Princeton expands ‘Being Human’ Festival to Communities on Campus and in Greater New Jersey

This fall, Princeton will bring back the UK festival, “Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities.” This year’s theme is “Discoveries and Secrets,” which “prompts participants to explore untold stories, hidden histories, and mysteries.” Programming will take place across Princeton, Lawrenceville, Newark, Yardville and Jersey City and will run through December 20, 2019. [Princeton University]

You may access a full schedule here.

Symposium at Princeton University | States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing – November 15, 2019

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition, States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing, Princeton University Art Museum will host a symposium on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 9 am – 5 pm.

Panelists will discuss the topics raised in the exhibition, ranging from disease, mental illness, and care. Speakers include:

  • João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director, Program in Global Health and Health Policy
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Professor and Director, Program in Creative Writing
  • Elena Fratto, assistant professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor and Chair, Molecular Biology
  • Anna Arabindan-Kesson, assistant professor in Art History and African American Studies
  • Judith Hamera, professor of Dance
  • Eric Avery, artist and psychiatrist

[Princeton University Art Museum]

 

Two New Maya Lin Works Grace Grounds of Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University

Maya Lin’s The Princeton Line was completed last year and Einstein’s Table debuts this week on Princeton’s campus, followed by a discussion on November 5 between the artist and museum director James Steward.

Steward claimed, “I’ve wanted to add Maya’s work to the Princeton campus for over ten years, and am thrilled that these works now join this beautiful environment.” [Town Topics]

Museum Assistant – Princeton University Art Museum

Overview

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.

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/.

Responsibilities

Principal responsibilities of the Museum Assistant include: welcoming visitors and staff and serving as a resource for Museum information; scheduling group meetings and interviews, as well as providing A/V support for these meetings; assisting in the coordination of the Director’s meeting and travel schedule; maintaining the Museum’s SharePoint site, listservs, and shared calendars; preparing agendas, emails, letters, and event-related materials; planning and day-of management of Museum events; supporting aspects of the Museum’s Travel Program; organizing complex mailings for Museum publications; tracking RSVPs for event invitations; assisting with data entry for the Museum’s donor database; and overseeing maintenance of office equipment (troubleshooting minor issues) and supplies, mail distribution, and outgoing FedEx/UPS shipments.

The Museum Assistant will need to quickly develop a thorough knowledge of the Museum’s programs and schedules, and proactively acquire and maintain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Museum’s broad range of operations. Judgement, discretion, and professionalism in relaying information both internally and externally is critical.

The Museum Assistant also assists with areas of the Museum’s business office, including purchasing via E-commerce websites and preparing Museum office credit card expense reports. Other special projects, especially supporting the Office of the Director and its fundraising and donor cultivation efforts, will be assigned as needed.

The Museum Assistant reports to the Manager of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives and provides additional support to the Director as needed.

Some night and weekend hours are required.

Qualifications

This position requires a minimum of 2-5 years of work experience, a strong customer-service orientation, polished interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills, and a high level of computer proficiency (including experience with electronic calendars, email, and the Microsoft Office suite). The ability to multi-task and prioritize among competing demands, resourcefulness, a problem-solving orientation, discretion, flexibility, accuracy, close attention to detail, and strong organizational skills are essential. The successful candidate will have the ability to work proactively, anticipate needs, and work both independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Concur, Prime, SharePoint, and Altru;
  • Experience planning and managing events;
  • Experience with desktop design programs including Paperless Post and Adobe (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator);
  • Experience working in an art museum, art gallery, or similar cultural institution.

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. A degree in art history, or a related field is strongly preferred.

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

BOS, 030

Standard Weekly Hours

36.25

Eligible for Overtime

Yes

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver’s License Required

No

Collections Systems Specialist – Princeton University Art Museum

Overview

The Princeton University Art Museum seeks a Collections Systems Specialist who will be responsible for the analysis and manipulation of complex cultural heritage data sets stored in two Museum systems of record: the collections information system, The Museum System (TMS), and the digital asset management system, ResourceSpace. Reporting to the Museum Application Developer, the successful applicant will be a member of the Art Information and Systems division of the Communication and Information department, a team of museum information professionals engaged in collections and exhibitions data creation, modeling, infrastructure design, and access. The team is responsible for supporting museum staff and other stakeholders in the use of centralized information, and for delivering collections and exhibitions information to multiple endpoints in support of the Museum’s mission. This is a new 30-month term, full-time, benefits eligible position that will begin immediately and has the possibility of extension. Remote work is a possibility.

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/.

Responsibilities

 Primary responsibilities will include data extraction, data batching, report writing, and advanced SQL query development, as well as supporting the integration of collection data between TMS, the Museum’s API, and ResourceSpace. Other tasks include the documentation of data extraction and QA routines, and the implementation of periodic TMS system upgrades. Also:

  • Design and maintain scalable processes to support the extraction, transformation, and delivery of collection data to the Museum’s downstream products and public-facing digital platforms.
  • Model and implement processes for the regular delivery of access copies of digital images from ResourceSpace to cloud storage
  • Craft scripts for the import of large data sets into TMS in support of exhibition and special cataloging projects
  • Serve as the primary contact for and designer of custom data reports for Museum-wide users as well as faculty and students
  • Prepare and implement TMS system upgrades
  • Collaborate with the members of the Art Information and Systems division on strategic planning and product development
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications                           

  • 2 years’ experience working with museum collections information systems and museum data
  • Demonstrable expertise in SQL Server query language
  • Expertise in museum and library data standards
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A high degree of organization and self-motivation, including ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to work autonomously yet also as an integral part of a close-knit team
  • Familiarity with source code control and collaborative development systems (e.g. Git)
  • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, Information science, computer science or related field with proven interest in cultural heritage data management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more high-level programming languages, ideally Python or JavaScript
  • Understanding of commonly used data serialization formats, structures, and ontologies: JSON, CSV, RDF
  • Familiarity with NoSQL document stores and search applications such as Elasticsearch, SOLR, and MongoDB
  • Familiarity with Crystal Reports and/or SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Knowledge of or interest in current movements in cultural heritage data and image management (Linked Data, IIIF, Open Access)

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, 020

Standard Weekly Hours

36.25

Eligible for Overtime

No

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Comments Related to End Date

This is a 30-month term, full-time, benefits-eligible position and has the possibility of extension.