Collections Manager

Date Posted: Oct 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2021
Start Date: Nov 01, 2021

Salary From: 55K To 60K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Contract
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum connects cultures and communities through art. The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that Muslim civilizations have made and continue to make to world heritage.  

A Toronto-based Museum, the institution promotes pluralism and acts as a catalyst for change through an array of on-site and digital programs. Visitors engage with its diverse Permanent Collection and exciting roster of exhibitions, performing arts, and education programs. The Museum’s bold vision – to spark cross-cultural dialogue through education, inspiration, and innovation – is changing perceptions and building bridges between cultures globally. 



Job Description

The Aga Khan Museum connects cultures and communities through art. The Museum’s mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that Muslim civilizations have made and continue to make to world heritage. 
  
A Toronto-based Museum, the institution promotes pluralism and acts as a catalyst for change through an array of on-site and digital programs. Visitors engage with its diverse Permanent Collection and exciting roster of exhibitions, performing arts, and education programs. The Museum’s bold vision – to spark cross-cultural dialogue through education, inspiration, and innovation – is changing perceptions and building bridges between cultures globally. 
 
Purpose of Position
 
Reporting to the Director Collections and Public Programs, the Collections Manager will be responsible for ensuring the proper care of the Aga Khan Museum (AKM) collection, undertaking regular environmental monitoring and overseeing any necessary preventative conservation initiatives to ensure the welfare of the artefacts. They will contribute to the development, updating, and implementation of collection management policies and procedures. They will also be responsible for TMS, which is the Museum’s collection database management system.
 
Key Responsibilities
 
  • Ensuring the protection and maintenance of the Museum collection in storage vaults, galleries, and temporary exhibitions.
  • Monitoring environmental controls and maintaining an integrated pest management system that ensures the safe preservation of all Museum artefacts.
  • Monitoring the condition and environment of objects in storage and on permanent exhibit, rotating sensitive objects off exhibit as needed.
  • Systematically measuring and documenting environmental factors affecting collections, such as relative humidity, temperature, illumination, contaminants, and pests. 
  • Developing monitoring plans and data collection methods; maintaining and installing monitoring equipment; collecting and summarizing data.
  • Being responsible for the management of the Storage Vault and the Collection Hall.
  • Managing appropriate storage methods, materials, packaging and housing solutions for the AKM collection while sourcing, identifying and procuring supplies for storage and work areas as required.
  • Cleaning and stabilizing objects, selecting appropriate archival supplies, preparing objects for storage and exhibition, and packing and labelling objects for loan.
  • Being responsible for preventive collection conservation and supervising contract conservators.
  • Actively maintaining and monitoring complete and accurate digital and paper records on all works of art in the permanent collection, including documenting historical attributions and conducting provenance research for the collection.
  • Managing the relocation of objects and movement of the AKM collection within the museum facilities while closely tracking and documenting all object movement on TMS.
  • Acting as the Database Administrator for TMS, updating records regularly as appropriate.
  • Supporting the exhibitions installation team for rotations, gallery redisplays, temporary exhibitions and contemporary art installations, participating in planning, developing, and mounting.
  • Consulting with the Installations Project Manager on appropriate exhibit mounts for delicate objects on display and in storage.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures governing object handling and advising other staff members, researchers, interns, and volunteers on proper art handling procedures.
  • Facilitating and supporting visiting researchers within parameters defined by institutional policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties assigned by the line manager.
This is initially a one-year contract.
 

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field (eg. Museum Studies, History, Art History, Conservation) and certification from a recognized museum studies or museum technology program.
  • Minimum 5 years of directly related experience in collections management, art handling and preventive conservation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of conservation practices including the typical agents of deterioration, their effects on different types of artifacts, and how to best mitigate their effects.
  • Demonstrated experience in art handling, art movement and ability to determine safe handling techniques.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills; a team player.
  • Highly organized, accurate and detail-oriented.
  • High level of proficiency with various software systems. TMS experience is desirable.
  • Flexible availability to accommodate receiving shipments and installing exhibitions.
  • Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum.


How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to akm.hr@akdn.org on or before October 25, 2021. Applicants must be fully vaccinated, as defined by Public Health. The Museum will comply with its human rights obligations and accommodate applicants who are legally entitled to accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
 
The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 
Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.
 

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