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Museum Instructor / Curatorial Assistant—Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Islamic World

Working with the curatorial staff for three collection areas, the Curatorial Assistant for Arts of Africa, Asia, and the Islamic World assists with collection- and exhibition-related projects. The Curatorial Assistant conducts and assists with scholarly research and writing, and supports the administration of collections in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, visual culture, anthropology, 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 African, Asian, or Islamic art
  • 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 both assigned and independent research projects related to the collections, including on potential loans, proposed acquisitions, deaccessions, and repatriation requests
  • 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 Africa, Arts of Asia, and Arts of the Islamic World

Reports to: Senior Curator, Arts of Asia

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Union­—DC37 Local 1502

FLSA status: Nonexempt

Salary: $47,988

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

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