School of Visual Arts
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 40
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Job Title: Director of Curatorial Research, part-time

Department: MA Curatorial Practice

Reports To: Chair

Position Overview:

The Director of Curatorial Research, under direction from the Department's Chair, organizes public programming for the Department and works closely with the Chair on academic components, ranging from curriculum development and admissions to student exhibitions, internships, fieldwork, and thesis projects. As well, the Director of Curatorial Research works with the Chair on creating partnerships with outside organizations and marketing the MA Curatorial Practice program to increase the Department's visibility toward new enrollments. This is a three-day-a-week, part-time position.


  • Researches and develops with the Department's Chair curatorial event programming for students and the public, including panels, talks, conferences, commissioned performances, and other Department activities.
  • Moderates curatorial events, such as panel discussions and talks.
  • Works with the Chair to identify and engage with local, national, and international individuals and institutional partners to collaborate on programming and other Department initiatives.
  • Works with the Chair on the Department's curriculum.
  • Works with the Chair in reviewing all applications, interviews, and decisions for admission into the MA Curatorial Practice program.
  • Meets with and advises students on academic and curatorial subjects as needed, including student exhibitions, internship placement, and guided fieldwork.
  • Occasionally reviews and edits student texts for exhibitions and thesis projects.
  • Occasionally writes marketing materials for the Department.
  • Other academic tasks at Chair's discretion.


  • A master's degree or Ph.D. in curating or art history or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5 years as an active curator with a portfolio of public exhibitions in museums, alternative spaces or commercial galleries preferred or equivalent years in an associated professional capacity.
  • Thorough knowledge of the international art world, a visible profile, and a network of international curatorial connections are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Editorial experience preferred
  • Diplomacy and professionalism when working with individuals via e-mail, phone, and in person.
  • Strong organizational skills and solution-oriented skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work independently and be detail-oriented.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal-opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principles of the College. SVA enjoys a community representing a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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