Topic ID #34962 - posted 2/17/2015 2:17 AM

Director, Museum Research and Collections - University of Alabama Museums

Jennifer Palmer

Director, Museum Research and Collections
Job ID:    21996858
Position Title:    Director, Museum Research and Collections
Company Name:    The University of Alabama Museums
Job Function:    Directors/Administrators
Location(s):    Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487, United States  
Posted:    February 12, 2015
Entry Level:    No
Job Type:    Full-Time
Min Education:    Ph.D.
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Job Description
The University of Alabama Museums seeks a Director of Museum Research and Collections, responsible for facilitating and promoting the pursuit, discovery and dissemination of knowledge through museum-based research conducted by University faculty, curators, and students as well as outside researchers, and for the overall management of museum collections. UA Museums include the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville Archaeological Park, and the Office of Archaeological Research. The University of Alabama Museums’ collections are composed of prehistoric and historic archaeological materials and natural history specimens from the fields of zoology, paleontology, geology, and entomology.
The Director will facilitate the activities of the UA Museums Council of Curators as the Chief Curator and will encourage collaborative research efforts and interdisciplinary grant proposals by Museum Curators. The Director is expected to develop and conduct research in his/her own academic discipline and secure external grant funds. Results of research/scholarly work should be published, disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presented at conferences or symposiums. The Director will serve as a Curator in a museum-related discipline such as Paleontology, Biology, Geology, or Archaeology. The Director will provide oversight for the management of the collections, including necessary and appropriate documentation, conservation, preservation, protection, preparation, research, exhibition, and interpretation of collections objects belonging to or in the temporary custody of UA Museums. The Director will supervise staff in the Department of Museum Research and Collections in carrying out collections care and management.  The Director is expected to remain current with regard to developments in the field including relevant state and federal statutes and professional ethical standards.
Job Requirements
Required Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Archaeology, or related field and extensive experience in collections-based research and museum collections management. Must have strong record of scholarly research and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals. Must have knowledge and skills in collections management policies and procedures and collections database management. Must have good organizational skills to maintain collections data, loans, general inventory, condition reports, and conservation needs. Ability to organize and direct the work of others and train staff for program specific requirements.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits are available. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references when applying. Visit UA’s staff employment opportunities at for more information to apply. Job close date March 8, 2015. EEO/AA
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