Job Opening: Curator of Gallery Education (PT), Japan Society (NYC)

job opening - 5Japan Society in New York has just posted an opening for a part-time Curator of Gallery Education. This is to my knowledge a new position, which will be working alongside the three full-time Gallery staff, and four Education department staff.

The formal job description as posted on the Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is as follows:

The Curator of Gallery Education is a diverse, challenging position that will appeal to those who have a passion for museums, art interpretation, and public education. This role’s key objective is to research and develop interpretative materials and related programs for small and major exhibitions and art displays, working closely with curators and colleagues in the Gallery Department and using a wide variety of approaches and techniques. Liaising with other programming departments at Japan Society is important as are building relationships with external partners and key stakeholders.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

*Work collegially with exhibition curators to explore exhibition and gallery narratives and ensure content is intellectually accessible for a broad audience
*Research, create, and manage exciting and innovative related education and public programs for exhibitions by championing audience needs
*Manage the process of script/text writing for materials necessary for education and public programs and editing in liaison with exhibition curators and program participants, including development of original copy, if required, checking with relevant members of the exhibition team and the Society’s general editor
*Work in tandem with the Officer of Gallery Operations to ensure that image rights and copyright restrictions are adhered to in interpretative materials for programming
*Manage docents, including exhibition-specific training sessions, scheduling docents for daily public tours, processing and scheduling all public tour requests
*Throughout exhibition periods, continually monitor and ensure gallery interpretation meets audience needs
*Handle registrations, confirmations, payments and refunds


*An undergraduate degree in related subject (e.g. art education, art history, art management), and a relevant postgraduate work or equivalent exhibition interpretation experience
*Experience in organizing education and/or public programs
*Demonstrable understanding of the principles and methodology involved in delivering interpretation for a wide range of audiences in museum or art gallery contexts
*Excellent written and oral presentation skills
*Proficient in Window’s office suite and online research
*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work within a team and across departments
*Evidence of creativity, imagination, and curiosity
*Good understanding of best practices in museum exhibitions as well as education and public program organization
*Extremely detailed-oriented, with ability to meet tight deadlines
*Japanese language skill and interest in Japanese arts and culture a plus


This is a part-time position with a regular weekday schedule of approximately 20 hours per week. On occasion, the Curator will be expected to adjust scheduled hours to work in the evenings or weekends for Gallery events.

To Apply: Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at –

Other open positions at Japan Society can be found at: Japan Society – Career Opportunities

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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