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Senior Curator of Photography

Company name
University of California - Riverside

Commensurate with Experience

Riverside, CA, United States

Employment Type

Manager, Education

Posted on
Jan 31,2019

Valid Through
May 16,2019


This position has the responsibility to ensure the artistic and conceptual integrity for all exhibitions in order to maintain the institution's leadership and worldwide presence in the field of photography and related media.This position is 50% time with an anticipated starting salary of $45,000. The Senior Curator of Photography at UCR ARTS will work closely with the UCR ARTS Executive Director to initiate, research, budget, produce and supervise the museum's exhibition program. Curatorial responsibilities include involvement in the selection, conceptualization, management, interpretation and coordination of CMP exhibition activities from inception through final installation. This position has the responsibility to ensure the artistic and conceptual integrity for all exhibitions in order to maintain the institution's leadership and worldwide presence in the field of photography and related media. In all these activities the Senior Curator of Photography will work closely with UCR ARTS Executive Director, UCR ARTS Exhibitions Planning Committee, and other curatorial and administrative staff members. The position requires an expert level curatorial professional with curatorial leadership experience with a focus on photography.


Education Requirements



Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.


Masters of Fine Arts degree from an accredited institution





6 - 10 years of related experience.


8 years of experience in a curatorial leadership role.


Expertise in Fine Arts Photography


Minimum Requirements

Specialization in an area of the museum's collection and knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices.

Knowledge of collection building/connoisseurship, ethical and legal standards for acquisition, and of the current market.

Skills in scholarly research and writing scholarly publications.

Knowledge of the principles of conservation/preservation.

Donor cultivation and relationship building skills.

Knowledge of selection, evaluation, and exhibition of objects.

Exhibition Project Development: Demonstrated knowledge of conceptual and contemporary art, photography and media works. Ability to work well with and manage projects with guest curators and artists. Budget and time management skills. Electronic calendaring skills.

Research and Public Presentations: Exceptional interpersonal skills in forming liaisons with artists, curators, gallery directors, media personnel Excellent public speaking ability.

Computer Skills: Knowledge and proficiency in the use of Microsoft office software: including Word, Excel, Outlook or Entourage, PowerPoint. Knowledge and proficiency in the use of Adobe Creative Design Suite for design and photography including the programs InDesign, Photoshop, and Bridge. Basic knowledge of Web production.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of eight years of experience in a curatorial leadership role.

Management Skills: Demonstrated supervisory skills in working with professional museum preparators, student staff, and volunteers. Ability to work well and congenially with outside curators, artists, and art institutions. Ability to work well and productively with media outlets. Demonstrated ability to adhere to administrative policies and procedures relating to purchasing, outside contractors, loan agreements, risk management, and human resources. Proven ability to work independently with minimum of supervision.

Masters of Fine Arts degree from an accredited institution

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

Washington Monthly (August 2016) ranked UC Riverside 12th in the nation in its annual University and College Survey.

Education Trust placed UC Riverside 9th in the nation for closing the graduation gap between black and white students by 1.7 percentage points.

In QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, UC Riverside's Department of Philosophy is #1 in the world for the frequency with which published papers are cited by other philosophers.

U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 118th overall; earns Great Schools, Great Prices.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2016) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 to 200 institutions. This survey bills itself as the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities.

U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:

Graduate School of Education - 62nd among ranked schools

Bourns College of Engineering - 71st among ranked schools

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

Company info

University of California - Riverside
Phone : (951) 827-1012
Fax : (951) 827-6493
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Company Profile
The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.

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