Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is accepting applications for a full-time, grant-funded Collection Assistant position. The Collection Assistant will provide direct care of the museum’s archaeological and ethnographic collections during a phased relocation to a new facility. Collection Assistants will join a project team consisting of a registrar, curators, collection assistants, photographer, conservator, and contracted art handlers to inventory, document, rehouse, and move the collection.
This is a limited-term, full-time position with benefits, funded through the end of 2022 with a possibility of extension.
The Museum seeks candidates able to start immediately. Applications must be submitted through Brown University’s online hiring system by May 20, 2021 and must include a current resume, cover letter, and the names of three professional references.
The successful candidate will have at least one year’s post-internship experience in a collection management or registration setting, together with a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, or related field, or 3-5 years of post-internship experience in a collection management or registration setting, together with a B.A. or B.S. in Museum Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, or a related field.
Basic knowledge of preventive conservation strategies for cultural property in storage, on exhibit, in transit, or in use.
Experience using a collection management system required. Knowledge of MuseumPlus preferred.
Ability to handle works of art, use simple hand tools, meet deadlines.
Excellent organizational and communication skills, and attention to detail.
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching and research museum. A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. We provide opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the gallery in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center.