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Collections Manager/Registrar / National Civil Rights Museum

08/28/2020 12:32 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

The National Civil Rights Museum


JOB TITLE: Collections Manager/Registrar

REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education

FLSA: Exempt

SALARY: $50,000 - $60,000

The National Civil Rights Museum seeks an organized and dynamic individual to fulfill its full-time collections manager/registrar position. A critical member of the Interpretation, Collections & Education team, the collections manager/registrar will oversee the care of the museum’s collections as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions. The collections manager/registrar will play a pivotal role in the museum’s digitization of its collections (as specified in its strategic plan), and its rapid response collection initiatives. The ideal candidate will be fluent in collections database management software, and current social media platforms.


The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We chronicle the American Civil Rights Movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. We educate and serve as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 student visits annually.

A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries. It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.


The Collections Manager and Registrar is responsible for the overall care of the collection of the National Civil Rights Museum by developing and implementing policies and procedures that ensure the proper documentation, indemnification, protection, movement, and installation of works of art, objects, artifacts, and material culture. The Collections Manager/ Registrar also makes the collection accessible to the museum’s internal and external audiences while ensuring the museum maintains a high level of accuracy and operates at the highest professional and ethical standards as established by the American Alliance of Museums. Serving as the primary contact for public and media inquiries regarding the collection, the Collections Manager also continually researches the collection and possible acquisitions. The position reports to the Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education.

As the museum ventures into its next phase, the Collections Manager/ Registrar will serve as the lead for the organization’s ventures into digitizing its collections and digital collecting.


• Masters degree preferred, with a focus in Museum Studies, Public History or related field

• 3 - 5 years of museum related experience required, or any equivalent education and

experience that would demonstrate ability to meet essential functions of the position

• Must have demonstrated education or knowledge of African American history/studies

and/or the American Civil Rights Movement

• Skills in collections management, exhibit handling, art handling and shipping, and administration required

• Experience with collections management software (PastPerfect), and Microsoft Office

• Strong administrative and organizational skills

• Familiarity with operating a digital camera and scanner

• Familiarity with collections digitization

• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and across departments in a fast- paced dynamic environment.

• Ability to work in a self-directed capacity

• Supervisory experience preferred

• Strong problem-solving & project management skills

• Able to make sound judgments, multi-task effectively, meet deadlines and achieve organizational goals and objectives.

• Must possess a valid state driver’s license


Please see attached document for detailed job description.

Interested candidates must submit:

• Resume or CV

• Cover letter

All submissions must be sent via email to:

Dr. Noelle Trent

Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education


office: 901.527.4069

Submission deadline: September 14, 2020 11:59 PM CENTRAL

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

JOB TITLE: Collections Manager/Registrar

REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections, & Education

FLSA: Exempt

SALARY: $50,000 - $60,000

DATE REVISED: August 15, 2020


PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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