OVERIVIEW: An opportunity to serve as an Associate Curator (Latino Design) for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which is the only museum in the country devoted to historic and contemporary design. Candidates must be able to speak, read and write fluently in Spanish in order to perform research, writing and other duties associated with the collection and exhibitions.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES: • Identifies, locates, and solicits objects for the collection, in addition to researching, interpreting, preparing catalog records, securing image rights, overseeing new photography, and creating web-based content for both new and existing Latino collection objects. • Collaborates with the Education Department to initiate and develop ways to interpret, expand audiences and optimize opportunities to disseminate knowledge about American Latino design. • Conducts in-depth research and develops a Collections/Acquisitions Plan to guide acquisitions of modern and contemporary American Latino design. • Proposes and develops a Latino-focused exhibition and accompanying publication. • Engages with the Digital and Emerging Media Team to create Latino-based content. • Reaches out to curators, researchers, and educators on Latino initiatives and develops collaborative activities.
*Ability to speak, read and write fluently in Spanish in order to perform research, writing and other duties associated with the collection and exhibitions. (Screen out)
*Ability to perform collections management, scholarly research, exhibition planning/production, publishing, public engagement, and administration.
*Ability to conduct in-depth research and develop a Collections/Acquisitions Plan to guide acquisitions of modern and contemporary American Latino design.
*Ability to conduct outreach and working with a museum Education Department to initiate and develop ways to interpret, expand audiences and optimize opportunities to disseminate knowledge about American Latino design.
*Ability to fundraise for acquisitions and exhibitions to develop fundraising support for programs and activities assisting with fundraising as appropriate.
*Skill in collaborating and working effectively with all levels of museum and curatorial staff and visitors.
*Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree or higher in museum studies/art or design history with a specialization in modern and contemporary American Latino design (or equivalent).
EXCEPTIONAL SMITHSONIAN BENEFITS: 401k with matching funds + federal pension plan Group Life Insurance Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Long Term Disability Health Insurance Dental Vision Flexible Spending Accounts Free Transit/Commuter Benefits (up to $3,060 commuter costs paid per year) Annual Leave (13 days) increasing after 3 years (20 days) Sick Leave (13 days) Federal Holidays (10 days) Family Friendly Leave Family Friendly Workplace Telework Policy Historic and landmark offices and garden 92Y Fitness Center Free Entrance to Museums and Galleries Design Library Curatorial Talks and Tours (Cooper Hewitt) Employee Assistance Program Smithsonian Network Tarallucci e Vino Museum Café (employee discount) http://www.cooperhewitt.org/visit/cafe/ Cooper Hewitt Museum Shop (employee discount) Admission to NYC museums and galleries (free) General Employee Discounts
ABOUT COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. On Dec. 12, 2014, Cooper Hewitt reopened in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, which offers 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. The renovation of the Carnegie Mansion and museum campus was recognized with LEED Silver certification. Currently on view are nine exhibitions and installations featuring hundreds of objects throughout four floors of the mansion, including the fifth installment of the museum’s contemporary design exhibition series, “Beauty?Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” “Thom Browne Selects” and “Pixar: The Design of Story.” Visitors can experience a full range of new interactive capabilities, including exploring the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables, drawing their own designs in the Immersion Room and addressing design problems in the Process Lab.
LOCATION: 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Please note this is a federally funded position. In order to be considered for this job, you must set up an account at usajobs and apply on line at this website at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/439490800/
Submit a detailed resume addressing all qualification requirements and submit an unofficial transcript from your undergraduate and graduate schools.
- New York, New York, 10128, United States
- May 19, 2016
- Associate Curator (Latino Design)
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Master’s Degree