Job Opening – Registrar/Exhibitions Coordinator (05/2012)

2012 May 28

State Fair Community College
Sedalia, Missouri

Office: Daum Museum
Status: Full Time
Classification: Exempt
Start Date: 7/1/2012

State Fair Community College is an accessible, learning-centered institution, enriching its students and community by providing skills, knowledge and perspectives essential for a changing world. Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia. MO. The museum opened in 2002 on the campus of State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. The college is the museum’s parent organization. The Daum explores the stimulating complexity of modern and contemporary art by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting works created since the mid-20th century. In concert with the faculty and students of the college, the Daum works to enhance the cultural and educational life of the campus, the city of Sedalia, and the 14-county area of central Missouri that comprises its primary audience. The museum offers a temporary exhibition series that changes three times each year. It houses nine exhibition galleries on three levels, with a combined area of 9,300 square feet. Exhibitions range from monographic surveys of international interest to the celebration of regional art and artists, and from thematic explorations of contemporary issues in art to displays of work from the permanent collection. The museum’s collection of approximately 1,000 objects includes diverse paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture created since the mid-20th century.

Position Overview:

The registrar/exhibitions coordinator is responsible for the care of the permanent collection and temporary loans, handling and packing, all incoming and outgoing art transportation, oversight of exhibition installation and rotations, condition checking, art conservation, photography, collection inventories, and the collections database. Reports to the museum director.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Permanent Collection (50%) Responsible for collection management processes, including accessioning and deaccessioning, inventory control, storage upgrades, and maintenance of objects files. Manages and develops the museum’s object database (Past Perfect). Generates condition reports and conservation recommendations and arrangements. Initiates development and implementation of disaster plan and collection management policy. Manages photographic services, including collections photography, photography archives, and rights and reproductions activities. Oversees security procedures. Monitors storage areas and galleries for safety, environmental stability, cleanliness, and general maintenance. Loans and Exhibitions (40%) Plans, arranges, and records all incoming and outgoing loans, both domestic and international, including contracts, packing and shipping, insurance, and customs. Works with in-house team in exhibition planning and implementation. Assists in overseeing installation-deinstallation workflow, movement to storage and/or transfer to shipper; directs unpacking/packing; establishes and prepares condition reports and condition report notebooks; and prepares damage reports as necessary. Produces label copy and oversees formatting and editing. Other (10%) Participates in training and workshops in order to maintain and develop skills. Assists with grant reports, as necessary. Contracts for services, as needed. Assists with special events and programs, as needed. Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (MA preferred) in museum studies, art, art history, or related field. Three years’ experience working in museums or art collection management. Knowledge of best museum practices, standards, and policies. Experience with museum collections databases. Ability to lift 40 lbs. and climb a stepladder.


Position will remain open until filled. Immediate application encouraged.

Application Procedure:

Complete online application, upload cover letter, resume, and transcripts.

SFCC is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of State Fair Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities or employment as required by law in regard to admissions, awarding financial aid, access to courses and programs, and all student services as well as the recruitment, admission and retention of students.

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