Director of Exhibition and Collection Management

(Full-time)

The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for the position of Director of Exhibition and Collection Management. This position works closely with the Director and with senior staff on the long-term planning of the Morgan’s exhibition calendar and is responsible for ensuring that exhibitions are installed on time and on budget to the highest quality standards. The position also oversees policies and procedures related to collection administration. The position supervises a staff of six and reports to the Deputy Director.

The Morgan strongly encourages applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in programming, outreach, hiring, and collection development. The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Responsibilities: 

Exhibition Management

  • Partnering with the Director and senior staff, manage the Morgan’s calendar of approximately 15-20 exhibitions, collection rotations, and touring exhibitions per year; maintain the institution’s master exhibition calendar.
  • Lead the implementation of all exhibitions and collection changeovers, including developing production and installation schedules, partnering with finance staff to create and track exhibition budgets, engaging and managing external resources needed to execute exhibition concepts, organizing and leading cross-departmental meetings, and troubleshooting any exhibitions issues.
  • Oversee exhibition and exhibition-related graphic design at the Morgan, working with both internal and external designers; assist as requested with design projects related to other public areas of the Morgan.
  • Serve as point person and lead the negotiation of exhibition-related agreements, including co-organized and travelling exhibition agreements, artist agreements, and vendor agreements.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to tour Morgan exhibitions, thereby supporting a revenue source and helping to share the Morgan’s collections with a broader public.

Loans and Acquisitions

  • Oversee the implementation of the out-going loan program, including coordinating the transport of collection items, preparing legal documents, and managing budgets.
  • As acquisitions are approved, ensure proper documentation, shipping arrangements, and integration into collection storage.
  • Assign staff to serve as couriers for outgoing loans in the U.S. and abroad; serve as courier on an as-needed basis.

Collections Management

  • Administer insurance documentation and the implementation of insurance arrangements for rare collections.
  • Oversee onsite and offsite art storage and long-term planning for collection growth.
  • With Curatorial Chair and Director of the Thaw Conservation Center, formulate and maintain policies for the management of the collection.
  • Supervise and guide the Morgan’s use of The Museum System, a museum collection management database, and partner closely with colleagues who manage the Morgan’s library system, Voyager.
Qualifications: 
  • BA, BS, BArch, or BFA, preferably in a field related to the Morgan’s holdings.
  • 5-10 years of experience in exhibition or collections management or related field.
  • A strong track record of project management, preferably at an ambitious cultural institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically and effectively with a wide range of people and to motivate teams towards common goals.
  • Familiarity with procedures and processes related to the administration, handling, insurance, and care of valuable artwork.
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective supervisor.
  • Experience negotiating contracts and managing budgets.
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong organizational, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to pay close attention to details and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Familiarity with The Museum System or similar collection management database.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to and interest in travelling both domestically and internationally.
  • Additional languages a plus.
Compensation: 

$110,000-$140,000; excellent benefits

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: registrarjob@themorgan.org

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.