Collections Manager

Location: Regional History Center
Apply at the Orange County Careers website.


The Orange County Regional History Center is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Museum Registrar – Collections Manager. The History Center is a national multi-award-winning, AAM accredited, and Smithsonian affiliated institution centered around its mission: to serve as the gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration by preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story.

This position is responsible for the daily management and care of the museum’s historic collection including storage, preservation, and research, and is responsible for the acquisition, accession, and deaccession of items and assists other members of the History Center staff in developing exhibits and other research related tasks.

Reports to:  Curator of Collections

Representative Duties

  • Assists Curator of Collections in managing the historic collection of the museum.
  • Performs specialized procedures in collection handling, management, storage, preservation, and exhibition.
  • Obtains, develops, organizes, and catalogs new collections items fitting the institutional mission and enhancing existing inventories.
  • Assists with developing and maintaining an automated record-keeping system for archival collection.
  • Identifies, researches, and prepares archival collection items for exhibit displays.
  • Communicates with donors, lending institutions, and staff for acquisitions and loans, assists with the shipping and reception of loans and traveling exhibits for the museum.
  • Assists with both internal and external stakeholder research pertaining to the collection.
  • Coordinates, trains, and supervises departmental volunteers.
  • Assists in the oversight of the offsite collection storage facility.
  • Prepares and participates in special events and museum presentations.
  • Ensures adherence to best standards, principles, and practices in the preservation and care of museum materials, and remains aware of emerging technologies and trends.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution in history, museum studies, public history, or a closely related field and two years of experience working in a museum, archive, library, or comparable institution which includes artifact care and handling.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in History, Museum Studies, or a closely related field.
  • At least three years of demonstrated experience including all aspects of collections care and management activities encouraged.
  • Experience conducting a breadth of work in collections and exhibits.
  • Energetic, personable, courteous, and professional when engaging visitors and the community.
  • Have a high attention to detail that requires minimal oversight and correction.
  • Be open to suggestions and actively strive for best practices in the museum and non-profit fields.
  • Effective and exceptional written and verbal communication skills with both internal teams and external stakeholders and donors, as well as in public speaking.
  • Familiarity with Proficio and Preservica databases.
  • Historical anthropological knowledge of Florida and American material culture.

Application Deadline
Close: 7/6/2022

The Orange County online application, in addition to a cover letter and resume, must be completed for a candidate to be considered. Complete work history, including internships and volunteer positions must be included in the application or it will be deemed incomplete. Please include a cover letter with your resume as a single document during submission.

The above description and qualifications are not all-inclusive and represent a majority of the key responsibilities of this position. Other duties may be assigned as required to fulfill the directives of the strategic plan or as designated by executive staff. Work environment is a combination of office setting and providing educational programming for various ages, with some walking and driving between the office to the museum and local businesses or schools; must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.

*Final Candidates must successfully pass a background screening and fingerprinting, must be able to live and work in the United States, and may be required to pass a drug test. Interview and relocation expenses are not offered.

Additional Information:

Hours Per Week: 40 Hours, exempt

Schedule: Generally, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, evenings and weekends may be required.

Primary Work Location:  Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801 with significant portions of time spent at the offsite facility located approximately 30 minutes from the museum.

Salary: $21.02 to $34.10

*Potential salary exceeding the minimum is evaluated by Human Resources and the Department Director

Veterans Preference
If you are claiming Veterans’ Preference, you are responsible for providing the required eligibility documentation by the close date of the posting. Please submit a cover letter and copies of documents, not originals, to Orange County Human Resources Division, PO Box 1393, Orlando, FL 32801-1393 or fax to (407) 836-0098 (only Veterans’ Preference documentation will be accepted by fax). Your cover letter should include the position posting number you are applying for, the title of the position and the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Educational Requirements
If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.

Apply at the Orange County Careers website.