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.

Chief Curator (Requisition number D-19-UAM-00002)

The Princeton University Art Museum invites nominations and applications for the new position of Chief Curator.

This is a high level position at one of the world's finest university museums. We seek a highly accomplished curator, scholar, or educator, with a firmly established reputation in the museum field and a clear curatorial/academic perspective on the value and meanings of great museums in academic settings. Preference will be given to candidates with academic training or equivalent work experience in one or more fields of art history, social history, or material culture appropriate to the Museum's mission and five or more years of progressively responsible experience in a museum, ideally in an academic setting.

Under the leadership of the Art Museum's Director, and reporting to the Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions, the Chief Curator advances the Museum's commitment to merging scholarship and accessibility by providing intellectual leadership to its curatorial team. The Chief Curator is a thought leader, advocate for, and partner to the curatorial team who shapes discussion across curatorial areas, and positions the Museum as a leader in the field. The Chief Curator builds a culture of collaboration across areas of diverse curatorial expertise, privileging cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary exhibitions, thinking, and activities that build from Princeton's uniquely wide-ranging collections. In so doing, the Chief Curator helps to link these to the Museum's educational activities, including publishing and interpretation.

To apply, please go to Application for Chief Curator.

Assistant/Associate Curator of European Art (Requisition number D-19-UAM-00001)

The Princeton University Art Museum invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Curator of European Art.

The Curator helps lead the Museum's program in European art from the medieval period to 1945 and must be an experienced individual with superb academic credentials who possesses meaningful curatorial experience, ideally in an academic setting, and the ability to formulate and advance a vision for a university museum with an established commitment to European painting and sculpture.

Reporting to the Chief Curator, and working in close coordination with the Director and the Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions, the Curator will assume a full range of curatorial responsibilities including crafting an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions, research, and scholarly publications. The Curator will work closely with faculty and students to foster significant and sustained curricular and scholarly engagement with the collections, including periodically teaching courses in European art and regularly participating in group and guest teaching. Working within a team environment, and supervising project-based research assistants and student interns, the Curator will promote dialogue, engagement, and collaboration both within the Museum and beyond. The Curator will be able to help shape the ongoing development of the Museum's collections through the stewardship of relationships with collectors and through judicious major acquisitions, and will cultivate collectors and benefactors including individuals, foundations, and other sources. The position will be filled at the rank of assistant or associate curator, depending on qualifications.

To apply, please go to Application for Assistant/Associate Curator of European Art.

Welcome Desk Attendant, Art@Bainbridge (Requisition number 2019-10276)

The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for Welcome Desk Attendants at Art@Bainbridge. The successful candidates 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 education activities and events that continue to grow in energy and impact each year.

To apply, please go to Welcome Desk Attendant, Art@Bainbridge and post to requisition 2019-10276.

Visitor Engagement Representative, Art@Bainbridge (Requisition number 2019-10275)

The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for Visitor Engagement Representatives at Art@Bainbridge. The successful candidates 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 education activities and events that continue to grow in energy and impact each year.

To apply, please go to Visitor Engagement Representative, Art@Bainbridge and post to requisition 2019-10275.

Production Assistant (Requisition number 2019-10391)

The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking a Production Assistant to play a key role in a project to provide broad access to educational and interpretive content. The Production Assistant will leverage technologies developed by the Museum to create and provide access to new multimedia content about its encyclopedic collections. Reporting to the Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Academic Engagement, the Production Assistant will play a critical role in this initiative to deliver diverse and engaging content to Museum audiences.

To apply, please go to Production Assistant and post to requisition 2019-10391.

Manager of Campus Collections (Requisition number 2019-10318)

The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking a Manager of Campus Collections who will be responsible for managing all aspects of a campus art collection that numbers in excess of 700 objects, including coordinating their care and managing a process of commissioning and otherwise acquiring new works of campus art. Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions, the Manager of Campus Collections also supports the Campus Art Steering Committee (co-chaired by the Director of the Princeton University Art Museum and the University Architect), and often takes direction from, and works in close partnership with, the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Conservator, and other Art Museum staff.

To apply, please go to Manager of Campus Collections and post to requisition 2019-10318.

Exhibitions Coordinator (Requisition number 2019-10308)

The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking an experienced Exhibitions Coordinator to work closely with Museum leadership and curators to plan and implement an active program of traveling exhibitions and long-term loans during the forthcoming period when a new Art Museum facility will be under construction. The position will report to the Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions and will assist in the planning and implementation of a variety of exhibition projects involving multiple curatorial departments, in order to advance awareness and visibility of the Museum’s collections between 2021 and 2024.

The purpose and structure of these exhibitions will vary but will collectively represent the exceptional quality, depth, and breadth of the Museum’s resources, potentially including works on long-term loan to the Museum. Some or all of these exhibitions will travel nationally as well as internationally and be accompanied by exhibition catalogues of varying scope and complexity, whose project coordination will also be the responsibility of the Exhibitions Coordinator. 

