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Museum Registrar

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an experienced registrar to implement the highly active temporary and traveling exhibitions program of the Skirball Museum, as well as oversee the documentation, storage, condition reporting, legal rights, insurance, exhibition history, and loan agreements pertaining to the museum’s permanent collection. With more than 30,000 objects—including archeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, European and American coins and medals, fine arts (prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media), and objects documenting immigration and the American experience—the museum’s collection is one of the largest collections of Jewish art and material culture in the United States. The Museum Registrar reports to the Museum Director and supervises an Assistant or Associate Registrar, interns, and volunteers. The Museum Registrar works closely with curators and preparators.

Responsibilities:

Manage a robust schedule of temporary and traveling exhibitions. Review and complete loan agreement forms and related legal documents. Review contracts and maintain Standard Facility Report.
Arrange packing, transportation, insurance, and courier itineraries with shippers, customs agents, lenders, and borrowing institutions. Act as courier for loans and traveling exhibitions.
Coordinate installation and de-installation of works in consultation with curatorial departments, conservators, art installers, fine art packers, physical plant and security staffs. Complete condition reports and consult with art handlers to ensure the safe packing and shipping objects.
Compile and maintain computerized databases for museum collection and temporary exhibitions. Provide database training for the staff and advise on collection software that may benefit the museum.
Work with the curatorial team and conservation specialists on conservation treatment priorities and multi-year plans.
Ensure safe environmental conditions for all objects, whether in storage or on exhibit; oversee collection and exhibition environments to ensure their physical safety and security.

Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, and/or related field; MA preferred. A minimum of five years of museum registration experience with primary responsibility for exhibition coordination and complex loans, including international loans. Supervisory experience preferred.
Strong administrative and organizational skills; ability to handle multiple, complex, large-scale projects concurrently and prioritize workflow to meet deadlines; flexibility and adaptability with respect to changing priorities, schedules, and demands
Solid knowledge of museum best practices and AAM standards as they relate to collections management, exhibitions, ethics, preservation, conservation, presentation, and risk management for fine art/ cultural heritage artifacts
Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with a diverse constituency
Interest and skill building and working as part of a team to achieve project, departmental, and larger institutional goals.
Strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite, and familiarity working with collections management systems

Please send resume and cover letter by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Human Resources
Re: Museum Registrar
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
humanresources@skirball.org