Apply - Departmental Curatorial Assistant


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is one of the finest museums on the West coast and is celebrated for the superb quality of its permanent collection. Its mission is to integrate art into the lives of people through internationally recognized exhibitions, special programs, as well as the thoughtful presentation of its permanent collection.

Following the reopening of its newly renovated galleries after a $50 million renovation, the Museum is seeking the ideal candidate for a full-time, Departmental Curatorial Assistant, responsible for the administration of the Curatorial Department. Reporting to the Deputy Director/Chief Curator, this position’s primary responsibility will include oversight of day-to-day curatorial operations, including answering queries from the public, interfacing with Registration and Facilities on quarterly photography sessions, Collections Committee Meetings, and Exhibition scheduling. Other responsibilities include support of permanent collection-related research, generation and production of didactics, as well as TMS data entry, and exhibition support as assigned.

Passionate interest in the history of art is required. Developed interest in Greek and Roman antiquities and/or historical American and European art a plus. Minimum of one year of fine art museum experience preferred. Must have excellent research and organizational skills, a strong ability to multi-task, proficiency with MS Office, and excellent written communication skills is required. Knowledge of TMS software, Photoshop, and basic graphic design skills are preferred. Sociability and the ability to work well across departments is also a must, as is a can-do attitude and a strong work ethic.

  • Schedule: Full-time - 40 hours/week.
  • Full-time status is eligible for all benefits including PTO, holiday pay, medical, dental, vision, LTD, Life, Pre-tax plans, and 403b.
  • A uccessful Background Check is required.

Contact Information

Please email to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Fax: (805) 966-6840

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