Job Posting 73352

Collection Manager
Medalta in the Historic Clay District
Southern Alberta
713 Medalta Ave
closes in 35 days (Tue, 31 Aug)
full time  •  $40,000 - $42,000

Job Summary:

The Collection Manager is responsible for organizing, managing, evaluating, exhibiting, collection development, conservation and researching the Friends of Medalta Society’s extensive artefact collections, which include, but are not limited to historic pottery, industrial artefacts, industrial equipment, historic structures, archaeological sites, and contemporary ceramics. In addition, the Collection Manager is responsible for overseeing the use and disposition of artefacts including those not yet catalogued. The Collection Manager is also responsible for the physical management and records of incoming and outgoing loans of artefacts and takes on a supporting role in program development by providing historical information for Museum and Education staff. This is a leadership position responsible for volunteers and temporary project-based staff.

Medalta is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, creed, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, visible or invisible disability, or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Friends of Medalta Society recognizes that, at this time not all positions within the organization are suitable for persons with severe mobility issues.

Medicine Hat is located along the South Saskatchewan River in southeast Alberta. It is approximately 169 km (105 mi) east of Lethbridge and 295 km (183 mi) southeast of Calgary. This city and the adjacent Town of Redcliff to the northwest are within Cypress County. Medicine Hat had a population 65,441 in 2019.

The Friends of Medalta Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to advance an understanding and appreciation of the Historic Clay District and its local, provincial, national, and international significance. We accomplish this through collection, preservation, exhibition, education, research, and development.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensures all aspects of the management, care and documentation of the collections and historic resources of the Museum are handled according to legal requirements and are up to professional standards. This includes accurate and up to date record keeping, appropriate standards of storage, security, risk management and taking preventative conservation actions.
  • Evaluates current practices, stays current with professional standards, and develops new practices in collections management and care.
  • Ensures long-range sustainability of the collection and makes use of changing technology.
  • Endeavours to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Respects cultural origins and the cultural integrity of objects and their uses.
  • Manages all incoming loans of artifacts or archival material, ensuring accurate and up to date record keeping, documentation maintenance.
  • Liaising with donors to coordinate acquisitions in accordance with acquisition policies and procedures.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with donors.
  • When required, arranges for monetary appraisals of the collections for either tax or insurance purposes.
  • Retrieves and prepares artefacts and conducts artefact related research in support of programs and other museum needs.
  • Is involved in the planning, developing, and mounting of temporary and permanent exhibits.
  • Prepares budgets and monitors expenditures specific to collections.
  • Prepares funding applications/grants related to areas of responsibility as required.
  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates volunteers and temporary employees who report to this position.
  • Apply knowledge and expertise to specific on-going projects approved by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Past Perfect Museum software.
  • Degree in a discipline appropriate to museums, such as museum studies, curatorial, collections management, archaeology and conservation or a combination of related training and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of collections management care, documentation, the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places, and preventative conservation practices and standards.
  • Excellent meeting planning and reporting skills.
  • Must have an above average knowledge of computer software programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite is considered an asset.
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal record check.

Wage: Starting salary between $40,000 and $42,000 annually, dependant on qualifications.

Start Date: As soon as possible

To Apply: This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. Send Cover letter and resume to Laurie Switzer: .

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