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Head Registrar, Exhibition
Head Registrar, Exhibition
Whitney Museum of American Art
Post Date: 17 Jul 2023


Reporting to the Chief Exhibitions and Collection Officer, the Head Registrar, Exhibitions, will oversee the implementation of all exhibition registration as well as management of the Exhibition Registration staff. The Head Registrar, Exhibitions,will manage exhibition assembly and dispersal, the oversight of budgets, loan contracts, fine arts insurance and indemnity, scheduling and care of borrowed objects and objects from the Permanent Collection on exhibition.


  • Supervise and assign exhibition registrars;
  • Develop and oversee exhibition budgets;
  • Coordinate logistics of exhibition installations and troubleshoot issues that arise, working with Exhibition Coordinators as well as outside parties such as artists and lenders;
  • Act as lead registrar on assigned exhibitions and traveling exhibitions
  • Review and update standard practices, policies, and best care procedures regarding registration of exhibitions; encourage continued collaboration among staff
  • Assist the Chief Exhibitions and Collection Officer in developing overall museum exhibition schedule including opening and closing dates of shows, installations and special project activity


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 7-10 years of experience in museum registration and general practices; experience with budgets and contracts helpful
  • TMS, Adobe Photoshop, general computer and office skills; knowledge of museum standards and practices, particularly exhibition and collection management
  • Some weekend and evening work required; must be willing to travel as needed

Compensation& Benefits:

  • Compensation range of $100,000 – $115,000 per annum
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(B) elections
  • Generous PTO benefits
  • Commuter benefits – parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike

The advertised pay rate is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.

About the Whitney:
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:
The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with


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