Employment Opportunity - Curatorial Assistant


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks a Full-time dynamic curatorial assistant who will be part of a dedicated team within an organization supportive of new ideas and creative risk-taking. Inspired by the tenets of quality, access, and fun, the successful candidate will enjoy working alongside the Curatorial team to create meaningful, impactful, and artful engagement opportunities for broad audiences that stem from objects of the highest caliber. S/he will be a passionate, creative, and organized self-starter with a high attention to detail, ready to jump into a fast paced environment with a smile and a good sense of humor and help the Museum gain local, regional, national, and international visibility during this period of accelerated growth. 


Essential Duties:

Perform variety of programmatic, research, and administrative duties in support of the Museum's exhibitions, acquisitions, and permanent collection.

  • Support the Cummer Museum mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for the individual, commitment to our community, and accountability/ownership.
  • Collect, organize, and prepare materials related to the collections, exhibitions, publications, or other curatorial projects.
  • Draft and prepare gallery text or other materials in the proper format.
  • Help create, coordinate, and collate exhibition descriptions and didactic materials such as wall text, website copy, brochure texts, and publications materials.
  • Correspond with colleagues, artists, lenders, and galleries on behalf of the curatorial department and Chief Curator.
  • Field internal and external inquiries about the museum’s permanent collections; research basic information through curatorial files, the collections database, and library and archival sources.
  • Perform basic research into biographical information, attribution, media, title, subject, and date of artworks.
  • Coordinate rights and reproduction for museum’s website, publications, and brochure needs, including securing photographic permissions and maintaining credit/captions for image use.
  • Coordinate artist and lender schedules including arranging honoraria, travel, lodging, meals, and any related logistics.
  • Generate reports and checklists, take notes on meetings, and follow up on action items.
  • Organize and track curatorial projects, correspondence, and reports.
  • Help develop and manage exhibition production budgets; secure bids for outside services as needed.
  • Create and maintain database files on artists and artworks.
  • Assist with collection, gallery, and storage maintenance; packing, unpacking, inventory, and movement/handling of museum objects and loan pieces in permanent and special exhibition galleries and offsite as needed, insuring museum safety standards are followed.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or related field.
  • Minimum one to two years experience  within a curatorial department preferred.
  • Highly developed writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask under pressure in a fast-paced, visitor centered, team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies, maintain confidentiality, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Basic problem-solving skills, ability to respond to customer service needs, be reliable, have an outgoing attitude and a welcoming nature.
  • Ability to work with co-workers, volunteers, and the public in a professional manner in a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on project teams.  Be self-motivated and goal oriented.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, Filemaker Pro preferred.
  • Fluency in English: speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Valid Florida driver license and insurance.


Qualified applicants send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Attn: Human Resources Department, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or jobs@cummermuseum.org.