum Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Natural History, Museum Studies, U.S. Western History or equivalent; experience with exhibitions and

collections preferred

• Knowledge of material culture theory

• Knowledge of culturally responsive collections management practices, those practices that take into consideration the culture that produced an object, with particular emphasis on Plateau


• Demonstrated skill in collections management databases (PastPerfect preferred) and MS Office suite

• Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, including registration methods, object loans, safe object handling, conservation, packing and shipping, proper storage, security measures and object numbering techniques

• Experience in collections management procedures: accessioning, retrieval, attributions, documentation, proper storage and handling techniques

• Ability to implement strategic collections management plans and acquisition policies

• Ability to implement and adhere to Collections Management policy

• Ability to lead and train volunteers and interns

• Experience with museum display, such as mount making, and exhibition techniques and standards

• Ability to set and meet deadlines; manage projects, exhibit installations and planning

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and general public

Salary range is $42,000-$45,000.

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