Position Title:           Inventory Technician – Costume and Textiles Collection[1]

FLSA Status:                 Exempt[2]

Grant Funded Position:         100%

General Responsibilities: The Inventory Technician will assist with the inventorying of the Valentine’s Costume and Textiles Collection. This work will involve inventory; object history/provenance research; data entry in collections management software; documentation photography; and rehousing. The Inventory Technician position is guaranteed for one year with the possibility of renewal. The Inventory Technician’s work is conducted in accordance with the museum’s official Collections Management Policy and strict adherence to the American Alliance of Museums Code of Ethics for Museums.

Reporting Supervisor:           Collections Project Manager/Registrar with oversight by Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costume &Textiles

Positions Supervised:          none

Physical Demands: The Inventory Technician must be able to use a telephone, computer keyboard, and mouse; reach with hands and arms, speak for extended periods of time and listen. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit, as well as to lift and carry objects such as objects, boxes, books, and files weighing up to 40 pounds; work within confined spaces; feel comfortable on a ladder; work around dust and mildew. The Inventory Technician is occasionally required to stand, stoop, or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and the ability to focus. The physical demands described here are representative of the requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Core Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Handle and re-house collection objects according to established protocols
  2. Research and record object history/provenance using existing museum records and online archival resources.
  3. Develop inventories and creation of accurate database catalog records in Proficio, ensuring quality control through associated lexicon, thesauri, and metadata standards following museum field practices and approved by the institution
  4. Photograph objects according to digitization specifications
  5. Ensure the safety of objects and personnel working within the collections by following established protocols

Required Skills:

    1. Familiarity with standard museum cataloging theories and practices management systems)
    2. Knowledge of general historical research methods
    3. Excellent organizational and communication skills
    4. Excellent problem-solving skills
    5. Ability to work independently
    6. Ability to work with a variety of people and excel in a team environment
    7. Accuracy and attention to detail
    8. Excellent time management skills

Preferred Skills:

    1. Experience with computerized applications (particularly collections management, library or archival management, or museum database management systems)
    2. Object cataloging experience
    3. Knowledge of costume and textile handling and housing techniques

Qualifications: The Inventory Technician must possess a BA in history, museum studies or related studies. Preferred qualifications: One year of experience handling and cataloging objects.

[1] DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

[2] FLSA stands for the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1938 and is under Federal Wage and Hour statutes. The Fair Labor Standards Act uses the terms exempt and nonexempt to describe work that is included (nonexempt) or not included (exempt) in the Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions. The Act requires that overtime (payment for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in one week) be paid to employees performing nonexempt work.