UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

PRESERVATION AND MUSEUM SPECIALIST 3

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

7327 (SEIU Local 925 Clerical Nonsupervisory)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Positions in this series perform a wide range of administrative, research, grants management or conservation duties.  They select and acquire fine art objects, artifacts, and/or specimens, catalogue, and conduct research and answer inquiries concerning collections and exhibits; prepare exhibits for display. 

Note: The examples of work listed in the class specifications are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed.  The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in the class.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, function as a fully qualified curator.  Assists in the identification, evaluation, and protection of properties in the State inventory of cultural resources.  Some positions research, develop and implement site interpretive master plans and programs. Positions identify, preserve, catalogue and make recommendations for restoration of specimens, art objects or records. Some positions are responsible for day-to-day operations of an archives or museum branch or section.  Positions work independently and exercise judgment and discretion in determining the scope or level of service. Work is typically reviewed on a spot check basis after decisions have been made.  Unusual problems that may occur are brought to a higher level manager with probable outcomes and solutions.  May supervise lower level positions.

TYPICAL WORK

       Provide object research assistance; recommend collection management policy and procedures; lead and/or train volunteers; assists in reviewing exhibit design concepts, detailed exhibit design drawings, audio-visual component, and computer software programs;

       Provides written and oral reports to board, staff and outside groups; gives addresses and lectures to students and/or visiting groups;

       Select, identify, preserve and catalog materials in a specialty field;

       Negotiates for and appraises artifacts for historical value and accession for museum retention;

       Construct, install and dismantle museum or gallery exhibits or displays;

       Organize storage and location records; plan storage facilities for preservation of materials;

       May train and direct volunteers, assistants and student helpers;

       May supervise lower level staff;

       Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor's Degree related to assigned collection specialty AND two years of experience assisting with care and preservation of collections, with interpretation of collecting or with display design and execution OR equivalent education/experience.

Revision History:

New class adopted by DOP 5/12/05, effective 1/1/06 and assigned state DOP code 260K; Preservation, Archives, and Museum Specialist 3 replaced higher ed 4360 Curator I, and general government 25700 Curator 1; UW assigned classified non-union code 4382

New to SEIU-Local 925: 11/1/06