Williams College

100 Spring StreetSuite 201
Williamstown, MA 01267

Date Posted:
December 05, 2018

Western Massachusetts



Curatorial Assistant

Curatorial Assistant
Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world—and it does so from within the nation's top-ranked liberal arts college. A vibrant center for the arts at Williams, the Museum embodies the liberal arts' ability to catalyze both creative and critical thinking.
WCMA seeks a highly motivated, organized, and intellectually curious, full-time (40 hours per week) Curatorial Assistant. Reporting to the senior curators, the Curatorial Assistant will support all activities of the curatorial department including exhibitions, collections and museum-based courses. This position works with the full range of art represented in the museum collection and exhibition program, across media, geography, and chronology.
Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its staff. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion. Applicants should highlight in their letter relevant experience working with and supporting a broadly diverse employee community.
  • Provides research assistance and general support to curators teaching courses;
  • Assists with planning, research, and execution of exhibitions and related publications and programs;
  • Working closely with curators, registrars, development, and the director, prepares and tracks internal acquisitions process; drafts agendas; researches incoming objects; secures images; researches/drafts/edits justifications; drafts text and updates new acquisitions on the website;
  • Fields inquiries about the museum collection, manages and tracks external exhibition proposals and artist inquiries, conferring with curators as needed;
  • Works closely with curators and collection management staff to address collection care needs; oversees collection care projects as needed;
  • With registrars and curators, manages loans of art to campus entities;
  • Researches the collection on an ongoing basis, and as needed for exhibitions, programs, and loans, and maintains, updates and refines curatorial files; and
  • Working with exhibition curators drafts interpretive text for galleries and publications.

  • Master's degree in art history or related field is preferred
  • Minimum of two years' experience in a museum curatorial department is preferred
  • Attention to detail, time management, and project management skills are required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Sensitivity to objects of art and their careful handling is essential
  • Advanced computer skills and experience with relational databases, specifically with The Museum System (TMS) is highly desirable

This is a full time, year-round, regular appointment.
Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
To apply for this position, please visit http://staff-careers.williams.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at hr@williams.edu.
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.
How To Apply:
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Apply by:
December 05, 2018
About this Organization:
Williams is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2,000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students.