The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, is conducting a search for the Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs. 

Position Summary

This position is responsible for helping to strengthen the teaching mission of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.  The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to object-based learning, interdisciplinary teaching, and collaboration, and a cross-disciplinary approach to original works of art. The Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs will work with a broad constituency of faculty and course instructors to assist the Director of Education in developing, teaching, and evaluating museum sessions for a wide range of university classes—primarily single-visit sessions—using original works of art and exhibitions for curricular support. Responsibilities include facilitating use of collections and scheduling class visits to the Museum; pulling works of art for class visits; managing Museum study rooms; and supervising student interns. The Curatorial Coordinator will meet with faculty and instructors to determine goals and learning outcomes for the class visits; suggest appropriate art works for the visit; develop and design content for the class sessions; and implement new strategies to encourage use of the Museum in creative ways.

The Mellon Curatorial Coordinator is a four-year term position at the Johnson Museum reporting to the Director of Education. The Coordinator will also liaise with curatorial staff to provide access to works of art selected for class sessions, and update location records with the help of student interns.

Museum Information:

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is located on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and is among the leading university art museums in the country.  Founded in 1973, the Johnson Museum is committed to serving a diverse audience and cultivating a wide range of partnerships that inspire creative ways to link objects and ideas for the education and enjoyment of all. The Museum preserves, documents, interprets, and makes accessible its collections for the benefit of current and future generations of museum visitors. By providing wide access to original works of art from different cultural traditions and time periods, the Museum connects audiences with art of the past and helps them explore new directions in contemporary art.

To Apply:

For a more detailed job description and to create a profile online please apply online at       and get connected to Cornell recruiters. Due to the high volume of responses, only those applicants who best match our needs will be contacted for an interview.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell NYC Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in art history or a related field of study and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination; strong visual literacy and critical thinking skills; minimum of one year teaching experience; excellent communication and leadership skills; highly developed organizational capabilities; and ability to work with colleagues in a fast-paced environment.  Masters in Art History or related field preferred. Excellent writing, research, and administrative skills; deep commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and collaboration with a cross-disciplinary approach to original works of art. Prior museum experience, and a background check are also required.