About the Opportunity
As a member of a small, agile, and high producing team, the Assistant Curator role is a rich opportunity for a results-driven collaborator and artist-centered steward who thrives while producing publication-ready deliverables with speed and accuracy. Guided by the vision and decisive leadership of the Co-Founder & Director, they will join this vibrant institution alongside the Senior Director of Collections, a fellow Assistant Curator, and the Curatorial Assistant.
An Introduction to Glenstone Museum
Founded with the mission to seamlessly integrate art, architecture, and landscape, Glenstone is an art museum located on nearly 300 acres of rolling hills and unspoiled woodland in Potomac, Maryland. The museum, opened in 2006 and expanded in 2018, offers nearly 60,000 square feet of exhibition space to showcase its collection of more than 1300 works by 200 contemporary artists. With its expansion, Glenstone now has the ability to welcome 100,000 visitors each year, and admission is always free.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Collections, the Assistant Curator is responsible for the management of publication and catalogue production, including budgetary and editorial oversight, vendor coordination, and distribution strategy. This position will also help coordinate exhibitions and public programs, liaise directly with artists, and conduct research related to the collection.
The ideal candidate will possess strong art historical knowledge with a focus on post-war and contemporary art and artists, extreme organizational skills, a heightened sense of discretion, the ability to work quickly under tight deadlines, strong writing skills, and a keen eye for detail. Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to address academic audiences and the general public with equal skill and enthusiasm. The candidate must have the ability to multitask, balance competing deadlines, and exhibit patience and flexibility in the face of evolving goals and deliverables. A passion for contemporary art and an embrace of the spirit of teamwork will be critical.
Essential Job Functions
* Manage the production of museum publications, including meticulous monitoring and maintenance of schedules, checklists, budgets, and distribution.
* Liaise with essayists and artists to review editorial changes, proofread interim and final versions of projects, and ensure edits are accurately incorporated and relayed to design.
* Coordinate with and process payments for vendors including photographers, printers, designers, editors, copyeditors, publishers, and distributors.
* Provide exhibition support from the research and development stage of a project through realization.
* Communicate directly with artists and their representatives to plan and execute installations; prepare associated checklists, budgets, and instructions.
* Act as liaison for internal and external stakeholders during installation planning and related activities.
* Research, write, and edit content related to assigned exhibitions, including curatorial statements, web-text, training modules for staff and other explanatory texts.
* Provide editorial oversight for Glenstone collateral and written content.
* With the larger Collections and Public Engagement teams, assist with the develop of public programming.
* Coordinate regular departmental meetings related to assigned projects.
* Perform administrative tasks related to past and upcoming publications and exhibitions as needed.
* Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Experience
* B.A. in Art History or related field.
* Minimum of five years of experience coordinating and producing art publications, with a focus on editorial work.
* Minimum of three years of curatorial experience at a modern or contemporary art museum, with increasing responsibility.
* Experience with project management, particularly working on the delivery of several projects concurrently.
* Exemplary writing and public presentation skills.
* Strong cultural competence, interpersonal communication, planning, and organizational skills.
* Strong interest in contemporary art.
* M.A. in Art History or related field.
* Minimum of five years of experience working in the museum field, with experience specifically in curatorial roles.
* Experience working with living artists and artists’ estates.
* Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.
* Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and related programs.
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications?
Research shows that men apply for jobs when they fulfill an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.
We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. So, whether you’re returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.
Please use your cover letter to tell us about what you hope to bring to this role.
This is a full-time position. Glenstone offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, with an approximate budget of $84,000 – $93,000, and provides a total benefits package that helps you manage your health, protect your income, and prepare for the future. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, long-term disability and AD&D insurance, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); a 401(k) retirement account with a matching contribution; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and tuition reimbursement.
For associates whose work is administrative and can be done from home, Glenstone currently operates within a hybrid model. The balance of onsite and offsite work varies depending on the responsibilities of the role, the discretion of the manager, and the needs of the museum. As a collaborative, dynamic position that interfaces with many people and projects, the Assistant Curator will spend much time onsite at the museum. When an onsite presence is not required, this position will operate within the hybrid work model. Please bear in mind that policies regarding the hybrid work model may be modified at any time.
Glenstone is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
The search for the Assistant Curator is being conducted on behalf of Glenstone by Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, a New York-based executive search and consulting firm specializing in the arts and culture industries.
To apply, email your cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and 1-2 writing samples as a single PDF file to email@example.com with “Glenstone” in the subject line.
Please name the file using the template of “Last Name, First Name.”
Your cover letter should include relevant experience, how you became aware of the position, and any direct experience you’ve had with similar roles and institutions.
No phone calls, please.
Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, arts management, assistant, curator, exhibition, and museum. States: Maryland.
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