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Chief Curator

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/19/23

Job Description

Chief Curator

Job No: 514911
Work Type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time

Job Summary

The Chief Curator curates and manages the implementation of visitor centered collections-based and loan exhibitions and related interpretive materials, long-range plans exhibitions, coordinates artist contracts and agreements, invites and oversees guest curators, and collaboratively leads the exhibitions team. A scholar and skilled project manager, the Chief Curator is a primary creative leader within the Museum as part of a team working under the supervision of the Director.
Key Responsibilities

  • Collections-based curatorial research and exhibitions curation
  • Exhibition planning, logistics coordination, project management, and implementation oversight
  • Coordination and oversight of guest curators and support staff
  • Grant writing and development activities
  • Liaise with community networks, conferences, publications, relationship building
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Record of professional behaviors influenced by engagement with diverse perspectives, attitudes, and practices. Advanced knowledge of museum curating, collection care, research, and collections development. Demonstrable excellent leadership, supervisory, planning, collaboration, and organizational skills. Exceptional communication (including oral, inter-personal, writing, and editing), negotiation, and problem-solving skills. Research skills essential, including ability to access on-line resources and use standard library references. Strong administrative, fiscal, and staff supervisory skills, with a clear record of leading and managing museum projects, including exhibitions. Must exercise consultative peer-to-peer project leadership of the Exhibitions team. Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply curatorial expertise to the exhibition program including pertinent policies, procedures, and regulation. Knowledge and understanding of museum ethics and principles, especially about issues of provenance, accessioning, and deaccessioning. Must understand relevant regulations including, but not limited to, NAGPRA, Nazi-era looted art, and AAM and ICOM guidelines and best practices. Follows all University policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Contributes to a positive university experience for each student and assists in achieving the university's commitment to a vision of excellence. Demonstrable consultative skills in working with internal and external community groups. Ability to understand exhibition problems from a broad, interactive perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive of and develop strategic solution. Experience with the national circulation of traveling exhibitions preferred (including background in preparing contracts, loan forms, memoranda of understanding, letters of agreement and other related correspondence). Ability to learn and follow campus practices and procedures. Excellent organizational skills required in order to handle several projects simultaneously and meet pressing deadlines.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience

Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of related experience required. CA Driver's License required.

Preferred Requirements: Master of Arts or PhD degree in museum studies, art history, studio art, or visual culture studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience. History of research and publication in Post-War and contemporary American painting and/or printmaking or global photography, or public art. 3-5 years arts experience (including unpaid, internships, student work, professional, etc.) with increasing responsibilities and management. 2+ years of leadership experience. Intermediate to fluent speaking, writing, reading ability in Spanish (preferred), Khmer, or Tagalog.

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt I

The salary range for this classification is $4,170 to $7,545 per month.

Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.
Time Base

Full-time temporary position for one year with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.
Application Procedures

Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.
Additional Information

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.
Equal Employment Statement

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Application Closes: Jan 03, 2023 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.