Company Name: 

San Diego Museum of Man


1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Melissa A Hernandez




Job Description: 

Job Title: Registrar                                                                Date: February, 2019

Reports to: Director, Cultural Resources                               Employment Status: Full-Time/Non-Exempt

Hourly Rate: $20.00-$22.00

The San Diego Museum of Man's (SDMoM or the Museum) mission is to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience. We aim to hold a space for discourse on topics that matter and a place where we keep the fun in profundity. The Museum, housed in an architectural gem at the heart of Balboa Park, is open 362 days each year. Our staff demonstrates great flexibility, generosity, kindness, humor, excellent judgment, and attention to detail. We love our community, our visitors and our team! Commitment to a team approach is a must and a clear perspective is appreciated. If you like being around hard-working, welcoming, appreciative idealists with no shortage of opinions, please join us. Be part of making our community better by working in a museum that aims to be part of the solution.

Description: Registrar

This position is responsible for all aspects of registration for the cultural resources (i.e. collections) stewarded by SDMoM which include approximately 75,000 ethnographic items, 300,000 archaeological items, 25,0000 photos, 300 linear feet of archives and 6,000 Ancestral remains.  The registrar shall also manage incoming and outgoing loans, coordinating with department staff around the museum’s NAGPRA compliance program, and assisting with museum and department-wide decolonization initiatives. 

In addition, the museum is currently working through the first comprehensive inventory performed in nearly 50 years. The Registrar should be prepared to take a leading role in this initiative, helping to ensure the progress of the project as well as resolving the diverse registration inconsistencies that represent more than 100 years of collecting history.

Our ideal candidate has an energy and passion for cultural resources management and registration that carries them through their day-to-day responsibilities. The successful applicant is creative thinking and a problem solver who is prepared to take on new challenges and is ready for an adventure. A sense of humor, willingness to try new things, and an interest in decolonizing traditional collections care are vital to the success of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Cultural Resources, the Registrar is expected to work collaboratively with individuals throughout SDMoM and perform the following:

  • Creates and maintains physical and electronic records for acquisitions, accessions, deaccessions, provenance, loans, and other records.
  • Supports the department in creation and implementation of plans to improve storage conditions for the various cultural resources stewarded by the museum. Including, working toward improving the care and preservation of all items on exhibition and in storage through housing, basic cleaning, organizing, and maintaining order in storage areas.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of broad decolonization initiatives and policies at the SDMoM.
  • Works with staff to ensure the Museum’s continued compliance with the letter and spirit of federal NAGPRA legislation, including handling research and documentation as well as assisting with consultation, repatriation, and disposition claims.
  • Administers the CollectionSpace database, including training staff and interns in use, setting procedures in place for digitizing cultural resources, cleanup of existing data, and providing and creating database searches and reports as needed.
  • Manages all logistics and paperwork for the museum’s incoming and outgoing loan program including communications with borrowers and lenders, scheduling shipments, and ensuring that all loan agreement documents have been properly executed.
  • Assists museum staff with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions including the creation of exhibition mounting as needed.
  • Assists staff with handling, packing, and inspection of all cultural resources leaving or entering the museum.
  • Manages student interns as they assist with the inventory project and day-to-day activities within the department.
  • Coordinates the Museum’s internal Cultural Resources Review Committee and Cultural Resources Working Group meetings by creating agendas, meeting notes, and following up with related stakeholders. 
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Experience, Education, or Skills Required:

  • Preferred Master’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, or related field with three to five years of professional experience in museums cultural resources and/or registration offices.  Additional experience with a Bachelor’s degree is acceptable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural resources and registration management principles including records management, accessioning and deaccessioning, maintaining an active loan program, archival housing methods, preventative conservation, cataloging standards, environmental monitoring, and pest control.
  • Experience with collections database management and digital registration initiatives. Including a familiarity with managing digital assets and strong knowledge of metadata standards.
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, and communication skills including the ability work effectively with individuals inside and outside the department, including Trustees, donors, and Native American tribal representatives and cultural heritage officers.
  • Knowledge of NAGPRA law with a minimum of one to three years’ experience with NAGPRA policies, procedures, and repatriations.
  • Experience in assisting with complex, sensitive, or confidential projects including demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a wide range of people and groups.
  • Exceptional organization skills with the ability to self-direct projects, multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent technology skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, database management, cultural resources management, and reporting programs.
  • Willingness to work on a team and embrace shifts in priorities on a regular basis.

ADA Notations:

  • Regular sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs and ladders, balancing, crouching, stooping, and communication (talking/hearing).
  • Ability to lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to move between all areas of the museum, some of which are widely spaced on uneven terrain and/or require climbing stairs and ladders.
  • Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Noise conditions range from quiet to moderate noise of a shared office environment.

How to Apply:

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter and resume to with “Registrar” and your first initial and last name in the subject line.