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Job Description:

Position: Assistant/Associate Registrar
Department: Curatorial
Reports to: Chief Registrar
Date Written: 1/19/2023
Job Classification: Full-Time, exempt

 

Job Summary:

Telfair Museums seeks a Registrar at the Assistant or Associate level to support the Chief Registrar in the record-keeping, care, and handling of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection of fine and decorative art and its art-related operations at its three sites. The 7,000+ collection features artworks in all media, primarily from the 18th century to the present. This registrar will also assist with coordination of logistical and administrative arrangements related to incoming loans and acquisitions, and with exhibitions as needed, including both in-house and traveling shows.

This position works in close collaboration with the preparators, collaborating on carrying out best practices for art storage, and also with Telfair’s seven-member curatorial team. This registrar also serves as a visible and public-facing representative of the Museum to external constituencies. This position will perform all duties in accordance with the museum’s Collections Management Policy. Telfair Museums is the only AAM accredited art museum in southern Georgia and one of only seven in the state, and this registrar will be integral to the maintenance of Telfair’s standard of excellence.

Beyond these day-to-day responsibilities, the Assistant or Associate Registrar will be integral to strategizing for the long-term organization and care needs of Telfair’s growing collection and expanding array of exhibitions and projects. The ideal candidate exercises enormous attention to detail and time management, is self-motivated and goal-oriented, has exceptional project management and communication skills, but also comprehends of the specialized needs of a professional museum. This position will be crucial in enabling Telfair Museums to expand its visitors base across the dynamic and diverse Savannah, Georgia community, including young and underprivileged audiences, and the ideal candidate will embrace Telfair’s core institutional values of respect, inclusivity, and access.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the TMS collections database:
    • Enter, correct, and update data and some images in the system, including value, exhibition history, conservation , provenance, description, location, loan history, condition reports, measurements, insurance, etc.
    • Track the movements of all works in Telfair’s care, including acquisitions, temporary loans, long-term loans, and related materials.
    • Assist in training and answering questions on how best to utilize the collections database and online collections forum. When necessary, generate specialized reports/lists from the collections database.
    •  If skills allow, develop custom Crystal Reports to streamline curatorial/registration processes.
    • Perform periodic inventories of the permanent collection and update records.
    • Manage eMuseum online collections database, in collaboration with other staff.
  • Permanent collection care:
    • Answer general questions about the collection for the public.
    • Assist Chief Registrar in the implementation and maintenance of proper storage management systems
    • Handle objects, assign numbers, and mark objects with accession numbers.
    • Assist with deaccessions process, including object assessment and dispersal.
    • Contribute to oversight of Museum’s environmental data logging by checking data loggers regularly and communicating with Chief Registrar and Buildings Curators when climate is out of safe ranges.
    • Inspect and care for objects on display, including but not limited to cleaning as needed, noting physical and environmental condition changes.
    • Work with Preparators on the development and implementation of proper storage management systems
    • Set and monitor pest traps in art storage areas as part of the Museum Integrated Pest Management.
  • Loans and temporary exhibitions:
    • Assist Chief Registrar with creating and maintaining incoming and outgoing loan forms, as needed.
    • Assist as needed with installation and de-installation of gallery exhibitions and permanent collection installations.
    • Create condition reports for incoming and outgoing objects and update TMS with the data accordingly.
  • Assist with other aspects of registration as needed, including:
    • Preparation of materials and organization for meetings of the Museum’s collections committee.
    • Follow up with documentation and paperwork such as loan agreements, deeds of gift, and contracts, on objects presented, processing acquisitions and deaccessions.
    • Maintenance of Museum archives by organizing, cataloging, digitizing, tracking, and properly storing documents and artifacts.
    •  Supervision of registration department interns.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, & Certification:

  • B.A. in art history, museum studies, studio art, or related discipline (M.A. degree preferred)
  • Knowledge of art media and art handling/packing/shipping methods is preferred.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with computerized collections management systems (TMS is strongly preferred)
  • Excellent record keeping, computer and clerical skills required. Proficiency in Excel
  • Minimum of three years of experience (Assistant level) or five years of experience (Associate level) in registration, collections, and art handling at a museum, archive, library, or major gallery.
  • Knowledge of museum standards and practices of registration, art handling, conservation, and collections storage requirements and procedures
  • Comprehensive knowledge of varied media handling, packing, transport, and storage best practice technique
  • Demonstrable ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure
  • Excellent time management, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Highly organized, self-directed, and with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work with curators, donors, vendors, other museum professionals, the public and co-workers professionally and tactfully including appearance and demeanor
  • Capacity to flexibly embrace changes within this position due to departmental priorities and/or for cross-training purposes
  •  Ability to visually inspect artwork

Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some physical activities.

 

Salary & Benefits:

  • Telfair Museums offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.
  • Salary: Dependent on Experience (Assistant/Associate)

Please provide the following as part of your application:

• Complete resume and at least three references with contact information.
• A cover letter addressing both your interest in Telfair Museums and your qualifications for this position.

 

Application:

  • Indicate “Registrar Position” on the subject line of the email or in the body of the cover letter.
  • Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at hr@telfair.org
  • Mailed applications: Telfair Museums, Attn: HR, PO Box 10081, Savannah, GA 31412
  • Application review will begin on February 13, 2023

Summary

Telfair Museums offers compelling expressions of visual culture — embracing three unique buildings and three distinct collections that bridge three centuries of art and architecture. The Museum develops awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and serves as a dynamic cultural center connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South, founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent local philanthropist Mary Telfair, who left her home and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. Today, Telfair Museums consists of three unique buildings: Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, two National Historic Landmark sites built in the early 19th century, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.

Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks. The Telfair Academy is also home to Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous in the Jack Leigh photograph on the dust jacket of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. In addition to the historic house museum and decorative art ranging from the late 18th to the early 19th century, the site includes rare intact urban slave quarters and a lovely parterre garden. The site underwent an award-winning reinterpretation in 2018, providing audiences with a broader understanding of how slavery impacted urban life in and beyond the home.

The Jepson Center, designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, is devoted to temporary exhibitions and today’s art and home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the Museum’s contemporary holdings. The collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past 50 years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. Other contemporary artists include Carrie Mae Weems, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists.

Telfair Museums’ permanent collection of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts contains over 7,000 objects from America, Europe, and Asia, dating primarily from the 18th to 20th centuries. Telfair provides a range of educational initiatives, including youth and family programming, school tour programs, preplanned field trips for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools fourth and eighth graders, youth classes, and summer camps. Telfair offers adults a variety of virtual and onground classes and workshops, ranging from drawing and painting classes with established local artists to workshops related to current exhibitions and exhibition opening lectures. Telfair (www.telfair.org) welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year.