Careers

Working with Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum goes beyond preserving culture and furthering research. It is also meaningful and nourishing to the community we serve.

March 18, 2020

Bishop Museum has implemented a temporary hiatus in hiring for open positions. If you are interested in joining the Museum’s ‘Ohana in the future, we encourage you to submit your application so that we may review it when the hiring freeze has ended.

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Vice President of Finance and CFO

The Vice President of Finance and CFO will play a critical role in Bishop Museum’s successful growth. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Finance and CFO is a member of the Museum’s senior leadership team and is a corporate officer serving as the organization’s Treasurer. S/he will be a strategic thinker and articulate spokesperson in support of the institution’s mission, setting financial policies and providing direction in order to: ensure long-term financial sustainability, increase capacity and productivity, maintain financial oversight, and enhance overall institutional reputation.  The Vice President of Finance and CFO is directly responsible for the Finance and Accounting Department and for directing the Museum’s financial affairs in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, ensuring compliance with the requirements of governmental and other regulatory departments, and collaboratively advancing the Museum’s strategic plan and institutional priorities. 

Duties and responsibilities 

Strategy, Vision and Leadership 

  • Support Bishop Museum’s mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for individuals, commitment to our community, accountability and ownership. 
  • Report to the President & CEO and collaborate with the executive management team to develop and implement institutional priorities and manage performance across museum departments. 
  • Develop the Museum’s short-and long-term strategies for financial performance.  
  • Provide and interpret financial information and reports necessary to the Board of Directors, President & CEO, executive management team and other department directors.  
  • Act as liaison to the Audit & Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors; provide regular financial statements as well as specialized financial reports as requested. 
  • Lead the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate. 
  • Consistently analyze financial data including the financial performance and revenue forecasts of operating units and major projects; present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, an annual accrual based financial statements; monitor progress and changes to keep executive team appropriately informed of Museum’s financial status. 
  • Anticipate and keep abreast of federal, state and local funding or relief opportunities that may be applicable to the Museum’s situation and/or status, including for emergency conditions.  

 

Engage in strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding.  

 Team Building/Organizational Development 

  • Oversee, direct and organize the work of the Finance and Accounting Department, developing short- and long-range department goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures. 
  • Ensure divisions, departments and/or units of the organization have access to the required financial information that will allow a fair assessment of the progress being made by their programs. 
  • Work with directors and managers across the institution to monitor and evaluate financial performance; assist with mentoring as required; provide recommendations to improve potential process or outcomes and provide financial training when required. 

 

Work to strengthen inter-departmental communications to help achieve the Museum’s long-term strategic plans.  

Financial Management 

  • Maintain institution-wide financial controls, policies, standards and procedures. 
  • Plan, organize, develop, direct, implement, report on, and regularly evaluate and upgrade the Museum’s fiscal functions.  
  • Monitor and analyze financial data; identify, research and resolve any discrepancies. 
  • Monitor and report on the performance of the Museum’s investments; ensure the assets of the organization are appropriately managed including investment portfolios, fixed assets and investment properties. 
  • Steward risk management; coordinate with the General Counsel to manage the Museum’s contractual agreements and obligations including the review of all insurance policies. 
  • Manage the annual independent audit of the Museum’s financial and compliance reports, and related income tax returns in conjunction with key Accounting personnel. 
  • Ensure that required filings including annual Federal and state tax returns, city and state registrations, applications and financial reports are properly prepared and filed. 
  • Work with the Institutional Advancement team to create annual and long-term fundraising goals that support the Museum’s operating and program expenditure budgets.  
  • Work collaboratively with various stakeholders to ensure timely receipt of revenues, grants and gifts, with attention to reporting, budgeting, stewardship and compliance.    
  • Coordinate the organization’s annual Defined Benefit and 401k plan audits and related Forms 5500 information return in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources. 

 

Negotiate and maintain the Museum’s federal negotiated indirect cost rate agreement with the Museum’s cognizant agency.
 
