Lane Motor Museum / Nashville, TN
About the Role
The Collections Manager is a key member of Lane Motor Museum’s collections team under supervision of the Curator of Collections. This position is integral in planning and implementation of exhibition maintenance, collection rotations, and collections care. As the collections grow and our exhibits expand, it is necessary to have skilled staff dedicated solely to the care and movement of the permanent collection. The position’s primary responsibilities are the maintenance of the transportation collections and to assist with the movement of permanent collection artifacts, whether that be for a gallery rotation, conservation/restoration assessment, photography, or general cleaning and care.
Under the supervision of the Curator of Collections, develops, budgets for, and maintains departmental goals and objectives.
In collaboration with the Curator of Collections, oversees the schedule and day-to-day management of collections technicians.
Under the supervision of the Curator of Collections and Restoration Manager, oversees the general maintenance of the transportation collection vehicles.
Responsible for the creation, implementation, and management of Collections Management department processes and protocols including but not limited to: storage protocols, access processes, emergency response, incident reporting, rehousing guidelines, departmental and work order processes, and more.
Responsible for the environmental monitoring and the pest management program. Partners with Curator of Collections, Restoration Manager, Archivist, and Education Director to meet goals.
Coordinates day-to-day logistics of permanent collection cleaning, location moves, rehousing, storage, and shipping departures and arrivals.
Manages collections maintenance budgets and procurement, including budgeting for new equipment and supplies, processing vendor invoices, and keeping associated records. Oversees and carries out collections care and maintenance in storage spaces and gallery spaces including routine collection maintenance, dusting, movement, rehousing, and storage space planning.
In coordination with Curator of Collections, creates, implements, and manages training programs for artifact handling, rehousing techniques, integrated pest management, and environmental monitoring that protect the high value assets of the museum.
Responsibilities are not all-inclusive, additional duties may be assigned.
General Departmental Duties:
Act as a courier for artifacts being lent to institutions domestically and internationally. Update and maintain policies and procedures regarding collection management as per current ethical standards and best practices.
Candidate Requirements and Experience:
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, or a related field. 5-8 years of experience in a technology/transportation-based museum collection, with collections care and museum best practices knowledge required.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience maintaining and operating mechanical collections such as engines, automobiles, trucks, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge of artifact-handling procedures for two- and three-dimensional objects in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights, including automobiles.
Excellent knowledge of artifact packing techniques and materials.
Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Self-starting, resourceful, proactive, flexible, and creative problem solver with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Skill in organizing work, defining tasks, setting priorities, working independently, and following through on all assignments with minimal direction.
Excellent team player with an adaptive growth mindset.
Strong interpersonal skills to interact diplomatically and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all staff and members/donors of the institution.
Ability to discreetly and tactfully recognize and handle sensitive and confidential situations and information.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with database management.
Skilled at maintaining and preserving appropriate and orderly filing systems. Ability to:
o Work independently and within a team
o Climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
o Lift and/or move up to 50lbs independently
o Use and maintain automotive tools and maintain shop space
o Drive automatic and standard transmission vehicles
o Drive a truck and trailer to haul vehicles
o Operate equipment such as fork lifts, pallet jacks, etc.
$58,000 – $62,000 per year
20 days PTO/year
Six paid holidays/year
Please submit a cover letter and resume to DEMoore@lanemotormuseum.org before November 17th, 2023.