The Media Majlis is looking to hire a Registrar to lead all aspects related to digital and physical loan objects for temporary exhibitions. The museum’s Registrar is a critical member of a small international team, in the only university museum in the region open to the public, and the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to discussing the content of media and journalism.
This position plans, organizes and implements all aspects related to the organization and agreement of loans, shipping, storage, insurance, condition and care, legal and risk management, for all digital and physical objects, including coordination of on- and off-site digitization and ingest, and communication with lenders. Due to the placement of the museum within a university, extensive production, IT, digital media, facilities and security and related aspects, support the museum’s work. The museum does not hold an accessioned collection so exhibitions may use digital and physical objects from across all collection taxonomies. The Registrar will lead on aspects of the use of the museum’s CMS-DAMS (Qi by Keepthinking) and be the primary staff member for coordination and oversight of exhibition loans.
The Registrar should be highly organized, solution-focused, detail orientated, and able to work productively and creatively with curators, student workers and interns, subject specialists and faculty, and both local and international lenders and institutions. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial outlook, be interested in exploring what exhibitions can be, and enjoy being challenged. Ideally candidates should have worked with digital exhibition content, and be interested in expanding their knowledge of this form or exhibition content.
The Registrar should have some combination of museum, exhibition lending/borrowing, and digital media experience, and have experienced working outside their own culture. This position is located in Doha, Qatar, where the Registrar is required to reside, therefore knowledge and experience of Gulf culture, audiences and local museum practice is a distinct—though not required—advantage.
This position reports to the museum’s director with extensive collaboration with curators and creative digital media staff, and will take an active role in long-range exhibition planning, strategic outlook, budget planning and collaborative projects with faculty and other entities. The Registrar may oversea student workers and researchers, Masters placement/internship students, and freelance workers/consultants as needed/required. Active participation in conferences, publications and public speaking is expected of this position, and participation in university wide committees. This position may involve frequent travel, and is open for immediate hiring.
The Museum mediamajlis.northwestern.edu
The Media Majlis is a university museum which is part of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), situated at Education City in the Qatari capital of Doha. NU-Q is one of the twelve schools of Northwestern University, a world leading non-profit research university founded in Evanston, Illinois, in 1851. Since 2008 NU-Q has offered Bachelor of Science degrees in Journalism and in Communication, as well as certificates or minors in Middle East Studies, Strategic Communication, and Media and Politics (with Georgetown University). In January 2017 Northwestern opened its new building in Doha, designed by the highly regarded architect Antoine Predock.
A focal point of this building is The Media Majlis, the first university museum in Qatar, the only university museum in the region open to the public, and the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to discussing aspects of media. The museum opened to the public in April 2019. Through active discussion and interrogation, the museum’s exhibitions explore journalism, communication and media—pasts, presents and futures—with a global orientation that reflects the universal nature of media, overlaid with Qatar, Gulf, and Middle East perspectives.
Historical perspectives help visitors understand media landscapes but The Media Majlis largely focuses on present-day and future aspects and issues of journalism and communication, featuring interactive and digital components combined with physical objects, programing, publications, and online content. The internal ethos that drives The Media Majlis, its tone and mindset can be summed up in three words: always another side. This principle allows the museum to blow open subjects by exploring different disciplines and perspectives—exploring the interplay between local, regional, and global perspectives means that the museum challenges standard narratives. It aims to offer polarities of opinion, drawing back the curtain on media by exploring lesser-known angles alongside majority views.
The Media Majlis is a bilingual museum, open to the general public and dedicated to providing audiences with constructivist, visitor-centered exhibitions, programs and resources in a positive, dynamic, comfortable environment. The Media Majlis staff is a small international team, supported by, and working in collaboration with, the staff and faculty of one of the world’s highest ranked universities.
- Masters degree (MA, MSc, MPrac.) in museum studies, curatorial studies, registarial practice, archives, digital in museums, or related subject; Bachelors with 5+ years museum registrarial or collections management experience, including with digital objects, will be considered.
- Minimum three year’s museum or archive experience with one or more areas of registration, collections management, touring exhibitions, copyright and licensing, or digital material (work in exhibition spaces or similar institutions will be considered).
- High familiarity and comfort with new technology, including digitization processes, with experience of using a CMS-DAMS.
- Fluent in English, including museum terminology, and experience writing for print or online projects. Active desire to take part in conferences, publications and similar.
- Exceptional team work and time management skills, and experienced managing staff and/or interns. Proactive in independent work, with a high level of discretion and confidentiality. Ability to travel.
- Experience with living and working outside of own culture, and working internationally.
Highly desirable: Experience dealing with material (physical or digital) from the areas of media, journalism, television and broadcast, radio, film and video, digital media, gaming/gamification, digital or video art, or closely related subject matter; Arabic fluency, or abilities in Urdu, Hindi, Tagalog, or French; Experience of living and working in Qatar, or another Gulf State.
Northwestern offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, and exceptional working environment and resources.
Application is via Northwestern’s careers website: https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/
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