COLLECTIONS MANAGER FOR THE ANGOLA MUSEUM –
JOB DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
The Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation at Angola seeks a Collections Manager. This person will be responsible for performing all tasks involved in collections stewardship which include but are not limited to registering, cataloging/inventory, accession/deaccession, curatorial/interpretation and preservation functions of the museum’s unique Louisiana corrections’ collections which include primarily historical books and documents in addition to many artifacts.
Candidates for this position:
Must be knowledgeable and passionate about Louisiana’ corrections’ history and material culture.
Demonstrate strong interest in utilizing documents and artifacts to tell stories and dedication to inclusion of all cultures and eras.
Must demonstrate exemplary writing and communication skills.
Be the lead and/or participate in grant writing also a must.
This person will be very familiar with approaches to Louisiana history and adhere to rigorous standards of scholarship.
Maintains and preserves museum’s collections.
Register, inventory, access and de-access collections.
Plans exhibition schedules with Museum Director, staff, and exhibitions committee.
Works with Director to design the themes and layouts of exhibitions. Suggests and selects items to be put on display. Works with staff and oversees volunteers to install and de-install exhibitions.
Conducts research on collections for public requests and for exhibitions. Writes exhibition text including panel text and labels. Writes press releases and related materials in support of exhibitions and programs.
Responsible for interpretation of the collection, exhibitions, and the Red Hat.
Participates in training volunteer greeters on interpretation.
Collaborates in designing adult programming, such as speaker series, to accompany exhibitions and enhance knowledge of the Museum’s collection and of local history along with the Education committee.
Makes recommendations on offered gifts and other accessions.
Collections strengths at the Angola Museum are historical photographs and documents in addition to some artifacts including the original electric chair, guard uniforms and guns. The scope of our collections spans the history of corrections from the historical beginnings of the property where the Louisiana State Penitentiary is located (a former plantation) and the original penitentiary downtown in Baton Rouge, to present contemporary programs in the field of Louisiana Corrections. The Museum’s most significant artifact is the Red Hat, the first cell block at Angola, which is on the National Historic Registry.
Masters’ degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or closely related field.
Although the following skills are preferred, the museum is willing to consider a brand new graduate of a masters’ program with some internship experience in the following.
Some experience doing tasks required for museum work, including registering items, and accessing. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the PastPerfect software collections management system.
Must be familiar with best practices in the field and proactively keep up with innovations.
Have experience writing grants or some transferable writing experiences.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, writing, proofreading and analytical skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work alone and to work as part of a team with the Museum Director, Director of Planning and Development, and Board Committee Chairs, especially the Education committee Chair.
Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
Must have or obtain a Louisiana drivers’ license
Familiarity with Louisiana history.
Willingness to learn museum practices including knowledge of photographs, documents, manuscripts and artifacts.
Facility with PastPerfect software or significant experience with other museum database programs and ability to quickly learn PastPerfect. Facility with Microsoft
Office Suite and Adobe and Acrobat. At least basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
Ability to layout labels in design software a plus.
Ability to do some hands on preparation, such as mounting labels an asset.
CONTACT: Marianne Fisher-Giorlando, Chair
Collections Manager Position
Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation