Art transforms lives. It provokes us to think, to express, to explore our own creativity, to envision new possibilities. SFMOMA expanded the museum to provide a better experience for our visitors and a better home for our expanding collections, including the SFMOMA collection and the Fisher Collection, one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the world. The new SFMOMA, designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snøhetta, opened May 14th 2016. With this project, we are transforming not just the museum’s physical presence, but also our contributions to the community, enhancing SFMOMA’s role as a place for learning, inspiration, and interaction for visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. We are making SFMOMA a magnet for contemporary art and for the audiences who will engage with it.
Reporting to the Curator of Contemporary Art, the Curatorial/Department Assistant will assist in the development of the new department, including administrative and curatorial responsibilities. The Curatorial/Department Assistant oversees all administrative, budgetary, and scheduling functions of the Contemporary Art department, facilitating communication and organization within the department and on behalf of the department with museum staff, donors, artists, and arts professionals. The Curatorial/Department Assistant assists in the research, development, and interpretation of works from the permanent collection and for special exhibitions and supports the department’s acquisitions process. The Assistant maintains advantageous relations with the art community including artists, collectors, dealers, donors, and staff from other museums.
Education and Training: Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies, Art History, or closely related field.
Work Experience: Minimum two years related experience.
Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of modern and contemporary art history and terminology, interest in international contemporary art, and excellent writing and communication skills essential. Strong organizational skills. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments with a minimum of direction. Knowledge of standard office practices, letter writing, bookkeeping, filing, and the operation of common office equipment. Knowledge of correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. Ability to provide substantial office support including maintenance of calendar, database management, word processing, Power Point, faxing, filing, email correspondence, and answering telephones. Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines. Ability to prioritize and organize multiple activities, as well as supervise the activities staff members around a common project. Ability to communicate effectively with donors, artists, Museum staff, colleagues, and the general public, whether in person, on the telephone, or in writing. Familiarity and ease with working with computers and learning new software. Experience with PC work environments and Microsoft Office software suites. Familiarity with collection, digital asset, donor, and contacts management programs preferred. Familiarity with basic a/v equipment, such as video projectors, digital audio recording devices, photo and video cameras, and of image and video editing software applications preferred. Additional language skills, an additional asset.
Physical Demands: Must be able to visually inspect work.
Special Environmental Factors: Close office setting.
This is a union position subject to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
POSITION: Curatorial/Administrative Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Contemporary Art
SUPERVISOR: Curator of Contemporary Art
SCHEDULE: Full time: 35 hours/week
PAY RATE: $22.93/hour (starting rate)
$27.41/hour (position rate)
SFMOMA is deeply invested in supporting and developing a vibrant, diverse, talented workforce. As an employer, we promote and instill our mission and values in every member of our team. We strive to create a welcoming, illuminating and participatory workplace to encourage creativity and active engagement with art and our visitor community.
SFMOMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.
SFMOMA will give full consideration for employment to all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).
As required by law, SFMOMA participates in E-VERIFY and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
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