STS Technical Services
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee, WI’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Join the H-D Museum as a Museum Registrar and help create an experience that will stay with visitors for a lifetime.
Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Registrar is responsible for the physical security and care of objects in the collection and other artifacts entrusted to the Archives/Museum. The Registrar will work with Curators and Exhibits staff in the planning and preparation of exhibits and participate with other Archives staff in basic stakeholder support functions. The Registrar must be able to work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to support the best use of collection assets in developing the Harley-Davidson Museum and supporting the full range of Motor Company activities.
This position fills a primary support function for the Harley-Davidson Museum Curatorial and Archives departments. The Registrar is a primary interface between the Museum, Exhibits, Curatorial and Archives. They are responsible for implementing museum collections policies and procedures for Museum exhibits and ongoing Curatorial/Archives activities. Key functions include ensuring the physical security and care of the collection, maintaining the physical orderliness, movement and use tracking of collection objects, and the creation, organization and maintenance of orderly forms, legal documents, records, and retrieval systems associated with those objects including co-management with the Senior Archivist of the collections database. The Registrar is an active participant in exhibit development, planning, and creation. The Registrar manages the conservation and exhibition preparation of objects, plans movement of objects and will coordinate all aspects of borrowing and lending.
This is What You’ll Do:
- Plan and oversee storage of the collection, in consultation with Archives Manager. Manage physical storage and movement of collection, advise on changes to storage methods and spaces, determine and record locations of objects in storage; conduct regular spot inventories to ensure accuracy of electronic location records, coordinate inventory projects. Advise on conservation priorities, manage conservation and exhibit preparation of collection objects. Object numbering as required. Monitor and report condition of objects and archival materials on exhibit. When necessary train and/or instruct Museum personnel in proper object handling methods. Coordinate review and updating of collection policies.
- Participate in exhibition planning and scheduling. Collaborate with curatorial team in developing exhibit content. Manage the preparation of objects for exhibition. Assess condition of objects prior to exhibit determining impact on conservation and collection management issues. Check and note location and condition of material in storage intended for exhibition, schedule and supervise object handling and movement for exhibition purposes, work with Exhibits Manager to ensure proper mounting and installation.
- Develop and maintain accurate facility report for insurance purposes and lenders. Monitor environmental conditions in collections storage and museum exhibition spaces, implement and monitor security procedures in conjunction with Facilities Manager and Museum Security. Work with Harley-Davidson Risk Management to secure and maintain insurance coverage for all collection objects and archival materials.
Outgoing and Incoming Loans:
- Oversee the creation and processing of all incoming and outgoing loan requests. Arrange and/or approve all shipping arrangements and insurance, supervise packing or unpacking, make condition reports for outgoing and incoming loans, responsible for the security and safekeeping of incoming loans. Check condition of objects requested for loan, request and evaluate facility reports, coordinate the provision and collection of certificates of insurance, compile insurance evaluations, if appropriate, for specific requested uses to determine coverage while on display and in transit. Review requested loans with Collections Committee to determine approval based on facility reports, condition, availability, and other considerations.
Shipping and Object Movement:
- Monitor object handling, packing, and shipping and make all shipping arrangements. Review available methods of shipping to arrange shipment with safety to object at reasonable costs, negotiate with shippers and ensure that the Museum and Archives complies with customs regulations. Provide accurate shipping estimates to staff for exhibition budgets and other projects. Consult with Archivists, conservators and preparators on moving works of art. Create condition reports are completed for all collection objects entering and leaving the building.
Project Management & Program Development:
- Participate in planning and implementation of collection-based programs in support of Museum public programming. Plan and implement small-scale projects as directed, including developing budgets and managing resources and schedules to ensure deadlines and spending limits are adhered to and projects goals are achieved.
- Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
- Bachelor’s Degree in art history, cultural studies, fine arts, collections management, museum studies or related field or certification from an accredited museum studies program.
- Master’s degree in Museum Studies or related field preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years collection management experience required
- Knowledge of current registration practices and artifact conservation procedures required
- Experience with supporting exhibit development and/or planning and managing the movement of a large, varied collection required
- Computer proficiency, including experience with relational database management programs for museum collections, and Window-based business software required
- Experience in project management and budget development and management preferred
- Experience with the handling and shipping of museum collection materials, including but not limited to condition reports, insurance and transportation, loan forms, and rights and reproductions required
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills with accuracy and attention to detail, along with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with individuals who have diverse backgrounds, interests, and working styles
- Research experience, knowledge, experience and/or passion for Harley-Davidson history and motorcycles, or the motorized transportation field in general beneficial
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