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Assistant Collections Manager or Collections Manager, DOE
Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)

FUNCTION: The School for Advanced Research (SAR), Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) seeks a full-time assistant collections manager or collections manager, depending on experience, for the assistance of the day-to-day physical care and management of the IARC permanent collections. This position in consultation with the IARC director, head of collections, and in accordance with the AAM Code of Ethics provides direct assistance with preventive conservation and Indigenous collections care methodologies. This position is full-time (40 hours per week).



  • Assists in the day-to-day IARC collections maintenance including acquisitions, preventive conservation, access, security, environmental and pest control monitoring, housing, inventory, and loans.
  • Supervises and assists with training of IARC interns working on collections management projects.
  • Works with head of collections to implement housing upgrade project activities.
  • Assists with packing and condition reporting for all outgoing loans, including serving as a courier.
  • Assists with scheduling conservation visits and keeping track of documentation such as proposals and treatments.
  • Coordinates ordering collections-related supplies.
  • Co-monitors HVAC and security systems with head of collections and schedules maintenance visits. Maintains environmental conditions using Conserv sensors.
  • Implements integrated pest management policies and procedures, including monitoring the Conserv pest database.
  • Creates collections mounts (box trays and cavity) for long-term stability of collections.
  • Helps support access to the collection by coordinating research visits and database reports.
  • Works with IARC staff on administrative goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates with the IARC director, head of collections, and the head registrar to revise and update Collections Management Policy and related procedures.
  • Updates data (i.e., condition, conservation, and locations records) into The Museum System (TMS) database.
  • Assists with monitoring the inventory program and guidelines for spot-check, sectional, and wall-to-wall inventories.
  • Participates in NAGPRA consultations and documentation with the NAGPRA Staff Committee.
  • Assists other IARC staff with symposiums, seminars, collection reviews, and other program activities as requested.
  • Conducts collections management–related tours and accommodates other visitors, as assigned.
  • Writes collections-related SAR social media and blog posts, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


SUPERVISION: The position reports to the IARC head of collections.



  • Minimum three (3) years of experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, anthropology, Southwest studies, museum studies, or history, or equivalent museum experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Southwest Native American art and culture.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective interaction and interpersonal capabilities.
  • Excellent attention to detail skills.
  • Sound knowledge of housing practices, collections management, and preventive conservation methods.
  • Must be aware and respectful of cultural sensitivity issues among Native communities.



  • Master’s degree in museum studies, art history, anthropology, or history (and five (5) years of experience).
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues, including state and federal laws regarding museum collections.
  • Experience with Indigenous collections care methodologies.
  • Experience in mount-making: box tray making and cavity mounts.
  • Experience training and supervising volunteers and interns.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to monitor automated HVAC and security systems. Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. Carrying, hearing, seeing (close, far, color, depth), sitting, standing, talking, walking. Possible exposure to residual chemicals used as pesticides on collection items.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: $43,000-$50,000 DOE. Medical at shared expense, as well as pre-tax benefits dental, FSA, and 403(b) retirement.


TO APPLY: Emailed application packet includes cover letter, resume and list of three professional references in a single .pdf to sandoval@sarsf.org. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM, July 28 2023.