• Copyedits and proofreads texts; maintains project style sheets and checklists. Fact-checks and researches information.
  • Writes or prepares components of texts such as object labels, captions, bibliographies, timelines, etc. Obtains ISBN and CIP data as needed.
  • Prepares ancillary materials related to books and exhibitions (publisher’s sales catalogue copy, project descriptions, large-print texts, and the like).
  • Formats manuscripts and other text and image files.
  • Works closely with curatorial staff, book publisher’s editorial/production staff, freelance designers, copy editors, typesetters, and proofreaders as needed.
  • Maintains paper and digital files for correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, and contracts.
  • Processes author and designer contracts, invoices and bills; maintains project budget records.
  • Maintains book-production schedules, work plan, and deadlines for each project.
  • May assist rights manager to request and obtain reproduction rights for images.
  • Provides liaison with other museum departments.
  • May supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Organizes and checks photographs and image scans for publication; scans photographs.


  • May provide assistance to curators in assembling and preparing manuscripts for catalogues and exhibition texts as requested.
  • May provide administrative support to the Curatorial Affairs Department as requested, including museum business related to exhibitions, acquisitions, correspondence with artists, lenders, donors, dealers, galleries, and general public.


  • B.A. in English or art history or related field, M.A. preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years editorial experience, preferably in art publishing; excellent command of English prose and grammar; strong editing and writing skills, including developmental editing, copy editing, project management, book production.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; with proofreading marks and process; with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Familiarity with illustrated book publishing; ability to work with both scholarly and general art texts, and to collaborate with authors, curators, educators, publishers, staff.
  • Ability to manage, coordinate, and complete multiple projects; work with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; diplomatic demeanor.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Prior museum or gallery experience a plus.

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Director of Human Resources

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10128


Fax: 212.423.3232

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Information
  • New York, New York, 10001, United States
  • 27646702
  • March 28, 2016
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Assistant/Deputy/Associate Director
  • No
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 3-5 Years