The Curatorial Assistant at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) will join a team led by the Chief Curator that selects and shapes the exhibitions at the Museum.  The Curatorial Assistant will report directly to the Chief Curator and support the work of curatorial colleagues; and also interact regularly with the Registrar and Exhibitions Manager, the Chief Preparator and the Creative Services Manager. 

Members of the curatorial team work on exhibitions up to three years in advance. The Curatorial Assistant will become familiar with the artwork and detailed planning of future projects to that s/he may effectively assist in their management. The Curatorial Assistant will also participate in training interns for the department.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a creative and collaborative environment with experienced professionals who work closely together on exhibitions planning and problem-solving. 

Position Title: Curatorial Assistant

Department: Curatorial

Reports To: Chief Curator

Status: Regular, Full time, Non-Exempt

Essential Job Responsibilities
  • Assist curators in the research and organization of exhibitions
  • Maintain exhibition schedule, department calendar, and schedule meetings
  • Organize periodic review of unsolicited exhibition proposals
  • Arrange for photo documentation of exhibitions
  • Develop labels for exhibitions
  • Prepare presentations of planned exhibitions, using PowerPoint
  • Participate in cross-departmental planning meetings
  • Provide exhibitions related information and materials to education, marketing and development teams
  • Arrange travel for visiting artists and curators
  • Assist Chief Curator in preparing assignments for curatorial interns
  • Respond to or direct inquiries about exhibitions from docents and public
Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Curatorial Practice, Museum Studies, Art History or Studio Art  equivalent experience
  • Two+ years of related experience in a gallery or museum
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word), database management and basic Photoshop skills
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and its terminology
  • Knowledge of Jewish history and culture desirable
  • Ability to perform detailed tasks accurately and to meet deadlines
  • Proven project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Physical Requirements
  • Extensive reading and writing via computer
  • Excellent visual and hearing acuity
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, extended standing at events, twisting, sitting, bending, stooping and occasional lifting of up to 10 lbs
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events
how to apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum


Please indicate “Curatorial Assistant” in the email subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.