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A cover letter is 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. For each position on your resume, please indicate the type (Temp, Internship, or Regular) and the hours (i.e. Part time or Full time).


Responsible for information management of museum collection. Creates and manages descriptive text and photographs or scans collection items for catalog records. Manager of museum's Past Perfect Collection Database including data entry, updates, corrections and uploading files for the internet version. Backs up system data and coordinates with Dental School IT and Past Perfect Database vendor. Resolves issues with museum's PastPerfect online web interface, working with Dental School website staff as needed. Trains part-time museum assistants in museum collections management functions, including use of Past Perfect database. 
Performs all museum registration processing for new acquisitions utilizing Past Perfect accession system.  Arranges and receives deliveries, prepares forms and corresponds with donors and U-M Gift-in-Kind processing. Manages museum loan and deaccessioning processes. Reports permanent collection and incoming loan values to Risk Management as needed. Provides searches and reports to Curator to facilitate collection decisions. Provides photo searches and manages and processes image orders of collection. Manages electronic and paper files related to the museum collection. Assists Curator in strategic planning related to collections. Reviews and updates Collection Procedures Manual including forms.
Maintains collection access for all storage (including off-campus storage facility) and exhibition spaces. Supervises access and artifact handling and photography for volunteers, researchers and paid temporary workers.   Arranges access for preventative maintenance at off-site storage. Plans space allocation and creates location codes. Manages all collection movements.
Supports exhibition development goals. Creates artifact and image spreadsheet reports for exhibit planning meetings. Contributes to exhibition planning and reviews exhibit labels for accuracy. Working with Curator and Dental School website managers, coordinates content changes for museum web-pages.
Assesses and reports museum collection preservation needs with periodic inventories and ongoing electronic environmental monitoring. Assists with museum disaster planning and reports problems affecting collections on exhibit or in storage. Reports and may need to take protective action following disasters affecting the collections on-site and off-site. Creates artifact condition reports for incoming loans. Prepares and updates Disaster Response and other collection policy documents with Curator.
In Curator's absence: addresses requests from potential donors, Dental School staff, Facilities staff and researchers. Stays current on museum best practices including reproduction rights and copyright standards, maintains professional contacts, reads professional literature and attends workshops and meetings when budget allows. 

Required Qualifications*

  • BS/BA in Museum Studies, American History, Information Science/Archives, Anthropology or similar field.
  • 2-3 years museum experience in a regular professional position (not including temporary, intern or volunteer positions) managing a historical object collection and associated catalog database.
  • One year or more supervisory experience in a museum setting.
  • Knowledge of best practices for museum collection stewardship and digital preservation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of image capture equipment, including cameras, lighting, digital scanners.
  • Prior experience creating or modifying Collections Management Policies, procedures, forms.
  • Experience with managing an organization's website with searchable image database component.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and deadlines and display excellent professional judgment in a collaborative environment. Be willing to take initiative and responsibility.
  • Must have own transportation, as selected candidate will need to be able to move and transport heavy collection items to and from offsite storage facility. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • MA/MS in Museum Studies, Information Science/Archives or similar field.
  • 4 years professional museum experience managing historical object collection and associated catalog database.
  • 2 years of experience creating records in Past Perfect.
  • Prior experience researching or handling collections related to history of health sciences.
  • Knowledge of copyright guidelines for published and unpublished works.
  • Prior work experience creating and managing an ongoing digital imaging project.
  • Prior experience with Photoshop, Druple.

Work Locations

This position is located at the School of Dentistry at 1011 N University.

Additional Information

This is a 60% appointment and the actual salary is $25,000-26,832.00 a year. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

MDentistry Mission: advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.

MDentistry Core Values: Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility, Trust, Creativity, and Inclusion.

HRSC Guiding Principles: (We CARE2 by providing excellent: Customer Service, Communication, Attention to Detail, Accuracy, Respect, Reliability, Efficiency & Ethics)

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:  -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.  -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth

The mission of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is to educate its visitors about the history of dentistry through museum exhibition, related programs, research and preservation of its collections. To achieve its mission, the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry will:

· Develop and preserve historical museum collections focused on the history of dentistry with particular interest on dental practice and technology in the United States and Michigan dating from the 18th century to today.

· Create and maintain exhibitions reflecting the history of the dental profession, technology and related topics of historical significance in dentistry.

Serve the University, the dental community, and the public through the sharing of knowledge of the Museum's collection and history of dentistry via public exhibits, programs, research services, and other outreach activities.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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