Jobs: Lots of Museum Jobs


1.) Part-time Grant Writer and Researcher, The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.

The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. seeks an energetic and talented self-starter to serve as a part-time grant writer to support the development department. This opportunity would be ideal for someone with a background in the arts and grant writing.


-Researching foundation and institutional giving prospects for general operating as well as project based funding opportunities including exhibitions and special initiatives.
-Drafting letters of inquiry and preliminary grant proposals for foundation, government, and corporate grants Managing and preparing proposals, applications and reports
-Acting as member of peer review team for documents.
-Tracking grant timelines to make sure deadlines are met.
-Attending donor meetings, special events and other development-related activities as needed


-Bachelor’s degree
-Non-profit grant writing experience; background in arts grant writing preferred
-Exceptional research skills
-Exceptional writing and editing skills necessary to produce quality grants under tight time constraints
-Ability to prioritize, manage and meet multiple concurrent deadlines essential; must be flexible and work well under pressure
-Experience with Raiser’s Edge software helpful
-Detail oriented, with exceptional organizational skills
-Excellent oral communication skills to interact with funders by telephone
-Professional demeanor and ability to interact with all levels within the organization
-Interest in arts, foreign cultures and languages

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and grant writing sample to Applications submitted without a grant writing sample will not be reviewed.

2.) Curator of Textiles, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks a dynamic and experienced Curator of Textiles. The curator is responsible for building the collection through significant acquisitions, heightening the impact of the MIA, through ambitious and intellectually rigorous exhibitions, publications, and programs. The successful candidate will also be expected to cultivate relationships with donors, professional colleagues, partner organizations and the community in furtherance of the department’s and MIA’s strategic goals.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a collection of approximately 10,000 textiles, spanning fifteen centuries and representing more than seventy countries. The collection is known for its European tapestries, early Italian lace, Kashmiri shawls, Turkish embroideries, urban and rural North African textiles and ikat fabrics.

The textile curator will have responsibility for the overall care of the collection, the conception of rotations for the permanent collection galleries, and the development of exhibitions for the MIA’s special exhibition galleries. The curator will also be responsible for conducting research leading to publications that significantly advance the field. The curator will work closely with collectors and prospective donors, and provide direction to the Textile Council, an auxiliary museum group dedicated to supporting the activities of the Textile curator.

Required Skills:
Master’s degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred). Minimum of 7 years curatorial experience in textiles or transferable equivalent. Strong record of research and scholarship, with proven experience organizing loan exhibitions and producing significant publications. Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gift and purchases. Team player with proven ability to work effectively and positively with staff, trustees, and all other internal and external contacts. Ability to build positive and effective relationships with donors and the broader community. Proven experience providing work direction to support staff.

To apply:

Send letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Attn: Human Resources
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

FAX: (612) 870-3263

3.) Curatorial Assistant Decorative Arts, American Painting & Sculpture, The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) seeks a Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Decorative Arts, American Painting and Sculpture. S/he will join the Senior Curator for Decorative Arts, American Painting and Sculpture; the Curator of Decorative Arts for Textiles; and the Curatorial Assistant of Decorative Arts for Textiles in a multi-faceted department housing the BMA’s outstanding collections of American painting and sculpture, European and American decorative arts, and textiles.


The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for a wide range of duties, including assisting with management of the permanent collection numbering approximately 14,000 objects; exhibitions and loans; accessions and deaccessions; Friends of the American Wing support group; independent projects; and administrative functions of the Department. Additionally, the Department is planning for the reinstallation of the Dorothy McIlvain Scott Wing. The Curatorial Assistant will be expected to coordinate this project and all related projects in conjunction with the Senior Curator. S/he reports to the Senior Curator for Decorative Arts, American Painting and Sculpture, and may manage up to three interns, fellows, and/or volunteers.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in art history, with an emphasis on American art or a related field; at least one year of professional museum experience, preferably in a curatorial or research capacity; and at least three years of office experience. Applicants with an advanced degree are preferred. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate strong abilities as follows: Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a fast-paced team environment Skilled in multi-tasking, organization, project management, prioritization, and time management Possesses sound judgment and diplomacy Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, object management database, membership management database, and basic photo editing required) Knowledge of art research resources Knowledge of a foreign language a plus

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via e-mail to with “Curatorial Assistant for American Art with your first and last name” in the subject line by or before September 1, 2009

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