Employment Opportunities

For full descriptions of open positions at the Princeton University Art Museum, and to apply, please visit Careers at Princeton and search for “Art Museum” in the Department field. When opportunities are available, brief descriptions of current openings are listed below for your convenience.

Associate Director for Information Technology (Requisition 2018-8548)

Reporting to the Museum Director, the Associate Director for Information and Technology (AD) is a key member of the Museum’s senior management team and sets the direction for a sustainable integrated technological program and information management strategy, which positions the Museum for future advancements in the museum and technology fields. The AD leads one of six major departments within the Museum and works with the Director and fellow ADs to create a technology environment that supports the Museum’s mission and Strategic Plan, overseeing innovative technological solutions to contemporary museum issues.

The AD leads a team of professional staff in support of the Museum’s mission and strategic objectives as it relates to public-facing digital initiatives; collections management; hardware and software systems; digital asset creation and management; information architecture and systems integration; application development; current technologies (e.g. linked open data and International Interoperability Framework); and all matters relating to the Museum’s online presence. The AD provides leadership and oversight for initiatives spanning all Museum departments including advising the Director on current and future technological trends and advancements in the museum field. The AD’s fiscal responsibilities include managing funds of approximately $1.5 million annually. S/he also represents the Museum as a leader, both on campus and across the museum community.

To apply go to Associate Director for Information and Technology and post to requisition 2018-8548.

Graphic Designer (Requisition 2018-8543)

Princeton University Art Museum seeks a Graphic Designer who thrives on working on a wide range of projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, enjoys working collaboratively, has strong interpersonal skills, and is committed to excellence in all areas of graphic design. The Graphic Designer works as part of a team that includes fellow designers and editors as well as clients from other areas of the museum, including curators, exhibition staff, and members of the Education, Institutional Advancement, and IT departments. The Graphic Designer reports to the Associate Director for Publishing and Communications and also supervises a Graphic Arts Specialist.

The Graphic Designer will be part of the team that supports an active and varied exhibition program, dynamic collections galleries, and a variety of educational programs, activities, and events for a diverse audience that includes University students and faculty, members of the local community, public school students, and visitors to the region. The Museum’s offerings also encompass a vigorous publishing program that includes a quarterly magazine, annual report, scholarly journal, and exhibition catalogues.

The Graphic Designer’s tasks will include providing artistic direction and continuity as well as oversight for the Museum’s graphic design projects in print and electronic media. S/he will manage projects from concept to completion, working with Museum colleagues and vendors as needed, and communicating with clients to ensure that schedules are maintained and deadlines met.

To apply, please go to Graphic Designer and post to requisition 2018-8543.

Writing and Communications Assistant (Requisition 2018-8544)

Reporting to the Manager of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives, the Writing and Communications Assistant provides high-level support to the Director’s Office. Primary responsibilities will including drafting and preparing correspondence on behalf of the Director intended for a wide variety of Museum constituencies including University colleagues, alumni, donors, volunteers, artists, peer institutions, community organizations, and Museum program participants, with a keen understanding of the Museum’s and the Director’s preferred voice and style.  Assigned writing will include drafting correspondence related to the Director’s travel and meeting schedule, gifts made to the Museum, incoming and outgoing loans for Museum exhibitions and installations, the Museum Travel Program, and inquiries from Museum constituents, among others. Where appropriate, the Writing and Communications Assistant may assist in other writing projects as assigned. The Writing and Communications Assistant will assist with recording the Director’s donor relation activities in the Museum’s donor database, maintaining accurate, updated mailing lists including Director’s contacts, campus partners and leadership, and peer institutions.  In partnership with the Museum’s Institutional Advancement team, this position will regularly conduct research on, and update database records for, the Museum’s top donors and prospects. 

Working with the Director’s Office team, the Writing and Communications Assistant will help manage the Director’s calendar and travel schedule.  Responsibilities will include reconciling expenses for the Director’s meeting and travel activity and preparing expense reports.

The Writing and Communications Assistant will stand in for the Manager of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives as needed, and will thus be required to support a wide range of the Director’s activities.  The successful candidate will work closely with Museum staff and interact with multiple administrative and academic offices within the University including Human Resources, Facilities, Grants Administration, and the Office of Finance and Treasury. Experience working in a museum or university setting highly desirable.

To apply go to Writing and Communications Assistant and post to requisition 2018-8544

Research Specialist (Requisition number 2018-8659)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks applications for the position of a half-time Research Specialist for a 24-month term position to join a team dedicated to improving providing full digital access to the Museum’s drawing collections. 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 Research Specialist (50% FTE) will be responsible for a thorough investigation of approximately 500 of the Museum’s European, British, and American drawings that are currently unpublished and/or understudied. The Research Specialist will work closely with the Museum’s Information and Technology department, while reporting to the Curator of Prints and Drawings, utilizing best practices in the cataloguing the newly researched works of art. In close coordination with the Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Research Specialist will be responsible for executing library and online research to resolve the object data relating to function, dating, technique, attribution, provenance, and iconography, and to develop interpretive texts.

Job duties include:

  • Execute object research in libraries and online to resolve the object data relating to function, dating, technique, attribution, provenance, and iconography, and to develop interpretive texts
  • Organize, compile, and digitize (as needed) source documents for object research
  • Enter compiled research as new or revised data in The Museum System® (TMS) collections information management system, using best practices in the cataloguing the newly researched works of art and adhering to established standards and guidelines
  • Confer regularly with Curator of Prints and Drawings to determine definitive results of research
  • Confer with collections information staff to ensure the use of appropriate authority tools

To apply please go to IMLS Research Specialist and post to requisition number 2018-8659.

Museum Store Staff (Requisition 2018-8679)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks applications for Art Museum Store Staff. 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.   Specifically, we have immediate openings for part-time casual Art Museum Store staff. 

Responsibilities:

  • Primary function is to professionally greet and assist all visitors when they enter the Museum Store, and enable them to make their purchases at the register. 
  • Flexible work schedule required which will include hours on Saturdays, Sundays and some evenings. Shifts for key busy periods including holidays are also required. Approximately 15 – 24 hours per week would be available. 

 To apply go to Museum Store Staff and post to requisition 2018-8679.