To apply, please go to Exhibitions Coordinator and post to requisition 2019-10308.

Associate Director, Art Museum Development (Requisition number 2019-10274)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an inspired and inspiring leader capable of building sustainable, long-term philanthropic relationships and shaping complex philanthropic strategies to serve as its next full-time Associate Director, Art Museum Development (AD-D).

The Museum is preparing for tremendous growth, including a new facility being designed by Sir David Adjaye, which will provide dramatically enhanced spaces for the display of the collections, temporary exhibitions, collections study, education, and public amenities. Fundraising and planning are well underway, with construction anticipated to occur over the next five years; an aggressive plan to secure new capital giving, endowment, and annual support must now be developed and implemented.

To apply, please go to Associate Director, Art Museum Development and post to requisition 2019-10274.

Registrar (Requisition number 2019-10274)

The Princeton University Art Museum is seeking an experienced Registrar to support the department with exhibition and loan activity. The position will have responsibility for outgoing international loans, as well as sole responsibility for three or more assigned exhibitions per calendar year—one or more of which may travel to several national and/or international venues. The position will report to the Chief Registrar and will work closely with the rest of the registrar department, including the Associate Registrars for domestic outgoing loans and for collections. Additionally, the Registrar will interact with borrowers, lenders, insurance representatives, shipping and transport agents, and Museum curators, preparators, financial managers, and administrators.

This is a key position in a dynamic museum environment that regularly collaborates and/or partners with institutions around the country and abroad. The successful applicant will be expected to provide a senior level of activity and input within the department.

To apply, please go to Registrar and post to requisition 2019-10193.

Manager of Marketing and Public Relations (Requisition number 2018-9553)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a Manager of Marketing and Public Relations who thrives on working in a collaborative, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, has extraordinary interpersonal and communications skills, and is committed to excellence. The Manager of Marketing and Public Relations works as part of a team that supports an exceptional 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 from around the world. Reporting to the Associate Director for Publishing and Communications, the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations works closely with editors and graphic designers as well as with clients from across the Museum, including curators, educators, fundraising professionals, retailers, and others. S/he also supervises two part-time employees—a Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator and a Digital Marketing Specialist.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing an institutional marketing and publicity strategy that utilizes technology in the most effective ways to expand audiences and keep them informed; preparing and disseminating Museum-related news and web-based communications; cultivating relationships with media professionals; producing exhibition-related publicity and advertising; managing the Museum’s social media strategy; and serving as a liaison with communications professionals across campus and the wider community.

To apply, please go to Manager of Marketing and Public Relations and post to requisition 2018-9553.

Security Operations Manager (Requisition number 2019-9813)

The Department of Public Safety is a 24/7, 365-day operation that will require the Security Operations Manager to be on call 24 hours and work non-standard hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Associate Director of Support Services (AD), the Security Operations Manager (SOM) provides administrative and management oversight in planning, coordinating, and managing the security operations of the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) and Firestone Library (FL) facilities including the offsite Art Storage Facility (OASF) and providing patrol of the Satellite Branch Libraries (SBL). The SOM oversees and is accountable for all aspects of PUAM and FL security 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days /year. Working closely with the PUAM Director/designee and the University Librarian/designee, this position has oversight of the training, directing, supervising, and scheduling of appropriate staff to secure PUAM and FL and their world-class art and book collections as well as to assure the safety and comfort of visitors during open hours and at special events. Provides strategic guidance and ensures the work assignments and training of all staff in these areas are monitored, including planning and implementation of an ongoing program of cultural property protection, customer service, and cross-training to provide for qualified location specific staffing for PUAM and FL. The SOM takes a lead role in serving visitors and making them feel safe and welcome, assuring that customer service values inform and guide the work of all security staff.

The SOM prepares staffing plans and establishes priorities in order to meet location specific goals, with the most appropriate utilization of personnel and equipment that is both effective and fiscally responsible, while following best practices. The SOM is responsible for working with the DPS Budget Manager to generate, implement, monitor, and reconcile the annual operating budget for PUAM and FL security, and to request needed funds for staffing and equipment. The SOM also collaborates with the DPS Administrative Lieutenant to actively plan for and address ongoing training needs and staff development, securing funding as needed.

In this role, the SOM oversees general administration and planning for all PUAM and FL security staff including, but not limited to, overseeing hiring, performance management, scheduling and payroll. The SOM collaborates closely with DPS colleagues to assure the continuing smooth integration of the administration of PUAM and FL security within the larger University security environment while honoring the specific needs and specific cultures and frameworks of the PUAM and FL.

For more information and to apply go to Security Operations Manager and post to requisition 2019-9813.