Curatorial Assistant - Lincoln MA
Job Details
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - Lincoln, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree

The anticipated start date for this role is June 2021.


The Opportunity.

Reporting to the Senior Curator, while working closely with the entire Curatorial team at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Curatorial Assistant will provide general support for the daily and long-term operations of the department which include organizing and implementing contemporary art exhibitions and related public programs, programming the 30-acre Sculpture Park, and managing a permanent collection of 4,000+ objects.  


In This Role You Will:

  • Conduct research and provide administrative support the planning of upcoming exhibitions and sculpture park projects 

  • Facilitate communication with artists, curators, lenders, and other collaborators concerning production, installation, promotion, and documentation of exhibitions. 

  • Help create, edit, and design exhibition labels, interpretative materials, checklists, and website content 

  • Coordinate rights and reproductions, photography, copyediting, and related efforts for publications 

  • Working with the Registrar, organize and maintain exhibition and collection files 

  • Assist with the preparation of presentations and other materials for internal and external meetings and events. 

  • Create and manage traveling arrangements, honoraria, and events-related logistics for artists and guests for public programs 

  • Coordinate and communicate across multiple departments at deCordova and The Trustees about curatorial efforts  

  • Participate in and support training for staff and volunteers about exhibitions and curatorial projects  

  • Process departmental invoices, assist with budget input and reporting  

  • Working with Marketing, Communications, and Engagement staff, assist with projects that promote, publicize, and interpret exhibitions and public programs 

  • Assist with Development and grants-related requests and reports for exhibitions and sculpture park projects 

  • Other duties as assigned 

Other Information

Education and Experience: 

  • BA (MA preferred) in Art History, Arts Administration, or Curatorial/Museum Studies and/or significant experience in arts-related non-profit.  

  • At least 2 years of office and/or museum experience. 



  • Excellent writing and copy-editing skills; ability to write about contemporary art in a clear, engaging, and accessible way 

  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; discerning and professional in handling sensitive or confidential matters 

  • Skills in project management, setting priorities, and time management for multiple, simultaneous projects 

  • Passion for contemporary art and culture 

  • Exceptional attention to detail 

  • Ability to multitask, respond quickly, and work collaboratively 

  • Skills in editing and design 

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite software (esp. Word, Excel, PP). Proficiency in InDesign and Photoshop preferred. Working knowledge of museum database systems a plus. 

  • Team player with a positive, versatile attitude who can respond to the changing needs of each curatorial project 



  • This position requires occasional weekday evening and weekend hours as needed to accommodate department needs.    

  • Required: Please submit both a Cover Letter and Resume' 


About The Trustees 

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster. Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care. We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households. 


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years. 


In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission. 


The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. 


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