Collections Registrar

Website Kalamazoo Valley Museum //Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Job Summary:
Are you a detail oriented individual who enjoys collecting information, working with artifacts, and working with databases? Do you get excited about the thought of researching for exhibits or for writing articles for museum publication? If so, then the Kalamazoo Valley Museum may have the perfect career opportunity for you.
The Collections Registrar will be responsible for deeds of gift, maintenance of loan paperwork, and cataloging of artifacts. This role is responsible for coordinating activities of volunteers and interns working in the collections area.
Duties and responsibilities include:
* Responsible for all legal paperwork related to the Collections Department, including deeds of gift, incoming and outgoing loans, and artifact cataloging.
* Guiding collections and exhibits staff in the choice of new acquisitions, the selection of artifacts for exhibits, and selection of artifacts for donation.
* Assisting the Collections Manager with department communication, including donations, image reproductions and research inquiries.
* Managing the Argus database and web portal to enhance curation and expand visitor outreach and access to collections; to enrich the experience for virtual and in-person museum goers alike.
* Conducting research for patrons, researching and writing articles for museum publications as well as in-house and traveling exhibits.
* Assisting in maintaining artifact inventory controls as well as integrated pest management and other departmental procedures.
* Coordinating training in collections cataloguing procedures for interns, volunteers and contractors.
* Assisting in exhibit installation by conducting condition reports.
*Assisting the Collections Manager in overall best practices maintenance in all departmental aspects.
Minimum Qualifications:
Appropriate education, training, experience and talents are requirements. An example of this would be a bachelors degree in an appropriate field and three years of related experience.

Skills and Knowledge
* Knowledge of artifacts and cataloging of same
* Knowledge in up-to-date best practices of born-digital artifact management and cataloguing
* Skill in managing databases
* Skill in oral and written communications
* Skill in working under tight deadlines

Pay Rate:
$35,769 – $44,130. Placement is determined upon education and relevant years of experience beyond the minimum requirements.

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