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Museum Registrar Los Angeles

2022-01-20 23:45:01
Museum Registrar Los Angeles
USC Museums collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions, programs and educational initiatives revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. USC Museums responds... to the evolving needs and interests of the diverse audiences it serves by providing exhibitions, programming, research opportunities, partnerships, and resources designed to enrich campus and community life.

The Registrar will provide general oversight for documentation and care of the Museum’s diverse collections across campus, building on the museum’s longstanding role as a University-wide resource and cultural center for the surrounding community. The Registrar will be responsible for management of collections records and database, administer all collections care and management documentation for permanent collection, incoming, and outgoing artworks, and applying best practices to the work of the museum. This position requires precise attention to detail, strong communication and analytical skills, as well as the abilities to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work collaboratively and diplomatically.

Physical Requirements/Skills

Must be physically capable of lifting up to 35 lbs.; have experience and the ability to lift and handle art objects of various shapes and sizes; and familiarity with power tools.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
• Manages collections records and database, including accessioning/cataloguing of new acquisitions of all works of art and ensures completion of all appropriate documentation, inspection and documentation of objects entering and leaving the museum, including but not limited to incoming/outgoing loan forms, facility reports, insurance, and shipping.
• Oversees production of and manages object image files and other media, and integrates into the collection management system; generates reports from database as needed.
• Participates in establishing data standards; develops and expands the museum’s digital assets, including history, provenance, status, condition, location, and insurance of each object; establishes consistency in nomenclature and terms.
• Works with University staff and recommends, develops and implements necessary collections management policies and procedures, for storage, galleries, study, and collection public art, and external loans.
• Monitors art storage and exhibition spaces for temperature/humidity, environmental hazards, safety, and cleanliness.
• Handles inventory audits; helps identify works requiring conservation treatment.
• Serves a liaison to classes and visiting scholars accessing art in the collection.
• Supervises museum collections registration interns.
• Assists with preparation, packing, and shipping as needed.
• Follows museum best practices in all work for the museum.

• Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
• Minimum Experience: 2 years
• Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree
• Preferred Experience:3 years
• Minimum Field of Expertise: Two years of museum registrar or other related experience
• This position requires broad knowledge of digital technologies, metadata standards, and best practices in collections cataloguing; experience with registration methods and terminologies, collections management databases, digital asset management, and stewardship of works of art.
• Ability to be a member of a small team of museum professionals who staff a dynamic and distinguished academic museum; ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and museum visitors on a daily basis; demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet timelines in a deadline driven environment and to work autonomously and make critical independent decisions.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Two years of museum registrar or other related experience
Los Angeles CA USA
Museum Registrar Los Angeles University of Southern California Los Angeles
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