Senior Registrar

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum seeks a qualified Senior Registrar to oversee and administrate the Museum’s Registration department. The Senior Registrar works closely with the Chief curator and other members of the curatorial department to develop collection policies, loan policies and effective procedures for the museum relating to collection management. The position is responsible for overall management of the museum collection records and record keeping systems for a collection of nearly 30,000 objects, as well as registrar coordination for Museum organized temporary exhibitions and long-term loans. The Senior Registrar is a key team member for exhibition/project planning and implementation, and is also responsible for developing and managing the budget for the Registrar department.


Permanent Collection:

  • Responsible for museum collection records, including overall management of record-keeping systems for collection of nearly 30,000 objects.

  • Develop policies and procedures pertaining to registrar and other collection management topics.

  • Manage all aspects of museum registration for permanent collection to include: accessioning, gift processing, art inspection, location and inventory, de-accessioning and fine arts insurance management.

  • Overall management of the packing and shipment of all artworks, both incoming and outgoing.

  • Supervise a staff of 5 in the Registrar’s Department

  • Overall management of collection database (TMS).

  • Advise museum staff on effective policies of collections management.

  • CCSF Coordinator for the museum.

Exhibitions and loans:

  • Responsible for registrar coordination and oversight related to MAM-organized temporary exhibitions

  • Participate in contract negotiations and liaise between MAM and lender and/or partner institutions.

  • Organize domestic and international transport.

  • Prepare and manage shipping budgets for temporary and traveling exhibitions.

  • Prepare general condition and packing reports.

  • Manage records for long-term loans and promised gifts to the Museum.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sit up to three hours per day.

  • Stand up to three hours per day.

  • Walk about the museum, loading dock, vaults and offices.

  • Reach above shoulders.

  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl upon occasion.

  • Use hands to finger, handle or touch.

  • Lift 10 to 25 pounds.

  • Talk and hear.

  • Close vision.

  • Color vision.

  • Depth perception.

  • Ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Excellent interpersonal skills, systematic, meticulous, patient, self-starter and works well under pressure. Manages time efficiently, analyze and solve problems independently and if necessary, collaboratively. Ability to be flexible and embrace changes within this position due to departmental priorities. Ability to work with a wide variety of people to achieve the goals of the Museum.

  • BS/BA degree required. Masters degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five years comparable registrar experience, including coordinating Domestic and International Indemnification applications

  • Minimum of 3 years of proven supervisory and management experience

  • Must have demonstrated professional demeanor and proven ability to work on complex projects both as a team leader and major contributor

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills. Detail-oriented, organized and ability to use moderate level of computer applications

How to Apply

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Posted on March 20