Curatorial Assistant – Textile Art

Application Deadline

Friday, August 30, 2013



Job or Internship


Position Purpose

This is an administrative support position assisting the Curator in:

  • ·         maintaining all documentation associated with the permanent collection
  • ·         serving as staff liaison for the department
  • ·         responding to inquiries regarding the collection and related topics, directly, or on behalf of Curator
  • ·         administrative aspects of preparing installations and exhibitions
  • ·         website updates and blog entries provenance research
  • ·         Ability to work as a team with curatorial and museum staff, donors, and the general public
  • ·         Maintain organization of department office, including prioritization of incoming inquiries and ongoing projects
  • ·         Prepare, research, process, and maintain all records and paperwork for the permanent collection including acquisition and deaccession forms, loan forms, annual acquisitions listings, photography, object files, image rights, and electronic database
  • ·         Maintain departmental files, including but not limited to object, artist, budget, and project files
  • ·         Maintain departmental, acquisitions, and support budgets and reconcile with Accounting Department records in a timely manner
  • ·         Maintain departmental correspondence; process correspondence generated by Curator; edit, format, distribute, log and file; route inquiries to proper parties
  • ·         Respond to all phone inquiries to the department and direct calls to appropriate party
  • ·         Compile checklist information for exhibitions and gallery rotations
  • ·         Prepare and produce object labels. Work with Curator and Educator on production of interpretative texts for exhibition installations and the permanent collection. Maintain and change labels as needed
  • ·         Coordinate shipping and conservation arrangements for incoming and outgoing loans with Registrar, Conservator, and other institutions for permanent collection objects and exhibitions
  • ·         Assist Curator in preparation of lectures and publications
  • ·         Assist with the creation and coordination of departmental publications, press materials, and written information about the department
  • ·         Assist Curator in troubleshooting computer operations
  • ·         Assist visiting scholars with access to the collection

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • ·         Order subscriptions, publications, and departmental supplies
  • ·         Manage and coordinate departmental events and fundraisers
  • ·         Serve as staff liaison for department supporters as needed and as defined by supervisor
  • ·         Perform other related duties as assigned or requested

Note:  This position does not promote to a curatorial track position

Job Qualifications

  • ·         Strong organizational, writing, editing, research, record-keeping, accounting, and administrative skills; experience with interdepartmental planning and coordination
  • ·         High level of attention to detail, ensuring correct documentation at all levels, with ability to cross-check and verify documentation from sources within and outside the Textile Art Department
  • ·         Ability to work without immediate supervision and review of work-product
  • ·         Tracking status of multiple projects and seeing projects to conclusion
  • ·         Knowledge of museum procedures for receiving shipments, processing acquisitions, deaccessioning, cataloguing art objects, payment of invoices, etc.
  • ·         Knowledge of museum procedures for art handling
  • ·         Computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, ARGUS or other collection databases
  • ·         Knowledge of a foreign language related to the department’s holdings desirable
  • ·         MA in Art History, Museum Studies or relevant field preferred, BA considered
  • ·         Knowledge of textile art history and/or textile techniques desirable
  • ·         Prior relevant curatorial or collections experience in a museum, archive, or library is desirable

Education or Formal Training


Additional Information

This is a full-time position with benefits.   Posting closes on August 30, 2013. If you are interested in this position, please email your cover letter and resume  In the subject line of your email, please list your name first followed by the position you are interested in obtaining.

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