Collections Manager


Job Summary:

The Center for Puppetry Arts Museum seeks a Collections Manager to assist in all areas of collections management and exhibition registration. Reporting to the Museum Director, the incumbent will manage and maintain the museum’s object (4000+), archival, and library collections. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, cataloging and condition reporting processing incoming donations, managing the collections management database system (PastPerfect) and assisting with exhibitions, including the installation and de-installation of special and permanent exhibitions.

Reports to Museum Director


Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, flexibility and WFH days available as needed. Occasional nights and weekends as needed for event coverage and exhibition de/installation.

On site work is required of this position, following all Covid-19 guidelines in accordance with the CDC and other government agencies.

Supervisory Reports:

  • Manages and maintains relationships with Advisory and Acquisitions Committee members, including regular communication, meeting scheduling and leadership, and member replacement.
  • Mentors seasonal college or graduate level interns.
  • Oversees and manages part-time labor from conversation providers and project partners.
  • Responsible for opening and closing security of Museum and collections storage.


  • Manage, monitor, and maintain object, archival, and library collections.
  • Catalog, condition report, and re-house all incoming donations and any items going on or off exhibit.
  • Monitor gallery and storage environment via electronic data loggers and report irregularities.
  • Process paperwork for accessions, incoming loans, and outgoing loans.
  • Manage the museum’s Past Perfect database.
  • Manage contract conservators working on puppets from the Jim Henson Collection and the Global Collection on an as needed basis.
  • Work with Preparator on finding appropriate mounting solutions for pieces going on exhibit.
  • Responsible for ongoing inventory of museum collection.
  • Manage artifact checklist for special exhibits and permanent gallery rotations.
  • Work with Museum Director and Preparator in installing/de-installing exhibitions.
  • Prepare quarterly report of potential artifact donations for the Acquisition Committee to review.
  • Monitor Galleries and Collections Storage.
  • Supervise library patrons and handle research requests. 
  • Oversee Collections Management interns.
  • Conduct research as needed to assist with interpretation and verify unknown backgrounds of collection items.
  • Strategize collection-based opportunities for museum’s future with Museum Director and Museum staff members.
  • Assist with museum programming/museum store operation as needed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years museum experience in museum data entry and/or collections management with demonstrated proficiency in database use (PastPerfect experience is a plus).
  • Successful candidates must be extremely detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to work successfully alone and in a team environment.
  • Candidates must have knowledge of standard museum policies and procedures according to AAM standards and knowledge of standard museum cataloguing systems.
  • Must be willing to work some evening and weekends (with advance notice).
  • Must be willing to occasionally assist in other Museum areas as needed (Store, Education, and Galleries)
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Skilled in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.

Education and Experience:

Possess a B.A. in History, Public History, Museum Studies, or related field (M.A. preferred).

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift 20 to 30 pounds and climb ladders.

Salary Range:

  • $40,000, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to by July 6, 2022.

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  • Complete the form below or call 404-873-3391 to contact our Ticket Sales Office for this program. You should expect to be contacted by our Ticket Sales Office within 48 hours. Thank you!