Collection Manager - 12247BR
- Ensure-long term integrity and preservation of collections and collection-storage environment.
- Maintain and improve collection-care protocols.
- Develop and maintain collection database.
- Maintain and organize records of collection activity, use, and status for annual reports, grant submissions, and other documentation.
Acquisition and collection development (30%)
- Oversee the preparation and staging of newly acquired specimens for their integration into the collection.
- Organize and prepare documentation necessary for specimen accession, including state, national and international permits and associated documentation.
- Digitize museum specimen information for global discoverability.
- Participate in acquisition of specimens for the Division by facilitating donations and by occasional fieldwork and expeditions at the direction of the curatorial staff.
Museum operational service (30%)
- Process all specimens loans, exchanges, and gifts; incorporated received specimens into the collection; maintain appropriate records of such activities.
- Collaborate with curators to plan and implement divisional goals, priorities, and programs.
- Collaborate with other museum collection managers to achieve high quality collection care and economy of scale in all collection-related activities.
- Work proactively to place specimens from Division of Vertebrate Paelontology's collection into the hands of qualified researchers for study.
- Assist and supervise users of the collection.
- Respond to inquiries from scientists, governmental and consulting agencies, the public, and other users.
- Participate in the museum’s public programming by providing information and specimens and assisting in exhibit design; assist in museum public functions.
- Conduct tours for visiting scholars, students, and the public.
- Train and supervise graduate student curatorial assistant(s).
- Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate assistants.
- Train and supervise volunteers working in the collection.
Professional development (5%)
- Work closely with the entire collection management staff to ensure consistency of practice.
- Participate in collection management training and development through professional societies.
- Undertake research in area of expertise when not in conflict with collection management duties.
- Participate in professional paleontological societies.
Other duties as appropriate. (5%)
- Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology, evolutionary biology, or paleontology from an accredited university plus experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
- Working knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of fossil vertebrates as evidenced by previous experience and/or education.
- Demonstrable knowledge of care and management of natural history collections, with a special emphasis on preventative conservation, collection-storage environments, and techniques pertaining uniquely to fossil vertebrate collections as evidenced by previous experience.
- Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, including relational databases (e.g., Specify), web-based applications, and distributed networks as evidenced by previous experience and/or education.
- Previous collection-management experience in a natural history collection, with a special emphasis on vertebrate paleontology collections.
- Expertise in one or more taxa that constitute divisional strengths and programmatic priorities.
- Field experience collecting fossil vertebrate specimens.
- Experience preparing fossil vertebrate specimens.
- Experience with public educational outreach activities in a natural history museum setting.
Additional Candidate Instructions
- A letter of application addressing qualifications
- Statement of collection management philosophy
- Names and e-mail addresses of three individuals who can write a letter of recommendation
- Representative publications (the latter is optional)
For more information please contact:
K. Christopher Beard, Biodiversity Institute, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Senior Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaime Keeler, Biodiversity Institute Business Coordinator, email@example.com
The workplace is located in Dyche Hall and PSB on the university campus. The Biodiversity Institute is a healthy, dynamic, nourishing intellectual environment that values creativity, professional growth and collaborative interaction. The University of Kansas offers a fine benefits package for this permanent full-time position.