Careers   ·  December 19, 2017

Temporary Contract Registrar


The Museum of Photographic Arts is looking to enter into an Independent Contractor relationship between the museum and a Registrar, effective immediately.


The Registrar is asked to perform the following tasks:

1. Organize extension of exhibition loan agreements for Point/Counterpoint and arrange return shipping (international and domestic)
2. Arrange loans, reproduction rights and art shipping for Hidden Worlds.
3. Accession approximately 100 objects into the permanent collection, in the next three weeks.
4. Process loan requests from other organizations, draw up loan documents and arrange art shipping.


Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, flexibility, and enthusiasm are required.
• Previous experience working as a registrar
• Strong research, writing, and editing skills
• Strong computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, experience with Photoshop preferred
• Strong oral and written communication skills


– to be determined based on experience


a. Time Period: This Agreement shall become effective as of the date of signature of both parties and shall remain in force until January 31, 2018. The contract will renew automatically for another year under the same terms unless alternate arrangements are agreed to.
b. Cancellation: Either party can cancel the Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by providing written notice to the other party not less than 14 days prior to the date of cancellation. (Exception: MOPA reserves the right to cancel less than 7 days prior to the date due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, etc.)


The Registrar understands that the museum uses photographs, video footage and audio recording reproduced either in whole or in part taken during events and programs in its
promotional materials, including its website. It is hereby agreed that any and all physical and intellectual property created by the Registrar during the term of this Agreement shall become the property of MOPA, including but not limited to: work processes, production schedules, and product deliverables produced on the service or projects listed above on behalf of MOPA. The museum will hold the copyright and MOPA may print, publish, distribute, etc. these materials at a later date. The copyright for all materials should read as follows:

Copyright [date] Museum of Photographic Arts
(Example: Copyright 2012 Museum of Photographic Arts)

©[date] Museum of Photographic Arts
(Example: ©2012 Museum of Photographic Arts)


The parties expressly agree that the Registrar is acting as an independent Contractor and is not an agent, employee, or partner of MOPA. The Registrar understands and agrees that the Registrar shall not be entitled to any of the rights and privileges established for MOPA’s employees, including, but not limited to, retirement benefits, medical, life insurance or disability coverage, severance pay, paid vacation or sick pay, 401k plan benefits, or deferred compensation. The Registrar understands and agrees that MOPA will not pay or withhold from the compensation paid to the Registrar any sums customarily paid or withheld for or on behalf of employees for income tax, unemployment insurance, social security, workers’ compensation or any other withholding tax, insurance or payment, and all such payments as may be required by law are the sole responsibility of the Registrar.


MOPA shall have no responsibility for any of the Registrar’s liabilities, or obligations incurred by the Registrar in carrying out the terms of this Agreement, except as otherwise specified herein. Likewise, the Registrar shall have no responsibility for any of MOPA’s debts, liabilities, or obligations while carrying out the terms of this Agreement, except as otherwise specified herein. Except to the extent that MOPA or its representative is negligent, the Registrar agrees to indemnify MOPA for liability asserted against MOPA on account of the Registrar’s debts, liabilities, or obligations. The indemnification set forth herein shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

To apply:
Please email resume, cover letter and three references to
No calls please.