Job Posting: Curator in the Office of Art Properties, Avery @ Columbia

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library seeks a knowledgeable, experienced, and collaborative individual for the position of Curator in the Office of Art Properties. Reporting to the Director, the Curator is responsible for the management, use, preservation, and development of Columbia University’s art holdings: paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, and other objects. Specific duties:

  • plans and establishes policies, working in collaboration with the  Director and the Committee on Art Properties
  • oversees the operation of the unit; hiring and supervision of staff, ensuring sound fiscal management and budgetary compliance
  • serves as spokesperson for the unit in relations with university departments, and with the public
  • assesses works of art for possible acquisitions, ensures safe handling and storage, and coordinates conservation
  • oversees the management of collections, evaluating the proper uses of works of art, making decisions about lending art objects and responding to requests for reproducing art objects
  • works to achieve maximum awareness and accessibility of the collection for research,  teaching, and exhibition; will develop and manage a digitization plan for documenting art works and for making them accessible via web-based access and exhibition portals
  • cultivates relations with donors, alumni, arts colleagues at other institutions, and community representatives

Required:

  • M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) in art history; MLS or graduate-level degree or certification in cultural object-oriented collections management or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in a leadership position managing an art collection;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational and problem-solving capabilities;
  • Demonstrated project management experience;
  • Experience in fund-raising, grant preparation, and donor cultivation.
  • Ability to work as part of a staff team, with a broad range of university colleagues, with students and with donors.
  • Should have knowledge of collection management and museum practices;
  • Interest in fostering fresh and interdisciplinary approaches to presenting and interpreting art and making the collection accessible for study and research.

Preferred:

  • Experience in records and collection management, instructional uses of cultural objects, and exhibit and digital project development.

For immediate consideration, please apply online at: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54991

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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