Harvard University Museum Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts
43003BRAuto req ID:43003BRLocation:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Curatorial Associate, IchthyologySub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:Master’s degree required in a Biology field with an emphasis in ichthyology and/or natural history museum studies. 7+ years of curatorial experience in a fish collection. Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience. Experience in handling fish specimens required.Additional Qualifications:Knowledge of vertebrate systematics. Knowledge of fish anatomy, systematics, and familiarity with federal and state permitting requirements, including knowledge of threatened and endangered fish species. Familiarity and experience with GIS databases, and modern techniques for the study of fish anatomy such as clearing and staining, CT-scanning, specimen photography, and x-ray imaging.
Demonstrated writing, public speaking, and organizational skills; excellent computer skills, including database management. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment.
Additional Information:With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.
**All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.Department:Museum of Comparative ZoologyPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pmJob Function:Museum Duties & Responsibilities:Reports to the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s (MCZ) Director of Collections Operations and the Ichthyology Department’s faculty-curator. In conjunction with the Director of Collections Operations and the faculty-curator, the Curatorial Associate (CA) determines short- and long-term collection priorities. Assists with development of policies and processes that conform to best-practice standards for long-term preservation and conservation of specimen collections in accordance with and as defined by natural history museum associations (e.g., Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, American Alliance of Museums, and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists). Supervises daily activities of the regular curatorial staff assigned to the fish collection, temporary staff and students. Oversees activities of academic and non-academic visitors, researchers and students using the collections. Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard-wide, FAS and MCZ policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. Expected to attend selected national and international meetings of professional associations related to management, research, and teaching activities in ichthyological collections.
Responsible for managing the curation of existing and new collections. Oversees and processes all incoming/outgoing specimen loans, including proper documentation for import/export permits. Facilitates new acquisitions through fieldwork, donations, etc. Oversees the proper accessioning with required documents, including capture in MCZbase and maintenance of departmental accession files. Responsible for the accurate input, enhancement and updating of departmental collections data in MCZbase. Prepares and monitors departmental budgets, and orders needed collection-related supplies. Consults with Collections Operations on the development of work/research areas and collection space for specimens. May assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement. Participates in museum-wide initiatives and collaborative projects, including with other MCZ curatorial departments. Assists professional and student researchers, and the public, with questions.
School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.