Manager, House Collection

Harvard University


School of Arts and Sciences


Job Abstract

The Supervisor, Home Assortment, has curatorial oversight of the greater than 1400 objects within the Home Assortment. These objects, which have been primarily the furnishings of the property on the time of its donation to Harvard in 1940, embrace work, sculptures, prints, drawings, furnishings, ceramics, images, and backyard ornaments from a variety of cultures and time durations. The Supervisor can also be liable for the preservation and upkeep of the historic structure and interiors at Dumbarton Oaks.

Reporting to Chief Curator, the Supervisor, Home Assortment, is a essential member of a collaborative curatorial group and of the Curatorial Committee. This individual participates within the care, documentation, analysis, presentation, publication, and entry to the world-class holdings of the Home Assortment.

Place Description

  • Conducts analysis on the identification, description, provenance, bibliography, conservation, exhibition historical past, and valuation of the gathering objects for inclusion within the collections administration database and paper information.
  • Preservation and upkeep of the historic structure and interiors at Dumbarton Oaks together with the Major Home, Pre-Columbian Galleries, Music Room, Byzantine Galleries, Byzantine Courtyard, and others.
  • Coordinates preventative and interventional conservation on Home Assortment objects together with ongoing look after the historic architectural components and furnishing within the Music Room.
  • Oversees the Music Room as a everlasting public exhibition venue.
  • Displays environmental situations and liaises with Amenities and Safety; measures gallery mild ranges as wanted; implements an Built-in Pest Administration System.
  • Administers the gathering administration system (EmbARK) together with establishing and sustaining information. requirements, creating selection lists and key phrases, and coaching employees and others on its use. Updates and maintains the web collections portal (Internet Kiosk)
  • Develops unique non permanent exhibitions of the Home Assortment objects for the Particular Exhibition and Bliss Galleries, proposing ideas to the Chief Curator and dealing with the Exhibitions Supervisor for execution.
  • Assists the Chief Curator within the improvement of the annual Museum price range. Displays routine price range efficiency and expenditures.
  • Addresses queries from different departments, students, and the general public; facilitates inside, scholarly, and public entry to the collections; leads gallery excursions.
  • Manages non permanent interns, Tyler Fellows, and post-graduate fellows on initiatives associated to the Home Assortment objects.
  • Serves on architectural and renovation planning committees and advises as wanted on inside design within the Major Home and different buildings on campus. Acts as liaison between the Museum and the Amenities division.
  • Participates in related publications, each hardcopy and digital, of Home Assortment objects, and serves within the docent coaching program by providing illustrated lectures on the Home Assortment and the historical past of the Blisses and Dumbarton Oaks. The Home Assortment supervisor periodically gives excursions of the establishment to fellows, interns, Wintersession college students, and VIP guests.
  • Different duties as assigned.

Primary {Qualifications}

Grasp’s diploma in Artwork Historical past, Materials Tradition, Public Historical past, Architectural Historical past, Historic Preservation, or associated area. 5 years of related expertise in a museum setting with demonstrated expertise in analysis and collections care. Experience with relational databases particularly collections managements programs equivalent to EmbARK or TMS.

Extra {Qualifications} and Abilities

  • Capacity to work collegially in a group setting
  • Wonderful written and verbal communication
  • Conservation coaching and object dealing with expertise
  • Robust problem-solving expertise
  • Capacity to work collaboratively in a fast-paced setting
  • Expertise being environment friendly at multitasking and prioritizing duties with a excessive degree of autonomy
  • Flexibility, discretion, and tact

Bodily Necessities

Reasonable bodily exercise. Requires dealing with of average-weight objects as much as 25 kilos.

Work Format Particulars

This place is predicated primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may occasionally embrace in-person throughout emergency conditions (if relevant). Extra particulars might be mentioned in the course of the interview course of. Sure visa sorts could restrict work location. People should meet work location sponsorship necessities previous to employment.


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  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued trip time per yr (3 weeks for help employees and 4 weeks for administrative/skilled employees), 12 accrued sick days per yr, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 private days per yr (prorated based mostly on date of rent), and as much as 12 weeks of paid depart for brand new dad and mom who’re main care givers.
  • Well being and Welfare: Complete medical, dental, and imaginative and prescient advantages, incapacity and life insurance coverage packages, together with voluntary advantages. Most protection begins as of your begin date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Little one and elder/grownup care sources together with on campus childcare facilities, Worker Help Program, and wellness packages associated to emphasize administration, diet, meditation, and extra.
  • Retirement: College-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to fifteen% of eligible compensation, based mostly on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Help Program: Aggressive program together with $40 per class on the Harvard Extension Faculty and decreased tuition by means of different taking part Harvard graduate colleges.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that gives 75% to 90% reimbursement as much as $5,250 per calendar yr for eligible programs taken at different accredited establishments.
  • Skilled Improvement: Packages and lessons at little or no value, together with by means of the Harvard Middle for Office Improvement and LinkedIn Studying.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Numerous commuter choices dealt with by means of the Parking Workplace, together with discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking advantages, and extra.
  • Harvard Amenities Entry, Reductions and Perks: Entry to Harvard athletic and health amenities, libraries, campus occasions, credit score union, and extra, in addition to reductions to numerous sorts of providers (authorized, monetary, and so forth.) and cultural and leisure actions all through metro-Boston.

Division Workplace Location

USA – DC – Washington

Job Code

388057 Museum Skilled


00 – Non Union, Exempt or Non permanent

Pre-Employment Screening

Prison, Schooling, Id

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