Assistant Registrar at the FIDM Museum (Los Angeles)

There is an opening for an Assistant Registrar at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles. Applicants with experience in costume and textiles collections preferred, see details below. Start date is as early as Oct. 16! Please address all inquiries to Kevin Jones, museum curator, at or (213) 624-1200 x3367.

JOB TITLE: Assistant Museum Registrar


SUPERVISORS: Museum/Gallery Director & Museum Curator

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Reports to Museum Curator & Registrar


  • Assists Registrar in all registrarial duties
  • Provides research assistance to Registrar & Curator
  • Keeps apprised of approved and current registrarial standards
  • Creates, organizes and maintains orderly forms, files and retrieval systems associated with acquisition, cataloging, loans, inventory and packing and shipping Museum objects
  • Catalogues collection: new donations and purchases as well as previously un-catalogued or incorrectly catalogued Museum objects, including Study Collection pieces
  • Responsible for Perfume bottle/ephemera collections & yearly rotation of open-storage displays
  • Assists with professional photography of collection for database
  • Assists with year-end inventory of donations and purchases to the collection
  • Assists with museum exhibitions: dressing and mounting pieces for shows in Galleries, as well as on other FIDM campuses
  • Supplies factual information for label copy
  • Assists students when necessary
  • Assists with off-campus and external programs, conferences, courier trips, etc.
  • Assists other staff with large projects
  • Continues ongoing research in the history of fashion


  • Knowledgeable in fashion history.
  • Knowledgeable of current museum standards and basic museum administrative procedures
  • Detail oriented
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Good hand skills, for sewing, handling objects and dressing mannequins
  • Extensive fashion vocabulary for cataloging objects
  • Knowledgeable of collection management procedures
  • Computer skills

EDUCATION: BA degree in related object; MA in Museum Studies preferred

WORK EXPERIENCE: Two years museum experience.

SKILLS: Familiar with museum databases, Past Perfect preferred; Excel; efficient in library/Internet research

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