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.

Museum Assistant (Requisition number 2019-10650)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a dynamic individual to join its team as Museum Assistant.

The Museum Assistant has a broad set of critical responsibilities, acting as a key point of contact with the general public and providing essential administrative support to the Museum in its diverse and ambitious programming and operations. This position serves as the first point of contact for the Museum’s fast-paced executive offices, welcoming guests and fielding inquiries in person, on the phone, and by email from a wide range of constituencies including the general public, University colleagues, alumni, donors, artists, peer institutions, and community organizations. A member of the Director’s personal team, the Museum Assistant assures a high level of customer service to VIPs, patrons, and all visitors.

To apply, please go to Museum Assistant and post to requisition # 2019-10650.

Curatorial Associate (Requisition number 2019-10619)

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a Curatorial Associate for a half-time position in its department of Art of the Ancient Americas. The position is for a six month term with possibility of extension.

Working closely with and reporting to the Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas, the Curatorial Associate will assist with a range of responsibilities related to the acquisition, research, and display of its rich and extensive collections, as well as providing curatorial support for installation planning, loans, and special exhibitions.

To apply, please go to Curatorial Associate and post to requisition 2019-10619.

Associate/Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Princeton University Art Museum invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate/Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art with a specialization in prints and drawings.

The Associate/Assistant Curator shapes the care, interpretation, and development of the Museum's curatorial efforts from 1945 to the present with a special focus on prints and drawings, including originating exhibitions, researching the collections, and making acquisitions. The position requires an experienced individual with superb academic credentials and the ability to help formulate and advance a vision for a university museum. The Associate/Assistant Curator will bring both a deep passion for the original work of art-including significant knowledge of materials and techniques-along with knowledge of related theory and methodologies.

Reporting to the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Associate/Assistant Curator will undertake research, develop didactic materials, undertake publication projects, work with faculty and students to foster significant curricular engagement with the collections in their care, and partner with the Museum's conservation staff to assure the long-term care of the collections. They will partner with the Museum's Education Department to develop dynamic engagement tools and programs, including a significant program of public speaking.

To apply, please go to Application for Associate/Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions, an essential leadership role that works closely with the Museum Director, chief curator, staff curators, conservators, educators, and others to lead the Museum's curatorial and collections programs on a day-to-day basis. As a member of the Museum's senior management team, the Associate Director is responsible for the strategic implementation of the Museum's vigorous collections activities (including research, installation, and care) as well as for the Museum's ambitious program of temporary exhibitions. This position provides oversight, guidance, and supervision for all Museum curatorial, collections, and exhibition activities, including exhibition planning and execution, art conservation, collections management, research, and budget planning and management. The Associate Director promotes a collaborative and productive work environment, fostering high degrees of accountability and acting as the point person for the department’s activities.

Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director oversees a department that includes a chief curator, 11 curators, teams of registrars and collections managers, exhibitions services and art handling, and conservation. S/he directly supervises a chief curator; a chief conservator; the managers of exhibition services, collections services, and campus collections; as well as an exhibitions coordinator. Supervision of and partnership with the chief curator (a new position, who is a thought leader, supervisor, and partner to the curatorial team and who shapes discussion across curatorial areas) is an especially important aspect of the Associate Director’s work in assuring that the Museum remains a thought leader in the field.

To apply, please go to Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

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.

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.