The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry. For nearly forty years, the Center has introduced millions of visitors of all ages to the wonder and artistry of puppetry through three key programming areas: Performance, Museum, and Education. These program areas work in tandem to showcase puppetry in action, as a fine art, and as a gateway to imagination. For further information, visit our website at www.puppet.orgOverview:

The Center for Puppetry Arts Museum seeks a Collections Manager to assist in all areas of collections management and exhibition registration. Reporting to the Museum Director, the incumbent will manage and maintain the museum’s object, archival, and library collections. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, cataloging and condition reporting incoming donations, managing the collections management database system (PastPerfect) and assisting with exhibitions, including the installation and de-installation of special and permanent exhibitions. The Center currently holds over 3000 items in its collection, including a recent donation of over 400 items from the Jim Henson Collection.


  • Manage, monitor, and maintain object, archival, and library collections.
  • Catalog, condition report, and re-house all incoming donations and any items going on or off exhibit.
  • Process paperwork for accessions, incoming loans, and outgoing loans.
  • Manage the museum’s Past Perfect database.
  • Manage contract conservators working on puppets from the Jim Henson Collection and the Global Collection on an as needed basis.
  • Work with Preparator on finding appropriate mounting solutions for pieces going on exhibit.
  • Responsible for ongoing inventory of museum collection. Manage artifact checklist for special exhibits and permanent gallery rotations.
  • Work with Museum Director and Preparator in installing/de-installing exhibitions.
  • Prepare monthly report of potential artifact donations for the Acquisition Committee to review.
  • Monitor Galleries and Collections Storage.
  • Supervise library patrons and handle research requests.
  • Oversee Collections Management interns and Library volunteers.
  • Conduct research as needed.
  • Assist with museum programming/museum store operation as needed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Possess a B.A. in History, Public History, Museum Studies, or related field (M.A. preferred).
  • Have a minimum of 2 years museum experience in registration and/or collections management with demonstrated proficiency in database management (PastPerfect experience is a plus).
  • Successful candidates must be extremely detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to work successfully alone and in a team environment.
  • Candidates must have knowledge of standard museum policies and procedures according to AAM standards and knowledge of standard museum cataloguing systems.
  • Must be willing to work some evening and weekends (with advance notice)
  • Must be willing to occasionally assist in other Museum areas as needed (Store, Education, and Galleries)
  • The ideal candidate will possess patience, persistence, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.


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