Position Announcement Collections Manager

Position Announcement
Collections Manager - Anthropology
Museum of Texas Tech University
The Museum of Texas Tech University invites applications for the full-time
position of Collections Manager for the Anthropology Collections. The Museum
has a 5 million+ diverse collection in the arts, humanities, and natural sciences
within a facility of over 250,000 square feet. The Museum is accredited by the
American Alliance of Museums, with active collecting, exhibition, and education
programs. The Museum Science and Heritage Management graduate programs
are housed in and are an integral part of the Museum.
This appointment is an active, hands-on position involving the care and
management of the Anthropology Collections (ca. 2 million objects and
documents). The Collections Manager is expected to be knowledgeable in
accreditation standards, the ethics, legal issues, and best practices in governing
anthropological collections (archaeological, ethnographic, and physical), and
understand the importance of provenience and provenance. The Collections
Manager - Anthropology reports to the Curator of Anthropology.
Among the Collections Manager’s responsibilities are the following:
Collections Stewardship
 Accessions
 Coordinate with Museum Registrar on information flow
 Prepare accessions inventory for each incoming accession
 Collections
 Implement Museum and division collections policies and procedures
 Provide basic collections management, including cataloging,
inventorying, and barcoding of all collections
 Maintain preventive conservation measures
 Maintain curatorial electronic databases
 Loans
 Assess collections regarding availability and loan rigors
 Coordinate all Curator-approved loans with Museum Registrar
 Complete condition reports and loan inventories
 Update and maintain division’s loan database
 Insurance
 Coordinate with Museum Registrar on Curator-provided evaluations
 Assess selected objects regarding stability, exhibit rigors, and
 Coordinate with Exhibits Division the movement of objects between the
Anthropology Division and exhibit galleries
 Conduct environmental monitoring in the collections rooms and maintain
the records
 Maintain divisional infestation reports
 Coordinate with Museum Registrar and Assistant Director of Operations
and Facilities
Other Duties
 Oversee two division Assistant Collections Managers
 Coordinate with division Documentation Specialist
 Coordinate with Museum Objects Conservator
 Coordinate with Lubbock Lake Landmark Assistant Collections Manager
 Supervise graduate student assistants, graduate practicum students, and
 Other duties as assigned.
Skills and abilities
 Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
 Knowledge of database management
 Knowledge of barcode system – implementation, use, and trouble
 Excellent project management, supervisory, and decision-making skills
 Excellent interpersonal skills
 Proven experience using best practices in collections management
 Commitment to a team approach
Master’s degree in Museum Science or Museum Studies and 3-5 years
experience in a curatorial/collections management position focused on
anthropological collections required. Preference will be for applicants who have
relevant experience with archaeological collections, particularly US Southern
Plains collections. Competitive salary and excellent employee benefits package.
Send letter of interest and vita to Collections Manager Search Committee,
Museum of Texas Tech University, Box 43191, Lubbock, Texas 79409-3191.
Expected position start date of no later than September 1, 2014; opened until
filled. Texas Tech University is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.