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  • Employer: Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  • Salary: $56,000


Fisk University is accepting applications for a Registrar & Collection Manager, reporting to the Director and Curator of University Galleries. Manager/Registrar is responsible for ensuring the overall safety, preservation, maintenance, and documentation for works in Fisk’s collection, on view, in storage, and on loan. Additional duties include receiving, preparing and cataloguing new acquisitions; planning and organizing exhibition-related movement of objects, including packing, shipping, and insurance for collection exhibitions as well as for incoming and outgoing loans to/from Fisk; managing the database of collection contents and reference photography of the collection; managing rights & reproduction; and supervising student workers and consultants for art preparation.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensuring overall safety, preservation, maintenance, and documentation of all works in Fisk University Galleries’ collections on view, in storage, and on loan.
  • Manage all aspects of collections care including conservation.
  • Maintain catalogue records and create new records in coordination.
  • Responsible for digitization of images to be included in the database, periodic software upgrades and database system migrations, metadata development and development of database search capabilities.
  • Prepare documentation including provenance history for new accessions and research documentation for deaccessioning.
  • Coordinate and manage documentation for deeds of gift, bequests, and donations in collaboration with the Director.
  • Responsible for logistics related to loans and traveling exhibitions, including documentation, condition reports, packing, shipping, and receiving.
  • Manage copyright permissions for use of Fisk University Galleries’ artworks in collections and exhibition publications, archives, publicity, marketing, catalogues, websites, e-communication, and related uses.
  • In collaboration with Director, establish object conservation priorities and plan/implement the safe storage of all works in the collection.
  • Supervise the conservation and preservation of artwork including managing and coordinating conservation treatments.
  • Oversee monitoring of environmental conditions, in all collections spaces and communicate with Facilities Management concerning problems and/or cleaning needs.


  • Interact with campus communications staff as well as the national and international scholarly and museum community.
  • Assist in preparing proposals and grant applications for special collections-oriented projects.
  • Interact with potential donors and other museum patrons to facilitate gifts to the Museum’s collections.
  • Train and supervise art preparation staff and student employees and/or interns performing related work.

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