Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh


The Curatorial Assistant works closely with both the curators of Fine Arts and of Decorative Arts & Design, and with the assistant curator to ensure that the departments function effectively and efficiently. In collaboration with the curators and assistant curator, s/he assists in compiling research and writing for the departments’ collections, exhibitions, and acquisitions. The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for general administrative work for the departments. S/he works with the curators and assistant curator to develop an appropriate distribution of responsibilities for exhibitions, gallery rotations, and special projects.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Requires a master’s degree in art history or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with education and/or experience in the history of decorative arts, design, or material culture. Familiarity with non-western art is also desirable. At least one year prior work experience in a museum or comparable organization is preferred. Experience with art handling in a museum setting is a plus.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Requires strong research and analytical skills, ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff and to interface diplomatically with donors and professionals in the field. S/he must be highly organized, and able to work both independently and as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team. Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential. S/he must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as with Internet-based research. Expected to gain familiarity with KE Emu, CMOA’s collection management system.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature. Some out-of-town travel and occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Employees of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh receive free admission to all four of our museums; discounts in our cafes and gift shops and on programming and classes; employee assistance program; and more.

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