Jul 10, 2019

Associate Curator

  • Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Programs Museums Libraries and Historical Sites

Job Description

The Associate Curator is responsible for researching museum objects and artifacts, conducting exhibition research and curation, and overseeing curatorial staff. S/he will work closely with the Exhibits Director and other museum leadership staff to plan/develop exhibitions in alignment with the museum’s mission and strategic goals and coordinate the curatorial team to ensure that exhibit development and production projects are finished in accordance with budgets and in a timely manner.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, develop, and see through to completion new exhibitions

  • Participate in meetings and discussions related to collections management, acquisitions, and de-accessioning

  • Write and edit content for exhibition descriptions and curatorial texts, including catalogs, gallery guides, training documents, and communications and marketing materials

  • Research museum owned and loaned objects and artifacts

  • Oversee curatorial staff and delegate responsibilities and duties, supervise their daily activities, conduct annual performance reviews, and determine departmental needs

  • Liaise with colleagues across departments and upper management, including the Board as needed

  • Develop relationships with other museums/institutions, and potential lenders and donors, and secure loans from same

  • Represent the museum at conferences, community events, and car shows

Minimum Education (or substitute experience) required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Minimum Experience required:

  • 3-5 years of experience with progressive supervisory responsibilities

  • Prior significant work experience in writing, preferably on automotive or museum-related topics

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of museum and exhibition preparation procedures

  • Superb command of written English evidenced by high quality original writing and the ability to meticulously edit the work of others

  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational and management skills

  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity, work well under deadlines, and be able to handle multiple projects

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Experience working in a museum environment, preferably at an automotive or transportation museum

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Associate Curator in the subject line.

Title / Level of Responsibility

Entry Level

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