Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Opportunity with the University of Alberta Museum and Collections Services

Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences)

Position Type - Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range - $57,244.08 to $79,227.84 per year
Grade - 10
Hours - 35 per wk

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: www.hrs.ualberta.ca.

The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta located in Edmonton, Alberta, is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. There are 29 academic museum collections that comprise the University of Alberta Museums which are integral to the University's teaching, research, discovery learning and access programs. Museums and Collections Services leads the development and implementation of a campus-wide operational, administrative (policy) and exhibition/program delivery framework for the University of Alberta Museums.
As a member of the Collections Management Team and reporting to the Museums Collections Manager, Museums and Collections Services/University of Alberta Museums, the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) is accountable for:

Leads the review, evaluation, and implementation of information and collections management plans, strategies, procedures, and workflows in accordance with University policies and museum standards
Leads the review and evaluation of data information needs with Curators and Collections Staff and ensures the configuring of the Collections Management System to meet these needs
Leads the review and evaluation of data terminology and taxonomic systems, and development of data standardization in accordance with museum standards and best practices within the scientific community
Leads the conceptualization, design, and creation of innovative applications and digital tools to assist in the interpretation and analysis of specimen and spatial data
Leads the review and maintenance of current collections search interfaces and Natural Sciences collections portal and performs fixes and/or enhancements
Manages the daily operation of the Collections Management System, providing training and advice to users, responding to queries, resolving issues, and hosting user group meetings
Researches, recommends, and manages digitization projects to enhance collections information
Manages and performs all tasks related to data sharing initiatives and data requests, such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Ensures that registration tasks for new acquisitions are completed and meet the requirements as described within the University’s Museums and Collections Policy

Master's degree in a related field and a strong background in computer application development is required
Minimum five years of experience managing and operating a museum collections management system, including report creation
Demonstrated knowledge of natural science collections and how they are used in teaching and research initiatives in a university context
Minimum of five years experience with museum registration practices, particularly in the management of natural and earth science collections; candidates with additional years of experience will be given hiring preference
Demonstrated experience with Oracle or other RDBMS (e.g., MySQL), SQL and PL/SQL, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) online mapping tools (e.g., Google Maps)
Demonstrated experience with data sharing standards and protocols (e.g., Darwin Core), data publishing tools, web development tools ( ASP.NET, JavaScript, C#, and PHP), reporting applications (Crystal Reports), web services and Google APIs
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
Core competencies including: achievement orientation, analytical thinking, conceptual thinking, flexibility, organizational awareness, planning and initiative, self-confidence, self-development, sense of urgency, and team leadership and team cooperation

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and a list of 3 professional references. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

How to Apply

Apply online through the University of Alberta's Careers website at: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Administrative/. Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.

Email: christina.marocco@ualberta.ca

Fax: 780-492-6185

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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