The York County Heritage Trust is pleased to announce the following employment opportunities:
Director of Collections
The York County Heritage Trust seeks an energetic, detail oriented, and team focused individual for the full-time position of Director of Collections. The York County Heritage Trust inspires the exploration of the history, people and culture of our county, state and nation. As a non-profit organization it utilizes collections, historic sites and museums to help tell the American story. Based in York, Pennsylvania, the Trust operates five museums and a Library & Archives.
Position: Director of Collections
Department: Interpretation Division/Collections Department
Status: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
Supervisor: VP for Interpretation or, if vacant, President/CEO
The York County Heritage Trust’s Director of Collections oversees all aspects and management of the Trust’s collections including policies, management practices and daily operations. Specific responsibilities include policy oversight that reflects contemporary museum standards, supervision of daily operations such as cataloguing, loans, accessions and donor communications, and volunteer recruitment and management. Additionally, the Director of Collections works collaboratively with internal departments, a volunteer committee and external organizations to support exhibition creation, public programs and applicable artifact research.
Primary Duties (includes but is not limited to):
Collections Management and Care
· Reviews, modifies, manages, and enforces collections policies
· Establishes and facilitates an ongoing and long range plan for the artifact collection’s inventorying, cataloging, and general management at all YCHT sites
· Ensures the proper management and cataloging of artifact collection
o Establish proper database (PastPerfect) protocols and standards for consistent recordkeeping
o Provide supervision and oversight of interns and volunteers working with artifacts and collection database
o Assures appropriate record keeping including all loans, temporary custody and accession or de-accessions
· Draft and implement departmental budget
· Manage all aspects of artifact acquisition and deaccessioning
o Ensures collection decisions are germane to the YCHT mission
· Works collaboratively with various departments and creates overall collection management practices to ensure collections receive appropriate cleaning and stewardship care.
o Implement regular gallery checks at all sites
o Institute a routine process for collections cleaning and care
o Assume responsibility for reporting of site inspections and damages
Donor and Volunteer Relations
· Cultivate and steward collections donors to the Trust
o Each month report collections donors – in kind and artifacts to the Development department
· Oversees departmental volunteer recruitment
· Participates in Trust exhibition planning and development
o Collaboratively works with departments comprising the Interpretation Division to create and implement large and small scale exhibitions and programs.
· Develop collections based themed programs in conjunction with the Interpretive Division and Development Department to enhance educational offerings, programs, and events through collection assets
· Implement collection themed programs to connect the Trust’s audience to the organization’s artifact holdings and stewardship responsibilities
The minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, public history, history, social science, education, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Three to five years of experience in collections care, exhibition design, and registration or management is necessary to be considered for employment. Experience in collections database management (PastPerfect), and strong writing and communication skills are essential. Ability to lift 40 pounds and work in various non-climate controlled environments. Current driver’s license required.
This position requires excellent interpersonal skills in working with staff members, donors, interns, volunteers and visitors. Strong management skills are necessary to oversee collections at multiple sites. Individual must be a team player and make decisions keeping the best interests of the organization in mind. Solid organizational skills are necessary to maintain or manage all artifact records. Experience with museum nomenclature and understanding of conservation methods as well as practices in museum education or interpretation are necessary.
Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references by December 16, 2014 to:
Daniel Roe, Director of Education, by email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of Collections Application” in the subject line or by mail to 250 E. Market Street, York, PA 17403. If sending electronically please send application materials as a single attachment.
No phone calls please.