Temporary – Project Registrar, Art Museum

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The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for casual hire assistant project registrar. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within the context of an art museum that is intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, supporting one of the most dynamic exhibition programs on any college campus and a program of educational activities and events that continues to grow in energy and impact each year.  


The Art Museum is taking the first steps in a complete renovation of our building. The Project Registrar shall assist the Senior Collections Manager as one of the packing team leaders for the more than 100,000 art objects in its collections. The position will be responsible specifically for the transfer of the objects themselves: condition reporting, transit scheduling and record maintenance. This position operates on an as-needed basis and will be termed through June 30, 2021.


With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include more than 100,000 works 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 finest. 


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.


The Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, it offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture. The Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street, and is free and open to the public. 


To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit artmuseum.princeton.edu.

  • Physical examination of objects for purposes of establishing fitness to travel, and/or unchanged condition upon arrival at destination.
  • Creation of accurate database records in TMS in order to track movement both on an individual and container basis.
  • Label and tag works of art and locations.
  • Responsible for directing fine arts shippers to pack and ship artwork to PUAM specifications.
  • A minimum of 4 years of art cataloguing experience.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree required; Master of Arts degree in Art History, Museum Studies or Studio Arts preferred.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of fine art media and the associated terminology essential. Experience creating condition reports according to current industry best practices essential.  
  • Extensive experience managing art database including cataloguing objects required.
  • Experience supervising fine arts packing companies including knowledge of packing protocols required.
  • Knowledge of best practices for handling and caring for works of art required.
  • Must be able to lift up to fifty pounds, climb ladders and walk and stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be available four or five days per week on project basis.
  • Experience using museum collection management software, such as TMS, Argus, Filemaker or Past Perfect, is strongly preferred.
  • Finalist will be required to successfully complete a background check.

Be advised that you will be contacted only if there is further interest in your application. The candidate dashboard will not display status updates for this requisition.


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.


Standard Weekly Hours0.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleNoEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoEstimated Appointment End Date6/30/2021Physical Capacity Exam RequiredReviewValid Driver’s License RequiredNo




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Posted: 1/7/2021
Application Due: 1/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time