Department:             Curatorial Affairs & Education

Reports To:                 Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education

Classification:             Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary

The Associate Curator will work with the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs to research, acquire, and interpret the Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art, which includes approximately 6,000 works of art in various media, from American, European and Latin American art after 1900 to Photography, New Media and Contemporary Art from all cultures. The Associate Curator must be an accomplished professional with a record of publications, acquisitions, and exhibitions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Curate displays and organize exhibitions within the Museum as well as touring exhibitions domestically and abroad.
  • Conduct research and writing on the collection for publication in catalogue essays, wall texts, labels, articles for the Museum’s magazine, Museum app, and website.
  • Refine the collection and make recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessions.
  • Reviewing requests for loans with the Deputy Director and advise the Curatorial Committee.
  • Research potential gifts to the Museum to ensure that the object fits with the collection, is in good condition and has a solid provenance. The Associate Curator will comply with due diligence standards in accordance with AAM (American Alliance of Museums) guidelines.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Museum’s Education and Development teams to develop interpretative materials and programming and to secure funding.
  • Respond to queries concerning the collection Provide lectures and tours to staff, docents, Museum members, the press, and the public. The Associate Curator will be able to communicate effectively. 
  • Liaise with support council(s) and ensure that they are able to support the Museum program. 
  • Courier loans nationally and internationally and assist with condition reporting and installations as required; act as an Ambassador for the Museum.
  • Attend Museum events and collection visits out of hours as necessary Contribute to the scholarship in this field; participate in national and international conferences and symposia.
  • The Associate Curator will perform any other duties as may be required.


  • MA or Ph.D. in Art History Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: American, Latin American, or European Art after 1900; Modern Art; Contemporary Art; Photography and New Media
  • 5 years’ experience in a curatorial role in a museum, or equivalent experience in the arts commercial sector or academia
  • Record of publications, fellowships, and public speaking
  • Passion for the role of visual arts and for developing new audiences
  • Experience with Collections databases such as EmbARK, TMS, Argus, etc. preferred
  • Experience in donor cultivation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Eagerness to work both independently and collaboratively in an innovative manner
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language related to field of study

Physical Demands

  • The position requires a considerable time sitting, standing, and some climbing of stairs and reaching.
  • The position requires a substantial amount of time communicating by phone, email and in person.
  • Daily walking required to the Museum, which includes stairs.

Work Environment

  • Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy.
  • The position requires time working outside the Museum.
  • Some travel will be required.

DEADLINE: July 17, 2022

If interested, please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: or mail to The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, PO Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.

The San Diego Museum of Art is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity employment laws. The Museum prohibits discrimination against staff members or applicants on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, protected medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.