Curatorial Assistant (3-year term)

Dia Art Foundation

Dia Art Foundation seeks a Curatorial Assistant based in its New York City office. The Curatorial Assistant will report to the Manager of Exhibitions and work closely with the curatorial staff to provide a broad range of administrative assistance as well as exhibition- and program-related support. This is a full-time, administrative support role anticipated for a 3-year period.

Dia is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.

Responsibilities

Administrative assistance responsibilities include:

  • Manage daily administrative functions for the department including responding to general inquiries, drafting correspondence, handling mail, maintaining travel budgets, and submitting invoices for payment

  • Maintain departmental meeting schedule and adjust as needed due to staff travel

  • Prepare agendas for key departmental and interdepartmental meetings and take notes at those meetings

  • Prepare materials for quarterly board meetings; coordinate with the director’s office to gather agenda items and assemble slide presentations; and support the curatorial department with other board materials

  • Support two curators with expenses and travel coordination; compile American Express receipts and charges for the department; and submit reports to Finance on a monthly basis

  • Maintain regular contact with the Development department and utilize Altru to update and maintain lists of curatorial contacts and Dia collection artists

  • Maintain regular contact with the Publications department about Dia’s print and digital materials schedule; coordinate communication and delivery of curatorial copy to Publications as needed; and draft copy, including biannual e-flux and other informational material according to production schedule

  • Organize artists’ and other guests’ travel, accommodation, per diem, and honoraria; oversee calendar of guests in Dia’s SoHo apartment and facilitate cleanings as needed

  • Maintain files of curatorial materials such as images and texts

  • Work closely with the Archivist to maintain the curatorial archive and library

  • Work closely with the IT department and facilitate information needed for technology and software migrations

  • Oversee mailing of Dia publications

Exhibition coordination responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Senior Registrar to oversee and maintain all loan paperwork and related correspondence for long-term loans to and from the collection, as well as for the exhibition program as needed

  • Research exhibitions, commissions, and artists, and assist with the development of materials intended for the general public, including brochures, calendars, checklists, floor plans, gallery laminates, invitations, and other printed matter and web content

Program organization responsibilities include:

  • Serve as Curatorial’s first point of contact at Dia and facilitate interdepartmental communications relating to Dia’s program across sites

  • Support curators with logistics surrounding visiting artists, including travel coordination, itineraries, and the preparation and submission of international visas

  • Coordinate execution of contracts, letters of agreement, and payment for those involved in Dia’s curatorial programs, including public programs

  • Occasionally assist with public programs, development-related events, and exhibition openings at various Dia sites

Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History or related discipline required

  • Prior related work or internship experience, preferably in a museum environment, is required

  • Must have administrative experience and be organized and detail oriented

  • Must have a diplomatic and professional demeanor and possess excellent oral and written communication skills and strong research abilities

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are essential

  • Demonstrate initiative and have the ability to handle a variety of tasks and projects simultaneously

  • Able to travel between Dia’s New York City and Beacon offices on occasion; transportation costs covered by Dia

Dia provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance plans and a 401(k) plan with company match. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, and twelve holidays. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To apply, e-mail a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Curatorial Assistant” as the subject heading.

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Posted on December 4