Collection Manager/Registrar - Frankenmuth Historical Association

The Frankenmuth Historical Association’s Board of Trustees is seeking a motivated person to serve as the Museum’s Collection Manager/Registrar and carry out its mission and policies.

Compensation: $30,000 - 45,000 annually

Class Code: FT/Salary

Class Summary

Under limited supervision, but in accordance with established policies and procedures is responsible for maintaining the collection and collection records of the Frankenmuth Historical Museum. Will also assist researchers and participate as a member of the exhibits & events team when needed.

Highly Desired Candidates Will Possess:

  • Proficiency in Past Perfect
  • Understanding of best practices, trend, and professional theories, with the ability to balance those with the reality of practical applications, including budget, staffing, and organizational structure.
  • Bilingual fluency (German/English) is a plus with the willingness to learn more, if needed.
  • Ability to write grants for funding.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in history, museum studies, education, historic preservation, or a related field.

Reporting Relationship

Works under the general direction of the Museum Director of the Frankenmuth Historical Association

Supervising Relationship

Supervises Curatorial Volunteers and Interns when needed

Principal Accountabilities

  • Accessions, deaccessions, loans: Accept collection donations in accordance with Collection Policies and Procedures of the Museum. Review loan requests to determine suitability of loan to those who inquire. Responsible for the safety of artifacts loans. Maintain accurate loan records to record loans to and from the Frankenmuth Historical Association. An annual report will be presented to the Board of Trustees at fiscal year end. Advise the Association Director on the suitability of proposed artifact donations and deaccession recommendations to the museum.
  • Documents and Records: Maintain the museums accession records, vertical files, and other research files, back-ups, and donor records relating to the collection. Procedures used will be in accordance with the professional standards set up for museums. A complete inventory of artifacts will be maintained, and current locations recorded. Research individual artifacts or artifact collections to further document their identity and use in Frankenmuth or the surrounding area. Any changes in collection or accessioning procedure will only be made upon the approval of the Museum Director and Board of Trustees.
  • Museum Operational Duties: Provide professional care of the artifact collection regarding its conservation in storage and exhibit use. This will include making recommendations on any improvements necessary for the proper care of the collection. Require all loan artifacts also to be treated with professional care. Acquire and train volunteers for their assistance to the Registrar/Collections Manager. Order supplies necessary to complete work. Actively pursue the additional of appropriate artifacts via referrals, media coverage or newsletter, and articles to be published to make the public understand the value of their possessional to local history. Manage maintenance of the exhibit area, ensuring that exhibit areas are dusted and cleaned, lighting is proper, and the sound is at a proper level. Conduct guided tours as needed.
  • Other duties that may be assigned by the Director: clerical, educational, teams, Fischer Hall, etc.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Most work is performed in a normal office environment, with some community settings.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Reach, bend, stoop, lift, and move arms above shoulder level; lift and carry museum materials.
  • Concentrate on and complete tasks in the presence of distractions.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, calculator, scanner, typewriter, and cash register requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand, and eye movement.
  • Travel to/from various events and meetings.
  • Work a varied schedule at various locations, including some weekends and evenings.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the Frankenmuth Historical Association to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.



Posted on 2/12/2021

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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