Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection – George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is home to collections of more than 20,000 textiles from around the world. The Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection is a two-year limited term position working to process the incoming Corcoran study collection into the university collections.

Reporting to the Museum Registrar of the GW Museum and The Textile Museum, the Collections Specialist works closely with the Corcoran School and Brady Art Gallery staff and is responsible for the following duties:

  • Organizing and supervising the physical movement of collections from various storage facilities owned by the National Gallery of Art to the Flagg Building on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus and the Avenir Center on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus
  • Performing necessary pest inspections and vacuuming of materials stored at the Avenir Center
  • Coordinating the receipt of object paperwork and organizing object files
  • Rehousing photographs, works on paper, and sculpture; some matting and framing
  • Entering data on collection objects into the museum collections management software (MuseumPlus)
  • Digitizing objects to create high resolution images, when needed.
  • Developing procedures and protocols for accessing collections by independent researchers, students, and GW classes
  • Creating and implementing a regular inventory of the collection
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of an installation plan for oversized sculptures in the collection

The position will work from a variety of locations, including Foggy Bottom and Ashburn, Virginia. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate of a museum studies, art history, or studio art master’s program is preferred.
  • Knowledge of standard museum registration, preventive conservation, object storage, and inventory practices.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including collections management database software, Microsoft applications.
  • Experience with rehousing and knowledge of matting and framing is desirable.
  • Experience with object handling.
  • Familiarity with digitization and imaging technology and software.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • This is a two year limited term position, effective 12/10/2018 – 12/12/2020.
  • Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
  • In order to gain a better understating of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

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