Curatorial/Museum Specialist – The Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona

POSITION SUMMARY: The Curatorial Museum Specialist for the Center for Creative Photography is a full time position at the University of Arizona responsible for handling and processing the photographic collection,  maintains the vault and works closely with the registrar and curatorial staff to ensure that the Center’s collections are well-maintained and available for online and onsite users.

Works with assistant registrar to sort and organize large bodies of acquisitions.

Maintains the vault in good order by refilling objects and updating locations in collection management system.

Following cataloging standards, enters descriptive information into collection management database.

Responds to reference questions about print collection

Collaborates with researchers to provide access to the print collection.

Monitors researchers of the fine print collection in the Print Study Room.

Maintains Print Study Room calendar for researchers.

Supervises cataloging students by clearly defining and assessing job performance.

Consults with colleagues on managing Print Study Room, researches questions and provides support to staff as needed.  



Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Art or related field and one year of museum curatorial and/or registration experience;  OR, five years of museum curatorial and/or registration experience;  OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.


Two years of registration, curatorial, cataloging or special collection experience.

Professional knowledge of handling and preservation of photograph collections.

Experience with computer databases for museum collections.

Significant coursework in history or practice of photography.

Excellent organizational, including detail-oriented and time management skills.

Excellent communication skills.

Ability to work well with colleagues to help the organization achieve its goals and mission.

Ability to work in a team-based environment, work with diverse people and serve a diverse population.  


SALARY/BENEFITS:  $38,443 annually.  The University of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package including heath, dental, life and disability insurance; state/optional retirement and pre-tax savings programs; tuition reduction for employee and qualified family members; paid holidays, vacation, sick and professional leave (among others); child care and other life/work resources; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more. 


OPEN/CLOSE DATES:  Posted: 03/21/08; Closes: 04/07/08


HOW TO APPLY:  Go to and apply via The University of Arizona’s Career Track application system.  Search for the job by #40532.  Complete a staff application and be sure to include 3 employer supervisor references where indicated, as well as answer all supplementary questions.  Be prepared to attach a resume and letter of interest when instructed. Application materials emailed directly to the department will not be accepted or considered for further review.  Note: UA Libraries does not pay candidate interview travel expenses for classified staff positions. The UA Career Track system is maintained at the central UA Human Resources (Phone: 520-621-3662; TDD 621-8299 (M-F 8-5)).


As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.  The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V Employer.

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