• Curatorial Associate

    Requisition # 2019-10619
    Date Posted 3 months ago(7/19/2019 5:31 PM)
    Art Museum
    Arts and Museum Administration
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    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, 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.


    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. 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. The Museum advances critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and also serves as a gateway to the University for more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year. The Museum is located at the heart of Princeton’s historic campus and is free and open to the public.


    To learn more about the Art Museum, visit https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/.




    • Assist with installations, exhibitions, publications, and public programs organized by Art of the Ancient Americas, including research, facilitation of loan planning and paperwork, liaising with internal and external colleagues, and internal and external correspondence.


    • Serve as a key point of contact for collections inquiries related to the Art of the Ancient Americas, answering queries about the collections by letter, e-mail, and telephone.


    • Conduct research on new acquisitions and catalogue them in The Museum System (TMS) database.
    • Build comprehensive curatorial files on both new and prior acquisitions.


    • Conduct research on aspects of the collections; aid curator in making rich collections content available to the public.


    • Assist in supporting research and teaching access to the collections and study rooms by faculty, students, and visiting scholars.


    • Facilitate prompt responses to incoming and outgoing loan requests.


    • Perform other tasks as needed. 


    The candidate must have a strong understanding of the complex curatorial activities of a 21st-century museum, strong research skills, well-honed interpersonal skills, superb written communication and administrative skills, detail orientation, and be willing to work independently and/or collaboratively as needed. Broad knowledge of the history of the indigenous arts of the Americas, particularly prior to European contact, is essential. Attention to detail is vital, as is the ability to meet scheduled deadlines. The position also requires the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information. A minimum of three years of museum experience and at least an M.A. in art history or a related field are strongly preferred.


    This position carries with it a full range of benefits.



    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

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 030

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Comments Related to End Date

    The position is for a six month term with possibility of extension.

    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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