Collections Manager

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and Hitory   Danville, VA   Part-time     Research
Posted on April 26, 2022

Collections Manager Opening at Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History


POSTED: April 25, 2022


This is a permanent part-position that has the potential to develop into a full-time position. We are looking to fill this position by July 2022.


About The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History


The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, established in 1974, is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote art, history, and culture in the Dan River Region. Its Board of Directors’ vision is to be the Dan River Region’s leader for integrated awareness of history, culture, and community. Located on Main Street in the heart of Danville, Virginia with its beautiful Sutherlin Mansion and grounds, the Museum serves as a hub of learning and celebrations, connecting area colleges, medical campuses, schools, historic districts, and a thriving Downtown River District. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is the primary fine arts and historical institution in the region and is valued as a major cultural resource for regional educators, artists, students, and researchers. The Museum collaborates with cultural organizations to promote and develop art education and programs for the general public, both residents and visitors. 


Responsibilities and Duties


This role serves as the primary caretaker of the 1400+ objects in DMFAH’s collection and is responsible for the proper management, handling, and organization of our art and artifacts. The Collections Manager reports to the Executive Director and works frequently with other staff as part of DMFAH’s collaborative work environment. Duties include:


  • processing and researching objects being considered for accession
  • cataloging objects accepted into the collections
  • inputting and updating information on Past Perfect, the museum’s digital database
  • communicating with donors to collect proper documentation
  • ensuring objects are properly secured in storage
  • presenting objects for accession and/or deaccession to the Board of Directors’ Collections Committee
  • attending weekly staff meetings
  • being “on duty” one day a week on the museum main floor
  • in collaboration with the Executive Director, determine objects for deaccession and carry out disposition
  • lead installations and de-installations of short-term gallery shows and long-term exhibitions


Duties may also include:

  • directing interns and volunteers to assist in collections tasks
  • assisting other staff with major museum events
  • guiding outside researchers to find information needed in collections
  • other duties or tasks as assigned
  • developing education brochures and school programming


Requirements and Qualifications

  • bachelor’s degree in fine art, art history, history, library science, or related field
  • up-to-date covid vaccination
  • proficiency in Microsoft Suite
  • high degree of professionalism


Experience and Skills

- familiarity with cataloging, archiving, or library database system, preferably Past Perfect