Job: ATSU - Museum Research Coordinator

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Pay: from $13.15/hour

Vacation and Paid Time Off of 10 days of vacation annually. Paid Holidays. Medical Leave ATSU grants up to 10 days per calendar year for illness of short or temporary duration. Health Care Insurance is available: The health insurance program is a comprehensive major medical program, which includes a pharmacy plan, and if elected, dental coverage. Three plan options are available and dependent coverage is available for the families of employees, with the College sharing in the cost of premiums. Retirement after 1 year of employment.

Posted: 12/13/2017

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 1430

Job Description

Museum Overview:

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and the International Center for Osteopathic History are dedicated to preserving the heritage of osteopathic medicine. Its mission is to “preserve and promote the history and tenets of osteopathy through collections and research to a global audience”. The collection of over 80,000 artifacts traces the roots of osteopathy, beginning with its founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, and his establishment of the first osteopathic medical school in Kirksville, Missouri to its growth into a worldwide profession.  

Position Description:

Coordinate all research requests for the Museum, academic and genealogy, supply research resources and write text for Museum exhibits, publications, and external publications, organize and edit annual Museum newsletter, maintain the online and social media presence of the Museum, coordinate the Museum’s internship program and organize applications for all open Museum positions, and assist the Museum’s Assistant Director with collection inventory and digitization.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Talking/corresponding with researchers to determine interests and needs, making judgments regarding scope and amount of assistance needed, identifying research resources, and completing the tasks requested by researchers.
  • Handle reference services including reproduction requests, copyright inquiries, usage paperwork and fees, and billing for services provided.
  • Provide bi-annual statistics on the type of research requested and the demographics of said researchers.
  • Oversee the use of the International Center for Osteopathic History/Quinn Reading Room.
  • Maintain and update the Museum’s Biographical Files research collection; approximately 12,000+ files on osteopathic physicians in the process of digitization.
  • Create monthly Editorial Calendar for Museum’s social media posts on Facebook, 3 to 4 post per week, utilizing the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine artifact collection to educate and engage the Museum’s online patrons.
  • Monitor comments on Museum’s social media platforms and respond to contacts made and questions posed.  
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Museum Director regarding Museum’s website structure, function, and design. Work with on-campus media services to make updates to Museum website. 
  • Enter accession and donor information into PastPerfect database management system, correlating all artifacts with the correct paper and database files, making sure all objects are properly marked, following museum standards, digitally photographed and compose concise descriptions of objects in database.
  • Organize incoming applications, answer applicant questions, and serve on selection committee.
  • Correspond with all applicants regarding selection and assist in completion of official hiring documentation.
  • Assist with new staff member transition to the Museum community and City of Kirksville. 
  • Handle all presentations regarding the use of the Museum and its collection for research.
  • Pull bi-annual reports for Museum Director and Vice President of University Advance regarding research requests as well as website statistics for use and engagement by patrons.
  • Research topics for Museum exhibits and write text for at least one exhibit per year. Support exhibits staff with research resources for additional exhibit work.
  • Oversee the publication of the Museum’s annual newsletter. Write articles for Museum newsletter and upon request write for A. T. Still University Communications & Marketing, national/international osteopathic groups, and other entities.

Skills / Requirements

Position Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, History, or related field. At least two years of related experience in the museum field. Must be proficient in PastPerfect software and have excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop.  Digital photography and scanning experience a plus.  Basic understanding of collections management. Excellent written and verbal communications skills as well as organizational skills to manage large amounts of intricate research requests. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills for daily interaction with Museum patrons in various forms.  Knowledge of legal issues with regards to HIPAA laws a plus.

Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and ATSU Employment Application to

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