Functional Management 

  • Ensure divisions, departments and units of the organization have access to the required financial information that will allow a fair assessment of the progress being made by the organization’s programs. 
  • Ensure that the key transaction systems and reports (for areas including but not limited to membership, admissions, store sales, online sales, auctions, food and beverage sales, events and facility rentals) are efficiently and fully implemented, regularly reconciled with general accounting, and staff using these systems are properly trained and proficient in their use. 

 

Work with managers across the institution to monitor and evaluate financial performance; assist with mentoring as required; provide recommendations to improve potential process or outcome; and provide financial training where and when required.

 
Additional Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Accomplish all tasks as appropriately assigned in order to assist the organization in meeting its goals. 
  • Perform other tasks as requested and learn appropriate skills to adequately service both internal and external constituencies.

 

Works with senior management, Board of Directors and key staff to directly support fundraising efforts including but not limited to making presentations and attending community events and museum conferences to represent the Museum. 

Qualifications 

  • An experienced leader and financial executive with appropriate industry experience, preferably in the not-for-profit field.   
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.   
  • A strategic and visionary thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.  
  • A well organized and self-directed individual who is a team player.  
  • An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication skills.  
  • A good educator who is trustworthy and willing to share information and serve as a mentor.  
  • An excellent negotiator who is experienced in contracts.  
  • A decisive individual who possesses a “big picture” perspective.   
  • A high energy individual that can concentrate for long periods of time.   
  • Must be proficient in general ledger, spreadsheet, database, and word processing programs. 

 

Other Requirements 

  • Master’s in Business Administration degree (MBA) or equivalent; or eight to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • CPA or CMA desired. 
  • Adheres to the organization’s Policy and Procedures. 
  • Acts as a role model within and outside the organization. 
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates to help meet the organization’s goals. 
  • Maintains a positive and respectful attitude. 
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and executive team about various organizational issues. 
  • Works inclusively and collaboratively with the executive team, board, and staff 
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload. 
  • Consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform the duties of the position.  
  • Meets organizational productivity standards. 

 

Direct reports 
Controller 

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Hoʻkipa Ambassador 

The Ho’okipa Ambassador position covers a wide range of job duties that, together, facilitate and enhance our visitors’ experience at Bishop Museum. This facilitation takes many forms, from enhancing the visitors’ interactions by greeting, managing our traveling exhibits, facilitating traffic flow, handling basic cashiering duties, assisting groups and answering the main information line of the museum as visitors plan their visit. The Visitor Experience team’s overall goal is to enhance the visitor experience; primary responsibilities may be adjusted day of to assist with visitor flow and museum needs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary Responsibilities:

Special Exhibits, Greeting & Line Management:

  • Staff any designated exhibit positions that require staff coverage at Bishop Museum. Greet visitors as they enter the exhibit and explain nature of exhibit. Monitor lines of visitors waiting for exhibits, operate equipment as needed, and enforce any age or height requirements.
  • · Ensure the exhibit is open in the morning; do a check to make sure all equipment is functional and all supplies are in place. Staff, monitor and resupply the exhibit during the day. Reorganize and resupply the exhibit at end of day.
  • Monitor volunteers in the exhibit: make sure they have adequate breaks, assist them with content, and update those volunteers on how to assist visitors in the exhibit space.
  • Using a cash box/iPad/tablet sell tickets to exhibits or programs and museum special events. Count out the balance for cash box and ensure starter fund is correct. Take credit card payments using portable device (card reader/iPad).
  • Submit balanced drawer/cash box at the end of each shift, file report of attendance and tickets sold when necessary. Verify balance with supervisor and report any discrepancies to supervisor immediately.
  • Greet visitors as they enter the museum and for special events; explain programs, admission prices, hours of event; direct visitors to the right entry point.
  • Greet trolley as it arrives at Bishop Museum. Provide information, welcome trolley riders and invite them to visit Bishop Museum.
  • Arrive at planetarium 10 minutes before the show to ensure that waiting line forms properly and that visitors in line understand the content of upcoming program.
  • Assist with ticket box admissions particularly on high volume days and for membership/advanced sales check in. 

