Job Posting: Museum Manager & Internship Coordinator, Button Museum, Chicago

06 Mar 2019 12:47 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Scope of position:

The Button Museum is seeking a manager and coordinator for its Digital Museum and Internship Program. In this unique position you will be responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and supervising the work of up to 10 project interns per semester who will be working both on-site at the museum and remotely, to research, describe, catalog and digitize our growing collection of historic buttons. The Museum Manager and Internship Coordinator will liaise with university faculty and departments to raise awareness of the program and to recruit interns, post the job to various library and museum job boards and also seek additional sources for recruits. You will also be responsible for the managing the physical and digital collection.

The successful candidate should possess excellent communication, time management and organizational skills; be enthusiastic, self-directed and enterprising; have a background or strong interest in archives, museums and libraries; and be able to commit at least 6 months to the project. Compensation and training will be provided.

About the Button Museum:

Joel and Christen Carter, co-curators of the Button Museum and avid collectors of historically significant buttons, founded the museum in 2010. The mission of the Button Museum is to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in history by creating and collecting wearable mementos. The Button Museum houses over 10,000 buttons that range from an original 1789 George Washington and 1864 Abraham Lincoln pre-buttons, to buttons produced this year. The Button Museum is an institutional member of both the American Alliance of Museums and Illinois Association of Museums and is housed in the Busy Beaver Button Co.’s facilities.

Major responsibilities:

*Recruit, hire, train and supervise the work of a team of interns each semester

*Edit, fact-check, and proofread interns cataloging and writing

*Manage museum databases and physical archives - including processing new acquisitions and tracking buttons through the digitization process

*Perform historical research

*Digitize, describe and catalog buttons

Minimum qualifications:

*MLIS is required to work with interns working for school credit

*Strong written and verbal communication skills

*Strong research and editing skills

*Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

Preferred qualifications:

*Experience working with Photoshop and

*Experience working with Drupal content management system and databases

*Cataloging Experience

*Digital photography experience

Hours required: Roughly 10 hours a week. Flexible scheduling. Some work can be done remotely.

Pay: Depends on Qualifications

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Company name/address:

The Button Museum

3407 W. Armitage Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

To apply for the position please email your resume and cover letter to:

The Button Museum is an EOE/M/F/D/V

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