Director of Collections & Research – Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

University Job Title: Associate Director 5, Collections and Research, YPM  

Bargaining Unit: None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)  

Time Type: Full time   Duration Type: Regular  

Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations  

Wage Ranges: Click to see our Wage Ranges   Work Location: Central Campus  

Worksite Address: 170 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06511  

Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)  

Searchable Job Family: Museum/Curatorial  

Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5  

Position Focus:   Founded in 1866, The Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) is among the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world. Fundamental to the Peabody’s mission is the stewardship of the Museum’s rich collections, which provide a remarkable record of the history of the earth, its life, and its cultures. The collections housed in the Peabody greatly enhance research and teaching at Yale and draw visitors from across the region and around the world.   The Peabody is currently undergoing a renovation to improve every aspect of the Museum, bringing the Museum up-to-date and preparing it for the future. As part of this comprehensive upgrade, the Peabody’s vast collection of more than 14 million objects and specimens will be made more accessible to faculty, students and visitors from New Haven and beyond. The Museum will increase its gallery space by 50%, feature cutting-edge exhibits, and highlight its extraordinary collections for researchers, students, and the public. The renovation will incorporate additional space for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students to work with collections, including new object study classrooms and imaging facilities, which will expand opportunities to learn from the collections.   Reporting directly to the Museum’s Director, the Director of Collections & Research is a member of the senior leadership team, and provides strategic leadership, oversight, and management of the Staff and initiatives related to the Peabody’s collections and their uses in research, teaching (with the Director of Student Programs), and other areas of the Museum, including co-management (with Curators) of Divisional collections Staff, and oversight of Conservation, Archives, Registrar, Systems, Informatics, and Publications. The Director will be instrumental in developing a strategic vision for collections care and stewardship, with a focus on furthering the teaching and research goals of the Museum and University.   At the Yale Peabody Museum we are working on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion institutional priorities so that we can learn to better serve our communities, amplify marginalized voices and perspectives, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. The ideal candidate will be ready to share their experience with and interest in contributing to this work. Please address in your cover letter how Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion relate to your professional experience and goals.  

Essential Duties:   1. Promote and facilitate inclusive access to and use of the Museum’s 14 million research specimens and cultural items. Develop strategic and sustainable care and growth of collections and human resources consistent with established Museum, discipline-specific, and University standards. 2. Strongly advocate for collections and their use externally, within the University, and within the Museum. Bring a compelling 21st century perspective on collections stewardship, towards creating an overarching vision for the use and care of the Peabody’s collections. Facilitate research (including further use of the Museum’s natural properties and facilities), exhibitions, repatriation, field work, and production of scholarly works. Work in partnership with the Director of Student Programs to facilitate strategic leadership related to the use of collections in teaching. Establish and maintain timelines, schedules, and priorities for Museum-wide curatorial activities and direct Museum and Division-level resources to accomplish the strategic goals of the Museum.3. Seek opportunities to work closely with other members of the Museum’s senior leadership team, Museum Staff in general, Faculty Curators, University-wide Collections Staff, and external stakeholders, towards facilitating the proper care and maintenance of the collections. Within the Museum, collaborate across divisional boundaries and actively participate in senior leadership team meetings, Peabody Leadership Council meetings, and other Museum-wide meetings, ensuring the timely communication of relevant information. Represent the Peabody on University-wide committees. Represent the Museum and the University to local, national, and international communities to promote the Museum and its collection.4. Enable growth and development of divisional staff and curatorial engagement, including strategic planning, communication, team-building, staff development, resource allocation and prioritization, and recruitment/hiring. Promote a productive and congenial team environment driven by collaboration, open communication, and continuous improvement. Mobilize labor and material resources in response to institutional priorities. Resolve conflicts and identify synergies within the department groups and the institution at large. Broaden the skills and perspectives of Museum staff.5. Oversee the Peabody’s Collections Management Policy and Chair strategy and policy meetings for Divisional Staff and Curators, acquisitions, and collections-based discussion meetings for Museum Staff. Develop collection strategy, policies, procedures, and guidelines for the Peabody’s collections with special regard to care, display, enhancement, repatriation, the University’s carbon neutrality goals, and growth/broadening of the collections. Ensure compliance with local and international laws, and make recommendations for the repair, renovation, and maintenance of the collection storage areas and renovation projects related to collections. 6. Working with Development and Grants Management Staff, seek external resources to ensure the growth, care, and interpretation of the collections through gifts, grants, donations, and endowments. Develop budgets and provide financial guidance in relation to collections. Advise on acquisition and donation proposals. 7. Work with the Museum’s exhibition, programming, and communications teams to identify opportunities for public exposure to and interaction with Peabody collections and current collections-based research through compelling programs and dynamic storytelling. Assist in developing intellectually rigorous, and imaginative programming. Provide collections supervision for special exhibitions curated by guest curators that do not fall within a regular Division or that bridge multiple Divisions.  

Required Education and Experience:   Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education or experience, including a record of publications, professional achievements, and experience where responsibilities listed above were an integral part of the candidate’s role.   Required Skill/Ability 1:   Demonstrated management skills in developing and leading a collaborative and highly effective team. Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines. Flexible, energetic, creative, entrepreneurial leader, with strong consensus-building skills and high emotional intelligence.   Required Skill/Ability 2:   Uncompromising diplomacy and commitment to collaboration. Self-directed; ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed. Excellent organizational skills. Proven ability to work well under pressure while exhibiting professionalism, a customer service attitude, and consistent flexibility in a busy multi-task environment.   Required Skill/Ability 3:   Superior interpersonal skills and an exceptional communicator, both in writing and verbally. Ability to think analytically and quantitatively to formulate budgets. Able to analyze complex issues, evaluate solutions, and take action. Demonstrated ability to represent the Museum through public speaking engagements.   Required Skill/Ability 4:   Talented problem solver. Highly proficient at managing multiple priorities and a proven ability to build and maintain influence and trust with a wide array of constituencies, including Staff, researchers, and colleagues, and to work both collaboratively and independently in an organized and productive manner.   Required Skill/Ability 5:   Ability to think strategically toward the Museum’s long-range academic program and profile at the University. Ability to assess opportunities for collection growth and conservation requirements. Understands museum trends and dynamics in natural history collection management, conservation, database applications, documentation, and preservation.  

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:   1. Experience with large capital projects, including the renovation of collection spaces. 2. Demonstrated experience tracking and forecasting financial data and in writing successful grant applications. 3. Demonstrated collaborative work habits, leadership skills, and proactive communication and outreach tendencies.  

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