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
- 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
- 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:
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501
Any questions may be directed to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-785-4031.
Review of applications will begin July 2, 2018 and continue until position is filled.