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Museum & Collections Mgr

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Geosciences
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Manage operations and programs of the Museum of Geosciences, in keeping with priorities, mission, policies, available resources, plans, and accepted professional practices. The Museum Manager is responsible for facilitating outreach, collection use, and general operation of the Museum of Geoscience as well as supporting the educational and research goals of students and faculty. Specific duties include supervising operations of the Museum of Geosciences, managing Museum Collections (permanent, reference, teaching, and outreach), and coordinating and executing Outreach Programs.

Required Qualifications

● Master's degree or Ph.D. in museum studies, geology/geosciences, geoscience education, or paleontology from an accredited university, or a bachelor's degree with experience working with museum collections in a position with similar responsibilities.
● Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with care and management of natural history collections
● Strong and effective supervisory and talent management skills
● Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with public outreach events
● Ability to work as a positive team member with people with diverse educational, technological, language, and cultural backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

● Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in museum registration and collections management
● Broadly trained in geosciences with specific knowledge of Earth History including mineral and fossil identification
● Superior organizational skills
● Demonstrated experience in exhibit design and creation

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Review Date

March 31, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. Documents required: Cover letter, CV, Diversity statement (1 page max), and Museum Statement defining the role of small museums within a university and what you would do to enhance visitor experiences, the researcher-student-visitor interaction, and the physical infrastructure of the museum space (2 pages max)

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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