Museum Curator and Collections Specialist

LOCATION: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) 

DEPARTMENT: Mabee Regional Heritage Center                      

SUPERVISED BY: Director of Museums 

POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Exempt 

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Student Workers and Student Interns 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (This position starts January 2023)

The Museum Curator and Collections Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day oversight, preservation, and interpretation of the Center’s museum collections. Responsibilities include accessioning, deaccessioning, processing incoming/outgoing loans, maintaining collections data systems, creating and installing exhibitions, providing preventative conservation care, managing records, and providing collections emergency response and recovery. The Museum Curator and Collections Specialist is also specifically responsible for the curation of the Flying Queens Museum and for the care of its collection and documents.

SPECIFIC TASKS AND DUTIES: 

  1. Oversee the Center’s collection reorganization project, Re-Org. Assist in assessing current collections and addressing any issues.
  2. Help establish and manage proper storage areas for the Center’s collections. Ensure that objects are properly cared for: manage storage, conservation, and record keeping associated with objects both digitally and physically.
  3. Assign accession and catalog numbers to all objects in the collections, according to established registration system, and recommend changes in record keeping procedures for collection objects.
  4. Conduct object and exhibit research and interpretation.
  5. Design displays and exhibits.
  6. Work with Director to manage all aspects of acquisitions including coordinating with donors, facilitating shipping, cataloging collection materials, and preparing deed of gifts and other relevant forms.
  7. Oversee handling, packing, movement, and inspection of all objects entering or leaving the Center, including traveling exhibits.
  8. Assist in scheduling, planning, and running museum events, fundraisers, and educational programming as necessary.
  9. Collaborate on grants and raising funds to expand the collections, update facilities, improve or create exhibits, or support research efforts.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Director of the Mabee Regional Heritage Center.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree. Heritage and/or Museum Sciences degree preferred
  1. 1-3 years experience working with a museum collection

Experience and Knowledge:

  1. Knowledge of museum ethics and standards
  2. Experience with museum databases and other applications
  3. Experience with inventorying and cataloging museum collections
  4. Experience with temporary and permanent exhibits’ creation and maintenance
  5. Experience with creating and managing collections records

 Skills and Abilities:

  1. A strong work ethic
  2. Ability to multi-task and organize projects
  3. Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  4. Ability to work well with others
  5. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long term goals
  6. Competent in current registration practices and cataloging standards

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

Ability to lift files and artifacts, open file drawers, and perform repetitive arm and hand movements. Stooping, bending, and standing. Sitting at a desk or workstation. Viewing a computer monitor. Physical dexterity and coordination. Carry any necessary equipment for extended periods of time.

Work as a team player.  Indoors, our typical work environment is environmentally controlled. Some outdoor work may apply. Importance of being exact or accurate.  Repetitive motions and tasks.  Transportation to and from work provided by individual. May require travel to other locations.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.   If hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Employee must be able and willing to travel if necessary.

Wayland Baptist University does not illegally discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Under federal law, the university may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its mission and purposes.