The Dayton Art Institute Asian collections are ranked among the top twenty in the country.  The Kettering Assistant or Associate Curator of Asian Art (title commensurate with qualification, education and experience) will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the Asian art collections and programming, including collections development, permanent collection and special exhibition installations, publications, and programming.

Duties include developing and overseeing the safekeeping of the Museum’s diverse historical Asian art collections, developing exhibitions and publications that enhance understanding of and appreciation for Asian art, cultivating donors, developing and monitoring project budgets, writing grants for ongoing and special projects, and interpreting Asian art to multiple audiences through diverse media. As a member of the curatorial team produces exhibition overviews, descriptions, and checklists; writes and produces catalogues and wall text; oversees installation.

Job Requirements


Titles will vary depending on qualification, education and experience.

  • Assistant curator: Master’s degree (M.A.) in Asian art history or Asian Studies; one to three years of curatorial/museum experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Associate curator: Master’s degree (M.A.) in Asian art history or Asian Studies; three to five years progressive museum experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Applicants must have experience organizing exhibitions, writing catalogue essays, developing programs, and working with donors and trustees.  Excellent public speaking, strong English language skills, and proficiency in one Asian language required.
  • Passionate about being a member of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong visitor-centered community dynamic;
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and management skills.
  • Attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and work effectively both as part of a team and independently.
  • Able to handle multiple projects and prioritize duties.
  • Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience.
  • Adept at donor interaction and fundraising.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, and The Museum System (TMS), as well as web content management.
  • Comfortable with technology, including use of social media, mobile devices and other relevant media.
  • Self-motivated and directed, outgoing, pleasant, diplomatic, energetic, creative, flexible and open to new ideas, highly organized, able to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and able to perform well in a changing work environment.
  • Position requires the ability to work weekend and evening hours, as well as to prepare for and attend early morning meetings.  In general, meeting times and needs for coverage of non-traditional hours are known in advance.

For consideration, please submit a cover letter including salary requirements, curriculum vitae or resume, two (2) writing samples and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, Human Resources Director or email to

Submission deadline: Open until filled


Contact Person: Monica Walker
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