Museum Assistant 1
Yale University - New Haven, CT

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Reporting to the Curator of American Literature, provides administrative and technical support for the Beinecke Library’s 50th anniversary exhibitions program at large and for individual curators in their exhibition-related work. Department URL Address: Click here for more information Principal Responsibilities 1. Serves as source of specialized information to the public, visiting scholars, and students. Explains and describes the collection and available reference material through workshops, lectures and in response to inquiries.
2. Maintains the order of and ensures the special care, security, and proper user handling of collections and exhibits. Reconstructs, repairs, and restores art/specimens using preservation and conservation techniques. Catalogues and makes routine identifications of new acquisitions.
3. Conducts research related to the collections and exhibits. Selects art/specimens for display. Prepares collection for exhibition. May assist with installing and disassembling exhibits.
4. Composes correspondence related to the collections and exhibits. Oversees and instructs support staff.
5. May prepare budget and financial material related to particular collection. May collect specimens for use in exhibits. Performs clerical functions incidental to curatorial activities. Required Education and Experience Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and a high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Required Skill/Ability 1: Experience with data entry. Strong editorial skills. Required Skill/Ability 2: Must be computer savvy with the ability to navigate and adapt to changing technology, willing and able to quickly learn new software applications. Required Skill/Ability 3: Proficiency with desktop applications in the MS Office Suite - Word, Excel, and Access. Required Skill/Ability 4: Good analytical ability and problem-solving skills. Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments. Required Skill/Ability 5: Strong oral and written communications skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: 1. Proficiency with database software, content management systems, and project management programs (such as WordPress, Basecamp, SharePoint).
2. Experience mounting library exhibitions.
3. Prior rare book library experience.
4. Familiarity with and experience researching English literature, world literature, and children’s literature topics. Weekend Hours Required? Occasional Evening Hours Required? Occasional Drug Screen No Health Screening No Background Check Requirements All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process. Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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