Employment at ArtCenter


Associate Curator

Participate, assist, curate, and/or organize exhibitions in the hillside campus Williamson Gallery, south campus Mullin Gallery, and ArtCenter DTLA gallery. Work closely with Senior Curator, guest curators, department chairs, and faculty to generate exhibitions relating to ArtCenter curriculum and contemporary art and design issues. Write for gallery publications and public relations. Participate in organizing student galleries and works of art on campus. Network with ArtCenter support groups and local/national cultural community. Proactively coordinate with Development, Publications, Public Relations, Special Events, and other administrative departments.

Reports to: Vice President, Exhibitions

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: 10

Job posted 6/7/19. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Assoc Curator” 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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  • Bachelor’s degree in studio art or art history or equivalent field from an accredited college or university
  • At least 5 years of curatorial experience in a college gallery or museum environment including Leadership and proactivity in initiating exhibition concepts
  • At least 5 years in managing a department, including budgeting, project management and supervisory responsibilities
  • Detail-oriented, accurate, highly organized, able to balance priorities, takes initiative, reliable and resourceful
  • Knowledge of current art and design issues and theory, with the ability to discriminate, analyze, and evaluate on matters of art history and contemporary art practice
  • Experience working with professional artists and designers, installers and fabricators
  • Experience with research, writing, editing and submission of gallery publications and art related essays
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced office and multiple projects with great attention to detail and follow-through
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in order to communicate with academic leadership, staff and the campus community
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain good working relationships with academic leadership, faculty, staff and students
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Good judgment, tact, discretion, and confidentiality; flexibility and resourcefulness; ability to make autonomous decisions and work independently

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in studio art or art history or equivalent field from an accredited college or university preferred

Essential Functions

Department Administration — 85%

  • Contribute beginning-to-end organization and completion of curatorial initiatives, including exhibitions and related educational programs
  • Long-range planning of exhibition schedule; assist Vice President/Senior Curator in creating and managing Exhibitions Department annual budgets and in fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with design team in management of gallery publications and essay writing
  • Work with gallery preparators, gallery assistants, and installation crew, as well as faculty and professional colleagues in marketing, development, and various departments throughout the college
  • Participate as needed in design of gallery installations and fabrication needs

Institutional Operations — 10%

  • Maintain contact with artists, designers, writers, and gallery/museum professionals locally and worldwide

Non-essential — 5%

  • Other duties as assigned

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 DHR Administrator and Title IX Coordinator, or designee or the Assistant 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.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard gallery setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time standing, working with small tools; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, dust and noise.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an gallery setting; to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; including, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, squatting, and twisting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight (50 pounds, or team-lift up to 100 pounds); to operate office and shop equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Regular and consistent attendance are required for most positions.

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.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

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.