Deputy Director of Collections, CHSI

Harvard University

Job Summary

Reporting to the Faculty Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI), the Deputy Director of Collections plays a key role in leading all collections activities, operations, administration, and staff. In close partnership with the Faculty Director, Faculty Associate Director, the Chair of the History of Science Department and CHSI staff, establishes priorities for use of the collection for teaching and research and allocates resources to support collections priorities. Specifically, this role will:

Position Description

·       lead the effort to develop a comprehensive plan for addressing collections care, storage, security, and facilities issues.

·       work with faculty, staff, students and Harvard Museum of Science and Culture (HMSC) to oversee the planning and execution of all exhibits and student programs.

·       organizes and supervises 5-6 staff responsible for curation, collection management, CHSI programs, projects, academic and faculty support.

·       manage human resources for staff, including recruiting, performance management, compensation, and training and development in close collaboration with FAS HR.

·       collaborate with the Director, Chair and staff to create a healthy, positive, and inclusive workplace culture.

·       work with a wide range of stakeholders and constituents inside Harvard and external to Harvard and represents the Collection at meetings, conferences, and events.

·       work with the Director and FAS Development Office to manage all development activities, donor relationships, and reporting; develops new prospects and funding opportunities for CHSI including drafting grant proposals for new projects.

·       work with the Faculty Director, Chair and faculty committees on collection policy and planning matters and visiting committee activities.

·       develop the CHSI budget, monitor and track spending, and oversee payroll and sponsored research activities.

·       work with the CHSI staff to add to the existing online catalogue and work on creative ways to make the CHSI collection more widely available online

·       collaborate with the Division of Social Science and museum leadership across the university to ensure that CHSI’s procedures are in line with university policies and best practices.

·       attend and function as a contributing member of CHSI committees and external committees within FAS. Acts as liaison to and works closely with HMSC and University offices.

·       perform all other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

MA and at least eight years of experience managing a museum or collection in an academic or research environment; including staff management experience, collections management, donor relations, administrative management, and project management experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

PhD desirable. Ability to work as a member of a team in cooperation with a wide range of people, from administrative staff to students and faculty. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong leadership, interpersonal, and negotiation skills. Must be comfortable with technology and possess strong computer skills.

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Salary Grade: 059 ($94,300 minimum – $132,000 midpoint – $169,700 maximum)

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