Collection Manager

New Orleans, LA Full-time

Reporting to the Senior Registrar & Director of Collections Management, the Collection Manager will be primarily responsible for the physical care of the artifacts in the permanent and education collections. Duties will include artifact condition reports, proper storage housing, organization of on-site and off-site storage areas, cataloging incoming artifacts, numbering artifacts, and inventory. Artifact photography and database entry and retrieval will also be required as will environmental monitoring and the coordination of conservation treatment as required.


  • Works closely with the Senior Registrar & Director of Collections Management to establish and maintain intellectual and physical control of the Museum’s collections in accordance with best practices and accreditation standards.
  • Ensures proper housing (and re-housing when necessary) for artifacts in accordance with museum best practices.
  • Implements and monitors environmental standards of storage and exhibition areas.
  • Monitors for pest infestation and implements standards to prevent pest issues in storage and exhibition areas.
  • Manages collections records, ensuring timely, accurate, and consistent cataloging and artifact processing procedures.
  • Utilizes the collections management system to retrieve and query artifact information.
  • Prepares artifact condition reports and recommends and manages conservation treatment of collections by outside vendors.
  • Participates in the presentation of special exhibits through artifact conservation, movement coordination, exhibit mount-making, and artifact installation and de-installation.
  • Provides public access to the collections by responding to requests from the public, staff, and other institutions for information.


  • Bachelor’s degree in museum science, history, historic preservation or related field required. Master’s degree in Museum Studies or a related field preferred.
  • 3-5 years working in a museum as a collections manager or similar.
  • Experience in artifact cataloging, photography and condition reporting required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum registration procedures, collections records management with ability to work with computerized collections databases and object handling.
  • Knowledge and experience working with a collection management database.
  • Strong written communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • General knowledge of World War II era history and material culture preferred.

The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

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