Job Posting: Collections Technicians, Obama Foundation (Hyde Park)

07 Jan 2020 10:59 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Salaried position, with benefits

The Obama Foundation is hiring three temporary Collections Technicians who will support collections development, collections management, and exhibitions development for the Obama Presidential Center Museum. The Collections Technicians will provide clerical and research assistance to inform artifact assessment, acquisitions, and loans; assist with artifact handling, packing, unpacking, rehousing, and storage; help create and maintain collection records; and participate in donor and lender outreach events and other initiatives. The ideal candidate will have strong interest in working in the cultural heritage sector; strong research skills with a working knowledge of American history, Chicago history, and/or political history; and excellent organizational ability, attention to detail, and written and verbal communication skills. Some hands-on experience working with original materials in a museum, library, or archives setting and a knowledge of collections management, cataloging and metadata, and/or registration best practices preferred. This position is located in Chicago and is approved for a two-years term with the possibility of extension.

Reports to Director of Collections

Start: ASAP

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The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 


About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.


We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 


That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 


But that approach extends to all our work, whether its holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.


As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 


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