Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibits and Publications, Harvard Art Museums, MA

School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums
Department: Division of European and American Art

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions and Publications provides organizational, research, logistical, and clerical support for the development and production of special exhibitions and their connected publications, interpretive materials and programs, and for major collections catalogues in the Division of European and American Art.
The Curatorial Assistant position is an opportunity for individuals to gain or further develop curatorial experience to advance their career in museums.

Please note: This is a two year term position.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides general curatorial assistance in the planning, organization, and implementation of exhibitions and related publications and programs, including logistical and research support in the preparation of checklists, loan requests, exhibition catalogues, didactic materials, interpretive labels, and other exhibition related materials.
  • Provides organizational support for the preparation and publication of major catalogues of the permanent collections in digital and printed format, including creating checklists, acting as liaison with outside authors, coordinating photography and other imaging, and verifying object and provenance information.
  • Coordinates and supports project specific contributions to major grant driven initiatives connected to assigned exhibitions and publications, assisting with the preparation of grant proposals, fundraising narratives, and project budgets.
  • Contributes to the development of and assists with the production of online content related to assigned exhibitions and publications.
  • Acts as a source of information about assigned exhibitions and publications to internal and external stakeholders including students, faculty, visiting scholars, artists, collectors, dealers, and staff involved in the exhibition and publication production.
  • Works in close collaboration with Editorial, Design, and Collections Management departments and also coordinates regularly with the Division of Academic and Public Programs, Communications, Conservation Center, Archives, Digital Images and Visual Resources, Information Technology, and institutional Advancement departments.
  • Provides clerical and administrative support connected to assigned exhibitions and publications as needed, including correspondence and mailings, organizing and documenting meetings and conference calls, and preparing materials for presentations including PowerPoint presentations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree with background in European and/ or American art history and culture, Renaissance to the present.

Additional Qualifications:
Museum experience strongly preferred. Master’s degree or work toward master’s preferred. Solid art-historical research skills and strong written and verbal communications skills. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong computer skills, especially word processing and database skills; ability to learn new applications and procedures as required, prior knowledge of TMS an asset. Accuracy with detail and ability to follow through on projects despite interruptions. Knowledge of at least one relevant language preferred. Must be flexible, punctual, and able to function well both independently and as part of a team.

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