Do you believe museums serve their communities and have a responsibility to help people feel like they belong?
Are you passionate about how museum collections can be used to engage with our collective stories?
If so, we might like to meet you.
We are looking for a Collections Manager to oversee the care and stewardship of the WDM collections. This means taking care of everything from pins to locomotives at WDM locations throughout Saskatchewan!
Our Collections Manager is responsible for,
- ensuring the diversity of Saskatchewan’s people, places, and stories are reflected in the WDM collection;
- increasing understanding of Saskatchewan’s history by making the WDM collection and the stories it tells accessible through a well-documented collection; and,
- safeguarding the WDM collection through standards-based collections management and conservation practices.
We are looking for a Collections Manager who is,
- An optimist – someone able to see the opportunities hidden in perceived challenges.
- Personable – a servant-leader who takes others ideas and needs seriously and who can work well with a team of people located in different cities.
- A strategic thinker with an eye for detail – details and accuracy are important while keeping an eye on the big picture.
- A strong communicator both orally and in writing – we want to share our knowledge about our collection in many ways and for diverse audiences.
The details about this position, including required skills and qualifications, are listed below.
If you’re interested in joining our team, please send us your resume and a cover letter outlining why you’d like to be our Collections Manager.
Applications must be received by October 18, 2017.
Please send your application to: Joan Kanigan, CEO
Western Development Museum
2935 Lorne Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7J 0S5
We thank everyone interested in this position but will only be contacting selected applicants.
- Employment Status: Permanent Full-time
- Pay Scale: M2 [$2072 to $2622 bi-weekly]
- Location: Curatorial Centre, Saskatoon
Reporting to the Curator, the Collections Manager is responsible for achieving the Western Development Museum’s public trust responsibilities through the care and stewardship of the WDM collections. The Collections Manager oversees a team of collection and conservation professionals, aligning their efforts to the WDM’s mission and strategic goals. The Collections Manager strengthens the WDM collections by ensuring all aspects of the physical and records management of all collections at the WDM are handled according to legal requirements and professional standards.
1. Collections Management
- Developing, implementing and monitoring all policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to all WDMs collections including, archival materials, documents, and the George Shepherd Library.
- Ensuring accurate and up to date record keeping, appropriate standards of storage, and security and risk management.
- Overseeing the delivery of preventive and interventive conservation activities including ensuring the safe operation of the conservation lab.
- Overseeing collection documentation and ensuring the security of collection records in accordance with privacy legislation and protection of electronic data.
- Co‐ordinating artifact, archival and library acquisition and deaccession procedures with lead responsibility for the WDM’s Acquisitions Committee.
2. Management and Administration
- Evaluating current practices, staying current with professional standards, and developing new practices in collections management and care. • Managing day-to-day collections and conservation operations including supervising staff and volunteers.
- Monitoring collection and conservation plans and assisting Branch Managers in ensuring work is done appropriately and meets quality standards.
- Maintaining compliance with local and international legislation (e.g. Privacy, Copyright, Cultural Property, Occupational Health and Safety) and museum standards.
3. Research and Communication
- Retrieving and preparing artifacts and artifact information and conducts artifact related research in consultation with the Curator.
- Providing input to the Curatorial team regarding collection elements for exhibits, programs and other museum needs and is involved in the planning, developing and mounting of temporary and permanent exhibitions.
- Sharing collections and conservation knowledge internally and externally (e.g. through blogs, outreach initiatives, programs, publications, conferences, etc.).
- Providing collections and conservation expertise in response to public and institutional inquiries.
The Collections Manager must maintain and encourage positive and professional relationships with the public, donors, board members, museum members, staff and volunteers.
The Collections Manager is a member of the Curatorial team and as such, works closely and collaboratively with the Chief Engineer & Restoration Manager, exhibits and programming staff.
The Collection Manager is a member of the Acquisitions Committee with lead responsibility for coordinating the work of the Committee.
The Collections Manager works closely with Branch Managers and their staff with collections responsibilities to monitor progress, and maintain museum standards.
SUPERVISION and MENTORSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
The Collections Manager assists in recruiting and developing staff and volunteers involved in collections and conservation including;
a) Participating in the hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of staff and volunteers working in collections and conservation at the Curatorial Centre.
b) Assisting Branch Managers in the hiring, training, supervision and evaluation, of staff and volunteers with collection and conservation responsibilities at WDM branches.
1. Ensuring the diversity of Saskatchewan’s people, places, and stories are reflected in the WDM collection.
2. Increasing understanding of Saskatchewan’s history by making the WDM collection and the stories it tells accessible through a well-documented collection.
3. Safeguarding the WDM collection through standards-based collections management and conservation practices.
- Employee Benefits Plan as per WDM Employees’ Handbook which includes a 7.5% employer-matched pension plan.
- Health and dental benefits, sick time benefits, long term disability
- Work schedule is 72 hours in a two-week period (5/4 split) generally from Monday to Friday.
- Working a modified work week to accommodate some evenings and weekend work may be required and will be scheduled as needed.
KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS
1. Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge
- Current and comprehensive knowledge of collections management, conservation and intellectual property theory and practice across multiple disciplines, especially applicable to human history museum collections;
- Understanding and knowledge of Western Canadian history and material culture, with an emphasis on Saskatchewan;
- Knowledgeable about preventive and remedial conservation best practices;
- Strong people skills with demonstrated ability to supervise, manage and motivate staff and volunteers;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Excellent working knowledge and use of computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite and collections database systems (e.g. Virtual Collections);
- Strong attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to manage physical and digital information;
- Ability to lift 23 kg (50 lbs) and to negotiate stairs, awkward spaces, and handle heights;
- Saskatchewan Class 5 driver’s license
- Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) or willingness to obtain.
2. Education, Training and Experience
- A University degree in an appropriate discipline (Museum Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Anthropology), with specialized training specific to collections management and preventative conservation;
- At least five years’ work experience in collections management.
- At least two years’ supervisory experience preferred;
- An equivalent combination of education and experience.