Department:                Exhibitions & Collections

Reports to:                  Senior Registrar

Classification:             Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary

The Associate Registrar for Exhibitions is responsible for the coordination of exhibitions and loans to and from the Museum, as well as the care, movement and documentation of artworks from the permanent collection.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Schedule fine art packing and shipment for loans, couriers, and exhibitions; ensure loan and insurance documentation is in order; preparation of US Federal Indemnity applications.
  • Work with Museum art technicians to professionally handle, pack and unpack, transport, store, install, and de-install artwork of all types according to museum standards.
  • Liaise with curators, appraisers and scholars to encourage research and ensure accessibility of the collection. 
  • Perform condition reports and liaise with art conservators.
  • Courier artworks both nationally and internationally; act as an ambassador for the Museum.
  • Keep art storage vaults and installation areas clean and orderly for efficiency and the safety of personnel and art objects.
  • Participate in inventory checks. Maintain accurate location records.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Registrar, assist in preparation and management of annual budget as well as budgets for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Follow American Alliance of Museums (AAM) guidelines and Museum Policy to determine and implement best practices and ethics for Museum Registration.
  • Follow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements to maintain Museum certification.
  • Willingness to work out of hours to receive art shipments and assist with installations.
  • Periodically attend professional conferences and/or workshops.
  • Attend institutional meetings and perform other tasks as may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in art history, museum studies, or related field and minimum of three years museum registration experience.
  • Candidate must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess strong communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • The Associate Registrar for Exhibitions must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team while meeting deadlines and working calmly under pressure.
  • Experience with museum databases and art handling is essential.

 Physical Demands

  • 60-80% time spent sitting at the computer.
  • Some carrying and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to use small tools.

Work Environment

  • Office space shared.
  • Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy.
  • Daily walking required to the Museum, which includes stairs.

Salary Range: $62,000 to $68,000 annually

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to, or mail to: The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.

The San Diego Museum of Art is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity employment laws. The Museum prohibits discrimination against staff members or applicants on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, protected medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.