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Posted: 10/21/2015

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement. The Museum is located in two of the original settlement house buildings: the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark, and the Residents' Dining Hall, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building that has welcomed some of the world's most important thinkers, artists and activists.

Collections Assistant
Professional Opportunity
Chicago, IL

Position Announcement: Collections Assistant at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Job Category: Museum Registrar, Civil Service position (part time benefits eligible)


Reports to: Curatorial Manager, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Job Summary:

The Collections Assistant is responsible for ensuring high standards of collections care at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. The museum manages a collection of more than 5,000 artifacts, which are housed in three sites and displayed in permanent and temporary museum exhibitions in addition to being regularly loaned to other cultural institutions. The Collections Assistant will report to the Curatorial Manager and assist the staff and public with tasks related to the museums collection.

Job Responsibilities:

·       Work with Special Collections library staff on matters related to research and photographic rights

·       Process incoming and outgoing loans

·       Manage daily needs of collections including housing and preparation of artifacts, cataloguing, exhibit installation, preventative conservation and research assignments

·       Complete regularly scheduled collection inventories, condition reporting, and climate monitoring and reporting

·       Catalogue incoming object acquisitions and new collections items discovered onboard

·       Enter detailed, appropriate and accurate data for collections on display

·       Collaborate with other staff of all collections related events/tasks

·       Create and maintain systems, processes, and long-term goals and plan for collections-related work

·       Additional duties as assigned

Job Knowledge, Skills, Education, Experience: Preferred Qualifications

Completed Bachelors degree or equivalent, Masters degree preferred

Two-three years of collections experience in a museum or library

Background in art history or museum studies

Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in history, art, and social justice

Strong organization skills and ability to work independently

Demonstrated experience managing projects

Creative approach to thinking about collections and museums

Experience with or interest in community engagement

Technical literacy

Candidate must be able to maneuver through narrow passageways, climb up/down stairs and move heavy collections objects with assistance.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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How to apply
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV or resume to jahh@uic.edu by November 06, 2015. Please write “Collections Assistant” in the subject line.

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