Employment at ArtCenter


Project / Curatorial Assistant

Every position at ArtCenter plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

This position provides general curatorial and administrative assistance in the area of contemporary art and design. Responsibilities include assisting in the researching and cataloguing of exhibition histories and works by contemporary artists and designers related to the exhibition, starting with Seeing the Unseeable: Intersections in Data, Science, Art, and Design. Administrative support will include curatorial assistance to the Exhibitions Department, which functions in three areas: Williamson Gallery and Student Galleries at Hillside campus; Mullin Gallery at South campus; and ArtCenter DTLA in downtown Los Angeles.

This is a fixed term position for one year, with possible extension. Full-time with benefits.

Reports to: Director

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary grade: 7, pay rate $25 - $28 per hour DOE

Job posted 11/22/2021. 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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  • 3–5 years of experience in administrative/curatorial work
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Historic knowledge of contemporary art and/or design
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Zoom, MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and cloud-based apps including Google docs, Dropbox, preferably in Mac environment
  • Strong reading, writing and proofreading skills with attention to detail
  • Must be able to balance administrative and curatorial responsibilities
  • Able to work collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to keep schedule current and monitor diverse activities
  • Ability to assimilate details
  • A commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities
  • High level of professionalism and discretion
  • Ability to handle all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter HR business
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. preferably in the field of art history or visual studies

Essential Functions

Exhibitions — 50%

  • Assist Director, Associate Director, and exhibition curators in research and all other aspects of exhibition preparation related to forthcoming exhibitions at ArtCenter galleries
  • Assist in compiling data and writing reports; write informational, promotional and education texts; communicate with project stakeholders
  • Duties include managing student groups and interacting with member of the staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, the public, patrons, visitors, conservators, designers, essayists, translators, museum contacts and other contract professionals

Administrative — 45%

  • Provide general administrative, clerical and curatorial support to Exhibitions department staff
  • Handle correspondence and tend to other departmental needs including visitor service duties
  • Maintain calendars and department schedules; monitor diverse activities
  • Attend meetings

Marginal Job Functions — 5%

  • Other tasks and projects 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 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 full-time position with a schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The position is eligible for flexible scheduling and can be performed, remotely, hybrid or combination or required as a condition of employment. 

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, dust and noise.

Physical: The position is generally performed in an office setting. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting or attend/work events; to sit or stand 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 20 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. Must be able 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.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ArtCenter is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic pregnancy, marital status, military, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity is extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including without limitation, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of ArtCenter and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of ArtCenter. 

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.