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Fort Ticonderoga Project Registrar
I. A. Primary Purpose of Organization: Fort Ticonderoga is one of North America’s most significant and oldest historic sites. Its mission is to ensure that present and future generations understand the struggles, sacrifices and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.
We serve this mission by:
● Preserving and enhancing our historic structures, collections, gardens, and landscapes.
● Educating and inspiring the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga and the diverse peoples who met here in war and in peace.
Fort Ticonderoga is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres and includes the reconstructed Fort, the Carillon Battlefield, the Pavilion, the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, Mount Hope, Mount Independence, and numerous other historic features that span the property’s history.
B. Primary Purpose of Position:
Fort Ticonderoga is committed to an authentic and engaging visitor experience in all facets of its public programs and uses its landscape, structures, exhibits, and collections to educate its visitors about the site’s remarkable history. In support of this commitment to preserve and educate, the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Museums For America (IMLS:MFA)-funded Project Registrar will direct the planning, registration, and initial condition reports of Fort Ticonderoga’s collections housed in the “The Garage” and collections storage. This grant supports a fifteenmonth project to inventory, catalog, assess conservation needs, and re-house thousands of internationally significant collection items that are currently stored in the historic c. 1912 Garage. These objects will be moved from the unsuitable environment in the Garage to the museum’s modern, climate-controlled, off-site storage facility. This staff member will update and maintain the collections database, conduct box-level collections inventories, spearhead preventative maintenance initiatives between these two storage locations, manage three IMLS:MFA-funded cataloguers, and work alongside other museum departments to present the collections in engaging and innovative ways.
The Project Registrar will also assist in Fort Ticonderoga’s curatorial, education, interpretation, horticulture, guest service, retail, marketing and development programs as needed. Additionally, he/she will participate in short and long-term institutional strategic planning.
In collaboration with the curator, the Project Registrar will create a multi-year schedule of collections projects related to collections storage. As a Fort Ticonderoga team member, it is the Project Registrar’s duty to participate in any capacity the project director sets forth for him/her.
C. Knowledge, Skills and Ability
Applicant must be enthusiastic, energetic, detail-oriented, and have a passion for preservation. Candidate must possess a strong ability to multi-task, establish and follow priorities and schedules, and maintain collections organization in a fast-paced environment. Candidate must be able to work in a myriad of different climates and environments where the collections are housed, be a creative problem-solver, and have an optimistic attitude. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. A demonstrated background in museum theory and best practices, object handling, integrating technology and collections, and approaching collections access in dynamic ways required. Experience working with collections databases, processing digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop or similar graphics software required; proficiency in PastPerfect or other collections management database desirable.
The Project Registrar must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The candidate will be expected to participate in or oversee paperwork and correspondence related to the IMLS:MFA grant, including: inventories, ordering supplies, creating reports and assessments, and presenting their findings. The candidate must monitor the legal and ethical implications of the museum’s collection, follow collection policies, and oversee object movement.
Applicant must have a background of object handling, and will work closely with the museum’s Collections Manager, Curator, and Exhibition Fabricator, in the handling of all manner of museum collections including weapons of all types, art, textiles, paper, and archeological specimens. Candidate should possess an interest or demonstrated background in American military and social history and related material culture, particularly as associated with the 18th through early 20th centuries.
The Project Registrar will be a key member of the museum’s IMLS:MFA project team. Administratively, the Project Registrar will be expected to accurately manage the IMLS:MFA budget alongside the project director, manage the three catalogers and any additional intern of volunteer help, and interpret and uphold policies, rules, and procedures. Candidate must possess the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously, analyze and solve problems, and exercise tact and judgment in all situations. Initiative is required and the candidate must be able to work independently yet be an effective team member. Applicant must have a proven track record of project management related to registrarial tasks.
A commitment to excellence is expected and an outstanding professional demeanor, energy level and work ethic is required. He/she must be able to strategically support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission and vision and help lead a positive, high-quality organization.
D. Work Schedule:
Some overnight travel may be required.
The normal working hours for this position will be determined and weekend, evening and holiday work may be required on a scheduled basis.
Candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred, in an appropriate field of study along with professional experience in museums collections or registration.
This position reports to the IMLS:MFA project director. This is a full time, temporary position that lasts through December 31, 2017. Fort Ticonderoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply send letter of interest and resume to Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, Fort Ticonderoga Association at P.O. Box 390, 30 Fort Ti Rd., Ticonderoga, NY 12883, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be held in-person or remotely beginning October 3rd and will continue until the position is filled. Faxed applications may be sent to 518-585-2210. For more information call 518-585- 2821. For additional information on Fort Ticonderoga visit www.FortTiconderoga.org
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