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(May 2008)

 

COLLECTIONS CONSULTANT 

 

The Museum of Chinese in Americas (MOCA) is dedicated to reclaiming,
preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and
their descendants in the Western Hemisphere. Through an ongoing and
historical dialogue that shapes MOCA's collections, programs and
exhibitions, people of all backgrounds are able to explore the diversity
and complexity of American history and culture, while gaining unique
access to the images, papers, oral histories and artifacts which
document the story. 

 

MoCA is seeking an experienced Collections Consultant to ensure that
MoCA maintains best professional policies and practices. Working with
the MOCA Collections Manager, the Consultant will help develop policies,
standards, and guidelines; establish methods for safekeeping of
permanent and historically valuable objects/records; and consider the
establishment of a new storage area in accordance with archival
standards.  The Consultant will also make recommendations for a
comprehensive archival management plan; priorities for specific
collections, online collection planning, and archiving digital media.

 

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

 

The Collections Consultant will conduct a wide range of responsibilities
related to the storage, movement, insurance, cleaning and cataloguing of
the museum's vast collection.  

 

The Consultant should posses the following:

*          skills in organizing resources and establishing priorities
for short- and long-term institutional goals;

*          a good knowledge of collections management policies,
procedures and practices necessary for the effective administration of
an archival management program; 

*          good understanding of the principles and procedures of
historical research;

*          in-depth experience working with a complex collection - knows
how to efficiently and accurately access and de-access objects, develop
and work with a collections database, arrange incoming and outgoing
loans, monitor complex insurance needs, organize vast storages areas;

*          knowledge of the latest electronic outreach tools, and
experience in organizing and sharing information via new technologies;

*          knowledge of AACR2, Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic
Materials, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and General
International Standard Archival Description.

 

TIMEFRAME & DELIVERABLES:

 

Over a four-month period (or six-month period on a part-time basis), the
Collections Consultant will produce a Collections Plan that addresses
and incorporates:

*          collection loan, acquisition, and disposal policies and
guidelines;

*          conservation, preservation, cleaning, repair, and storage
techniques for archival materials and collections;

*          guidelines for the evaluation of electronic/non-electronic
records and objects when assessing items for historical value;

*          cataloging and classification of historical objects and
documents, electronic records, photographs, books, and any other
archival materials;

*          the museum's public research services - standard policies and
procedures to ensure that the public's needs are met in a courteous and
efficient manner;

*          issues around digital artifacts and online collections
planning;

*          short-term and long-range collection goals that meet the
needs, priorities and goals of the museum.

*          Staffing requirements, work flows, and operating budget
including revenue projections

*          identifying the Management Information System and handling
the full implementation of the system

 

Please send, email or fax a cover letter and resume to: 

 

 

Collections Consultant Search

Museum of Chinese in America

70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor 

New York, NY 10013 

 

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Fax: (212) 619-4720

 

 

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.