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Assistant Registrar

Post Date: July 21, 2023

General Description:

The Assistant Registrar is a key member of the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History’s Collections Department and will split their time processing collections material related to two major federally funded projects – the Community History Project and the American Revolution Papers Digitization Project. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Registrar in all registration duties related to the projects including the acquisition, organization, cataloging, processing, care, and accessibility of collections items. Specifically, the Assistant Registrar is responsible for maintaining the onsite and online records relating to these two projects and ensuring all digital assets are uploaded onto online platforms.

This is a full time, three-year federally funded contract position.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent’s specific duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Cataloging collections using institutionally-adopted techniques, technology, and standards – including paper and digital formats;
  • Learning Connecticut Museum’s paper-based and digital registration systems;
  • Learning Connecticut Museum’s procedures related to The Museum System (TMS), OCLC, Bibliovation, and the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA);
  • Scanning materials and ingesting them into the Connecticut Digital Archive;
  • Working with colleagues to ensure paperwork for new acquisitions collected for the Community History Project is complete and adheres to Connecticut Museum’s registration standards;
  • Ensure transcripts prepared by third-party vendors for the Community History Project are accurate and in proper formats for ingesting in to the CTDA;
  • In consultation with the Registrar, assess and update accession numbers for manuscript collections processed as part of the American Revolution Papers Digitization Project;
  • Ensuring collection items are stored properly both on and offsite ensuring locations are recorded in Connecticut Museum’s collection management systems;
  • Preparing and delivering public presentations on Connecticut Museum’s collections, projects and/or the work of the Collections Department, as assigned;
  • Working with colleagues across the organization to ensure registration procedures are followed;
  • Preparing reports and providing information related to the collections;
  • Other project or Connecticut Museum-related duties as requested or assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in History, American Studies, Material Culture, Museum Studies, Library/Information Science or a related field;
  • At least two years of museum registration experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, The Museum System, Adobe Photoshop, OCLC or Bibliovation, and the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) preferred;
  • Experience using digitization and/or photography equipment;
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of library and museum collections, including how to properly handle historical and/or fragile documents and objects;
  • Flexibility and excellent time management skills;
  • Excellent and consistent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Organizational and administrative skills;
  • Ability to assess problems and develop possible solutions in conjunction with other members of the team;
  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Affinity for excellent internal and external customer service;
  • Exhibit proven reliability and trustworthiness;
  • Positive demeanor;
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.

 

About the projects:

American Revolution Papers Digitization Project

The American Revolution Papers Digitization Project was planned in anticipation of the country’s semi‐quincentennial anniversary, and will elevate, contextualize, and make more accessible a collection of nationally significant 18th‐century manuscript holdings in the Connecticut Museum’s collection that relate to the political, military, professional, personal, and cultural lives of Connecticut’s diverse population.

 

Community History Project/Institute of Higher Education (IHE) Expansion

Community History is the term used to describe when community members identify the stories and individuals in their own communities whose experiences they want documented for the historical record. The goal of the IHE Expansion project will be achieved by partnering with colleges or universities throughout Connecticut and engaging faculty and students as community historians. Student interns, guided by Connecticut Museum staff, will document stories and, upon project completion, faculty will incorporate those stories into their instruction and the digital recordings will be uploaded into the Connecticut Digital Archive.

 

Schedule
Full time (3 year Federally-funded grant), Monday through Friday, occasional remote work opportunities.

Compensation
$37,000 to $40,000 per year. This is a full time, three-year federally funded contract position.

Benefits
Eligible for generous full employee benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, employer contributions to 403(b) plan, and paid vacation and sick days.

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, spresutti@connecticutmuseum.org, by August 20, 2023. Finalist group of candidates will provide three references (preferably current or former managers) with telephone numbers and email addresses.

Connecticut Museum is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

For complete information, please visit https://www.connecticutmuseum.org/job-internships/

 

 

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