Curatorial Assistant, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking a Curatorial Assistant for the department of European Decorative Arts. Under the supervision of the Curator-in-Charge, the Curatorial Assistant provides support to the curator in the day-to-day operation of the European Decorative Arts and Sculpture Department, the Porcelain Gallery and the Ceramic Study Center.  This position assists in administrative tasks generated by the collection, its oversight, installation, conservation, photography, publication, education etc.; writing labels and other interpretive materials; interfacing with the general public; and participation in exhibition planning, research, and implementation.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Participates in the day-to-day administrative operations of the department, including in-house actions required for the permanent collection’s maintenance and exhibition; correspondence pertaining to in-coming and out-going loans; inquiries from other institutions, the press, and public, following institutional and departmental protocol and procedures. Assists with correspondence for scholars and facilitates research visits to the Porcelain Gallery, the Ceramic Study Center, and the department by colleagues from the museum community, collectors and groups. Assists with permanent collection and exhibition tours for visitors. Assists with organizing educational lectures and symposia. Works with the Registration Department to ensure proper documentation of the collection, including acquisitions, deaccessioning, research, and access. Assists with maintenance of the departmental files for objects, exhibitions, installations, website, and correspondence. Assists with support groups; the European Decorative Arts Council and the San Francisco Ceramic Circle. Participates in the preparation of exhibition research, loans and related educational materials. Generates and tracks work / technician / conservation / publications/ photo requests and purchase orders required by other Museum departments. Performs other duties as assigned, including writing labels and short pieces for in-house publication, preparation of digital presentations, and directed research projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in art history required and a knowledge of European decorative arts, and ceramics in particular, preferred.

Work Experience:  Minimum 1 year of curatorial experience or other relevant museum experience.

Skills and Abilities:

Good general knowledge of Eurpopean art history, and culture. Responsive to supervision and flexible in meeting shifting priorities. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with others. Exceptional organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines. Familiarity with traditional methods of art history research. Ability to conduct directed and independent research. Ability to multi task in a fast paced work environment with strong follow through Exceptional energy, initiative and productivity. Ability of achieve and sustain best curatorial practices. Strong communication and computer skills, strong customer service orientation. Strong arts / aesthetic background and interests. Familiarity with standard museum operations and practices is essential.

FAMSF offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco. COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.

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17 Jan 2018



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