 

Secondary Responsibilities:

Reception & Reservations:

  • Serve as the public’s first point of contact when they call Bishop Museum or email Visitor Experience. Provide assistance in the form of information, responding to visitor feedback and complaints, and direction specific staff members when needed.
  • Answering multiple phone lines and assess needs of caller.
  • Routing calls/emails to appropriate employees and staff throughout museum. Maintain an awareness of “who does what” and where to send calls/emails on such topics as membership, collections, donation, collection access, cultural and scientific inquiries, etc.
  • Taking and relaying messages when employees aren’t available, in situation where leaving a voice mail does not suffice.
  • Provide information to callers regarding Bishop Museum’s hours, admission prices, exhibit schedules, programs, and other information. Stay familiar with Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits, regular daily program schedule, special events, special promotions and offerings.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve as ‘day of’ informational contact person for any programing or issues that come up with tours during the day. Report on daily operations, groups or programming to management and appropriate staff as needed.
  • Take bookings via phone, email and website for Bishop Museum tours and other programs; explain programs to customers, book events, follow up on any special situation or details.
  • Assist with greeting groups and group reservations.

 

 Minimum Qualification

  • High school degree required; college degree preferred.
  • Ability to read/write/speak and communicate clearly in English in person and via phone and email.
  • Ability to understand, retain, and effectively communicate information about the Museum’s history, grounds, exhibits, merchandise, events, and policies to team members and visiting guests in a polite and professional manner with the “aloha spirit.”
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, multi-task and prioritize workload with thorough completion in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic by taking the initiative to identify departmental needs and assisting with or taking ownership, correcting or implementing steps to remedy or improve the work environment, process, Guest experience, etc.
  • Must be fully computer literate, with demonstrated ability to set up sound systems, connect laptops to LCD projectors, and troubleshoot problems. 

 

Other Requirements

  • Required to interface with multiple technology devices and operating systems
  • Flexibility in working hours, weekend availability is essential
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Punctuality and reliable attendance is required 

 

Direct Reports

None

Working Conditions

Evening work and weekend work is required. Positions may be required to work outdoors in the elements and at times in a bright/dark environment. Employee will be working in busy, sometimes noisy exhibit halls. On feet for 3-4 hours at a time. Regular walking duties, crossing campus on regular basis. Must be able to remain polite and professional when faced with long lines and high visitor demand.

Physical requirements

Ability to work in low lit or outdoor areas and to stand and walk for an extended period of time.

Hours: Part-Time, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.
 

