Assistant Editor

Requisition # 2021-13240
Date Posted 1 month ago(8/23/2021 5:22 PM)
Art Museum
Arts and Museum Administration
Job Type


The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an Assistant Editor to support the delivery of the Museum's content to diverse audiences—including students, faculty, and other members of the University community; scholars worldwide; and visitors to the Museum and the University campus. The Museum is preparing for dramatic growth, including a new facility being designed by Sir David Adjaye, which will provide enhanced spaces for the display of the collections, temporary exhibitions, collections study, education, and public amenities. The successful candidate will serve as primary editor for the Museum’s marketing and ephemeral materials, working closely with the Museum’s Education and Communication & Information Departments to ensure that all publications accurately reflect the Museum’s vision, values, and messaging strategies.

The Assistant Editor edits and proofreads a broad range of materials, including newsletters, advertisements, special event materials, brochures, website content, grant proposals and reports, and calendar listings. The Assistant Editor will also be assigned select educational materials including object labels and other gallery didactics for editing and proofreading, particularly in support of Art@Bainbridge—our contemporary gallery space on Nassau Street in Princeton—and our new gallery on Hulfish Street in Princeton, opening this November.

The Assistant Editor provides editorial and production assistance to the Associate Director for Education, Managing Editor, and Editor as assigned for publications such as the Art Museum’s quarterly magazine, the Annual Report, the Advisory Council Report, the Record (the Art Museum’s scholarly journal), exhibition and collections catalogues, and interpretive materials. As directed, they edit and proofread texts; compile and edit bibliographies; gather and caption images; and track contracts and expenses.

The Assistant Editor creates and maintains publication production schedules using the Museum’s project management software.

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 112,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. The Museum’s main building is currently closed for the construction of a bold and welcoming new building, designed in partnership with Sir David Adjaye and slated to open in late 2024.


To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit


Editing and proofreading

  • Edits and proofreads advertisements, newsletters, website content, invitations, and brochures, ensuring consistent use of Museum style across all platforms.
  • As appropriate, routes marketing materials for approval, compiling and approving all corrections.
  • With oversight from the Associate Director for Education, the Managing Editor, and the Editor, serves as project coordinator for the Advisory Council Report and Annual Report, gathering and editing content; acquiring and organizing images; proofreading; and assisting with production.
  • As assigned, edits and proofreads object labels and other gallery didactics.

Editorial and production assistance

  • Assists the Managing Editor and Editor with editing, proofreading, and project management of various publications, including the quarterly magazine, scholarly journal, and exhibition and collections catalogues.


  • Creates and maintains production schedules using the Museum’s project management software. Drafts and tracks author and reader agreements.
  • Attends meetings to coordinate cross-departmental production schedules.



  • B.A. in art history or closely related field
  • 3 + years of experience writing, researching, and editing in the arts and humanities
  • Superb attention to detail and accuracy of content
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and time management skills, including experience juggling multiple time-sensitive projects
  • Experience following the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Exceptional ability to work both independently and as a team, emphasizing collaboration in a complex and fluid environment


  • 1–2 years of experience managing the editorial production process for printed and/or online content/digital publications
  • Experience in a university or museum environment

Finalists will be required to take a copyediting test and successfully pass a background check. Sample publications (printed or digital) will be required.



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 Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

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Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


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