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Museum Instructor / Curatorial Assistant, Arts of the Americas and Europe


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, visual culture, or a related humanities discipline, or two to three years of experience in a museum or other cultural organization
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized, and able to prioritize among multiple projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with collaborative projects
  • Background in scholarly research and writing
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and basic office functions (e.g., scanning, filing)

Preferred skills

  • Familiarity with collection databases such as The Museum System (TMS)
  • Knowledge of European art, decorative arts and design, or arts of the Spanish Americas
  • Some foreign language skills


  • Provide general administrative support
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for internal and external inquiries related to collection and exhibition projects
  • Assist with and contribute to collection gallery rotations, collection activations, reinstallations, and temporary exhibitions, including:
    • Assisting with the formulation of proposals and exhibition concepts
    • Compiling and maintaining exhibition checklists
    • Conducting subject-specific research
    • Drafting labels and other exhibition texts
    • Collaborating with colleagues across departments, including but not limited to Conservation, Education, Visitor Experience, Exhibitions, Editorial, Graphic Design, Development, and Registrar
  • Lead assigned research projects related to the collections, including on potential loans, proposed acquisitions, and deaccessions
  • Maintain departmental files and TMS records relating to objects, artists, and exhibitions
  • Write social media posts about works in the collections
  • Field scholarly inquiries and organize collection visits from researchers, school groups, donors, and the public
  • Visit potential donors and lenders with curators

Start date: Immediately

Department: Curatorial, Arts of the Americas and Europe

Reports to: Senior Curators, European Art and Decorative Arts and Design

Position type: Full-time

Salary: $52,871.00

Union status: Union—DC37 Local 1502

FLSA status: Nonexempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm

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