Job Opening: Assistant Curator of Japanese Art – Asian Art Museum (SF)

Institution: Asian Art Museum
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posted: 10/02/2013
Type: Full Time
Department: Japanese Art
Education: MA required, PhD preferred
Languages: Japanese

Reposted from Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) & Premodern Japanese Studies (PMJS) mailing lists

Position Summary
The Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, reporting to the Curator of Japanese Art, performs curatorial duties related to the identification, acquisition, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of objects in the Japanese art collection.

The Japanese art collection consists of over 5000 objects including rare painted scrolls and screens; ceramics from the 3rd millennium BCE to the present; major works of Buddhist sculpture; superb decorative art and textiles; and the largest, most notable collection of Japanese bamboo objects outside of Japan.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

*Assist in the organization of exhibitions and independently organize smaller or less complicated exhibitions;
*Conduct research; prepare interpretive and informational labels and brochures; maintain and update collection’s database information; write catalogue entries, essays, and articles as required; prepare and present lectures and gallery tours;
*Assist in planning and organizing educational programs in conjunction with Education department staff; provide training for docents as required;
*Assist, bilingually if necessary, with correspondence and visits by outside scholars, specialists, and patrons, to effectively represent the museum, its collections and programs;
*Investigate and recommend with regard to potential donations;
*Assist in fundraising and public relations efforts related to departmental activities; assist with cultivation of donors and collectors; assist with the preparation of grant proposals.

Education & Experience Required

*MA in Asian Art History, with field of interest in Japanese Art; PhD or equivalent in Asian Art History preferred. *One year of curatorial or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Other Skills Required
*Solid research skills; must be able to interpret the collections and to communicate knowledge relevant to the collection
*Superb writing skills; must be able to write effectively for both general and scholarly audiences
*Excellent organizational and planning skills; good public speaking skills
*Strong computer skills; knowledge of Microsoft Office
*Ability to conduct original research
*Ability to read, speak, and write Japanese
*Ability to address general public audiences in writing and speaking
*Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and good judgment; extremely reliable and dependable
*Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, and representative of other institutions
*Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks


$1,904-$2,287 biweekly (annualized equivalent of $49,504-59,467)* with an excellent benefits package

*Please note: 1. New hires start at the beginning of the salary range. 2. This position is represented by SEIU 1021.

Application Procedure

Apply online at below or send a letter of interest and resume ASAP to:

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX: 415.861.2359

For more information and to apply online, see:

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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