The Bridgehampton Museum Collections Manager will serve as the main contact for all interactions relating to the Museum’s collection. This individual will aid in implementing BHM’s collections management policies to both maintain the current collection and to intelligently grow it. This individual will also work directly with the public by assisting in research requests and will assist in the creation of our Research Library. Lastly this individual will be responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of annual exhibits throughout the museum properties.
The responsibilities and duties of this appointment include but are not limited to:
- Know and fully understand BHM’s Collections Management Policies to ensure best practices are always being followed.
- Oversee the acquisition of all donations and income loans as well as the departure of outgoing loans and deaccessions.
- Maintain all legal documentation of donations, deaccessions, loans and other paperwork as associated with the collection material.
- Continually recommend changes and updates to policies and infrastructure as it relates to the collection to ensure best practices are being met.
- Create and maintain security protocols for all collection related materials.
- Interact with the general public by giving tours of the museum as needed and of the collection by request.
- Continually research and familiarize yourself with Bridgehampton, and on a grander scale, Long Island history.
- Work with other staff to Curate exhibits and provide additional info for programs and other events as needed to contextualize what we are doing.
- Perform other office/maintenance tasks as needed around the museum such as but not limited to setting up and breaking down events, sweeping, taking out the trash, data entry, etc.
- Be available for occasional weekend or evening work related to exhibits, event and programs. Especially in the summer months.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational/problem-solving skills; detail-oriented; skilled in organizing work and managing time; and ability to complete tasks requiring accuracy and attention to detail.
- Ability to work as a team as well as independently.
- A demonstrated interest in furthering one’s own education.
- Bachelor's Degree in History, Museum Studies, Public History or a related field.
- Master's Degree in above fields a plus but not required.
- Minimum two years' experience working with museum object collections as a primary component of responsibilities.
- Knowledge of and experience with best practices and museum standards for the processing, handling, packing, housing/storage, numbering, physical and environmental security, and transport of a variety of object types.
- Demonstrated knowledge of museum collection management software, specifically PastPerfect.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
- Familiarity with Adobe products.
- Able to climb ladders and lift up to twenty pounds unassisted.
- Able to work occasional evenings and weekend, as needed.
- Have a current driver's license.
- May occasionally be required to travel in- and out-of-state relating to collections management and accessions.
- Ability to work 40 hours per week.