Collections Manager

Asian Art Museum

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Under the supervision of the Head of Registration, the Collections Manager will play an important role in rehousing, storing, tracking and coordinating transportation for the upcoming gallery transformation project as well as for all other collection works. This project will consist of planning the schedule and the reorganization of art storage, the de-installation of objects from the gallery, re-housing, and location tracking.

The CM will also be responsible for pulling and putting away artwork in storage for a variety of requests. S/he will work with Image Services to transport art to and from the Photographer and will assist with art handling as needed.

The CM will oversee proper storage for new acquisitions and make arrangements for packing, crating and act as a liaison with off-site storage if/when needed.

This is a mid-level Museum Registration position for an experienced museum professional with proven excellent art handling skills. Must have the ability to communicate effectively, have a great deal of patience and be extremely detail oriented. Must be organized, resourceful and show initiative. Should be able to work independently and productively in a solitary workspace. The candidate should have previous experience working with 2-D and 3-D artwork and archaeological artifacts, experience with Asian art is a plus.


Assist with the planning and implementation of art storage, at both on-site and off-site locations

Prepare storage cabinets and shelving for housing art work; tag and/or mark new acquisitions with collection accession identification

Process invoices related to off-site art storage costs, including packing and shipping of collection works

Assist with planning, coordinating logistical needs, and tracking movement of art in the collections management system

Order art storage and packing supplies and pack/unpack artwork

Schedule art shipments as needed between off-site art storage and the museum

Assist with collections inventory projects and with the annual audit

Working with the curators and other staff, schedule, coordinate and document all non-staff visitors to art storage areas

Assist the Images Services Department in scheduling art movement for photography needs to and from the photography studio, galleries, or art storage areas

Oversee art storage areas to ensure cleanliness and professional collection maintenance and standards of care


Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, or closely related field from an accredited college or university. An advanced degree in Museum Studies or Arts Administration desirable.

Two (2) years’ experience in registration methods in an art museum or similar institution, or an equivalent combination of academic qualifications and work experience.

Knowledge of current registration practices and principles.

Strong knowledge and experience with art handling techniques and preventive conservation methods.

Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and handle delicate works of art with extreme care.

Excellent computer skills and experience with relational database management programs for museum collections. Experience with The Museum System (TMS) highly desirable.

Extremely accurate and detail-oriented.

Strong interpersonal, planning and organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

How to Apply

The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 16,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.*

The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff.


$28.5389 - $34.2759 per hour with excellent benefits package*

*Please note new hires start at the beginning of the salary range and this position is represented bye SEIU 790

Please note: This position is represented by SEIU 1021.

Posted on October 3