Collections Manager - OK POP

Recruitment #220510-U12D-I01


Job location: OK POP Museum, Tulsa, OK
Salary Range: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00

The Collections Manager is the leader of the Collections Department at OKPOP, responsible for the development, care and management of museum or other historic collections, including three-dimensional objects, archival documents, photographs, artwork, and electronic medium. These collections cover a broad spectrum of pop culture history.

Reporting to the Director of Storytelling and Exhibits Management, the Collections Manager serves as a key member of OKPOP’s Storytelling team. This individual collaborates with the museum’s curatorial and exhibits staff to create compelling multi-dimensional content, focusing on the many ways in which the museum’s collection is utilized to communicate the interesting and inspiring stories of Oklahoma’s creatives.

The Exhibits Manager is also responsible for accessioning, archiving, documenting, digitizing, and handling the OKPOP collection. This includes managing staff and ensuring that all policies are followed regarding the proper handling of collection items. The Exhibits Manager will serve as a lead in identifying and procuring objects and will represent OKPOP in all matters related to the museum’s collection.

This position is expected to be a passionate fan of pop culture, capable of communicating and sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues and guests through a variety of media. This position works with the curatorial team to further the storytelling objectives of the OKPOP with respect to the many ways in which the museum’s stories are communicated.

• Maintains a collection of various objects and materials of historic significance; analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the collection to identify collection priorities; develops and implements a collecting program to strengthen the collections; works with administrators and donors to build collections.
• Assesses the physical condition of the collection and establishes treatment priorities; evaluates environmental conditions for the proper exhibition and preservation of collections.
• Conducts research on collections and assists other researchers; performs appropriate conservation applications on collection items; organizes collection storage areas.
• Catalogues objects and maintains collection records; documents collections and provides for appropriate security.
• Serves as a member of various storytelling teams, specifically to represent the collections department and with the purpose of utilizing collections items to help achieve OKPOP’s objectives.
• Initiates exhibit programs and provides topical outlines and research; coordinates implementation with administration, exhibit personnel and other curatorial staff.
• Develops and manages curatorial budget.
• Provides consultation regarding specialized curatorial methods; insures agency compliance with federal laws and regulations.
• Gives public presentations and prepares publications on the collections and historical topics related to the museum and mission of the OKPOP and the Oklahoma Historical Society.
• Regularly meets with and reports on progress to Director of Storytelling & Exhibit Management
• Occasional special projects and other duties as assigned

All OKPOP staff are expected to:
• Represent and embody the values of the organization to the staff and guests.
• Identify the needs of guests and take necessary measures to satisfy them.
• Understand completely all policies, procedures, standards, specifications, guidelines and training programs.
• Have an extensive knowledge of Oklahoma Pop Culture content, especially specific stories chosen by the organization as part of our permanent exhibitions and programs.
• Communicate the OKPOP story with positivity and enthusiasm.

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for the direct supervision of others in maintaining a historic collection. This includes assigning and reviewing work, insuring completion of assigned projects or activities, and providing training and assistance to assigned staff, and may include administrative responsibilities such as performance management, employee development and disciplinary actions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES required at this level include basic knowledge of Oklahoma pop culture history; of cultural material; of source material for performing research; of current professional standards for collections care; of collections registration methods; of appropriate storage and exhibition materials; of federal laws and regulations governing historic collections; of basic cleaning and conservation procedures; and of supervisory practices and principles. Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; to organize collection storage; to conduct research on collections; to make presentations to the public; to prepare programs and publications; to assess collections condition; to prepare collections for exhibit; to train other curatorial staff; and to supervise or direct the work of others.


Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or a related field and four years of experience in the care and management of historical collection; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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