The Curatorial Associate will join a team of four curators at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) —including the Chief Curator, Associate Curator and Assistant Curator—that selects and shapes all exhibitions at The Museum.

The Curatorial Associate reports to the Chief Curator and works with colleagues including the Exhibitions Coordinator/Registrar, the Designer and the Chief Preparator. Each curator is expected to take lead responsibility for shepherding specific exhibitions scheduled over a two-year advance period through the development process. During that time, the Curatorial Associate will become familiar with the artwork, plans and issues of assigned projects to effectively manage that information and its use within the museum. The Curatorial Associate may supervise interns.

Job Requirements

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Collaborates on exhibition and graphic design.
  • Participates in selection of artists and art objects with Chief Curator.
  • Communicates about exhibitions in writing and through speaking with artists, museum visitors, students and docents.
  • Participates in cross-departmental efforts to promote exhibitions such as selection of publicity images and texts; prepares exhibition information for fundraising and audience development including docent training and public programs.
  • Provides administrative support in organizing meetings, manages department calendar; and arranges travel for artists, speakers and guest curators.
  • Prepares research; writes labels and wall text; assists in catalogue development and photo documentation of exhibitions; processes unsolicited artists proposals.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museology or Curatorial Practice; MA desirable
  • Three years related experience
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and terminology
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Superior working knowledge of MS Office, database management and basic Photoshop skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills a must
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Jewish history and culture desirable

Physical Requirements

  • Extensive reading and writing skills via computer
  • Excellent manual dexterity, visual and hearing acuity
  • Occasional evening and weekend schedule for events
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, extended standing at events, twisting, sitting, bending, stooping and occasional lifting of up to 15 lbs


Contact Person: Kym Olsen Phone: 415.655.7800
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