Curatorial Associate - Museum of the City of New York
The Curatorial Associate oversees the organization and implementation of exhibitions and associated projects (including publications and websites) from initial research stages through content development and production. Serving as the liaison between all external consultants (exhibition and graphic designers, outside curators, editors) and internal departments, the CA facilitates communication regarding all facets of exhibition development. The individual in this position also actively participates in discussions concerning narrative development and plays a critical role in editing text, researching content and objects, and locating and obtaining graphic elements.
The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Exhibition Content Development
Create and maintain exhibition object lists, obtaining additional information (dimensions, reference images, display requirements) as necessary
Conduct topical research and locate additional imagery and objects for display in exhibition as needed
Create basic object labels
Facilitate interdepartmental conversations concerning A/V and interactive elements
Work with exhibition registrar by writing loan letters and ensuring exhibition displays meet registrar requirements.
Create and manage project schedule
Coordinate exhibition design meetings and interdepartmental meetings regarding exhibition development, ensuring effective communication among in- and out-of-house stakeholders including exhibition and graphic designers, curators, registrars, fabricators, Director of Exhibitions Installation, and Manager of Exhibition Installation.
Manage text development workflow and edit/proofread exhibition texts in Word doc form and in layout, as well as approving printer proofs and final products
Work with Director of Exhibitions Installation to ensure communication with exhibition designers.
Secure rights and reproductions for imagery and film
Establish and monitor exhibition production schedules
Work with exhibition and graphic designers to provide relevant information such as dimensions and display requirements for creating exhibition layouts, review layouts for accuracy, and communicate changes effectively.
Actively oversee exhibition installation in the gallery
Maintain exhibition budgets and execute check requests as necessary
Manage physical and digital exhibition files
Create final script of text and supply exhibition-related content to marketing team, education department, and docents
Other duties as assigned
A successful candidate will have:
Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, or a related field, or equivalent work experience
Extensive hands-on experience in managing complex projects—ideally in a museum setting
Excellent computer skills, especially fluency with Excel
Superior research and writing skills
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
Self-motivated, organized, and highly detail-oriented
Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative environment.
Excellent benefits package, including a defined benefit pension plan as well as a 401K savings plan.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email your resume and cover letter to the Museum of the City of New York Attention: Human Resources Department to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered, please include Curatorial Associate within the subject line of your email.
The Museum of the City of New York is committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as New York City and the audiences who are curious about learning more about its history and engaging in contemporary urban issues. Our staff members are dedicated to working towards a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring city museum in the world.
The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, political/personal convictions, predisposing genetic characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographic location, philosophies, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws, in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off, and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. All employment-related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria including training, experience, and suitability.