Job posting: Associate Curator

MoCC is looking for an associate curator to help us create and deliver outstanding exhibitions and programs.

To apply
Please send a single PDF document to that includes:
1.     A cover letter that
describes the unique skills you bring to curatorial practice, your
long-term professional goals, and your availability (2 pages maximum).
2.     A resume with three professional references.
3.     A complete application can be downloaded here. This is required to be considered for this position.
4.     2-3 writing samples; these can be any combination of types of
writing, including wall labels, essays, blog entries, grant
applications, poetry, prose, etc.

Applications will be accepted through midnight on July 1, 2012. Interviews will be scheduled in July, and a decision made in August. We hope to have a candidate ready to begin in September.

Job Description
Download the job description to get more details.
Hours: FTE, Exempt; Some evenings and weekends required
Salary: $34,000-40,000. Full benefits

The Associate Curator
position offers an energetic and creative curator the opportunity to
originate and implement exhibitions and programs that help the Museum of
Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art
rethink craft, design, curation as a practice, and the Museum of the
21st Century.
The individual best-suited
for this position is organized and flexible, relishes a fast-paced and
fluid environment, works well as a collaborator, leader and supporter of
broader institutional initiatives, and is dedicated to the museum as a
unique educational environment that connects PNCA
with the community. A master’s degree in art, art history, design, or
museum studies is preferred; 2-3 years of work in a museum environment
is required. Must have a strong interest in the history of craft and/or
MoCC is a small, nimble
museum in which staff each wear multiple hats. The candidate must have a
strong research background, excellent writing skills, be comfortable
with public speaking, and be able to think outside the box. The
associate curator must also have experience installing and handling
artwork, and provide administrative support by being fully versed in the
Microsoft Office suite (high familiarity with excel is a must).
Publishing and public program development is a plus.
This position involves
individual as well as collaborative work with teams both within the
Museum and College and outside individuals, groups, institutions, and
special interest communities. The associate curator works directly with
the Director and Chief Curator, Curator of Collections and Registrar,
contract preparators, interns, volunteers and other Museum staff. Campus
connections with PNCA include
working with the Communications and Advancement teams to support
promotional and fundraising needs for the Museum; implementation of
curricular initiatives with faculty; and serving as a mentor and role
model for students.
This position will be
directly responsible for curating two exhibitions each year. This
includes original research, exhibition design, program development, and
writing labels, essays and publications as needed – and/or
implementation of exhibitions originating at peer institutions, with
guest curators and/or artists. As part of the curatorial team, you will
also provide support when needed on projects led by other curatorial
team members.
All museum staff will be
expected to work on audience cultivation, support promotional and
fundraising efforts, curricular projects, and maintain a positive work
environment in which hard work is balanced with quality of life. The
ideal candidate is seeking an appointment in which there is opportunity
to grow as a museum professional, develop a range of skills, and shape a
future for a Museum connected to one of the fastest growing independent
art colleges in the nation.


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Portland, Oregon 97209
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