Mgr/Museum Collections – Museum of Cultural and Natural History, Central Michigan University

Position Number 73660
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary Responsible for accessioning, cataloging, preservation, storage, and care of museum collections, collections information systems, grant funding, and development of written collections policies and procedures. Teaches two classes in the Museum Studies and/or Cultural Resource Management Program (undergraduate and/or graduate) per year.
Required Qualifications Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Art History, Cultural Resource Management, Anthropology, or related field.
Three years of experience in museum collections management or curatorial work.
Experience working and teaching in a higher education environment.
Supervisory experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Preferred Qualifications Supervisory experience in museum collections management.
Experience in space planning for museum storage.
Experience with automated collections management systems.
Project management experience.
Duties & Responsibilities Teaches two undergraduate and/or graduate classes in museum collections management and associated topics as needed.
Mentors Museum Studies / Cultural Resource Management students interested in museum collections and material culture studies.
Provides opportunities for Museum Studies / Cultural Resource Management students to participate in collections operations.
In association with curators, develops collections management policies and procedures.
Participates in an active grant writing and contracting program.
Generates and maintains up to date records regarding collections, including accession and catalog records, loans, and inventories.
Develops and maintains an automated collections management system including software, related hardware, and back ups.
In collaboration with the director and museum educator/research collection coordinator, builds high quality original research collections in cultural and natural history.
Monitors and maintains collection storage facilities.
Trains and supervises museum student staff to participate in collections management efforts and may supervise other office staff in absence of the director.
Recruits and supervises collections volunteers.
Facilitates exhibition program, supporting work by curators and creating periodic displays.
Other duties as assigned by the director.
Supervision Exercised None.
Message to Applicants You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts (unofficial or official) as a part of the application process.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level
Pay Range $45,000-$60,000
Division Academic Affairs
Department Museum of Cultural & Natural History
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule M-F, 8a-5p; evenings and weekends as necessary
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department The Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University is one of America’s oldest applied laboratories for students in the interdisciplinary Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management Programs. The fast-paced work environment supports academic preparation, applied skills, and research in Museum Studies, History, Art History, Biology, Anthropology, and many other university disciplines. The museum is actively engaged with audiences both within and outside the university.
About CMU Founded more than 125 years ago to meet Michigan’s need for teachers and business leaders, Central Michigan University prepares students to become leaders and changemakers in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 22,000 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. We offer approximately 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels — many of which are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5 percent of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes are achieving great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing titles in Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. Residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. The city is a short drive from other major Michigan destinations including Grand Rapids and Detroit, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and more.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

EEO Statement CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see

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Posting Begins 09/29/2019
Posting Ends 10/13/2019
Open Until Filled No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn of this vacancy?
    • CMU Website
    • Other website
    • Newspaper
    • Word of Mouth
  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the university’s definition?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select “Not Applicable”).
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Do you have a master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Art History, Cultural Resource Management, Anthropology, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have at least three years of experience in museum collections management or curatorial work?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience working and teaching in a higher education environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of References

Optional Documents

  1. Transcript Copies

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