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Job Opportunity: Collections Assistant-Special Collections and Museums at Truman State University

Collections Assistant – Special Collections and Museums

Overview:  Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections and Museums, this position will assist with collections care, exhibition production, and facilitation of educational outreach in the Special Collections and Museums department of Pickler Memorial Library. 10 months, 40 hours/week position with full benefits.

Responsibilities:  Ensure proper collections care for the Special Collections and Manuscripts, University Archives and Museum collections; Conduct inventory control for departmental collections; Coordinate the processing of archival collections and assist with the preparation of finding aids; Research and Catalog Artifacts; Perform condition assesments and prepare condition reports for material; Photograph/digitize collection material as needed; Assist with exhibit production at Pickler Memorial Library, as well as at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitor Center; Assist with educational programs, presentations, and departmental collaborations; Supervise and train student workers/interns; Provide reference assistance as needed; Work holiday rotations and outside of regular Monday-Friday schedule as needed; and perform other duties as assigned

Required qualifications: 

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED and some college coursework
  • Skills:  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within an academic instiution.  Familiarity with informational resources and ability to conduct research.  Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.  Dexterity to handle fragile items; physical ability to move around in small enclosed work areas accessible only by narrow stairways and to lift, manipulate and carry heavy books, boxes and artifacts.  Must be competent using Microsoft Office and have the ability to learn new software

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, studio art, art history, anthropology, or related field
  • Experience working in a special collections, museum, or archive setting
  • Familiarity with collections care and conservation methodology
  • Previous working experience with PastPerfect and/or other database management software packages
  • Familiarity with digital cameras and photo editing software

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, application, resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references online or to:

Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501

Any questions may be directed to Human Resources at or 660-785-4031.

Review of applications will begin July 2, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Submit Application Materials Online

Job Opportunity: Weekend House Manager at the John Wornall House

The Weekend Manager at the John Wornall House is primarily responsible for giving public tours, opening and closing the Museum, providing support to volunteer docents and administrative support to staff. This is a part-time (11-hours/week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Public Programming and Events. Core hours are Saturdays and Sundays, flexible hours depending on the event schedule. Museum background preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform the regular procedures to open and close the House, preparing it for public tours.
  • Give public tours as needed and provide support to volunteer docents.
  • Participate in group visits such as school and scouting field trips by giving tours and implementing program activities.
  • Access the database to look up and enter data for members and donors.
  • Answer the phones and take messages.
  • Process admissions, gift shop sales, and other payments such as program and event tickets and memberships.
  • Prepare and reconcile the cash box.
  • Complete administrative projects as assigned by the Executive Director, and the Director of Public Programming and Events.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising, and recognizing volunteer docents for public tours.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in the development an annual appreciation program for volunteers.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in scheduling group tours and field trips and securing the volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Public Programming and Events with curriculum development for camps (i.e. summer, winter, spring break)

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an inviting and presentable environment of the facilities and grounds at all times.
  • Be available to work with staff on educational and fundraising events for the Wornall/Majors House Museums (WMHM).
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the WMHM.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask effectively and work flexibly and productively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including outstanding aptitude in customer service.
  • Experience in museums and/or nonprofits.
  • Willingness to foster the mission and values of Wornall/Majors by being an active, passionate member of our staff.

Compensation: Pay rate $10.00 per hour.

To apply send resume to:
Kerrie Nichols, Executive Director