Research Assistant

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

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Provides research support to the Head of the Contemporary Art Department.

The Research Assistant at the Contemporary Art Department will perform diversified responsibilities related to the planning and execution of exhibitions and programs. Reporting to the Head of Contemporary Art, this is a fixed-term position for one year with the possibility of extension.



Create and maintain database records and departmental research files

Responsible for translation of necessary departmental write-ups

Coordinate and schedule research meetings

Manage correspondence and communication both internally and externally. Draft and circulate announcements

Draft and edit exhibition texts including gallery texts and label copy, exhibition introductions, and other didactic texts

Filing and archiving of research documents

Research administration as needed, including but not limited to expense reporting and budget tracking

Conduct research at varying points throughout the development of the exhibition

Research collection objects, especially new acquisitions

Draft acquisition justifications, object labels, and other didactic texts

Assume department-related duties as directed and assist with research functions as necessitated



Work closely with the Museum’s external relations team to develop plans to promote exhibitions and related programs to diverse audiences

Work collaboratively with peer institutional colleagues and with staff, civic partners to organize workshops, seminars/webinars, conferences, and other collection and exhibition related programs

Coordinating planning for Head of Contemporary Art and visiting artists and scholars

manage logistics for meetings both internally and beyond

The Curatorial Research Assistant is encouraged to continue to advance their own scholarly research


B.A. in art history or cultural studies with a regional focus in Asia or Asian-American study

Ability to converse, read, and write in one Asian language is highly preferred

Outstanding communication and written skills

Ability to work independently and manage confidential information with discretion and tact.

Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in a fast pace working environment.

Exceptional academic competence

Experience in museum, non-profit arts sector, arts administration preferred

How to Apply

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$22.7895 - $27.3708 per hour with excellent benefits package*

*Please note:

  1. New hires start at the beginning of the salary range

  2. This position is represented by SEIU 790

Posted on August 19