Temporary Exhibitions Research Assistant (Wage, Non-exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a highly detailed individual with exceptional communication skills to join the Exhibitions Department as a Temporary Exhibitions Research Assistant.

This is a temporary, non-exempt and without benefits position that is scheduled up to 20 hours a week on average. This position currently has funding for approximately 24 months from January 2023 hire date.

Duties include:

Library and archival research, background writing and other assigned duties in preparation of two major exhibitions from the department of European Art.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to complete bibliographic and background research and writing assignments.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to multitask in active environment with high attention to details.
  • Proactive with a professional demeanor.
  • Ability to work independently as well as closely within a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about working in an Exhibitions department.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete bibliographic and background research and writing assignments with a focus on modern and contemporary art and or photography.
  • Demonstrated interest and work experience in the area of object research.
  • Graduation from a college or university with major course work in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field or equivalent applicable training or experience.

Special Requirements: 

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Please submit three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number and email address. References may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal; or they may be included with the resume or cover letter.

Professional references are preferred. Other reference types will also receive consideration. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Interested individuals must submit an online application. Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on December 7, 2022. Please contact the HR office at recruitment@vmfa.museum if you need assistance.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer. Diverse and inclusive hiring practices are at the heart of what we do at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Read more.

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