The Orange County Regional History Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Museum Registrar – Collections Manager. The History Center is a national multi-award-winning, AAM accredited, and Smithsonian affiliated institution centered around its mission: to serve as the gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.
This position is responsible for the daily management and care of the museum’s historic collection including storage, preservation, and research, and is responsible for the acquisition, accession, and deaccession of items and assists other members of the History Center staff in developing exhibits and other research related tasks.
Reports to: Curator of Collections
- Assists Curator of Collections in managing the historic collection of the museum.
- Performs specialized procedures in collection handling, management, storage, preservation, and exhibition.
- Obtains, develops, organizes, and catalogs new collections items fitting the institutional mission and enhancing existing inventories.
- Assists with developing and maintaining an automated record-keeping system for archival collection.
- Identifies, researches, and prepares archival collection items for exhibit displays.
- Communicates with donors, lending institutions, and staff for acquisitions and loans, assists with the shipping and reception of loans and traveling exhibits for the museum.
- Assists with both internal and external stakeholder research pertaining to the collection.
- Coordinates, trains, and supervises departmental volunteers.
- Assists in the oversight of the offsite collection storage facility.
- Prepares and participates in special events and museum presentations.
- Ensures adherence to best standards, principles, and practices in the preservation and care of museum materials, and remains aware of emerging technologies and trends.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor degree from an accredited institution in history, museum studies, public history, or a closely related field and two years of experience working in a museum, archive, library, or comparable institution which includes artifact care and handling.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in History, Museum Studies, or a closely related field.
- At least three years of demonstrated experience including all aspects of collections care and management activities encouraged.
- Experience conducting a breadth of work in collections and exhibits.
- Energetic, personable, courteous, and professional when engaging visitors and the community.
- Have a high attention to detail that requires minimal oversight and correction.
- Be open to suggestions and actively strive for best practices in the museum and non-profit fields.
- Effective and exceptional written and verbal communication skills with both internal teams and external stakeholders and donors, as well as in public speaking.
- Familiarity with Proficio and Preservica databases.
- Historical anthropological knowledge of Florida and American material culture.
The Orange County online application, in addition to a cover letter and resume, must be completed for a candidate to be considered. Complete work history, including internships and volunteer positions must be included in the online application or it will be deemed incomplete and may not pass screening. Please include a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document during submission.
The above description and qualifications are not all-inclusive and represent a majority of the key responsibilities of this position. Other duties may be assigned as required to fulfill the directives of the strategic plan or the museum. Work environment is a combination of office setting with some driving between the office to the museum and off-site storage; must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
*Final Candidates must successfully pass a background screening and fingerprinting, must be able to live and work in the United States, and will be required to pass a drug test. Interview and relocation expenses are not offered.
Hours Per Week: 40 Hours, exempt
Schedule: Generally, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, evenings and weekends may be required.
Primary Work Location: Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801 with significant portions of time spent at the offsite facility located approximately 30 minutes from the museum.
Salary: $21.02 to $34.10
*Potential salary exceeding the minimum is evaluated by Human Resources and the Department Director