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  • Employer: Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
  • Salary: $40,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year

The Collections Manager will oversee and ensure object and archival collections are safe, protected, maintained, properly exhibited, housed, cataloged, documented, and accessible in accordance with AAM standards, while following and intentionally prioritizing Cherokee cultural protocols. This individual will also lead and support to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (MCI) Collections department which is housed within the Collections and Exhibitions division. Will be responsible for supervising employees and any volunteers in the Collections department.


• Implement collections operations plan, policies, and procedures including professional American Alliance of Museums (AAM) standards in relation to object care, archiving, organization, maintenance, storage, digitization, accessions, deaccessions, loans, publication, and any additional related actions.
• Supervise and manage MCI Collections department staff and implement performance management/decisions; oversee Collections staff activities as they pertain to accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloging, maintenance, preservation, housing of object and archival materials, and genealogical services.
• Must accommodate and provide access to Cherokee tribal citizens, MCI guests, researchers, and outside organizations who may need to view or duplicate MCI collections, including but not limited to contemporary art, historic objects, archaeological collections, manuscripts, books, electronic records, photographs, maps, etc.
• Coordinate and facilitate research appointments and provide support to researchers; provide guidance, access, and supervision over research on MCI’s collections.
• Field donation offers and present acquisitions recommendations of Cherokee materials to the MCI Collections Committee.
• Oversee incoming and outgoing loan agreements, installation, and transportation of collections for exhibition or loan.
• Oversee digitization/migration of archival collections to provide better access to community members and scholars.
• Identify collections in need of conservation and coordinate conservation projects.
• Develop and cultivate relationships with relevant organizations and businesses to further the MCI’s collections mission and goals.
• Develop departmental budget proposals, responsible for ordering needed supplies/materials, identify grant funding opportunities, and assist Director with developing collections acquisition strategies.
• Provide lectures and workshops on areas of expertise to MCI staff, community members, and visitors.
• Identify educational opportunities for Collections Department staff.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

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