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Events Manager

Event Manager is directly responsible for event planning and management at the Museum and supporting both internal and external events. Events range from high-end corporate events to weddings, birthday celebrations, graduation parties, meetings/conferences, as well as museum events, programs and festivals. Responsible for providing outstanding experiences for the Museum’s clients and patrons while adhering to all requisite policies and procedures set by Bishop Museum. Scheduling bookings of spaces, site visits, facility rental contracts, financial paperwork, coordinating layouts and setup of rooms for meetings (including ensuring audiovisual equipment and basic refreshments are in place).  Provide setup and support for facility rentals. Support in creating internal events.  Lynchpin position for maintaining booking calendar. Manages Event Specialists/Facilitators.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under limited supervision, provide facility rental services to clients and their guests to insure a smooth and efficient event. 
  • Manage all operational details to ensure smooth execution of facility rentals at the museum once the ‘sale’ of the rental has been made.
  • Respond to facility rental inquires & contracts, as needed.
  • Work directly with facility rental clients to finalize plans for catering, tent rental, entertainment and other aspects of the rental. Coordinate with external vendors as necessary.
  • Manage internal teams who assist with the setup, management and delivery of venue rentals and internal events.
  • Be on-site primary museum contact to ensure success of the event.
  • Maintain positive relationships and partnerships with external agencies and organizations to increase Museum admission sales.
  • Make informed decisions on circumstances ranging from weather conditions to security coverage in order to keep the event working smoothly, while adhering to museum policies and to issues of safety and security.
  • Communicate and coordinate with other department staff in planning and executing event requirements. 
  • Ensure events are set up according to the rental agreement as detailed on the events calendar, such as: furniture setup, linen, coffee and water stations, coolers with ice, etc.  Assist with setup and breakdown of tents and furniture as necessary.
  • Coordinate with other departments to insure successful setup and breakdown before and after each event. Work with Buildings and Grounds and Housekeeping to ensure that all set-up and clean-up are done.
  • Provide operational support for Bishop Museum’s donor and member events, weekend programs, and community festival days.
  • Coordinate event logistics with marketing, graphics, collections, research, facilities, and public programs.
  • Assist with basic entertainment issues, such as recommending musicians for background music at events.
  • Set up Bishop Museum’s meeting spaces for various meetings and special requests.  This includes opening the room, setting up water or coffee, setting up “teleconference” phone system, making sure room is presentable, setting up tablecloths if requested.
  • Coordinate with the caterers to insure timely delivery and pickup times.
  • Maintain inventory of all event-related supplies, including, but not limited to, furniture, tents, coolers, paper goods, utensils, beverages, linens, cleaning materials, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Serve as ‘onsite’ contact person for rental events when designated for that capacity.
  • Maintain calendar of room bookings for internal staff needs.
  • Facilitate site visits for potential renters.
  • Manage Event Facilitator(s), by supervising, scheduling, hiring, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least three additional years of work in the event management field required.
  • At least three years’ experience in managing events in the museum, hotel, hospitality industry or other field
  • Prior Hospitality experience is advised, but not required
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Experience working with a diverse client, patron, or member base.
  • Ability to communicate with internal staff and external clients in clear manner, online, on phone and face to face
  • Fluent in audio-visual setup and operation, including working with sound systems, video projectors; some stage and lighting work desirable.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Ability to multi-task in planning and executing venue rentals and other events simultaneously.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work when the events occur; position involves regular evening, holiday and weekend work.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of Bishop Museum.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office software suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, ability to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Supervisory experience
  • Customer Service driven
  • Organizational, analytical, and detail-oriented.
  • High energy and ability to be active for extended amounts of time.
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with little supervision.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English clearly and proficiently.
  • Multi-task Oriented
  • Patient and ability to work under pressure
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Drivers License.
  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus.
  • Must complete Food Handlers Training Certification within the first 3 months of employment

 

Direct Reports

Event Facilitator(s), Sales and Events Specialist

Working Conditions

Typical office environment.  Flexibility to work for home, once skill set has been reached.  The position does involve significant amounts of walking around the Museum’s campus, often after dark and with low light conditions; walkways are uneven in some places, and a considerable amount of the work is done on grassy, sloped lawns.

Hours: Part-Time, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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AP Educator

