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  • Employer: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Salary: $55,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


The Collections Manager plays an essential role in collections stewardship and ensuring that the Museum’s collections are cared for and documented at the highest professional and ethical standards. The Collections Manager supports the Museum’s goals of preservation, intellectual control, expanded discoverability and enhanced public access to the Museum’s collections. This position is responsible for ensuring the overall safety, preservation, maintenance, and documentation of the Museum’s collections and for enhancing access to collections through digitization, cataloging, and deployment of collections information and images to the Museum’s website and other platforms. This position oversees collections registration, processing, care, movement, installation, cataloging, and data management and serves as the administrator for the Museum’s collections management system (TMS) and online collections portal (eMuseum).

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages all aspects of collections care, following museum professional standards and best practices.
  • Organizes and implements collections management processes—including accessioning procedures, object handling, cataloging, photography, documentation, transit, information management, and storage.
  • Manages collections information and documentation—developing and maintaining collection files, forms, and records, and coordinating documentation for new acquisitions and deaccessions.
  • Manages the administration and on-going implementation of TMS and eMuseum—including back-end management and online deployment of cataloged collections items and digital surrogates; manages user access and training.
  • Oversees cataloging of collections; creates catalog records, researching and writing accurate and descriptive records, ensuring appropriate detail and accuracy
  • Photographs and/or scans collection items.
  • Maintains, tracks, and monitors safe physical environmental requirements for all collections, including security, climate control, lighting, housing materials, IPM, and appropriate storage and display conditions; proposes solutions to problems as they arise.
  • Makes assessments and recommends improvements to environmental and physical conditions for collections in storage and on display.
  • Manages all handling and movement of collections—including location tracking, installation/deinstallation, packing and shipping, housing and storage, and physical access.
  • Manages cleaning, rotation, and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits to ensure ongoing preservation and maintenance of collections on display.
  • Conducts condition assessments on collections materials and recommends necessary conservation/preservation projects and procedures.
  • Trains staff on collections care, handling, and maintenance as needed.
  • Oversees emergency preparedness and response as it relates to collections.
  • Participates in the acquisition of new collections by communicating with potential donors and sources, documenting, tracking, and storing new acquisitions.
  • Manages records and documentation related to Museum loans, both incoming and outgoing.
  • Coordinates deaccessions—including recommending items for deaccession, tracking documentation, and handling logistics for final disposition of deaccessioned items.
  • Responds to research inquiries related to collections.
  • Works with Director of Collections to write, edit, research, and maintain collections-related standards, procedures, and policies.
  • Supports institutional goals to provide access to collections, including facilitating object access for curators and researchers and supervising public access to collections.
  • Supports Audiovisual Collections Specialist on digital collections preservation.
  • Supports collections-based grant projects as appropriate.
  • Participates in curatorial meetings and activities.
  • Supervises collections support staff and interns as appropriate.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

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