Collections Manager, SFU Galleries

A selection of artworks from the SFU Art Collection. From left to right: Bridge Beardslee, Energy Alignment Sculpture: Pyramid in the Golden Section, 1976, steel and paint. SFU Art Collection. Gift of Ian Davidson, 1977. Jack Bush, Untitled, 1971, serigraph, ed. 29/100. SFU Art Collection. Purchase, 1975. Susan Point and Kelly Cannell, Memory, 2005, serigraph, ed. 5/77. SFU Art Collection. Gift of the Salish Weave Collection of George and Christiane Smyth, 2020.

JOB POSTING: Collections Manager
SFU Galleries

Union/Affiliation: Administrative and Professional Staff (APSA)
Pay range: $64,973 to $77,589 Annually
SFU Department Descr: SFU Galleries
Position Grade: 8
# of openings: 1
Biweekly Hours: 72
Closing Date: February 19, 2023

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, SFU Galleries, the Collections Manager oversees all aspects of collection management for the works art in the university’s collection. The incumbent of the position manages the university’s collection (both in storage and on private/private display) by developing and implementing plans, policies, and procedures for the inventory, inspection, and conservation of all works in the collection and by overseeing the administration of loans; acquisition and donation documentation; transportation; conservation; insurance assessment of works of art; and collection registration processes. The Collection Manager also develops plans for collection management; manages the collections budget; makes and implements collections management policy recommendations; and ensures adherence to international museological standards. The Collection Manager oversees the work of staff and contract workers responsible for performing collections inventory; document processing; recordkeeping; and conservation work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees all aspects of collections management for the works of art in the university’s collection. Implementing collection management plans, policies and procedures for the inventory, inspection, and conservation of all works in the collection. Continually conducts research into collections management policies and best practices making recommendations to the Director regarding changes to existing policies and practices.
  2. Oversees the administration and documentation of loans; acquisition; deaccessions; transportation; insurance; and collections registration processes for all works of art in the university’s collection.
  3. Develops and implements collection records systems and maintains the collections database management system.
  4. Develops and implements plans for the security of incoming and outgoing works of art on loan for exhibitions and the collection, condition reporting, and preparing the required documentation for insurance for the University’s Safety and Risk Services.
  5. Develops budgets, timelines and staffing requirements. Oversees contract workers who provide professional service including appraisers, conservators, art handlers and photographers. Supervises work study students, interns, and temporary Collections Assistant staff.


  • Master degree in Art History, Fine Arts, or Visual Arts, with two years of related experience in gallery or museum collection management, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of gallery/collection protocols and standards; art handling techniques; condition monitoring; conservation; and cataloguing systems.
  • Excellent knowledge of contemporary art locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written communication).
  • Excellent interpersonal and client relations skills.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to oversee the work of work study students and externally contracted professional staff.

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Our approach to accessibility follows the Justice model: access beyond accommodation. We understand disability to be unevenly distributed, primarily affecting low income communities, queer and trans communities, Indigenous communities and communities of colour. Calls to diversify, decolonize and dismantle white supremacy are both keenly felt and desperately needed in the cultural sector: at SFU Galleries we believe accessibility is a powerful tool that cultural organizations can engage to dismantle systems of oppression and create more inclusive spaces for our artists, our staff and our audiences.

We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, on whose lands the SFU campuses reside.

Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of Employment Equity. SFU Galleries is dedicated to building a diverse staff and advancing the rights and inclusion of equity-deserving groups and communities, including, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQI people. We are interested in candidates with a commitment to equity, social justice, Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, diversity and inclusion. Equity-deserving people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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