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Job Summary


Please note that this position is 32.00 hours per week.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn is a comprehensive university offering high-quality undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and currently enrolls just over 9,000 students. Faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity. UM-Dearborn is located 10 miles west of downtown Detroit and 35 miles east of Ann Arbor. The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan Region.

A cover letter and three references are required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please apply with a single document that includes a cover letter, resume and references.

We are seeking a resourceful, flexible and collaborative person to serve as Registrar and Gallery Assistant in the Art Collections and Exhibitions Department on the Dearborn campus to report to the Art Curator and Gallery Manager. UM-Dearborn owns an extraordinary art collection comprised of more than 3,500 pieces of 20th and 21st century artwork of all media and styles with a large portion being studio glass. Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Jacob Lawrence, Electra Stamelos, Vera Sattler, Howard Ben Tre, Mark Peiser, Herb Babcock, Frantisek Vizner and Dale Chihuly are just a few of the globally known artists represented. The majority of the collection is permanently displayed in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, the Mardigian Library, and buildings across campus, enabling students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn about and enjoy this amazing artwork.

The gallery is located in the library and managed by the Art Collections and Exhibitions Department. The department enhances the academic and educational experiences of students, faculty, staff, and the general public by curating and managing a thriving exhibition program in the gallery, by loaning items to other institutions, and making the collection accessible for research. The gallery brings thousands of visitors to the campus each year to attend exhibitions, receptions, and other events. Gallery exhibitions utilize artworks from our permanent collection and items on loan from other institutions, as well as current work from renowned regional and national artists. Many exhibitions are designed to complement and augment university curriculum.


·         Utilize best practices for the field in all work

·         Maintain all artwork in the gallery, across campus, and in storage, including regular condition reporting

·         Install all art exhibitions and displays in the gallery and on campus

·         Handle artwork, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and glassworks

·         Photograph artwork and events

·         Assist with the planning and coordination of all gallery exhibitions, events and programming

·         Research, document, photograph, and catalog all art objects

·         Manage the administration of incoming and outgoing loans, accessions and deaccessions, and create all registration paperwork

·         Develop support material for selected library community outreach and engagement

·         Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, students, artists, art patrons, and the general public

·         Manage all departmental social media accounts

·         Complete basic administrative tasks as needed, e.g. management of supplies, creating and managing various gallery contracts and forms, making exhibition labels etc.

·         Serve on library and university committees, task forces, and project teams as needed and appropriate

·         Monitor gallery as needed for certain exhibitions


Required Qualifications*

·         MA degree in museum studies OR MA degree in art history with at least 1 year of museum/gallery exhibition AND collection related experience, including object cataloguing and art handling and installation

·         Strong knowledge of museum best practices including ethics, deaccessioning practices etc.

·         Skills and experience with Past Perfect or a similar collections management database

·         Strong computer and organizational skills and attention to details

·         Ability to stand, reach, bend and lift a minimum of 40 pounds with full mobility

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         High level of customer service skills

·         Ability to be flexible, adapt quickly, and manage multiple projects and priorities

·         Ability to work independently and in a team environment

·         Ability to communicate effectively with all constituents: artists, faculty, staff, students, and the general public

·         Willing and able to meet flexible schedule possibly including evening and weekend work as needed

Desired Qualifications*

·         2 or more years of museum/gallery exhibition AND collection related experience, including object cataloguing and art handling and installation

·         Knowledge of studio glass

·         Experience working with students and student interns

·         Photography skills, photo editing skills, Photoshop preferred

·         Graphic design skills

·         Demonstrated commitment to professional development

Work Schedule

Shift/Hours/Days: 32 hours per week Monday through Friday; weekend and evening hours, as needed

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.