Curatorial Assistant

Reports to: Chief Curator

Status: Full time

The BMA, a comprehensive regional art museum with six curatorial departments (American art, arts of Africa and the Americas, Asian art, contemporary art, decorative arts, and European art), seeks a full-time Curatorial Assistant to provide administrative, logistical, and research support for a team of six curators. Reporting to the Chief Curator and under the direct supervision of the curatorial team, the Curatorial Assistant provides support for all day-to-day aspects of the care and display of a global art collection, including assisting in the planning, development, research, and implementation of exhibitions and gallery rotations as well as object research and documentation. The Curatorial Assistant will also handle a portion of the departmental administrative duties, including assisting with purchases and budgets, meetings and scheduling, correspondence, and general departmental support. The candidate should be prepared to think broadly about exhibition making and museum spaces, and be excited to contribute their knowledge and experience as part of the curatorial team. The position will give the incumbent a broad range of experiences within the curatorial department of a major regional art museum, and will provide the opportunity to work directly on museum installations and exhibitions; work with artists and galleries; and work with a variety of art objects from all regions and time periods. The Curatorial Assistant will be provided mentorship and guidance in preparation for a future curatorial career.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with collections management tasks, including research on a wide range of subjects and updating collections database (The Museum System)
  • Assists with development and implementation of exhibitions, gallery rotations and small installations
  • Writes labels, didatics, and other texts related to curatorial projects
  • Provides information and answers or refers questions about the collection, including inquiries about potential gifts, artist proposals, questions about appraisals and researching works of art
  • Conducts collection and exhibition-related research
  • Handles basic departmental administrative duties, such as reconciling the departmental credit card and helping maintain the departmental budget; managing the departmental calendar; scheduling meetings and taking notes at all meetings; maintaining office supplies; assisting with incoming and outgoing mail; scheduling college class visits to view objects
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Possess excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work without close supervision and ensure that work tasks are completed on time and with high quality
  • Possess a calm and professional manner; ability to interact comfortably with others
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and G Suite
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed instructions
  • Possess a flexibility in moving from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure
  • Possess excellent problem-solving skills

Work Environment:

Work is mostly sedentary in an office environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or a related field; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

To apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references online

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It is the policy of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment with the BMA and to BMA staff without regard to sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotions, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. The BMA is a diverse community in terms of race and ethnicity, culture, religion, personal values and traditions. BMA values this diversity recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an agency serving a diverse population. It is to this end that the BMA is committed to non-discrimination and advocates for an environment of tolerance with regard to cultural and personal differences. It is our belief that every employee has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth and that it is in our best interest as an agency serving the public good to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination whether on the basis of faith, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, or any other personal differences.