Posted on February 13, 2013
Collections Database Administrator
Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum - Collections Database Administrator
With Asia as its lens and art as its cornerstone, the Asian Art Museum sparks connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity. With a collection of 18,000 objects that span 6,000 years of history and seven major regions, the museum leads a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and cultures by building context and relevance to the present. By drawing connections between cultures and between works of art, the museum reinforces its brand promise—Awaken the past, inspire the next.
The Asian Art Museum offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced database professional to manage the existing collections management system, Argus Open Edition (AOE); oversee the implementation of a new collection management system (CMS); and ultimately participate in the implementation of an accompanying Digital Asset Management system (DAM).
Reporting to the Head of Registration, the Collections Database Administrator will gain experience administering AOE in order to prepare for conversion to the new CMS. S/he will work with museum registration, curatorial staff and the CMS vendor to prepare collections data and image assets for migration, and to manage the final conversion process.
Following the conversion, s/he will be responsible for the administration and maintenance of the new CMS, ongoing data entry, software upgrades, report customization, the management of security protocols, access levels, user documentation, user assistance, and training. S/he will work with vendors and cross-departmental staff (web, education, curatorial) to make CMS data available to other systems, including the museum website and education department microsite, and an eventual DAM.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree desirable
- Three (3) years' experience with client/server relational database management systems; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Previous museum, library, or archival experience desirable
- Knowledge of collections management and registration practices; some knowledge of art history
- Excellent computer skills and experience with relational database management programs for collections management; experience with web database development and image linking software preferred
- Knowledge of SQL and ability to write SQL statements; knowledge of Crystal Reports report generation tools preferred
- Familiarity with the use of controlled vocabularies for collections data; metadata schema for digital assets extremely desirable
- Strong interpersonal, planning, and organizational skills; effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills; courtesy, patience, persistence, and flexibility
- Ability to work well under pressure and with conflicting demands; extremely accurate and detail-oriented
- Ability to work independently and maintain ongoing effective working relationships with museum staff, colleagues in the field, and the public; demonstrate strong initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness
$28.85-34.65* per hour (annualized equivalent of $60-72K) with generous benefits package
*Please note: This position is represented by SEIU 1021. New hires start at the beginning of the salary range.
Apply online at www.asianart.org or
Send a letter of interest and resume ASAP to:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102