Curatorial Assistant – Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

Job Category Casual Wage
Position Title Curatorial Assistant, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University (part-time, no benefits)
Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Division Dean of the Faculty
Department Picker Art Gallery
Department Statement The University Museums at Colgate seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) curatorial assistant to start as soon as possible and work through the remainder of the fall semester, with possible renewal for the spring semester. This position provides critical support in collections research and documentation, curricular use of collections, exhibition, and program coordination, and publication production for the Picker Art Gallery.
Accountabilities Job duties include:
• Conducting research on objects in the collections, including archival research, contacting galleries and museums, and corresponding with specialists;
• Accurately inputting data into collections databases, maintaining consistency across records, and producing reports;
• Providing significant oversight and assistance in the production of museum publications, including writing and editing content; providing substantive support for the coordination and preparation of class visits, including corresponding with faculty.
• In collaboration with the curators, accountable for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing exhibitions and programs.
• Working closely with team members, and responsible for making progress in digitizing collections and for developing strategies for sharing collections online, including through the development of online exhibitions and other digital projects.
• Overseeing the work of undergraduate student employees or interns.
• Engaging audiences through marketing and social media and maintaining the effective management of social media presence.
• Knowing and following standards for museum and curatorial practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the AAM.
• Performing other duties as assigned.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications • Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or equivalent demonstrable experience
• Familiarity working with databases and demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to accurately input data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports
• Strong writing and editing skills
• Experience conducting object-based research
• Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students daily
• Flexibility and the ability to think creatively
• Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications)
Preferred Qualifications • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the field of art curation
• Previous experience working with graphic designers, editors, scholars, and other museum professionals
• Past supervisory skills such as overseeing undergraduate student employees or interns
• Experience handling museum objects/artworks. Knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
• Experience with digital and multimedia projects, such as online exhibitions and collections
• Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) database
• Previous involvement in producing exhibitions
• Experience producing publications
• Experience engaging audiences through marketing and social media
Education • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (art history; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is required
• Master’s degree in a related field (art history; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) preferred
Physical Requirements
Other Information
Posting Detail Information
Requisition Number 2019CW032P
Temporary Yes
Work Schedule
Job Open Date 10/02/2019
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
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