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Collections Assistant, Costumes Assessment - MCNY

Collections Assistant, Costumes Assessment - Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

The Museum of the City of New York is seeking a part‐time temporary Collections Assistant to work approximately two – three days a week. The successful candidate will specifically support the ongoing work on the Costumes Assessment, and reports directly to the Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles and ultimately the Vice President, Museum Collections, as a member of the Collections Department. The Collections Assistant, Costumes and Textiles assists in the handling, care, and research of objects during the preparation, review, and processing of an ongoing assessment of the Costume Collection, with close direction and guidance from the Elizabeth Farran Tozer Curator of Costumes and Textiles.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  •   Physically inventory and assess the condition of objects being assessed.

  •   Assist in the cataloging and photo‐documentation of objects, including research into their provenance

    and exhibition/conservation history.

  •   Dress and position full mannequins for multiple shots during photo‐documentation.

  •   Rehouse objects once initial review has been completed.

  •   Assist in processing objects after assessment recommendations have been approved.

  •   Perform other duties as assigned.

    A successful candidate will have:

  •   Masters of Art or Costume History or a related discipline, and/or a relevant undergraduate degree and comparable work experience.

  •   Knowledge of European and American costume history focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  •   Familiarity and interest in New York City history and material culture.

  •   At least 1‐year experience cataloging museum collections in a database system such as Museum Plus,

    TMS, or Past Perfect.

  •   Fluency in the MS Office suite, email, internet, and other digital applications.

  •   At least one year experience in handling and accurate dressing of historical costume, as well as familiarity

    in general art handling, conservation, and collections procedures.

  •   Highly organized, with excellent written verbal and written communication skills.

  •   Ability to work independently or collaboratively on multiple projects simultaneously;

    Working Conditions

    The position is based out of the Museum’s main building located at 1220 Fifth Avenue, but also includes duties and responsibilities performed at an offsite collections facility. Food and drink is not allowed in the majority of this position’s workspace, though appropriate breaks are allowed. Work typically takes place over a 9‐5, Monday through Friday workweek, with one unpaid hour for lunch. Evening and weekend work may be required at times.

    This position prepares and inspects objects and images from our collections using computers and other sources. This position requires ascending and descending ladders to retrieve objects from the collection, and positioning

self to pick up boxes weighing up to 30 pounds off the floor and carrying to shelving units and other locations within the Museum or the offsite collections facility.

Approximately 50% of the time may be spent in a stationary position operating a computer, but the rest of the time is spent moving around both buildings.


This is a part‐time contract position, and therefore does not meet the eligibility for benefits.


Please email your resume and cover letter to the Museum of the City of New York Attention: Human Resources Department to To be considered, please include Collections Assistant within the subject line of your email.

The Museum of the City of New York is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the world.

The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, political/personal convictions, predisposing genetic characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio‐ economic status, geographic location, philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay‐off, and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. All employment‐related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria including training, experience, and suitability.