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SHI - Collections & Curatorial Manager

Sea Alaska
Auke Bay, Alaska
Closing date
May 21, 2024

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Full Time
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Job Summary

SHI cares for a collection of about 990 ethnographic and art objects according to current museum standards and offers high-quality exhibits in the Nathan Jackson Gallery, a 1950 sq ft climate controlled display area. The Collections and Curatorial Manager's primary role is to steward the acquisition, documentation, conservation and use of the ethnographic and art objects collection, facilitating access for educational, research and art uses, and supporting exhibits.

About this Role

This is a full-time benefited position. SHI employees are expected to work during SHI's regular business hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Additionally, employees may work up to or over 45 hours per week or additional time as needed to meet workload demands or special events such as Celebration.

All staff are expected to work as a team for our bi-annual Celebration. This four-day event is a required activity in which all staff participate. Tasks are assigned to staff and staff are expected to attend the event for full days.

  • Perform registrarial duties related to objects in SHI collections, including preparing condition reports, completing catalogue information for acquisitions, assist with photographic documentation. Maintain integrated collections database for object collections using Proficio collections management software; modify database when required to improve record-keeping and referencing ability.
  • Oversee storage, handling, packing, movement, shipping and inspection of all objects entering or leaving establishment, including traveling exhibits, objects acquired by museum through gift, purchase, or loan.
  • Assist Guest Curators with exhibit logistics by coordinating traveling exhibits and loans to monitor travel, process loan documents and arrange for packing, crating, shipping and insurance; coordinate contracts as needed; assist with budgeting.
  • Respond to object inquiries, conduct research and consult experts; establish a Collections Committee.
  • Share responsibility in identifying suitable grants to support objects research, maintenance and use of the objects collection, tracking and documenting project metrics.
  • Support activities related to collections care and preventive conservation, including identifying items in need of and undertaking care, assisting in tracking and upkeep of environmental conditions.
  • Prepare object container for storage and mounts for exhibits, monitor objects during exhibition.
  • Assist in facilitating the repatriation of objects from external institutions.
  • Liaise with SHI's Education and Arts Departments to develop educational applications of the objects collection.
  • Support public and school visits and tours to the collections and exhibits.
  • Coordinate access to and use of the objects collections by school groups, researchers, artists and community members following established protocols.
  • Assist with the SHI Internship Program in collaboration with Archives and Library Manager.
  • Oversee the NPS Museum Internship Program.
  • Liaise with Archives and Collections Director in purchasing supplies to support objects collections and exhibits.
  • Work with Archives and Collections Director to implement the Integrated Pest Management program and to monitor temperature, humidity, and light in storage, conservation and exhibition areas; identify when environmental conditions become detrimental to conservation; notify management of such occurrences; coordinate repairs to storage facility or equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills
  • Ability to lead school groups access to collections and increase the overall educational integration of SHI collections into schools.
  • A proven interest in collections management, conservation, museum studies, or related professions.
  • Ability to adopt best practice standards for assessing, handling, and moving collections objects including packing and shipping, insurance and storage.
  • Prior experience in museum collections, such as working with established collections management principles and techniques, conservation, curation, registration documentation, accession records, object numbering, rehousing, and/or cataloging standards.
  • Knowledge of Northwest Coast Indigenous art, object collections, culture and heritage required.
  • Demonstrated skill using collection management databases, word processing, web-based technology; experience working with museum electronic databases is strongly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain high level of accuracy and attention to detail is essential, as is the ability to work well under pressure with a wide variety of museum professionals, vendors, students, docents, and other.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervise 1-2 volunteers per year, exhibit contractors, interns and temporary staff as needed.

Work Environment

This position's duties are performed at the Walter Soboleff Building. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to verbally communicate. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, and climbing. The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds.

Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Two years of related experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Master's degree in a related field.
  • 3 years of related practical experience in museum collections or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Preference given to a degree in museum studies, conservation, archaeology, anthropology, or a related field, as well as to collections-based training (e.g., participation in a museum internship, MA and/or certificate program in museums) or the equivalent experience with material culture collections.
  • Preference given to experience with Northwest Coast Indigenous art and object collections.

Please note this is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Review the Benefits associated with this position:

Who is Sealaska? Established in 1972, Sealaska is the Alaska Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska. Our 23,000 shareholders are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people with more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska. We serve the twin goals of economic prosperity and environmental protection. Sealaska Heritage Institute is an affiliate of Sealaska.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees. As a subsidiary of a Native-owned company, Sealaska Heritage Institute is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion or religious creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe.*
  • "Indian Tribe" means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Other details
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $60,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $70,000.00

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