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Temporary Curatorial Assistant
Temporary Curatorial Assistant
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Post Date: 24 Nov 2022



If you are an experienced administrative professional looking for an assignment in an exciting and creative environment, you have found that role with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  We have a need for an experienced, detail oriented administrative professional to join us in one of the more interesting areas of the organization; our Curatorial Department.

This is a temporary assignment (three month assignment to start); however there is a possibility for this assignment to extend as needed.

If you have the background we are looking for and you are interested in this opportunity, we want to talk with you!

As curatorial assistant, you will work with our curatorial colleagues by being responsible, punctual and motivated to work in a highly collaborative fashion with a “can do” spirit and approach to each work day. You must be highly detail-oriented and organized with excellent analytic and problem-solving abilities. It is also important that you display excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Primary Responsibilities

This role will provide curatorial assistance to Chao Curator, Asian Art, and Consulting Curators for Xuzhou Collection and for South Asian Art

Collection management: Ongoing research (including art historical and conservation issues), research for acquisitions proposals, maintenance of collection files on shared drives, and interfacing with other departments (curatorial, exhibitions, production, design, conservation, etc.) including sharing of information, official requests, and setting up meetings

Calendar Management: Management of department calendar as related to meetings, exhibitions, and in-gallery art movement.  Schedules and coordinates Asian Art Department meetings

Research related: Maintenance and updating of object files, ordering object photography and bibliographic resources, coordinate production schedules with Publications, Library, Design and other departments as required

Schedules and manages work order requests, including for photography, publication, image rights, and art movement and conservation requests, including mount making and display-related requests

Special exhibition related: Object research, preparation and tracking of loan forms and shipments, tracking and maintenance of exhibition checklists, management of photography and conservation requests, coordinating interdepartmental loans and correspondence

Assists with travel arrangements for visiting speakers, artists, and collects, especially as related to events, exhibitions and acquisitions.

Manages agenda, PowerPoint, and all forms related to quarterly Asian Art Subcommittee meetings, as well as submission of meeting-related materials for Collections, Curatorial, Exhibition, and Program Committee meetings

Assists with travel arrangement and gallery visit schedules for Friends of Asian Art Asia Week Trip

Perhaps other duties as necessary to assist curatorial staff in exhibition, collection, and general office related responsibilities

Provides clerical and editorial assistance for curatorial staff including correspondence, requisite reports, article publication, checklists, and official forms (such as purchase orders and expense processing) and/or interfaces with Administrative Staff for extra-departmental support as needed

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of / Experience with Asian Art History, with museum/object-related experience strongly preferred but NOT required;

Excellent research and academic writing skills combined with strong communication skills

Strong organizational and clerical skills, especially related to Microsoft Office, The Museum System, and other mainstream office software, including teleconferencing platforms

Written and speaking ability in at least one Asian language – again, preferred but not required;

Education and Experience:

To allow for consideration, we require 3+ years of previous clerical experience in a fast paced office environment.  Candidates with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred OR an equivalent combination of experience and education from which comparable and demonstrable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved will receive immediate consideration.

Preferred candidates’ experience will include a BA in History of Art (Asian focus) or Asian Cultural/Historical subject matter and/or MA in History of Art (Asian focus) or related field. 

If your experience includes work in a museum, curatorial/research assistant, or gallery position you will be placed at the top of our list.

About the MFAH:

The MFAH is an organization comprised of 600+ employees and 1,000+ docents and volunteers. The museum is more than 100 years old and ranks nationally among the top 10 art museums in exhibition space, memberships, endowments, and attendance, with 1M visitors annually. Our multifaceted institution includes multiple gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, two art schools, three eateries and two house museums for decorative arts. The encyclopedic collection numbers more than 70,000 works of art in a wide range of media. As an employer, MFAH offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.

Position Available:

Title:                                                   Curatorial Assistant (Temporary Assignment)

Reports to:                                         Curator of Asian Art

Classification:                                     Non Exempt/Hourly

Schedule:                                           Full Time – 35 Hour Work Week

Compensation:                                  DOE

Work Location:                                  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (With possibility for hybrid work)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

When on campus, all work will be performed in an office environment.  Physical demands will include sitting, reading, and computer use for extended periods of time. 

With or without reasonable accommodation, the individual selected must have the capacity to perform effectively all essential functions. In addition to the other demands mentioned, the demands of the job may or will include:

  • Must undergo and meet company standards for criminal background check and reference checks.
  • Required ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to use and operate a computer, telephone and other related office machines.
  • Effective communication requires the ability to see, hear, and speak clearly in order to be most successful and impactful in this role.
  • Good vision or corrected by use of glasses and/or contacts.

Equal Opportunities for All

At the MFAH, we believe that diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity are fundamental to our organization. We welcome all candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our organization and our pledge for workplace diversity, inclusion, and excellence.

Our commitment to our policy and practice of nondiscrimination represents more than good intentions. It provides for employment decisions that are made without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law or any other reason unrelated to your ability to join and contribute to our organization and support our mission to provide a museum experience for all.

The MFAH is equally committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals interested in employment with the organization. As part of this commitment, we want to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation needed to 1) participate in the job application or 2) interview process; 3) perform essential job functions; and/or 4) participate in the benefits and privileges of employment with the MFAH. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the human resources department: [email protected]


  • Holiday Pay
  • Museum Membership and Discounts
  • Free Parking!
  • Metro commuter cards subsidized by the MFAH!
  • Discounts – Staff receive discounts on purchases at the Museum shop and all on campus eateries and the Glassell School of Art.


Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and the needs and requirements expressed in the job description.


Please visit the website for more details.


Houston, USA

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