Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Job: Curatorial Assistant - Arts of Africa, Americas, Asia

Baltimore Museum of Art - Curatorial Assistant, Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands

Location: Maryland, United States
Institution Type: Nonprofit
Position Type: Research Professional
Submitted: Monday, February 15th, 2010
Main Category: African Studies
Secondary Categories: Art and Architectural History
African and Middle Eastern History

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) seeks a Curatorial Assistant for the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The Curatorial Assistant will join the curators for African and Asian art in a department holding an important collection of over 6,000 objects and a strong record of scholarship and major art exhibitions, particularly for the arts of Africa. The Curatorial Assistant will report to the Associate Curator for African Art, and will also assist the Associate Curator for Asian Art, occasionally working with consulting curators and visiting scholars. The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for both the administrative functions of the department and research assistance for the collection and exhibition projects.


The Curatorial Assistant performs a wide range of duties, including: assisting with maintenance of the permanent collection; coordinating the accessions process; cataloguing objects in collections management database (The Museum System); managing business for the Friends of the Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas group; coordinating loans and exhibitions; and conducting research. The Department is planning for the reinstallation of the African collection. The Curatorial Assistant will be expected to assist with project management and research for the reinstallation, in conjunction with the Associate Curator for African Art. The Curatorial Assistant may manage work-study students, interns, and/or volunteers.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, Masters degree preferred, and demonstrated study of non-European art and cultures. At least one year of museum experience preferred, ideally in a curatorial or research capacity. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong abilities as follows:
• Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
• Outstanding research skills
• Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with internal departments and external parties
• Skilled in multi-tasking, organization, project management, prioritization, and time management
• Possesses sound judgment and diplomacy
• Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, object management database, and basic photo editing required)
• Knowledge of a foreign language a plus

The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, pension plan, 403b deferred compensation retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum shop, program and exhibition, and restaurant discounts, reduced fee gym membership and a continuing education discount. We also offer 4 weeks of earned vacation, 9 holidays, 3 personal days, a floating holiday, and 12 sick days each fiscal year.

Contact Info:
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via e-mail to with “Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands (AAAPI) and type your first and last name” in the subject line by or before February 28, 2010. Out of state candidates are welcome to apply, but there is no financial relocation assistance. No phone calls please.

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