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Museum, Collections Manager
Oversees all aspects of the inventory, transportation, handling, and management of artworks under the purview of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University including works from the permanent collection and works on loan for special exhibitions. Responsible for the coordination of and communication with the management of other collections on the MSU campus to ensure the stewardship and care of art objects across campus. Reports to the Museum Curator.
Serves as exhibition project manager to ensure that each installation is completed safely, on time, and within budget. Installs and de-installs exhibitions. Facilitates and coordinates care and control of collections throughout MSU campus. Responsible for collection stewardship and record keeping, condition reporting, inventory, general handling and care of objects including reporting of conservation related issues, insurance, packing and shipping and maintaining the collections management database. Generates Quarterly and Annual Accessions Reports. Handles legal documents for gifts of artwork, bequests, and promised gifts. Develops policies and procedures relating to incoming artwork, security systems and security, disaster and emergency plans for artwork. Transports art between collections storage facilities and galleries and to off-site locations for framing, photography, or conservation. Coordinates large campus art re-deployments. Performs other duties as assigned.
Ability to handle and lift large heavy artworks, pedestals and tools, as well as work on a ladder and lift.
A minimum of two years relevant professional experience in an art gallery or museum.
Knowledge of legal matters pertaining to fine art. Thorough knowledge of museum registration concepts, principles, standards, practices and procedures. Proficient in the use of personal computers and related software applications for word processing, spreadsheet database, digital imaging, and online social media. Proficient with manual and power tools.
Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or closely related field.
Must be well-organized; have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must have the ability to work well with a diverse audience and relate to college students, faculty, staff, and the public to satisfy requests. Ability to manage a variety of tasks in a Museum atmosphere. Ability to drive 15’ box truck. Ability to be diplomatic and to supervise others. Must be able to work occasional nights and supervise weekends. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.