Employment at ArtCenter


Curatorial Assistant

Provides general curatorial and administrative assistance in the area of contemporary art and design. Assists in the researching and cataloguing of the exhibition histories and works by contemporary artists and designers related to the exhibition, Seeing the Unseeable: Intersections in Data, Science, Art, and Design. Provides general administrative assistance to the Exhibitions Department, located in three areas: Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, located at Hillside campus; Mullin Gallery, located at South campus; and ArtCenter DTLA, located in downtown Los Angeles.

Reports to: Director of Programs, ArtCenter DTLA; and Senior Curator of Exhibitions

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 6

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resume with cover letter and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Curatorial Assistant” in the subject line.

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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This position was posted on: 2/5/2021


  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of art history or visual studies  or related field from an accredited college or university
  • A high level of professionalism and discretion
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Historic knowledge of contemporary art and/or design
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, Google docs, Dropbox, Zoom, and other computer programs
  • Strong reading, writing and proofreading skills with attention to detail
  • Must be able to move between administrative and curatorial responsibilities and be comfortable with multitasking
  • Must have ability to keep schedules current and monitor diverse activities
  • Ability to assimilate details
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently

Preferred Qualification

  • Master’s degree  or Ph.D. (ABD) in the field of art history or visual studies from an accredited college or university

Essential Functions

Exhibitions — 50%

  • Assist curators in research and all other aspects of exhibition preparation related to Seeing the Unseeable: Intersections in Data, Science, Art, and Design; part of the Getty PST Art x Science x LA initiative (for fall 2024); assist in compiling data and writing reports; writing informational, promotional, and educational texts; communicating with project stakeholders; and other projects as assigned
  • Specific duties related to exhibitions include: Ability to maintain control of student groups, able to interact in an appropriate and polite manner with members of the staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, the public, patrons, visitors, and contract professionals, such as conservators, designers, essayists, translators and museum contacts 

Administrative — 50%

  • Provide general administrative, clerical, and curatorial support to Exhibitions department staff: Director of the Williamson Gallery, Senior Curator of Exhibitions, and Program Director of ArtCenter DTLA.
  • Attend meetings, handle correspondence, and tend to other departmental needs
  • Responsibilities may include some visitor services duties

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

This is a part-time position at 20 to 24 hours per week, active for 24 months from the start date or as required.

The position may require flexibility to work a staggered, remote or alternate schedule to meet the demands of the work, which could include weekends or evenings.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is performed in an office setting. Employees stationary most of the time but may move around the office environment for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 10 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions. Ability to travel between campuses.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.