Collection AssistantDubuque Museum Of Art, Dubuque, IA
The mission of the Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) is to excite, engage, and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. We connect generations of people with their cultural heritage and exceptional art.
Established in 1874, the DuMA is among Iowa’s oldest cultural organizations. Since opening an award-winning, remodeled facility in downtown Dubuque in 1999, the DuMA has expanded its permanent collections to include nearly 2,500 objects, including internationally-recognized works by Grant Wood and Edward S. Curtis. In addition, the DuMA regularly hosts and presents juried, curated, and traveling exhibitions, featuring locally, regionally, and nationally-recognized artists, and offers a diverse array of youth and adult art education programs, outreach activities, and special events.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 2004, the DuMA is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the Midwest and Iowa Museums Associations.
To learn more about our history, mission, vision and values, visit www.dbqart.com/our-mission.
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) invites applications for the position of Collection Assistant. The Collection Assistant is a temporary, part-time position. Reporting to the Curator and Registrar, this position supports the operations of DuMA to digitize and make accessible over 2600 works of art through the implementation of a new collection management system. DuMA has been collecting and preserving artwork for over a century. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to play a key role in this new chapter of caring for the Museum's historic collection.
$15 per hour, 20 hours per week.
- Work in collaboration with the Curator and Registrar and project consultants to create written digitization and data entry guidelines.
- Implement and document workflows for the capture and storage of digital assets and provide quality control.
- Generate project reports and maintain project statistics.
- Create an evaluation plan to track progress of the project.
- Input new data, update and correct existing data, and ensure integrity and consistency of all data – both pre and post conversion.
- Assist with the migration and testing of existing collections data from the current system to the new system.
- Photograph objects, edit and upload images to the new database.
- Coordinate integration of the new software system into museum operations including staff training on software features.
- Coordinate testing, training, and launch of online portal.
- Work with volunteers and interns on the project as needed.
- Assist Curator and Registrar with other related duties as needed.
- Exceptionally detail-oriented, meticulously organized, and committed to a high standard of work and object care.
- Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb a ladder, and maneuver dexterously through limited access spaces. Must be able to spend extended periods sitting, bending, kneeling, and balancing. Must have visual acuity to closely examine objects.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or interaction with other staff and to work efficiently to meet project goals and deadlines.
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
- On-site attendance will be required to perform part of the duties of this position.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Database and file management experience.
- Familiarity with digital photography and basic photo editing.
Interested candidates should submit a
cover letter and resume to
Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until the position is filled.
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