The AP Educator delivers culture-based programming to Japanese school groups, community groups, and the general public at Bishop Museum. In conjunction with other educators, he/she serves as a cultural content resource in the development, delivery, and evaluation of museum programs, exhibits, and special events. He/she supports the Museum’s Japanese volunteer docents and interacting with museum guests. AP Educators are also responsible for the booking, coordination and delivery of daytime and evening programs to Japanese visitors Programs include public programs for the general visitor, fee-based specialty programs, and online programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide programs to eastbound customers on topics ranging from hula to celestial navigation, for both daytime and evening programs. Some of the programs are presented in a team situation with an English-speaking presenter; other programs are presented solo. These include programs in the Museum’s planetarium, tours in Hawaiian Hall, Pacific Hall, Science Adventure Center, Castle Memorial Building, and online courses.
  • Work with tour operators and travel agents to schedule and accommodate tour groups. Maintain tour records.
  • Answer calls in the office, take bookings, arrange a facility and an instructor for programs such as hula instruction.
  • Provide clerical support for programming, including copying, generating invoices, mailing receipts, and other office responsibilities.
  • Assist AP Education Supervisor in the development, revision, evaluation, and implementation of cultural and multidisciplinary programming for school groups, community groups, and the general public.
  • Prepare materials for each tour, including setting up luncheons as needed.
  • Provide translation duties for the museum in terms of Japanese-language guides, signs, and website.
  • Assist the rest of the team in screening, training, and coordinating the work of Japanese-speaking docents.
  • Cover evening astronomy programs as needed. This includes operating planetarium equipment, welcoming visitors, and providing clerical support for programming.
  • Provide other daily operational assistance as needed.
  • Support museum contracted that deliver museum-specified programs such as hula, ‘ukulele, lauhala, and Hawaiian language.
  • Study and learn Hawaiian and Pacific Cultures, plants, and species for interpretation to the Japanese-speaking public.
  • Occasionally, deliver a museum program offsite as part of a Japanese outreach program or English immersion experiences for Japanese visitors.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, and/or four years of related experience, preferred
  • Must be fluent in both Japanese and English
  • Background in Hawaiian language and culture desired
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with visitors in a courteous and engaging manner
  • Must be comfortable in operating audiovisual equipment, including planetarium
  • Experience in a museum or visitor industry

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as regular evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance
  • Demonstrated good attendance record
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer literate

 

Direct Reports: None

Working Conditions

The position does require working on campus at night, in dim lights, in particular in the planetarium and observatory. Tours require the employee to be on one’s feet for as long as 1 hour at a time.

Physical Requirements

Ability to walk and stand for an extended period of time and occasional use of stairs.

Hours: Part-Time Casual, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: The application will remain open until the position is filled.

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Nūpepa Collections Technician
 

The Collections Technician is responsible for assisting in the care and maintenance of collections within the division or department, and their associated records. The Nūpepa Collections Technician is responsible for providing technical support specific to the Hawaiian language newspaper (Nūpepa) collections in the Bishop Museum Library & Archives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Assists with the planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintain retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • Assists with the processing of collections in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • May supervise the work of interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. preferred, although students completing an undergraduate degree in a related field will be considered.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • 12 years prior experience working with archival collections preferred.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian language repositories preferred.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Able to communicate clearly and accurately in writing and verbally.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications, with an emphasis on Excel.
  • Proficient in use of digital applications, with an interest in collections digitization.

 

Other Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Able to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible in working hours.
  • Good attendance.

 

Working Conditions

Working environment may involve exposure to wet or dusty conditions.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects. Often required to do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

 

Hours: Part Time Hourly, Temporary, some evenings and weekends required

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Security Guard 1st Watch

1st Watch: 12 am to 8 am.

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications:

  • Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment.
  • Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens
  • Be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form
  • Capable of original thinking and planning.

 

Required license or certification: Valid Security Guard Card issued by the State of Hawaiʻi

Education: High school graduate

Hours: Full Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: TBD
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Staff Accountant

Responsible for data entry and account reconciliation for a variety of Museum accounts including assets, liabilities, and revenues. Duties also include preparing certain accounting documents and providing assistance and support to GL and AP accountants as required.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for most of the general ledger entries including donations, month-end accruals, investment and trust monthly activity, and journal entries.
  • Audit and input Altru donation batches daily or as needed.
  • Prepare, print, and mail invoices for billings related to Federal and State grants, and consulting fees.
  • Audit and process journal entries requested by other departments.
  • Enter monthly activity related to Museum investments and trusts including income, and realized and unrealized gains. Reconcile such accounts monthly.
  • Process wire payments to vendors through online banking.
  • Cross-train with other accounting personnel on certain duties which may include bank reconciliations, daily Altru admissions batches, cash receipts, and the monthly general excise tax return.
  • Assist General Ledger Accountant with duties as required.
  • Assist Controller with daily and monthly cash projection reports.
  • Assist other staff as requested by supervisor.
  • Interact with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect at all times. Stay motivated and project a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients. Cooperate and support teamwork. Maintain and strengthen customer and staff relationships.
  • Work in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors. Comply with safety rules and regulations and establish safe work practices. Read all safety materials received. Report unsafe conditions and unsafe acts directly to supervisor. Promptly report accidents to immediate supervisor. Maintain assigned work area and equipment free of accident producing conditions.

