Curatorial Assistant | El Paso, TX
The Curatorial Assistant | Centennial Museum at University of Texas, El Paso
Posting End Date
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.
Earliest Start Date
As soon as possible
Hours per Week
Full-Time; 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday.
Flexible schedule; evenings and weekends possible
Required Application Materials
A resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references is required in order to apply.
Please submit all documents together in a single PDF file.
Purpose of Position
The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for assisting with the creation, maintenance, and installation of the Centennial Museum’s permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. This position also serves as the primary graphic designer for the Museum and Gardens, creating most exhibition graphics and publicity material for exhibitions and programs. All tasks are accomplished in conjunction with other staff members, student assistants, and contracted personnel.
Designs exhibits prior to installation and makes recommendations for overcoming problematic situations.
Works with staff and/or exhibit team in the development, refinement, proofing, approval, and delivery of graphic design solutions for print, digital, display, and exhibitions.
Gathers and studies information for exhibit and materials; Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size, and style, and related aesthetic concepts; obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layouts for approval.
Coordinates with outside agencies, art services, and printers, and receives quotes and invoices for processing.
Coordinates the production of design deliverables according to exhibit schedule.
Creates and mounts quality didactic material to supplement the exhibit.
Implements design solutions that are creative, appropriate, and consistent with the Museum’s brand and vision, while conveying the aims, messages, and themes of the project.
Assists with the maintenance and/or repair of exhibit related objects, graphics or signage.
Inspects and maintains temporary exhibits throughout its run.
Assists Curator in the direction and supervision of student staff in the handling, mounting, care, and storage of objects.
Manages volunteers, student interns, and work studies during installations. Trains volunteers, student interns, work studies, and Museum Studies students in proper cutting and dry-mounting techniques in preparation of exhibits. Oversees their contributions to make sure they are working effectively and gives feedback to ensure a quality work experience.
Coordinates with Administrative Assistant to order and maintain marketing materials such as promotional items, brochures, etc.
Serves as a resource for staff to ensure that they have all marketing items needed for their programs and events.
Designs or assists with social media graphics.
Manages design files and supports staff in the retrieval and use of files.
Assists with maintaining and updating the Centennial Museum’s website and other related web functions.
Insures adherence to safe workplace practices and procedures in the handling of tools and in all preparation work and workshop spaces for all staff.
Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment; estimates costs, purchases materials, equipment and supplies.
Assists with the Permanent Collections; photographs and digitizes collections and records; monitors security of building and other collections areas; works with Facilities Services to coordinate work in exhibition and collections areas.
Assists University offices such as Heritage House, the Biodiversity Collections, Asset Management and Development, and others as appropriate, with museum-related matters.
Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use institutional software systems.
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, primarily Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Complies with all State and University policies.
Other duties may be assigned.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to use various tools, including power tools, preferred.
Two years of experience, related to the statement of duties and responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. Ability to work in confined spaces such as collections rooms. Ability to work on ladders to adjust light fixtures, install exhibition features, and paint surfaces. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds. Special vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.