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Museum Collections Specialist

Bay Area, California

At the Eames Institute, we aim to equip everyone with the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames, so that anyone can use design to solve problems.

We are seeking a Museum Collections Specialist to join our team on a temporary basis (six months to one year). Under the direction and supervision of the Collections Manager/Registrar, the Museum Collections Specialist performs a variety of collections duties of thoughtful care for the Institute’s materials. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a fast-paced, collaborative environment. This position is primarily based out of our East Bay facilities in Concord and Richmond. 

Are you a curious problem solver? Do you love to learn continuously? Do you take your play as seriously as you take your work? If so, we want to hear from you.

As the Museum Collections Specialist, you will:

  • Assist Collections Team with inventory of Eames archival materials, including documentary photography, excel spreadsheet data input, descriptions and condition reporting
  • Rehouse objects into archival storage containers 
  • Work closely with Collections Team and Project Manager facilitating storage move to offsite location 
  • Contribute knowledge with collections management system, TMS-Collections preferred, including cataloging and image input

Who you might be:

You may have…

  • M.A. degree from a college or university of recognized standing with major course work in museum studies, public history, or a related field, and/or 5 years equivalent related work experience
  • General principles and best practices of collections management
  • Competency with collections database systems, particularly TMS or TMS Collections
  • Outstanding strategic thinking skills with ability to pay close attention to detail

You are someone who..

  • Is able to lift containers weighing up to 50 lbs and stand on your feet for stretches of time
  • Excels at multi-tasking and problem-solving in a team-oriented environment
  • Thrives at paying close attention to detail and strategic thinking
  • Communicates effectively verbally and in-writing

What you can expect:

  • Temporary position, six months with possible extension to one year
  • Generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 6% 401k match, and commuting benefits
  • Base salary: $65,000 - $75,000
  • Wellness benefit of $600 per year to spend on anything that contributes to your mental and physical wellness
  • Professional development benefit up to $600 per year to support your continued learning and career development
  • Unlimited vacation policy in addition to thirteen paid holidays and end-of-year holiday closure

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Our organization strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment for individuals who reflect a broad spectrum of identities, including but not limited to gender, racial, ethnic, and social-economic dimensions. If you’re excited by this role but your professional experience doesn’t perfectly align with the qualifications listed, we still encourage you to apply. We aim to maintain and develop a working environment where individuals are welcomed to express their affiliations, advocacy, associations, and appearance freely. We believe that inclusion of diverse perspectives is essential to achieving our long-term vision and mission. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, and you would like to self-identify, you are encouraged to do so in your cover letter or elsewhere in your application. This is optional and not required.