Curatorial Project Manager

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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Working closely with the Director of Program, the Curatorial Project Manager plays an important role in the development of content, structure, and presentation of YBCA exhibitions and projects. This position has opportunities to contribute to the overall vision of YBCA’s newly launched Senior Fellows program, working collaboratively with members of the team to reimagine the gallery spaces and sustain a highly functional open call process for curatorial and artist proposals. The Curatorial Project Manager plays a leadership role for all publications and serves as a liaison with the marketing team to engage patrons with exhibition materials, and to develop and maintain a website archive of exhibitions and artists.


Organizational work

  • Responsible for shaping and implementing exhibitions and projects of varying scope and size, including project managing the Census 2020 and open call exhibitions

  • Collaborate with Program team to develop overall direction of cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibitions, projects, and programs

  • Work closely with the Program team to assure the best results for the artistic and curatorial vision of a project, working within the restrictions of budget, facilities, and/or lender requirements

  • Responsible for developing, writing, and editing of interpretative texts and materials including brochures, wall texts, labels, and website content for assigned projects, working closely with Graphic Designer and guest curators

  • May contribute to future interdisciplinary program by participating in design charrettes, establishing and maintaining strong relationships with YBCA Senior Fellows and other artists-in-residence, and serving on juries for open calls

  • Manage publications and brochures, working with the Program and Marketing teams on concept, production, and design. Commission essays, source references or images, rights permissions, fact-checking, collecting bibliographic and credit information, and related tasks. Maintain relationships with designers and printers

  • Work closely with Development, Civic and Community Engagement and Marketing staff to prepare and edit materials to promote, publicize, and interpret exhibitions and other programs

  • Support Development Department in fundraising, including gathering and writing visual arts program-related information pertinent to grant applications, final reports, and other institutional needs

  • Gather contextual materials and provide training for Gallery Guides

  • Prepare correspondence, contracts, reimbursements/budgets, PowerPoint presentations, and other support materials

  • Other duties as assigned

Public-facing work

  • Lead tours and other informational sessions for donors, members, classes, and other constituents

  • Lead process for exhibition wrap-ups, including dissemination of press and installation images to artists, lenders, and other collaborators

  • Foster strong working relationships with artists, galleries, lenders, curators, and others in the development of exhibitions and other programs

  • Responsible for garnering knowledge of and relationships with the Bay Area arts community; develop strong network of colleagues in the field of contemporary art; demonstrate a commitment to presenting and interpreting contemporary art to diverse audiences


Bachelors degree in Art History or related field required or equivalent experience, with demonstrated art historical research experience and proficiency

Two+ years’ experience in a museum environment or art gallery required with extensive knowledge of contemporary art and current artistic practices, including experience working directly with artists

Must be detail-oriented, patient, flexible, and able to work well under pressure

Superb verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpretive writing skills required

Ability to represent the organization with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner

Excellent organization skills; ability to coordinate complicated projects and manage multiple and diverse tasks simultaneously; ability to follow through and meet deadlines and shift priorities as needed

Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with colleagues, artists, the public, donors and volunteers

Comfortable working in a fast paced, team-oriented environment

Willingness to work alongside contemporary works of art and performances that present challenging and provocative subject matter.

Familiarity with museum object database systems, especially TMS (The Museum System), PC or Mac computer systems and software

Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Flexibility to work variable schedules, including days, evenings and weekends as needed, flexing up to full-time work during installation periods.

How to Apply


Free/member admission during regular museum hours, member discounts at museum shops, & potential discounts on concert/lecture tickets at participating North American Reciprocal Museum institutions with your YBCA badge.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. The Center encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

YBCA will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

Posted on October 31