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Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco seek a highly motivated and qualified professional to serve as curator of the renowned Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, which is widely recognized as one of the most notable collections of prints, drawings, and artists' books in the United States. The department's strength derives from its diversity—with nearly 100,000 objects representing over 500 years of graphic arts from around the world, the Achenbach's broad range of works on paper reflects the aesthetics, politics, and social and cultural mores of a wide variety of eras and geographical locations. The successful candidate, under the general direction of the Achenbach curator in charge, will plan and direct certain assigned activities of the department.

This employment opportunity is with the City and County of San Francisco.

Typical duties and responsibilities include:

1. Plans and supervises certain assigned installations of the Museums' prints and drawings collection; identifies, classifies and documents works of art.

2. Conducts research on objects in the collections; makes recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessioning; recommends on the loan of the Museums' objects requested by other institutions.

3. Plans and organizes exhibitions; makes cost estimates; corresponds with lenders; coordinates the design and installation of exhibitions with staff; assembles data and photographs for publicity; prepares labels; researches and writes catalogues and brochures.

4. Consults with conservators and other staff members on the conservation of art objects.

5. Organizes and supervises the work of assistants, interns, and some volunteers; corresponds and confers with scholars, specialists, and the public; works closely with the Achenbach's support council membership group.

6. Interprets the department's collections and exhibitions; lectures and conducts gallery tours.

7. Plans and prepares exhibitions for loan to other institutions; makes recommendations on loan exhibitions offered to the Museums by other institutions

8. Develops, coordinates, and carries out policies and procedures relative to the operations of special phases of departmental activities; makes regular contact with outside organizations, professional personnel, and the general public in connection with assigned departmental activities and operations; prepares and maintains operational records and reports relating to assigned activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fine arts, art history , decorative arts, design, history, library science, museum studies, natural history, science, technology, or other closely related disciplines.

Seven (7) years of museum experience including two years of responsible supervisory experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

Master's degree (M.A.) in Art History with major course work in Art History and Fine Arts and/or Ph.D. in Art History

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