As the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary Jewish art and culture, The CJM welcomes all to explore what it means to be Jewish today and the ways in which Jewish life is evolving towards the future. We believe that this work is essential to Jewish life flourishing in all its beautiful diversity—and to building a civic space in which people of all identities find understanding, joy, and respect.
Reporting to the Senior Curator, the Curator of Jewish Culture specializes in developing thematic exhibitions and experiences that offer an expansive, inclusive view of Jewish identity and explore the many ways of being and doing Jewish across the present-day Diaspora. Potential focus areas include community life, ritual practice, popular culture, history, literature, music, current events, social justice, intersectional identities, cross-cultural exchange, and forms of cultural transmission/exclusion. This position is also encouraged to partner with the CJM’s art curators, educators, and public program staff to develop experiences that extend across multiple program areas, engage other Jewish organizations, and invite visitor participation.
The successful individual in this role will be a compelling ambassador who possesses a deep knowledge of Jewish culture and history, a passion for conveying the Jewish experience, and engaging audiences through storytelling, material culture, and interactive experiences with an inclination toward experimenting with new themes and approaches. This person will thrive in a creative and collaborative environment with experienced professionals who work closely together on exhibition planning and development, conducting research critical to mounting world-class exhibitions, and representing The CJM locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Curator of Jewish Culture will also be responsible for the research and development of The CJM’s first ever semi-permanent exhibition exploring Jewish life from our particular vantage point along the Pacific Rim. The exhibition will delve into how the Bay Area Jewish community began and continues to evolve, expanding to explore underrepresented Jewish communities internationally, including western Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Australia, Southeast Asia, and more. Presented alongside our temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, this longer-duration exhibition will offer evergreen opportunities for visitors to learn more about the unique stories and experiences of these Jewish communities living on the edge. This exhibition will also serve as the primary educational exhibition both for servicing local schools and curricula, as well as general visitors seeking to learn something new and concrete about contemporary Jewish culture in this region.
For all positions, The Museum expects an interest in and commitment to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its beliefs in anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
Position: Curator of Jewish Culture
Department: Exhibitions and Curatorial
Reports To: Senior Curator
Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt
Date: December 2023
Pay Range: $75,000–$90,000 annual
Location: On-site with the ability for some remote work
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
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The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, marital or domestic partner status, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.