Tufts University Associate Registrar and Collection Care Specialist - Aidekman Arts Complex in Medford, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Associate Registrar and Collection Care Specialist - Aidekman Arts Complex - 17001199

This is a part-time position at 21 hours per week.

The Associate Registrar and Collections Care Specialist works under the supervision of the Registrar and facilitates care and control of physical objects. Activities include cataloguing objects, art handling, exhibition support and records management.


•Coordinates with the Registrar to update and expand documentation related to the Permanent Collection in paper files, database records and collection archives. Contribute to the development of cataloguing solutions to improve systems of record management and accuracy of collection data to ensure integrity of database.
•Maintain and monitor environmental conditions, security standards and housing methods of objects in storage and on display. Manage all aspects of object display including fabrication of mounts, matting and framing. Maintain tools, hardware and installation supplies.
•Contract with outside vendors as needed for conservation, installation, packing, shipping and photography.
•Coordinate conservation and preservation projects and treatment. Work with Registrar to establish conservation priorities and develop Conservation Long Range Plan.
•Collaborate with Education and Exhibitions staff members to facilitate access to collections for coursework and research and to display objects from the Permanent Collection in the Koppelman Gallery and other venues. Activities include drafting checklists, providing images, researching relevant objects for inclusion in exhibits and preparing label copy.
•Inventory objects annually and through daily movement logs. Oversee object movement, packing and shipping.
•Acts as a courier (or designates a courier) to deliver artwork to conservators, framers and/or borrowing institutions.
•Design, plan and implement improvements to on-campus and off-site storage facilities.
•Manage photographic services- Activities include supervision of contract photographers, storage of digital image files and provides rights and reproduction services.
•Train and oversee student workers, interns and volunteers.
Basic Requirements:
•Bachelor’s Degree in history, art history, library science, museum studies or related field.
•3-5 years of experience in a museum environment involving collection registration work and or collections management, as well as object handling.
•Extensive knowledge of collections handling techniques, as well as recommended museum standards and practices of registration, art handling, conservation and preservation.
•Experience with object mounting and display techniques, including matting, framing and construction of basic housing and mounts.
•Proficiency with collections management software (PastPerfect) and knowledge of museum cataloguing standards and registration techniques.
•Excellent communication skills.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Other
Organization: Art Gallery
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Part-time
Job Posting: Apr 7, 2017, 3:01:22 PM