Collections Manager/Registrar – Grinnell College Museum of Art

Full-time, 12 month exempt position.

Salary begins at $46,500/year plus benefits.

Job Summary

Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA) seeks a Collections Manager/Registrar responsible for the preservation, documentation and care of all GCMoA collections objects, to support the pedagogical use of the collection, and to ensure the proper management of an active temporary exhibition program. The Collections Manager/Registrar handles collection care for over 5,500 objects, manages the collection database in EmbARK, and works directly with faculty and students who use the collection for teaching in the Print and Drawing Study Room, a space separate from the other museum functions. In addition, the Collections Manager/Registrar will be part of the team overseeing loans, shipping and insurance for temporary exhibitions. Other responsibilities include identifying works for conservation, collaborating with library staff on collections and database projects, and overseeing the use of art on campus beyond the Museum. The Collection Manager/Registrar manages the Print & Drawing Study Room and supervises student interns and assistants. Reports to the director.

To Apply: submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to:

Position open until filled.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree and at least 3 years of museum experience in art registration; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Expertise with one or more museum collections management systems, preferably EmbARK.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Expertise in ethical principles and professional practices in museum registration.
  • Experience creating digital images and related metadata.
  • Experience in art handling.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in written, oral and visual media.
  • Ability to work directly with faculty.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to lift and carry art storage boxes weighing up to 30 pounds; able to climb steps and lift materials overhead.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with a diverse community and to interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in art history, studio art, or museum studies.
  • Specific knowledge of handling principles for works on paper.
  • Experience working in an academic museum.

About the Museum: The Grinnell College Museum of Art presents high quality regional, national and international temporary exhibitions. With a growing collection built primarily around works on paper, the Museum has loaned art recently to the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and Yale University Art Gallery. Both exhibitions and collections are used extensively in teaching. Staff pursue a broad range of programs that bring people to the Museum and introduce them to art and the museum experience. The Museum serves the entire campus and works with departments in every division, in addition to serving the community and the region as a major Iowa museum. Museum facilities include a 7400 square foot kunsthalle style gallery in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, and a Print and Drawing Study Room in Burling Library. Staff support art displayed on campus and participate in a range of college and community committees and initiatives.

Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa founded in 1846, provides individually advised learning for intellectually engaged students to produce graduates who are prepared to navigate the world’s complexities and responsibly contribute to the common good. Grinnell enrolls 1,700 students from around the world, who earn B.A. degrees in a range of disciplines across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program and campus life emphasize excellence in education through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas, a diverse community and social responsibility and action. More information about Grinnell College is available at

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

Categories: Job Postings