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Curator - Skirball Cultural Center

Curator - Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an audience-minded, detail-oriented, multi-tasking team member with superior research, writing, and communications skills for the position of Curator in the Skirball Museum. Guided by the Skirball’s mission and inclusive perspective, the Curator will develop a dynamic range of exhibitions, create original content, and support the efforts of the entire Museum. 

The Curator will lead project teams, collaborating with other curators as well as Education, Registration, Design and Production, Programs, and Communications and Marketing to ensure that projects meet the highest professional standards while fostering the Museum’s values of relevance, innovation, and broad audience engagement. The Curator will also work with the Advancement department to identify and cultivate resources necessary to fund exhibitions, programs, and publications.  

The Curator reports to the Museum Director. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and develop exhibitions, including original exhibition concepts and preparation of exhibition proposals aligned with the Skirball’s mission and goals.

  • Lead interdepartmental exhibition project teams through each phase of development for both original exhibitions and traveling exhibitions.

  • Prepare budgets and grants; meet curatorial deadlines and objectives essential to on-time and on-budget exhibitions.

  • Research exhibition topics and define content in accord with exhibition objectives, including writing and editing of exhibition didactics.

  • Maintain constructive and collegial relationships across Museum departments and the larger Skirball administration.

  • Support exhibition-related programs and marketing and PR activities.

  • Foster productive relationships with local and national institutions and cultural and community organizations.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in relevant humanities discipline(s); Ph.D. preferred.

  • Five years or more experience as a curator in a museum setting.

  • Demonstrated record of conceptualizing, researching, and planning exhibitions.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail, deadlines, and follow-through.

  • A keen appreciation and understanding of the Skirball Cultural Center mission and philosophy.  

The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, criminal history in accordance with the law, or any other legally protected characteristics. Everyone is encouraged to apply for available employment to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.

Please send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by email or mail to:

Human Resources
Re: Curator
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
humanresources@skirball.org