Director of Collections, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge MA

Duties & Responsibilities

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology invites applications for the position of Director of Collections. Reporting to the Peabody Director, the position will have general oversight of the museum's extensive holdings of ~ 1.2M objects, both ethnographic and archaeological as well as extensive archival and osteological collections.  The position will also provide direct or indirect supervision of collections-based personnel (~20 FTE), collections annual budget, and collections policies and procedures. The Director of Collections is a member of the senior leadership team and an advocate for the appropriate use, acquisition, preservation, de-accessioning, and management of the museum's artifacts and archives.


Supervises staff in conservation, registration, collections management, osteology, image services and archives.  Oversees ~ 30,000 sq ft of collections storage areas on- and off-site.  Provides leadership to ensure the highest standards in collections stewardship.  Develops innovative approaches to collections stewardship, sets direction for collections use policies, and oversees management and care of collections in alignment with the overall strategic direction of the Museum.  Responsible for the management of collections databases and online collections. Develops and implements collection plan as well as a high-level vision for all digital assets. Seeks grant funding for collections care, growth, and management.  Represents the Peabody in the museum field.   Develops relationships with other museums including those at Harvard. 


Basic Qualifications   


MA and 5 years collections management experience.


Additional Qualifications

Experience with ethnographic and/or archaeological collections and familiarity with NAGPRA implementation required.  Knowledge of collections database management programs (TMS preferred) and online collections database systems; ability to work with IT to improve database functionality.  8 years in collections management preferred with a sound knowledge of collections best practices, ethics and AAM accreditation standards.  Strong leadership and supervisory experience with the skills to direct and mentor collections department staff and the demonstrated ability to work with diverse professional staff. Must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.  Demonstrated ability in successful grant writing. A Masters' in material culture, Anthropology, archaeology or related fields is required and experience in a university museum context are preferred. Some travel may be required.


Additional Information

When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter).

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