The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection (CCTC) advances knowledge of the cultural, historical, scientific and aesthetic aspects of fashion and textiles through exhibition, research and teaching. The collection includes more than 10,000 items of apparel, accessories and flat textiles dating from the eighteenth century to present, and includes Euro-American high fashion, functional clothing and technical textiles, and a substantial collection of ethnographic costume.
Working under very general supervision, the CCTC Manager is responsible for processing, inventory, and housing of the collection in order to facilitate preservation, exhibition and access and to the collection for research and teaching. In consultation with the CCTC Director, will perform a full range of activities for complex materials, and will appraise and select items for permanent retention on the basis of documentary value. The manager oversees tasks assignments and time collection for undergraduate and temporary CCTC assistants; oversees CCTC volunteers; and assists graduate student Teaching and Research Assistants needing to access the collection on behalf of university faculty. The Manager will work closely with the CCTC director to ensure the teaching, research, and exhibition mission of the collection is upheld. The Manager may manage projects involving coordination of multiple activities.
This is a part time 20-35 hours per week position, 1 year term position with the possibility of renewal.
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· Bachelor’s degree in Costume History, Museum Studies, or related field
· Minimum three years paid experience handling and cataloguing costume and textile materials in a museum/library settingExperience working in teams, as well as independently, and meeting departmental goals
· Strong subject knowledge in costume history and preservation
· Knowledge of conservation issues and policies
· Experience with relevant technologies, including literacy in commonly used computer applications, database experience, and excellent keyboarding skills
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Excellent memory and attention to detail
· Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds
· Ability to ascend and descend ladders and lifts
· Ability to balance multiple tasks/responsibilities/demands for time
· Ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with all constituencies
· Willingness to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
· Knowledge of museum/archival practices and procedures, with costume cataloging experience preferred
· Some sewing and mount making experience preferred
University Job Title:
Collections Asst III
Pay Rate Type: Hourly
Company: Contract College
Contact Name: Lucy Pola
Number of Openings: 1
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