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Posted: 01/16/2018

Oneida Community Mansion House

The 93,000 square foot Mansion House is a National Historic Landmark constructed between 1861 and 1914. It is owned and operated by Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH). OCMH is a non-profit educational organization chartered in 1987 by the New York State Board of Regents. The building houses a museum with more than 30,000 objects in its collection, residential apartments, overnight lodging, and banquet and meeting space. The total property encompasses 200 acres including the Oneida Community Cemetery, historic gardens and grounds, and the country's first corporate golf course.

Curator of Collections
Professional Opportunity
Oneida, NY
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Until Filled

The Curator of Collections oversees the management, care, safeguard, development, research, and public presentation of the Museums collections and related archival materials. S/he is an integral member of the team who mobilizes the Oneida Community Mansion Houses mission. The Curator of Collections primarily works independently but may occasionally achieve her/his goals and objectives with the assistance of other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers.  S/he reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Functions



1.     Oversee the care, preservation, documentation, interpretation, security, and reproduction of collections and related archival materials;


2.     Create and maintain safe, secure, and orderly systems for housing, storing, tracking, and locating collections according to best museum practices and available resources;


3.     Administrate collections management software and provide training to other staff members, interns, and/or volunteers when warranted;


4.     Maintain a working knowledge of and familiarity with the scope of the collection;


5.     Conduct periodic inventories of collections;



6.     Monitor environmental conditions for exhibited and/or stored materials;



7.     Assist with developing a disaster preparedness plan in relation to collections;



8.     Conduct object-specific and general research related to the collections and interpret and communicate information in various formats to a broad range of constituents;



9.     Serve as point person with donors and members of the Collections Management Committee, and coordinate and process all aspects of donated acquisitions in a timely manner in accordance with the Collections Management Policy;



10.  Field public inquiries regarding collections and requests to view objects not on exhibit;



11.  Manage collection development and growth, including identifying specific needs and making recommendations for acquisitions in accordance with the organizational mission and Collections Management Policy;



12.  Coordinate incoming and outgoing loans, including associated forms and reports, and assist with unpacking, packing, and handling objects in accordance with best museum practices;



13.  Plan and develop exhibitions ;



14.  Develop strategies for using the collections as a resource for external research and scholarship and coordinate and fulfill research requests;



15.  Develop an annual Curatorial budget in consultation with the Executive Director and Finance Committee and assist with securing funding for exhibitions and preservation of the collections;



16.  Work as a team member to plan, execute and evaluate educational programming and outreach efforts related to the collections;




How to apply
Mail cover letter and CV to Patricia Hoffman, Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida, NY, 13421.
Patricia Hoffman
Phone: 315-363-0745
170 Kenwood Ave.
Oneida, NY 13421

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