Curatorial Assistant, American Art (Fixed-Term)
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is seeking a Curatorial Assistant, American Art for a fixed-term position of approximately 6 months.
Under the supervision of the Curator-in-Charge, American Art, the Curatorial Assistant provides support to the curatorial staff in the day-to-day operation of the American Art Department and the American Art Study Center. They assist in administrative tasks generated by the collection, its oversight, installation, conservation, photography, publication, etc.; writing labels and other interpretive materials; interfacing with the general public; and, depending on experience, participation in temporary exhibition planning, research, and implementation.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection’s maintenance and exhibition; correspondence pertaining to in-coming and out-going loans; inquiries from other institutions, the press, and public, following institutional and departmental protocol and procedures.
Assists with correspondence with scholars and facilitates research visits to the American Art Study Center by colleagues from the broader museum/academic community. Assists with permanent collection and loan exhibition tours for visitors.
Works with the Registration Department to ensure proper documentation of the collection, including acquisitions, deaccessioning, research, and logistics.
Assists with maintenance of departmental files.
Assists with monitoring activities on the art market, the auction houses, and private dealers.
Participates in the preparation of exhibition research, loans and related educational materials.
Generates and tracks work / technician / conservation / publications/ photo requests and purchase orders required to engage the assistance of other Museum departments.
Preparation of digital presentations, vetting American art books to be ordered, and directed research projects.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in art history required and a knowledge of American art preferred.
Work Experience: 1-2 years of curatorial experience or other relevant museum experience.
Skills and Abilities:
Good general knowledge of American art, history, and culture.
Responsive to supervision and flexible in meeting shifting priorities.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with others.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
Familiarity with both traditional and contemporary methods of art history research.
Ability to conduct directed and independent research.
Ability to multi task in a fast paced work environment with strong follow through
Exceptional energy, initiative and productivity.
Ability of achieve and sustain best curatorial practices.
Strong communication and computer skills, strong customer service orientation.
Strong arts / aesthetic background and interests.
Familiarity with standard museum operations and practices is essential.
This is a fixed-term position for approximately 6 months, beginning mid to late February and will be eligible for our benefits package.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Preferred Degree in Area of Study
Bachelor of art history, Bachelor of Museum Studies
Quantified Level of Education vs. Years of Experience is Preferred
Bachelors and 0-3 years experience in the field
Interested in Hiring Applicants ONLY with direct experience to the position
Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick/Personal Days, Lactation Room
Open until filled
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Curatorial Assistant, American Art (Fixed-Term) $25/Hour