Director of Collections Management (Faculty, Exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a dynamic and driven individual to join the Conservation and Collections Division as the Director of Collections Management, in the Department of Collections.    

The successful individual will provide management of the Collections Management department responsible for the safety, preservation, care, and documentation of collections as well as the installation of exhibitions and the permanent collection. Through demonstrated leadership, The Director of Collection Management will ensure the stewardship and long-term preservation of collections; including direct care, handling, packing, storage, housing, documentation, information management, and all activities related to collections of various types and sizes. This position will lead key collection moves, coordination and communication for the forthcoming expansion and new storage facility. The Director of Collection Manage will also work in close partnership with the Deputy Director for Conservation and Collections and other key department directors to provide leadership, vision strategic direction, management to accomplish the museum’s goals and objectives.  

This is a salaried, faculty, exempt position that offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. VMFA staff also enjoy museum benefits like free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse Restaurant, Best Café, and VMFA Shop. 

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: 

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, and French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently began a new expansion and renovation project led by the international architecture firm SmithGroup. Tentatively scheduled for completion in Fall 2027, the project consists of adding a new wing of nearly 170,000 square feet and renovating 45,000 square feet of existing spaces, while maintaining four acres of green space in the Sculpture Garden. Visitors will experience a seamless journey through the collections in the new wing, which will house American and Indigenous American art, African art, 21stcentury art, and a new suite of galleries for rotating special exhibitions and a special events space.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university in with major coursework in Conservation, Collections Management, Art History, Art Administration or Museum Studies. 
  • Several years of senior level experience working in a museum.   
  • Demonstrated experience with increasing responsibility in positions related to collections management, registration, or conservation. 
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience with TMS, project management, considerable knowledge of art handling practices, application of security related practices, handling packing, and storage practices related to exhibition transportation, and preservation of art objects. 

Preferred Qualifications:   

  • MA in Art History, Museum studies or equivalent preferred.   

Special Instructions:  

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check. 

Position requires employee to file a Statement of Economic Interests form annually.   

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an on online application no later than March 31, 2023.  However, this posting will remain open until filled.

Please contact the HR office at if you need assistance.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer. Diverse and inclusive hiring practices are at the heart of what we do at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

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