 

Qualifications

  • Two years general ledger accounting experience, preferably in a large organization with multiple funding sources, ledgers, departments and/or divisions.
  • Ability to work with little supervision and with a high level of accuracy.

 

Other Requirements

  • Professional, business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good-to-excellent vision and reading ability for computer data entry and records maintenance.
  • Detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy and organization.
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines.

 

Hours: Full Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

 

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Ethnology Collections Technician

The Collections Technician is responsible for assisting the Collections Manager in the care and maintenance of collections within the division or department, and their associated records; assists with supervision of volunteer activities; carries out activities associated with collection use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the staff, lay and public in safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists with the processing of collections to ensure that additions to and deletions are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • Participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Assists with the planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • May supervise the work of collections interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years prior experience working with collections preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • Computer-literate, ability to use/learn various computer applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Direct Reports None.

Working Conditions Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Physical Requirements Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Full Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Conservator

The Conservator manages the Conservation Laboratory and all Conservation projects. The Conservator is responsible for providing conservation consultation, examination, survey and treatment services for provision of conservation service.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Examines materials to determine their condition and provides proposals with cost estimates for provision of conservation service. As needed in treatments, researches artists’ techniques and interprets scientific analysis of materials.
  • Prepares written reports and/or photographs to document the condition of objects before, during, and after treatment.

  • Provides stabilization and conservation treatment with respect for the integrity of the artifact and intent of the artist.

  • Surveys collections and evaluates environmental conditions to provide recommendations for proper and safe storage and exhibition. Provides assistance with conservation planning. Manages the IPM program for exhibit spaces and coordinates IPM activities with Collections Managers across the Museum.

  • May plan, research, and manage large grant or contract-funded conservation projects.

  • May supervise interns and/or volunteers to instruct and ensure quality work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Determines the advisability of transporting objects, provides information on proper packing, and/or supervises or carries out the packing.

  • Answers inquiries, lectures, and participates in workshops to educate museum professionals and the general public in basic conservation principles.

  • Interacts with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect. Projects a positive and professional attitude. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.

  • Performs other duties as necessary to accomplish Museum goals.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in conservation from an accredited conservation training program.

  • 1-5 years experience as a practicing conservator, or equivalent training and experience.

  • Ability to communicate clearly in English.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.

  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.

  • Professional business-like appearance.

  • Good attendance.

  • Detail-oriented.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Ethnology Collections Manager

The Ethnology Collections Manager is responsible for administering the care and maintenance of collections and associated records in the Ethnology Department, under the supervision and guidance of the appropriate Curator, when that position is filled. The Collections Manager supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains overall responsibility of all collections and records, unless care of a specific collection or group of collections has been designated to another qualified individual. 
  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff and volunteers and encourages their professional development to manage the collections efficiently and effectively.
  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that additions to and deletions from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • Works closely with the Registration office to facilitate incoming and ongoing loans.
  • Facilitates the curatorial review of collections offered by potential donors, and coordinates the processing of incoming of donations.
  • Assists and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions within storage areas and display galleries, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Develops and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information. Assists with safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists the Curator to provide guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ care and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.
  • Assists the Curator in developing and writing grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with assigned collections.
  • Under the guidance of the Curator, supports exhibit making by coordinating collections readiness for temporary exhibition and long term displays, and by participating and coordinating exhibit installations and de-installation.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the museum.

 

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in a related field or 5+ years of experience in collections management.
  • Expertise in Hawaiian and Pacific material culture.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail oriented

 

Direct Reports

  • Ethnology Assistant Collections Manager
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 1
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 2

 

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required, including working outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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