Research & Collections Assistant

The Research & Collections Assistant will provide research and administrative support to the curatorial team working with the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection of nearly 30,000 works of art. The collection is renowned for its ceremonial (Judaica) and decorative arts, as well as antiquities, numismatics, painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, installation art, and new media. The Research & Collections Assistant will conduct research under the direction of curatorial staff, assist in managing and preparing rotations of galleries and objects in the Museum’s collection-based exhibition Scenes from the Collection, administer the process of acquiring new works for the collection (acquisitions) and will be a primary liaison between Curatorial and Collection Management staff.  

Department: Curatorial Affairs
Reports to: Senior Curator
Date posted: October 7, 2019
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Full-Time


  • Work fluidly with the collection—understand research methodology and use tools such as the Museum’s records and other primary and secondary sources
  • Make efficient use of the Museum’s collection database (TMS) and Digital Asset Management Software (NetX)  
  • Conduct provenance research as necessary—use Art Loss Register and other research tools
  • Work with curators to research objects for display in Scenes from the Collection
  • Format checklists, schedule internal conservation reviews, update research and label information in TMS database under direction of Collections Management staff
  • Assist in compiling tombstone information for exhibition labels and provide curators with materials and research for developing labels and texts
  • Research objects proposed for acquisitions; assemble documentation on individual artists, movements and works of art in preparation for acquisition meetings
  • Correspond with artists/makers, donors, dealers, vendors, auction houses, and galleries to ascertain or verify information about new acquisitions
  • Help Collections Manager examine objects in storage, assist in tracking conservation budgets and expenditures
  • Perform administrative functions such as processing invoices, updating work plans, scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, taking meeting minutes and copying materials in connection with collection-based curatorial work
  • Supervise interns assigned to collection-based projects/exhibitions
  • Participate in the work of museum committees as assigned


  • BA or MA (preferred) in Art History, Museum Studies, or equivalent
  • Experience working with collections and/or participation in relevant internships
  • Broad knowledge of general art history and interest in Jewish history and culture
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative
  • Knowledge of Hebrew, German, French, or Spanish languages a plus
  • Computer and digital media literacy; working knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) a plus

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Associate Director, Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128


The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.