Space Foundation Discovery Center

Collections Registrar

Organization: Space Foundation Discovery Center

Position: Collections Registrar

Pay Range: $50,000-$55,000

DEPARTMENT: SDFC

REPORTS TO: Director – Space Foundation Discovery Center

COMPENSATION: $50,000 – $55,000

JOB SUMMARY:
The Collections Registrar is Responsible for the care, preservation, security, and storage of the Discovery Center’s historic collection as well as the Internal Archive of the Space Foundation. The Collections Registrar is also in charge of creating, organizing, and maintaining all records relating to the permanent collection and records relating to incoming and outgoing artifact loans. Supervises a team of collections volunteers.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Managers and provides proper care, preservation, and storage of the Discovery Center’s historic collection. Develops and implements procedures for identifying, researching, and cataloging objects. Works with the SFDC director and collections volunteer team to consider acquisitions and reacquisitions. Seek out new acquisitions. Assigns and supervises work of collections volunteers and interns. Prepares written instructional materials for staff, students, and volunteers.
• Responsible for developing, organizing, and maintaining all records of permanent collections relative to care, identification, location, and custody of objects. Supervises or reviews all accession, donor contact, title documents, cross reference, and collections retrieval records. Maintains research library and information files. Supervises interns and volunteers performing registration duties.
• Responsible for coordinating and documenting aspects of borrowing and lending objects to and from other institutions or individuals for exhibits and other uses. Duties include responsibility for loan forms, condition reports, insurance forms and coverage, and shipping forms and procedures. Assists in staff and public access and utilization of collections for research or exhibit.
• Makes recommendations to SFDC Director for budgetary requirements of collections, preservation, and storage efforts.
• Attends and represents Discovery Center at professional conferences, workshops, or regional meetings.
• Coordinate arrangements for special exhibitions, including liaising with colleagues as appropriate to ensure legal, insurance, and other requirements are addressed.
• Assisting the Director in determining the layout of pieces on display

COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• A working knowledge of preservation, care, handling, storage, and security of collections
• Knowledge of collections management techniques, museum methodology, cataloging systems, and insurance procedures
• Informed of ethical, legal, and technical matters relating to space history and scientific objects. Knowledge of sources of current knowledge of these fields.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills for working with a diversity of personnel, groups, and individuals
• Knowledge of current best practices in collections digitization
• BA in museum studies, history, or related fields (Master’s Degree preferred)
• Minimum of three years of experience in a collections-related role.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals in this position will generally work indoors and will have a workspace designated solely for him/her. Necessary office furnishings, equipment, and supplies will be provided by the Foundation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may periodically be required to work outdoors and would be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee may periodically be required to work in an offsite environment or at special events, and from time to time may be asked to travel on Foundation business, at the Foundation’s expense. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

JOB STATUS:
1) FLSA Classification: This position is exempt according to guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act and, as such, an individual in this position is not eligible to receive overtime pay.

2) Full- or Part-Time: This position is full-time in nature. An individual in this position will regularly work a schedule consisting of 40 hours per week. This position works in accordance with the Space Foundation Discovery Center operational calendar and is Tuesday – Saturday.

3) Work Location: This position’s primary worksite is the office located in Colorado Springs, Colo. The nature and responsibilities of this position are such that it is not eligible for alternative worksite arrangements, such as working from home or telecommuting, on a consistent or recurring basis.*

4) Schedule: The usual business days for Space Foundation business offices are Monday through Friday, holidays excepted, and the usual business hours for Space Foundation business offices are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the time zone in which the position is located. * Usual business days/hours for the Space Foundation Discovery Center are: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the time zone in which the position is located.*

* With reference to Job Status, numbers 3 and 4: If eligible, any alternative worksite arrangements and/or flexible work scheduling must be documented, effective-dated, and approved in writing by the supervisor, COO, and HR, and may be discontinued by management at any time, for any reason. Documentation must be retained in the personnel record for team members to whom it applies, together with this job description.

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