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Curatorial Assistant Job in New York, NY at The City University of New York (CUNY) – 3.9

Curatorial Assistant (Art Center/Museum Coordinator)

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Borough of Manhattan CC

Full/Part Time





Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), a nationally recognized leader in urban-serving education, is one of 23 colleges within The City University of New York (CUNY) system. Located in Lower Manhattan, BMCC is the largest college in the CUNY system. Students from over 155 countries from around the world are represented in its student body.

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is located in Fiterman Hall, a building gifted to BMCC in 1993 by the Fiterman family, which was rebuilt in 2012 with an expanded gallery space. The Fiterman Art Center is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming through which it seeks to promote and enrich the educational mission of BMCC and serve as a cultural resource for the BMCC and Lower Manhattan communities. These exhibitions are intended to provide diverse gallery programs that allow a place to engage with contemporary art and to investigate a deeper understanding of its role in society at a venue that is free of charge and open to the public.

The Curatorial Assistant reports to the Director.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, responsibilities include:

Assist with organizing exhibition program and all related events; oversee visitors’ services and class/group tours.

Assist with management of five exhibitions per year, including and coordination with artists, gallery partners, and staff, and oversight of installation and de-installation.

Work with director and campus to maintain day to day running of gallery space.

Manage all digital aspects of exhibitions, including website and social media updates, management of database and of all digital files.

Manage the hiring and scheduling of professional art handlers and art shippers, and coordination with all other outside vendors; assist with hiring and managing gallery interns and work-study students.

Organize loan and consignment agreements and additional paperwork for all exhibitions, including insurance, checklists, obtaining and editing artwork images.

Assist with the production of press materials, development, and outreach, which includes creating and sending event invites, e-blasts, and newsletters; Assist with creation and production of gallery brochures, catalogs, posters, and postcards.

Work with administration to ensure compliance with all campus policies and procedures, including current COVID requirements.

Assist with managing gallery budget; manage all invoices, purchasing and supply needs, and payments.

Assist in development of gallery signage.


Bachelor’s degree required.

Preferred Qualifications

Qualified candidates should be highly personable, proactive, adept at multitasking, have strong written and oral communication skills.

Meticulous and detail-oriented approach to all tasks

Excellent technical and interpersonal skills

Background in art history or arts administration and previous experience at a museum, gallery or non-profit preferred.

Knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign a plus.


Coordinates day-to-day operations of a museum, gallery, or art facility.

Assists exhibit designers, artists, and curators in the preparing and installing works for viewing; serves as liaison to tradespeople and others involved in exhibit construction

Administers gallery activities, such as maintaining information on equipment, materials, and other inventory; updating web pages, organizing gallery events, organizing promotional efforts such as mailings, and preparing catalogs

May supervise daily gallery operations

Performs related duties as assigned.


Assistant to HEO




Salary $43,520 – $78,143

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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