Reporting to the Head of Collections Management, the Collection Assistant supports all collections related projects to aid in the management of the Walters’ collections and associated data. Provides assistance for the internal movement of art at the Walters in conjunction with installations staff. Contributes to upholding best practices in collection stewardship by maintaining collections storage and collections care practices.
Assists with art access and movements within the museum to meet requests for objects by:
- Moving objects for conservation, curatorial, installation/deinstallation and photography as requested, assisting Installation staff when needed.
- Assisting Installation staff with the installation and deinstallation of permanent collections, rotations, and exhibitions.
- Assisting with the coordination of visiting scholars and classes, reviewing requested objects with conservation, pulling objects for viewing and monitoring scholars or classes, as needed.
- Facilitating Walters’ staff access to storage.
- Working on assigned collections and storage projects including but not limited to basic cataloguing, creating and updated collections database records, digital photography, object numbering, measuring, and condition reports
- Monitoring condition of art through gallery and storage inspections.
- Collaborating on collection inventories and maintaining up-to-date locations in the collection database.
- Reviewing and entering object movements into the collections database
- Assisting with reintegration of returning objects into storage spaces.
- Working on assigned collections rehousing projects.
- Assisting with storage maintenance insuring areas are clean and objects are housed properly.
- Coordinates with conservation on Walters Integrated Pest Management Program.
- BA Museum Studies, Art, Art History or related field REQUIRED
- Two years museum collections work experience or experience in a related area.
- Familiarity with basic registration practices and procedures, as well as art handling for a range of fine arts.
- Knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets, and computer database entry required with knowledge of TMS preferred.
- Experience should include working with hand tools and activities that requires manual dexterity.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to manage multiple priorities. . The incumbent works under demanding working conditions: pressure to meet deadlines; coordinating needs and requirements set by multiple departments and conflicting scheduling priorities, while always holding the safety and security of artwork paramount in these endeavors.
- Attentive to detail. Good oral and written skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills essential in the interaction with various museum departments especially curatorial and conservation.
- May occasionally travel with ground and air shipments of art and oversee installations/deinstallations of artwork as courier.
- Occasionally may have to work late hours.
- Must be able to do largely physical day-to-day activities, including standing for long periods, frequent lifting, bending, and sitting as well as climbing stairs and ladders.
- Will be required to lift heavy crates, and operate lifts as needed.
- Excellent eyesight and hearing important.
- Must be able to drive and have a valid driver’s license.
Job Type: Full-time
The Walters Art Museum provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, prescription, vision, subsidized transportation and parking, museum membership, FSA (flexible spending account), 457b retirement, and free professional financial management counseling.
Salary is commensurate with experience. For consideration, send your résumé and cover letter including salary requirements to [email protected].
The Walters Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer. Our policy prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy), veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital status, mental or physical disabilities, or any other legally protected characteristic. This policy applies to all employment actions and complies with all provisions of federal, state, and local laws enforcing nondiscrimination in employment practices. Volunteering opportunities and employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at-will employer.