Collections Manager




The Tenement Museum seeks an experienced Collections Manager.  The Collections Manager is a member of the museum’s Curatorial Department, reports to the Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs, and oversees the work of the Department’s Curatorial Assistant. The Collections Manger is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and preservation of the Museum’s Collections, which include its historic structures, digital resources, and institutional archive. Core responsibilities consist of exhibition management and preventative conservation care. In addition, the Collections Manager will work with key departments to further the use of collections in the museum’s interpretive and storytelling work, including regular collaboration with the Marketing & Communications Department to feature collections in social media and collaboration with the Education Department to identify and assemble collections materials for use in tours and programs. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Manage the daily preservation program for the museum’s historic tenements at 97 and 103 Orchard Street, with an emphasis on overseeing monthly building monitoring and identifying building conservation and exhibit maintenance priorities. 
  • Supervise and improve access to the collections and archives and respond to internal and external inquiries regarding the collections and archives.
  • Digitize museum collections and archives, and work to make these items more accessible to both internal and external audiences. 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs on collections development and matters related to research on collections items and the museum’s historic properties. 
  • Monitor environmental conditions in the museum and its collections, interpret data from environmental monitoring equipment and determine corrective action.
  • Oversee the museum’s Integrated Pest Management program.
  • Help develop and implement collections policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to interdepartmental exhibition planning and installation, including on digital platforms. 
  • Supervise interns and consultants as needed. 
  • Conduct tours of the Museum for the public.

 This position is exempt.


Candidates should possess a Master’s Degree (MA/MS/MLS) in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, History, Library Sciences, or a related field; and three or more years’ experience in collections management, archival management, and/or historic preservation. Experience working on interpretive programming is a plus. Knowledge of Museum Collections Database Past Perfect and digitizing museum collections is preferred. Fluency in Spanish is also preferred. Strong communication skills, both oral and written, and an affinity for working in an inclusive, collaborative environment are desired. 


  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with up to 5% matching contribution
  • Separate banks for Vacation, Personal, and Sick Time
  • Summer Bonus Days
  • 10 Paid Holidays and one Floating Holiday
  • Flexible Spending Account and Transit Checks
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave

Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000

How to Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter through our career portal.