FLSA Status:                 Exempt[1]

Grant Funded Position:           100%

General Responsibilities:  Inventory Technician will assist with the processing and rehousing of the Costume and Textiles Collection. Activities will include inventory and cataloging of collections objects; data entry into collections management software; photographing of collection objects; and collections rehousing. Some of these activities will be conducted within a publicly viewable work lab and will require some weekend hours. The Inventory Technician’s work is conducted in accordance with the museum’s official Collections Management Policy, adhering to the code of ethics advised by the American Alliance of 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. 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
  3. Photograph objects according to digitization specifications
  4. iv) Ensure the safety of objects and personnel working within the collections by following established protocols

Required Skills:

  1. Experience with computerized applications (particularly collections management, library or archival management, or museum database management systems)
  2. Costume and textile handling experience
  3. Knowledge of costume and textile housing techniques
  4. Knowledge of general fashion historical research methods
  5. Excellent organizational and communication skills
  6. Excellent problem-solving skills
  7. Ability to work independently
  8. Ability to work with a variety of people and excel in a team environment
  9. Familiarity with standard museum cataloging theories and practices
  10. Excellent accuracy and attention to detail
  11. Excellent time management skills

Qualifications: The Inventory Technician must possess a BA in Costume and Textile History or related studies and must have a minimum of one year of collections management or specialized experience in costume and/or textile collections. Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in Costume and Textiles Studies.

[1] 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.