Curatorial Assistant

The Curatorial Assistant assists with assigned exhibitions, acquisitions and other tasks in the Department of Curatorial Affairs. He or she works with in-house curators and guest curators on exhibitions organized by the Jewish Museum; assists curators with acquisitions for the collection and assists with the coordination of exhibitions borrowed from other institutions. 

Department: Curatorial Affairs
Reports to: Deputy Director, Program Administration/Chief Curator
Date posted: July 5, 2017
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Full-Time


  • Develop and research initial exhibition concepts and ideas for acquisitions; conduct research on individual artists, movements and works of art, as well as more historical research
  • Prepare preliminary exhibition checklists; draft correspondence; research and locate objects for exhibitions and acquisitions; process loan requests and agreements; prepare presentations; and provide support for the curators in maintaining effective relationships with lenders
  • Draft and edit text for catalogues, brochures and exhibitions, including text panels, labels, essays, catalogue entries
  • Liaise with artists and colleagues to develop sustainable and symbiotic relationships that will propel the museum’s reputation and image
  • Assist guest curators, exhibition and graphic designers and other consultants by providing them with information as directed by the curators
  • Provide information to the registrars and exhibitions manager as requested; work as a team with staff in education, digital media, marketing, visitor services, operations, communications and development to ensure that strategies for interpretation, promotion, audience development and fundraising have required information
  • Work with curatorial staff on agenda’s for regular department staff meetings and acquisition committee meetings
  • Assist with travelling exhibitions; help prepare budget, materials, and instructions for exhibitions and objects to travel
  • Review proposals from donors or vendors for gifts/purchases of works of art
  • Interview and supervise interns and temporary employees--assign tasks and schedules, and monitor work plans
  • Assist curators in docent training, including walkthroughs and slide-lectures in consultation with education department
  • Process payments and assist in the preparation of fiscal year budgets and overall project budget; monitor exhibition and acquisition budgets and endowed funds for conservation and acquisitions
  • Perform administrative functions in connection with daily museum and departmental business.


  • B.A. or M.A. degree in art history, museum management or administration or related humanities field
  • Professional/administrative experience in the form of temporary assignments/internships of one-two years
  • Broad knowledge of contemporary art, art history and interest in Jewish history and culture
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of German, French, Spanish or Hebrew language a plus
  • Computer and digital media literacy

Associate Director, Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
Phone: 212-423-3286

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.