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Curator of Collections, East Hampton Historical Society

  • October 17, 2019 1:55 PM
    Message # 8061940

    The Curator of Collections is responsible for all aspects of collections management. This includes using PastPerfect database, researching, cataloguing, storage control, and exhibitions assistant. Position is at an active historical society with several historic sites with room for growth. Reports to the Chief Curator and the Executive Director and works to carry out the East Hampton Historical Society’s (EHHS) mission and vision through its care and presentation of its collections.

    The Curator provides historical knowledge and support to other members of staff when required, such as to the Director of Visitor Experience. This can take the form of but is not restricted to, finding and supplying historic photos, providing copy for publication or interpretation support. The Curator as assistant to the Chief Curator, advises on procedures regarding preservation and restoration projects as well as maintenance plans that will impact on the well-being of the artifacts. The Curator is responsible for creating project initiation documents and plans for projects to be undertaken. For projects, it will also include advice and oversight on material and object handling and movement.

    The successful candidate will be creative, have collections care experience, and knowledge of best practices with an eye towards future needs and institutional resources.

    The Curator of Collections will ensure the organization has excellence, integrity, and best museum standards in the following areas: Collections Care and Preservation.

    Collections Care and Management: 
    Works collaboratively with the staff of East Hampton Historical Society.  To oversee the proper care, handling, storage (on- and off-site), environment, packing, shipping, and insurance of all permanent collection and temporary (loan) objects. Maintains Museum exhibition files, ISBN information, publication rights, image archives, and prepares packing, shipping, and insurance budgets for exhibitions. Responds to public inquiries about the permanent collection under the guidance of the Chief Curator. Oversees collections management database. Requirements: Knowledge of museum/collection techniques relevant to storage, conservation, handling, materials, record development, management, ethics, maintenance. Knowledge of legal issues regarding acquisition, possession, deaccession of cultural items.

    Skills and Qualifications

    • Excellent Interpersonal skills. Friendly and professional demeanor.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook). Experience with Past Perfect.
    • Excellent writing skills; strong scheduling, time management and organizational skills. Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Functions well in a position that requires organization, punctuality, and knowledge of best practices.
    • Must be self-motivated and dependable.
    • A non-profit background a strong plus

    Education and Experience:

    • BA/BS preferred; Knowledge of history and/or museums, MA in Museum Studies, Public History, Collections Management or related field a plus.

    Working Conditions:

    Position will be based in a busy historical society environment with active summer season at 5 historic sites. This includes participation in some Society events.

    The work entails dealing professionally with highly confidential information and requires a high degree of confidentiality.

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to lift and carry file boxes and other awkward items weighing up to 25 lbs., including up and down stairs. Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching, and bending throughout the workday.

    Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000

    To Apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Maria Vann, Executive Director at director@easthamptonhistory.org

    Please see our website at www.easthamptonhistory.org

    Application deadline is December 1, 2019.

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