Sr. Registrar

Company Name: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology/Harvard University


11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Name: 

Catherine Cezeaux




Job Description: 

The Senior Registrar serves as the administrative head of the Peabody Museum’s Registration Department, overseeing acquisition, accessioning, deaccessioning, loan, documentation, analytical sampling, rights and reproduction, and repatriation outside of NAGPRA. Manages registration staff and daily operations, determines departmental plans and priorities, establishes and maintains departmental workflow, solves administrative issues, and manages departmental budget. Reports to the Director of Collections. For more information or to apply go to 54246BR

Duties and Responsibilities: Develops and implements policies and procedures for the Registration Department including acquisitions, deaccessions, loans, rights and reproductions, analytical sampling, and insurance/risk management. Identifies and resolves collection-related legal concerns, working with the Office of the General Counsel as needed. Manages repatriation outside of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and provides registration support to NAGPRA activities. Advises on intellectual property issues including developing licenses and agreements. Sets agenda and compiles documentation for the Museum’s Collections Review Committee (CRC). Oversees incoming and outgoing loans, including negotiating loan terms, coordinating packing and transport with outside vendors, working with customs brokers for international loans, addressing permitting requirements, and serving as courier when required. Coordinates requests for permission to conduct analytical sampling of Museum collections, reviewing proposals, obtaining approvals, and processing requests. Drafts and maintains the Registration Department’s long-range strategic plan in collaboration with division director and other Museum departments. Supervises Registration Department staff and daily administration of department; supervises interns or work-study students on designated projects. Supports the Registration Department's mission and responsibilities and performs other duties as required.

Position Requirements: B.A. in anthropology, art history, or related field; M.A. preferred. Understanding of and commitment to the ethical stewardship of museum collections in partnership with stakeholder communities. Significant knowledge of legal issues in museums including repatriation, provenance concerns, and intellectual property. Substantial experience with packing and shipping fragile collections; working knowledge of and fish and wildlife laws and permitting requirements. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Good analytical and problem solving skills; ability to establish and achieve priorities. Good communication and interpersonal skills required. Strong attention to detail.

Basic Qualifications: B.A. in anthropology, art history, or related field;  7+ years of museum registration experience, supervisory experience.

About the Peabody Museum

The Peabody Museum is situated on the ancestral and traditional land of the Massachusett people. It cares for over 1.2 million items from across the world, including cultural, archaeological, and osteological collections as well as extensive photographic and archival materials. The Museum is committed to the ethical stewardship of its collections through implementation of collaborative and culturally responsive care, interpretation, and engagement. We strive for a diverse, inclusive and equitable working environment and to act in ways that address the global challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability.