Assistant/Associate Curator (Decorative Arts & Design) [The Los Angeles County Museum of Art]

Job ID: 10961066
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Curator (Decorative Arts & Design)
Company Name: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Job Function: Curator
Entry Level: No
Location(s): Los Angeles, California, 90036, United States
Posted: September 20, 2012
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: Master’s Degree
Min Experience: 3-5 Years
Required Travel: 0-10%


Reporting to the Curator & Department Head of Decorative Arts & Design, the Assistant/Associate Curator provides specific expertise in European decorative arts before 1850. Areas of responsibility include exhibition development, writing for scholarly and general audiences, acquisitions and donor development. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Curator serves as the department’s liaison to collections management, conservation, education and other departments within the Museum.

The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History, preferably in Decorative Arts, with three to six years of curatorial experience. A record of publications, experience in exhibition organization, as well as administrative and public speaking experience is required. Enthusiasm for working with the collection’s broad span of periods and media (European and American, medieval to the present) is essential. A broad knowledge of European art, especially sculpture, is preferred. Please include a resume, cover letter and list of references by November 9, 2012.

Director of Development [The Portland Museum of Art]

Position: Director of Development
Department: Development

Department/Division: Development
Reports To: Museum Director



The Museum
Located in the downtown arts district, the Portland Museum of Art has grown over two centuries to become a vibrant authority in the art world of Maine and the nation. The PMA strives to enrich the lives of people through acquisition, preservation and interpretation of the visual arts as well as the Museum’s architecturally significant buildings, while aspiring to engage audiences through exhibitions, programs and partnerships both locally and nationally. The restoration of the Museum’s Winslow Homer Studio, which will open concurrently this fall with the capstone exhibition Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine, is providing the Museum with unprecedented national exposure and opportunities to examine the life and art of one of America’s most iconic artists.

Background and Context
For the first time in more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art is conducting a search for a chief development officer. The current Director of Development position was vacated on May 31, 2012, with the retirement of Marilyn Lalumiere.

Careful stewardship by the Museum’s Board of Trustees has positioned the Museum to address opportunities by planning for the future during complex economic times. With the arrival of Director Mark Bessire in 2009, the Museum has moved forward on many fronts. A strategic plan has been adopted, and assessments of the Museum’s programs, the Development effort, and the Learning and Interpretation Department have been undertaken. Recommendations from those assessments have been or are in the process of being implemented.

Strong leadership, coupled with the commitment and generosity of members and friends, has enabled the Museum to maintain its strong financial position during a period of continued economic volatility, and to balance its operating budget for the 18th consecutive year in 2011.  The Development Department has implemented major improvements in direct fundraising, events management, and technology. Three extraordinarily talented key staff members have been hired: a Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, a Director of Individual Giving and Membership, and a Database Administrator and Information Strategist. With the encouragement of the Board and the Director, and with the guidance of a consultant, the department has made progress on introducing a major gifts culture; conducted wealth screening, prospect research, and tracking; and is completing a successful $10.5 million campaign to restore Winslow Homer’s Studio. The membership program has been revamped and major annual leadership giving programs are being evaluated and refocused. Foundation and corporate giving activity has increased, and strong corporate relationships are being built. There is still much to be accomplished; however, the current team understands and embraces the scope of the work.

Membership and annual giving continue to provide a solid and growing base of support for the Museum and its programming. In 2011, the Committee of One Hundred, the Museum’s highest level of membership, generated more than $406,000, breaking all records since it was established in 1983. The 1882 Circle, comprised of donors who support the operating budget at $10,000 or more annually, now has 32 members. Since its inception in 2003, the Contemporaries, an enthusiastic group of younger members, has grown to more than 270 members and has developed its own program of mission-driven educational and social events, ensuring a bright future for the institution. The Museum has excelled relative to its peers, and with its clear vision and strong foundation of support, is well-positioned for the next Director of Development to lead and continue the transformation of its philanthropy programs.

Under the direction of and in collaboration with the Museum Director, leads and continues the transformation of fundraising efforts at the Museum.  Serves as a key cultivator and solicitor of donors, inspiring Museum constituents to higher levels of giving, and  works collaboratively with museum staff and volunteers to ensure the Museum’s success in building strong constituent relationships and ensuring that revenue and donor interaction goals are met or exceeded.


  • Manage the Development effort so that revenue goals are met or exceeded and donors are served seamlessly and according to best practice. Oversee preparation of annual and long-term activity plans and revenue goals and budgets. Establish benchmarks, metrics, and systems of data management and analysis to monitor activities in order to be proactive and change plans, if needed.
  • Manage the Development Staff as a collaborative team emphasizing accountability and communication, encouraging creativity, welcoming new ideas, and fostering autonomy.  Work effectively across all departments developing strong and collegial relationships with all managers, staff, and volunteers to serve the best interests of the Museum, build support for all projects, and implement the strategic plan.
  • Staff and assist the Museum Director who serves as lead fundraiser and spokesperson for the institution.  Ensure that key donors and prospects are well-cultivated; the Director and solicitors are prepared for meetings; and briefing materials are accurate and delivered in a timely manner.  Work with the Director to develop a “culture of philanthropy” internally and externally and ensure that all staff and volunteers understand the Museum’s relationship-building goals and their role as “donor ambassadors.”
  • Staff the Development Committee of the Board.  Maintain regular contact with the Chair, develop meeting agendas collaboratively with the Chair, and create opportunities for trustee cultivation and solicitations of major donors and prospects.  Working with the Committee, subcommittees, and the Director, develop a program to increase philanthropic awareness and action among board members.
  • Collaborate closely with those managers responsible for marketing, public relations, learning and interpretation, and communications, leading the effort to ensure that philanthropy becomes a key part of the Museum’s message. Demonstrate an understanding and interest in these areas and serve as a resource, contributor and leader, when appropriate.
  • Oversee the implementation of a strong major gifts program that is designed to ensure annual giving but is focused on each donor’s ultimate gift to the Museum.  Carry a portfolio of key prospects to cultivate, solicit, and steward, assign donor portfolios to staff, develop revenue and visit goals, and conduct prospect action meetings regularly.
  • Manage the overall strategy and programs for annual leadership giving programs (1882 Circle, the Committee of 100, and the Contemporaries); current and new affinity programs (Friends of the Collection, and Friends of Photography); general membership effort, including collaborations within the Museum to boost attendance, build loyalty, acquire new members, and upgrade current supporters.  Oversee the foundation and corporate effort emphasizing research, planning, strong proposals, and the development of personal relationships of potential donors with staff, the Director, and appropriate members of the Board.
  • Lead the effort to develop plans for the next campaign for the Museum, preparing staff and board, and strengthening infrastructure.
  • Ensure that materials and programs are developed that will build the strength of the philanthropy program.  Working with the Director, development staff, and staff museum-wide, develop an “opportunities list” that is updated regularly; create stewardship opportunities; oversee events, lectures, and receptions.
  • Manage the department’s effective use of technology including full utilization of the database in anticipation of a major campaign.  Work with Museum colleagues to promote new technologies for communication with members and the general public.
  • Administer the gift processing and donor acknowledgement effort.  Ensure that best practice materials and processes are in place for the department to accept pledges, planned gifts, and gifts to the endowment.
  • Perform special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Comply with all Portland Museum of Art safety rules and procedures.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.

Supervise the Director of Leadership Gifts and Planned Giving, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Director of Individual Giving and Membership, and development staff and volunteers. Responsibilities include interviewing and selection, training and development, scheduling and assigning work, counseling, disciplining, terminating, evaluating performance, and recommending pay increases.

Bachelor’s degree required with at least 7-10 years of broad experience in a best-practice development department with at least three years of management responsibility. Major gifts and significant campaign experience and direct solicitation of six and seven-figure gifts are desired. Previous experience in a museum or arts organization is preferred.  A passion for art and college coursework in the history of art is an important attribute. Valid State of Maine Class C Driver’s License required.


  • Excellent planning, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong strategic and analytic skills as well as the ability to create new programs and implement a vision
  • Excellent management skills, including a collaborative management style and the ability to effectively supervise and motivate staff.
  • Knowledge of budget planning and administration.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers, volunteers, donors, and others outside the organization.
  • Ability to effectively operate computers and specialized software and a commitment to try cutting-edge applications if they will improve the ability to meet goals.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

The majority of work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment. Work involves extended sitting, computer use, and small muscle tasks. Local, regional and national travel will be required.

This is a full-time, full benefits, salaried, employment-at-will position.

Please send cover letter, resume’, and completed PMA application (available or at the front desk) to: or mail to: Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications for this position require a completed PMA Job Application in addition to any materials requested above.

Research Assistant [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Research Assistant
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York NY)

The primary function of The Research Assistant (RA) is to be part of a team that provides essential support to The Costume Institute’s Capital Project and Assessment initiatives in an effort to prepare for the Collection’s return to renovated onsite and offsite facilities.  RA assists in processing of accessioned Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection holdings.  RA additionally supports daily operations and Collection maintenance.  The duration for this role will be through June 30, 2014.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
•Retrieve, prepare, and sort objects for curatorial assessment
•Tag, sort, and pack objects for deaccession
•Assist in TMS database inventory and data input
•Move objects
•Object inventory and auditing
•Label boxes and mount objects for storage
•Object research for assessment meetings
•Labeling and processing of the accessioned Brooklyn Museum Collection objects
•Assist with Collection maintenance
•Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:
Experience and Skills:
•Knowledge of costume history
•Experience with object handling, packing, and storage
•Experience with TMS system or similar database
•Demonstrated organizational and planning skills
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Strong teamwork skills

Knowledge and Education:
•Graduate of a recognized costume program or equivalent experience
•Understanding of conservation guidelines for costume storage

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to with the position title in the subject line.

Design Manager [The Peabody Essex Museum]

We are seeking a highly talented Design Manager to join our Exhibition Design Department.  Under the direction of the Director of Exhibition Design, the successful candidate will assist in developing the exhibition design program for the museum’s expansion project. The design manager prepares and monitors work programs, schedules and cost estimation documents for multiple projects as well as management of departmental design packages for presentations, estimation purposes and bid processes. The position is also responsible for supervision and management of expansion project design and related technical consultants.


Announced in November of 2011, the museum expansion will approximately 75,000 square feet of new galleries, including an additional 15,000 square feet of changing exhibition galleries, expanded public program and education space; essential improvements to collections storage, exhibition processing and conservation functions, and a new restaurant. The expansion will support an even more dynamic changing exhibition program and innovative new installations of the museum’s global collection.


The position requires ten years of experience in a fast-paced work environment, preferably in a museum or design office. A proven track record of superior staff management, project management and problem-solving skills are required as well as strong communication skills. Candidates must be technically savvy, with a working knowledge of a variety of design-related software programs and platforms – VectorWorks, Renderworks, Microsoft Word, Excel, Fasttrack, and Adobe CS5 Suite software.


Candidates must have a BA or equivalent degree from a technical or design-related institution or a relevant combination of education and experience. Architectural training,studies or similar experience are a plus.


Interested candidates should send their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements to: or to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

Image Archive Associate [The Guggenheim Museum]

Image Archive Associate
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
(New York NY)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is seeking an Image Archive Associate. As part of the Photographic Services team, the Image Archive Associate facilitates the preservation, organization and archiving of all Guggenheim images.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods.  The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.  The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships.  With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.


Supervisory Responsibilities:
May supervise interns.

Key Responsibilities:
• Operates and maintains high resolution digital scanning workstation for Guggenheim collection works of art, Licensing, exhibition and architectural views, Conservation documentation images, Image Archive and Publication projects.  This includes scanning original materials from the Image Archive and delivering final, color corrected high-resolution digital files.

• Organizes and maintains all Guggenheim collection, exhibition and Conservation photography created in the Photographic Services Department.  Confirms that metadata, formatting, and file naming conform to studio standards. Organizes images on servers.

• Digital file editing: clean up, color correction and metadata entry of digital files of new, collection, Conservation and exhibition-related photography.

• Assists with managing workflow of new collection photography to be entered into TMS (collection database).

• Scanning and editing of historical material, including archival exhibition views and architectural views for internal and external clients and entry into the Image Archive (Media Beacon database).

• Assists Digital Asset Manager with maintenance and administrative tasks supporting MediaBeacon, the museum’s digital asset management system (DAMs).

• Supports Licensing with fulfillment of external rights & reproduction requests and internal fulfillment requests.

• High level editing of digital files, including retouching, blending, silhouetting and local color correction, for exhibition photography, publications, special projects and retail products.

• Creates and edits digital SLR based video for Publications, Public Affairs and special projects.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• B.A. or M.F.A. in fine arts, Photography, Museum Studies, Library Science or related fields.
• At least 2 to 3 years experience with an Image Archive for a museum, gallery or foundation.
• Working knowledge of digital imaging techniques and software, including a high level of fluency with Photoshop retouching techniques, Adobe Bridge metadata entry and Adobe Lightroom editing.  Familiarity with Media Beacon or other DAM database software a plus.
• Fluency with Final Cut Pro X and other video and audio editing software.
• General understanding of digital image file standards: color management, retouching, Macintosh OS X operating system and related digital asset management practices.
• Familiarity with traditional photography, including film types, formats and digital photography.
• Excellent organizational and archival skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage.  Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to  Indicate the job title “Image Archive Associate” in the subject line.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.