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Posted: 1/24/2018

Abbe Museum

Director of Collections and Research
professional Opportunity
Bar Harbor, ME
$40,000.00 - $60,000.00

The Director of Collections and Research is a highly visible position at the Abbe Museum, a fast-paced museum environment, with three areas of focus—collections management and care, exhibitions, and research.

Collections Management and Care: Primary responsibility for the Wellman Archaeology Research Laboratory and Collections Storage and for the documentation, management, and care of the Museum’s collections, seeking to make them accessible to internal and external audiences and to make sure the Museum maintains a high level of accuracy.

  • Answers inquiries from the public and the media and manages all incoming and outgoing loans and any image use requests.
  • Responsible for the development and testing of the Museum’s emergency preparedness and response plan and is a key member of the recovery team.
  • Primary responsibility for the facilities and the collections care environments they provide.
  • Serves as a content provider and liaison for museum-tribal partnerships and collaborations.
  • Exhibitions: Manages the Abbe’s interpretive content, as guided by the interpretive framework and leads the exhibits team to plan, organize, and implement exhibits and frequently serves as project manager and content specialist.

  • Develops exhibit plans and works collaboratively with Wabanaki advisors to create temporary exhibits.
  • Leads content and material culture changes and updates for the permanent exhibit, People of the First Light.
  • Manages the long-range exhibit schedule.
  • Coordinates all loan requests, completes condition reports, and has primary responsibility for all collections handling.
  • Works closely with exhibit designers and graphic artists to realize the curatorial vision.
  • Research: Researches projects within well-defined guidelines; keeps abreast of current publications relative to methods, techniques, and developments within the area of research; summarizes and disseminates findings; acts as a content specialist to the Museum board and staff members.

  • Plans, organizes, and conducts research in scientific, cultural, historical, or artistic fields for use in the Abbe’s work. Develops plans for project or studies guidelines for project prepared by professional staff members to outline research procedures to be followed.
  • Serves as staff lead for the Archaeology Advisory Committee.
  • Plans schedule according to a variety of methods to be used, availability and quantity of resources, and a number of subordinate personnel assigned to participate in projects.
  • Conducts research, utilizing institutional library, archives, and collections, and other sources of information, to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate facts.
  • Discusses findings with other personnel to evaluate the validity of findings.
  • Prepares reports of completed projects for publication in scholarly journals, for presentation to the agency requesting a project, or for use in further applied or theoretical research activities.
  • The Director communicates the Museum's vision and mission and carries out policies and procedures established by the President/CEO and the Trustees. The Director may be assigned to other duties as required by the small museum environment, including fundraising support, guest services support, etc.

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    How to apply
    Please email a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President/CEO of Abbe Museum.

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