Registrar, Collections and Technology @ The Broad

The Registrar, Collections and Technology is responsible for managing and maintaining the museum’s collection management system, co-managing the active loan program, object documentation, conservation administration and installation/de-installation oversight.  S/he will play a critical role in the collection move and opening of the new Broad museum.

Duties and Responsibilities

Collection Management

  • Co-manage the Broad loan program, negotiate loan agreements, coordinate shipping and schedule courier travel
  • Responsible for incoming and outgoing condition reporting for loans and new acquisitions
  • Act as courier for domestic and international loans
  • Oversee Broad installations and deinstallations
  • Implement standards of care for collections and managing contract conservators
  • Responsible for collection documentation including digital image management
  • Assist with collections management annual budget
  • Assist curators with collection research
  • Handle cataglogue raisonné requests, schedule scholars

Database Management

  • Serve as primary collection management system (CMS) administrator which includes report writing/editing, setting data standards, data entry and clean-up
  • Maintain and expand the CMS procedural manual detailing protocol, standards, reasoning and collection history
  • Manage the CMS to allow accurate statistics/data to be used for press and publication
  • Update CMS records including new acquisitions, location changes, value history, exhibition history
  • Train staff in CMS standards and protocol
  • Design and implement quality assurance testing on the CMS to ensure staff are following collection data standards and advocate for best practices in institutional workflow
  • Advise senior staff on trends and best practices within the field and work closely with Curatorial, Communications and Information Technology staff to facilitate the distribution of collection metadata and to ensure an appropriate amount of scalability and integration between digital content platforms

Other duties:

  • Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position will supervise contract registrars, interns, fine arts shipping companies and additional contractors as required.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in collection management, art, art history or related field
  • Five or more years of museum registration experience
  • Two to three years of direct CMS management experience
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a timely manner
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, CMS’s
  • Knowledge of contemporary art

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Embark, relational databases, SQL
  • Experience with multi-media collections
  • Exhibition planning and implementation
  • Knowledge of digital asset management systems
  • Experience with public facing collection access and databases such as ArtStor

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include a credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of museum registration with an emphasis on collection documentation.  She or he should be able to work in a team environment as well as alone. The ability to work in a fast paced environment while thinking creatively and problem solving is a must.  The candidate should be able to define and oversee standards of care for the museum’s collection.  She/he should be proficient at analysis and development of data standards that increase efficiency as well as support the staff.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL

The Broad is currently under construction.  This position will be based at The Broad Art Foundation’s current offices in Santa Monica, California until the new facility is complete, at which time the position will relocate to downtown Los Angeles.  This position will travel domestically and internationally, at times extensively.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The appointee’s compensation package will be based on his or her experience and salary history. The foundation offers excellent benefits including a variety of health plans and a 401k retirement savings plan with an employer match.

TO APPLY

For consideration, please upload a letter of interest and resume at https://broadartfoundation.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0tpw/.   We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or other characteristics covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

BACKGROUND

In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad announced plans to open The Broad, a new, public museum of contemporary art on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles (anticipated opening: 2015).  Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum will be a 120,000 square foot, three-level facility, and will include approximately 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. The project will include a state-of-the-art archive, study and art storage space that will be available to scholars and curators who want to research works in the collection and borrow artworks for their institutions through The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending program. The museum will be adjacent to luminary cultural institutions such as the Music Center of Los Angeles and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Colburn School of Music, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, forming a remarkable locus of culture in Southern California.

The museum’s exhibition programming will focus on the contents of the renowned contemporary art collections of Eli and Edythe Broad, which feature in total 2000 artworks by more than 200 artists and unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists such as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others.

The Broads created The Broad Art Foundation in 1984 as a pioneering lending library for contemporary artworks. Dedicated to increasing access to contemporary art for audiences worldwide, the foundation has made nearly 8,000 loans to 485 museums and galleries around the world. In addition to The Broad Art Foundation’s works, the loan program also makes available art from The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Together, the Broad Collections are among the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art in the world.  For more information on The Broad Art Foundation, please visit www.broadartfoundation.org.

The Broad Art Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation together comprise The Broad Foundations, which have assets of $2.4 billion.  The Broad Foundations were established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts.  For more information about The Broad Foundations, please visit www.broadfoundation.org.

 

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About Rich Cherry

Rich Cherry is the deputy director of The Broad a new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles as well as the Broad Art Foundation. He oversees Marketing, Operations, Visitor Services, Collection Management, Information Technology, Finance, Retail, Library and Archives, Security, HR, parking operations and Facilities. He managed the planning, design, and more than $200 million in construction including The Broad museum, a parking structure and outdoor plaza and streetscape updates. Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum is a 120,000 square foot, three-level facility, and includes 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. The museum welcomed more than 200,000 visitors in the first 16 weeks. In addition to opening a new museum, he initiated and launched several innovative projects including mobile ticketing (no admission desk), mobile retail, Mobile App with contextually aware content, an innovative online training program that trains all Visitor Service staff in security, education and customer service, and custom designed LED lighting. He is also co-chair for “Museums and the Web,” the largest international conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of museums in a digital world. With more than 800 attendees from more than 40 countries, the conference reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural on natural and scientific heritage organizations. Previously, Cherry was the founding director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), a consortium of 27 cultural organizations whose mission is to facilitate and execute the use of online technology in the museums, cultural arts, and science institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego.. . Prior to BPOC, he was the Director of Operations at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw Information Technology, Operations, Admissions, Facilities, Security, capital projects and more than $70 million in ongoing construction. His has also held concurrent positions as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Facilities and Head of Library and Archives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and before that was the CIO of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He has also taught New Media theory, web design and animation in the Media Studies department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before his museum career, Rich practiced technology in the fields of banking, manufacturing, and worked as a field service engineer. He also worked as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico and served 6 years as a United States Marine.