Collections Project Lead

The iconic front steps of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description

The Franklin Institute is embarking on a master planning project to create a new two-story collections space that will serve as a public-facing exhibition experience as well as a collections storage space and collections office and workspace. Key components of this project are the move and digitization of the collection. The role requires a candidate that is versed in Project Management, collections, and registrar practices and procedures, and can serve as a partner to the collections team throughout this three-year period.

This role is a three-year term appointment that will take TFI through the opening of the Collections gallery in November 2024. Though reporting to the Experiences department, which manages the timeline, budget, and forward movement of the work, the TFI collections team will be the primary client. This role will work in lockstep with this team to update and/or create new policies, procedures, and decision matrices that have full buy-in to ensure future implementation.

The Collections Project Lead will also be responsible for: 

  • Collaborate, communicate progress, and coordinate work with cross-functional teams including exhibit developers, exhibit designers, exhibit graphic designers, collection managers, staff scientists, education, preparators, and project managers.
  • Serve as the collections project consultant making collection-related recommendations for action and negotiating solutions to meet the needs of collections and exhibit teams.
  • Plan for insurance, integrated pest management, and security required for risk management of collections
  • Assess and improve collections records management, including the research and implementation of a digital collections management system. Promotes the use and access of the system by cross-functional teams.
  • Research and recommend improvements to collections management policies and procedures in accordance with best practices in the museum field, TFI policies, and the needs and conditions of TFI’s facility.
  • Determine digitization guidelines and processes
  • Train registrars and additional as-needed contractors and volunteers providing art handling, data entry, or conservation work.
  • Follow TFI safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • BA/BS is required, preferable in museum studies or related field 
  • A master’s degree is preferred 
  • A minimum of 8 years experience with museum registration 

Status: Full Time

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information: 

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

Please visit our Careers page or contact (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!