Casual - Campus Collections Assistant

Princeton, NJ
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7526
Department Art Museum
Category Arts and Museum Administration
Date Posted 5/16/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Temporary
Application Deadline 5/21/2017


Princeton University Art Museum

Campus Collections Assistant - Casual Hire

The Campus Collections at Princeton University is comprised of over 700 objects that include: the John B. Putnam, Jr. Memorial Collection, comprised largely of work by twentieth-century masters; the Princeton Portrait Collection of over 600 paintings and sculptures comprised mostly of likenesses of important Princetonians and later non-portraits that relate to the history of the University; the general Campus Art Collection that includes dozens of sculptures, monuments, and memorials important to University history and tradition; and fine art by a number of distinguished artists, including works in traditional media (such as stone sculptures, metal plaques, mosaics, and painted murals) as well as new media (such as electronic and digital works) and environmental installations.


The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an exceptional candidate to work no more than two days per week as an assistant to the Manager of Campus Collections to support research and documentation of the holdings in this area; interpretation of the collection; conduct periodic inventory and condition assessments; catalog the collection in The Museum System database (TMS); and maintain electronic and archival records. This is a part-time casual hire position.


  • B.A. required; Museum Studies or related field strongly preferred
  • Strong computer skills are essential: expert facility with MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with The Museum System (TMS) preferred.
  • Facility with digital photography
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Meticulous work habits and attention to detail; consistency in procedures and quality of effort in all areas of work.
  • High level of discretion related to protecting confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Must successfully pass a background check.

About the Museum:

With collecting origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest art museums in the country. Formally established in 1882, its collections feature nearly 100,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world's richest. A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

Learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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TMP, 001

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Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

Duty Time: 40%

Eligible for Overtime


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Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


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Casual Hire

Physical Capacity Exam Required


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