The Morgan Library & Museum seeks strong candidates for the position of Frank Strasser Administrator and Collections Manager in the Drawing and Prints Department. The position is responsible for facilitating the work of the Drawing and Prints Department by providing essential support in all aspects of the work of the department and of the Morgan Drawing Institute. The position will safeguard and maintain the Morgan’s holdings of Drawings and Prints and art objects through the management, care, and documentation of the collection, and by granting access to researchers through oversight of the Drawing Study Center.
The position will provide administrative support for the department’s activities related to acquisitions, exhibitions, loans, and programs. A central focus of responsibility will be collection management, to consist of managing storage and preservation needs, assisting with record-keeping in the Morgan’s databases (Voyager and TMS), supervising movement of the collection, and tracking acquisitions and loans. Support for exhibitions and publications includes the management of checklists and database input, liaising with colleagues on all aspects of projects, and helping to maintaining departmental budgets. Other administrative duties will include supervising interns, drafting letters, reviewing photography orders, maintaining relations with the public, scholars, and donors, and other duties as assigned.
Administration of the Morgan’s Drawing Institute is also a significant component of the position. Responsibilities include communication with prospective research fellows, assisting with the fellowship application process, and providing administrative support for each class of new fellows; coordination of logistics for seminars, symposia, and other related programs; and support for the Institute’s role in the Morgan’s exhibitions and publications programs. Especially in these duties, the Administrator and Collections Manager supervises the work of a part-time departmental administrative assistant.
The Frank Strasser Administrator and Collections Manager reports to the head of the Department of Drawings and Prints. The position works cooperatively with all curators in the department and engages cross-functionally with staff throughout the institution, notably in Development, Conservation, the Registrar’s Office, the Reading Room, Photography, Education, and Events.
- B.A. in art history or a related field is required; M.A. in art history or Museum Studies is preferred.
- Familiarity with western European art and drawings and prints collection is desirable
- Two or more years’ experience in a museum setting, preferably in a curatorial, registration or administrative department
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and ability to self-manage projects.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to communicate and deal with a broad range of people in promoting the department’s collection and initiatives of the Morgan Drawing Institute, be they scholars, students, collectors, Fellows and Friends of the Morgan, the department’s visiting committee, or the public.
- High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google Workspace required; proficiency in Adobe Suite desired.
- Knowledge of TMS, Voyager/OPAC, or some other museum collection management system preferred.
- Experience with maintaining budgets preferred.
- Familiarity with collections management best practices.
- Familiarity in handling rare material
- Able to work for extended periods at a computer workstation, lift moderately heavy boxes, move items to and from shelves, climb ladders, wheel carts with collection items through the facility, and tolerate moderate levels of dust and odor generated during normal collection management activities and movement of objects.
$53,000–$58,000 commensurate with experience; Excellent benefits.
Interested applicants should e-mail their resume and a cover letter that describes their experience in the areas cited above and states salary requirements to: email@example.com.
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.
Important to note:
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