Topic ID #41084 - posted 5/22/2019 2:40 PM

Danforth Art Museum Collection Manager


Company Description:

Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. FSU takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 36 bachelor's degrees with 57 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 24 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. FSU employs more than 330 faculty members, 89% of whom have terminal degrees.

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Job Description:


Manages the Danforth Museum's permanent art collection, loans, and all support documentation--such as database management; policies and procedures; object, artists, exhibition, and donor files; loan requests; conservation and environmental monitoring; accessioning and deaccessioning; rights and reproductions; and photography. Works closely with the Curator on all aspects of curatorial affairs, including oversight and coordination for logistics for exhibitions and loans, including the planning, shipping and installation of exhibitions.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervises student workers and interns

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Executive Director


  • Manages collection registration software/computer programs;
  • Maintains object, exhibition and donor files;
  • Processes loan requests, as directed by Curator;
  • Manages accessioning and deaccessioning processes;
  • Works with Curator to manage donor communications;
  • Oversees collections photography, manages rights and reproductions requests;
  • Oversees and coordinates logistics for exhibitions and loans;
  • Works with Curator planning, shipping, and installation of exhibitions;
  • Processes paperwork and documentation and maintains exhibition files;
  • Monitors, assesses, and documents condition of collection and processes condition reports;
  • Works with Curator to contract conservation;
  • Monitors storage and gallery environments, manages and tracks movement of art objects internally and externally.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to visually inspect artwork; ability to sit and stand for long periods of time; ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.; ability to climb ladders.



  • Bachelors and at least 3 years substantive experience with object-based collections
  • Background/degree in Collections Management, Museum Studies, or Art History
  • Experience with all aspects of museum collections management and administration
  • Experience with collections database software/computer programs
  • Experience recruiting, training and supervising interns
  • Knowledge of AAM standards for collections stewardship, including collections planning, care and management, and ethical and legal collections issues
  • Working knowledge of U.S Copyright law and Fair Use industry standards


  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a wide variety of museum and University colleagues
  • Effective oral and written skills
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft programs and Adobe Suite
  • Experience with digital photography
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Reading comprehension of a second language a plus

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit at the rank of Staff Assistant. The annual salary range is $40,000 to $41,000.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online using the "APPLY NOW" link (located at the bottom of this page) by submitting (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) the names and contact information for three professional references.

For priority consideration, application materials must be received by June 28, 2019.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or

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