Collections Team Coordinator (Fixed Term)

Salary: £29,176 – £34,804

Closing date: 27 November 2019

Start Date: as soon as possible after 1 January 2020

Reference: JU21288
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending to 5 years.

The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) is seeking an experienced and motivated museum collections professional to coordinate the inventory, assessment, photography, packing and move of collections in offsite storage to a new facility in central Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge is supporting the relocation of MAA’s off-site collections stores to a former Cold War bunker; with refurbishment works to be complete by the end of 2020. Over 5 years the Project Team – a Move Manager, Collections Team Coordinator and Collections Assistants – will inventory, hazard check, and make digital images of approximately 250,000 archaeological and ethnographic artefacts; pack appropriately for removal and storage; and ensure their safe transport and rehousing in the new store. Our goal is to ensure that the collections are both appropriately stored and made physically and intellectually accessible: to researchers, students, stakeholders and audiences in Cambridge and worldwide, through visits to the new store and online through MAA’s catalogue.

The Collections Team Coordinator will be responsible for the training and day-to-day supervision of a team of Collections Assistants who will inventory, assess, digitise, pack and relocate over 250,000 artefacts to the new collections store. Working with the Move Manager and MAA staff, you will develop processes and policies for the Collections Assistants and ensure they are applied consistently. You will troubleshoot collections issues as they arise, liaising closely with Curators, Conservators and Collections Managers as necessary. More broadly, you will assist the Move Manager in planning the physical move and installation of collections, and other duties as discussed. You will be responsible for ensuring that the collections are catalogued, digitised and packed to professional standards of care and accessibility.

You will have a degree level Museum qualification or equivalent, and extensive experience with archaeological and ethnographic collections, with a solid understanding of museum documentation, collections care and conservation. You will have a sophisticated knowledge of historic and contemporary museum processes as relates to institutions such as MAA, as well as the cultural, spiritual and historical significance of artefacts for communities and individuals. You will have an understanding of best practice relating to the documentation and packing of a wide range of material. Experience of supervising or managing a team is essential and experience of a collections move is desirable.

This will be an intensive project with challenging objectives, and team cohesion in a respectful working environment is a priority. MAA and the University of Cambridge Museums are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion within our institutions and across the sector, and we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27 November with interviews expected to take place week commencing 9 December 2019. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible after 1 January 2020. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to Wendy Brown, Museum Administrator on wendy.brown@maa.cam.ac.uk. Please quote reference JU21288 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. 
Visit the University of Cambridge Jobs website for further details and to apply online: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/23859/

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