Collections Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



200 Lake Road
New York
United States


The Rockefeller Brothers Fund seeks a Collections Manager who will be responsible for the stewardship of the collections housed within the various sites at The Pocantico Center. S/he will also oversee the care and maintenance of the fine and decorative arts within Kykuit, its gardens, the Coachbarn, the Playhouse, and assembled buildings. The incumbent will be responsible for developing long-range conservation plans, and implementing administering conservation and restoration projects. S/he will cultivate interpretive and historical exhibitions.

The Collections Manager reports to the Executive Director of The Pocantico Center, supervises the Conservation Technician, Curatorial Assistant, Interns, and Consultants.

Key Responsibilities

Collections Management

·    Evaluate current practices, stay current with professional standards, and develop new practices in collections management. Review collections management plan, revise and set new policies, as necessary.

·    Oversee inventory, insurance records, photograph collections, and matters related to public visitation.

·    Manage collection-related budget in consultation with the Executive Director, Pocantico


·    Train and supervise part-time staff in clerical work, collection care, and other related duties.

Conservation Management

·    Work with Conservation Technician to assess and monitor the condition of collections, including the fine and decorative arts in the main house and galleries, the sculpture in the gardens, the Playhouse, and the Coachbarn collections.

·    Partner with Conservation Technician to develop and oversee conservation projects of various aspects of the collection.

·    Maintain knowledge of current trends, professional practices, developments and controversies in the field of conservation as they relate to various aspects of the collections,

in order to work with the Conservation Technician to evaluate proposals and monitor

conservation projects.

Curatorial Management

·    Establish and maintain a network of colleagues at institutions with related collections for exchange of historical and practical knowledge.

·    Research and create exhibits at Pocantico and the NYC offices, and write brochures and labels for the collections.

·    Review, and develop as needed, texts surrounding artwork and objects.

·    Explore developing a web-presence for the collections.

Curatorial Activities

·    Conduct special tours, as necessary.

·    Organize program of Learning Opportunities for the public, drawing on the expertise of in- house staff and visiting scholars; manage and develop staff.

·    Respond to collection-related inquiries, surveys, etc. from the National Trust, and others.

·    Work collaboratively with Historic Hudson Valley in the operation of the tour program.

The incumbent will perform all other duties assigned by the Executive Director, Pocantico



·   Knowledge of collections management, care, documentation, and classifications.

·   Knowledge in the history of fine and decorative arts related to the collections (sculpture and painting of the twentieth century, Chinese ceramics from the Han to the Qing dynasties, furnishings of the 18th to the 20th century, Beaux-Arts gardens and architecture).

·   Experience in monitoring, administering and assessing conservation projects.

·   Long-range planning skills.

·   Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

·   Ability to understand and apply information technology to efficiently accomplish work.

Additionally, each employee is expected to:

·   Understand and support the philanthropic mission of the RBF.

·   Respect and value those who partner with or request assistance from the RBF.

·   Manage the resources of the RBF in a manner that maximizes the funds available for charitable activity.

·   Appreciate the value of diversity initiatives and equal opportunity in all work relationships.

·   Respect the contribution of each employee of the RBF and support colleagues in fulfilling their individual responsibilities.

·   Appreciate differences in perspectives and point of view and work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives.

·   Commit time to RBF activities and conversations that strengthen the Fund’s culture and

improve its effectiveness.

Education & Experience

·    Bachelor’s degree in art history or museum studies with five years’ experience with the collections of an historic house. Alternatively, advanced degree in a related field, with three years of required experience.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a generous benefits package, and a pleasant work environment.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to Include ‘Collections Manager’ on the subject line of your email. No telephone or fax inquiries please. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Attn: Human Resources – Collections Manager

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 900

New York, NY 10115

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