• Art Collections Manager

    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/19/2018 3:32 PM)
    Req ID
    Office of Arts & Culture
    Regular Full-Time
    May Special Events & Tourisim
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  • Overview:

    Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


    The Art Collection Manager is responsible for the physical and intellectual care, custody, and maintenance of 500+ works of art owned by the City of Boston. This includes managing the information infrastructure of the City’s art holdings and coordinating conservation and maintenance projects in accordance with the Boston Art Commission guidelines. The Art Collection Manager is a staff position reporting to the Director of the Boston Art Commission (BAC) in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC).


    Responsibilities include:


    Art collection management:

    • Manages the administration of the Boston Art Commission; e.g., setting up presentations, scheduling, writing and keeping meeting minutes, drafting agendas, etc
    • Manages and implements new collection software adoption.
    • Documents collection growth, curatorial vision, and project development.
    • Manages inflow of all public art and design applications, and manages interdepartmental review, and response.
    • Organizes the City’s public art paper and digital documentation.
    • Manages art storage, relocation, loans, and gifts to the City.
    • Coordinates image reproduction requests in accordance with the city's and the artist’s authority over copyrights.
    • Assists with various institutional policy development (i.e., diversification of collection) in collaboration with Director of the BAC.
    • Cultivates relationships with neighborhood historic districts, landmarks organizations, preservation organizations.
    • Makes information accessible to researchers and constituents.

    Maintenance planning and conservation project management:

    • Creates and manages multi-year conservation budgets.
    • Advises and informs acquisition, commissioning, and maintenance agreements in conjunction with the City of Boston Law Department.
    • Reviews installation maintenance strategies for new artworks.
    • Oversees conservation of the collection, working  with conservators as needed.
    • Conducts site visits and surveys to prioritize and identify the maintenance needs of the public art collection.
    • Provides condition assessments and creates reports for the BAC’s 500+ public art collection.

    Performs related work as required.

    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    • At least five (5) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, experience managing art collections, including installation and conservation of collections, or related field. 
    • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in library science may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.  In exceptional circumstances, specialized education or  training may be substituted for part of the experience, up to three (3) years.
    • Experience in art/design or related field preferred.
    • Experience managing a collection in the public realm preferred.
    • Experience with collection digitization preferred.
    • Strong writing and communication skills.
    • Strong organizational skills, including note-taking and data entry.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships across departments and with community groups.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Applications (DOCs, Slides, Sheets).
    • Strong ability to organize and manage multiple projects within stated timelines. 
    • Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and a history of civic engagement is preferred.
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


    Boston Residency Required.




    Union/Salary Plan/Grade:   Nonunion/MO-6

    Hours per week:   35


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