Job announcement: Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Museum of Fine Arts Houston has the following position open: Project Manager, William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, Bayou Bend


• Works with the Director of the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center and the Curator of the Bayou Bend Collection to establish and implement vocabulary and metadata standards for the Texas Artisans & Artists Archive (TAAA)
• Contributes to the selection and implementation of appropriate systems to manage and distribute data, documents, and images in the Archive
• Coordinates the collection of documents, data, and images for the Archive and their entry into the appropriate systems
• Works closely with MFAH staff in the Hirsch Library, Information Technology, Archives, and Photographic and Imaging Services in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of the systems
• Supervises the Project Associate and future Project staff when hired, including Field Researchers
• Coordinates permissions for the use of any copyrighted data or images in the Archive.
• Works with the Director in exploring possible cooperative contributions of data and images with other institutions
• Reads primary documents with accuracy and comprehension in order to add new information to the Archive
• Enters data, images, subject descriptors, and metadata into the system
• Coordinates communications with the TAAA Advisory Board and their meetings
• Develops and coordinates the Archive´s digital and printed communications
• Assists in promoting scholarly awareness and utilization of the Archive and dissemination of related research
• Performs other duties as assigned

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Must have excellent skills in dealing with the museum staff, docents, researchers, and public visitors

• Knowledge of digital content management systems, metadata schema, and controlled vocabularies required

• Knowledge of American art and decorative arts and appropriate library resources desirable

• Able to prioritize, work with minimum supervision and deal with both public and staff in a professional manner

• Dependability, strong communication skills and great attention to detail are essential

• Excellent organizational skills

• Must be physically able to lift heavy books, climb ladders, and work at a computer terminal for extended periods of time

Education and Experience:

• B.A. degree in a Humanities field required

• Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or archival certification preferred

• Thorough knowledge of archival management principles and methodologies preferred

• Relevant work experience in a library or archive is required

• Experience with digitization and database development required

• Supervisory experience preferred

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