Ishibashi Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, seeks a promising and dynamic scholar in the field of Japanese art to become the Ishibashi Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art. Reporting to the William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art, this position at the MFA will provide the opportunity for a termed, two-year period to work with MFA curatorial staff on a wide range of projects (such as planning for exhibitions in Boston as well as Japan, cataloging of objects, and acquisition research). The Assistant Curator will be additionally encouraged to publish articles about the MFA’s Arts of Japan collections and plan and submit exhibition and/or object install proposals on the collection. This work will entail object selection, research, presentation to exhibition committees and public relations, and consultation with the conservation department about any projected object treatments needed. An interest and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public are desirable.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
• Advanced degree in art history or Japanese culture (Ph.D. preferred). Demonstrated scholarly ability in the field of Japanese art through publications, conference papers, or other activities.
• One year of curatorial experience or demonstrated ability in interpreting and presenting objects.
• Fluency with spoken and written English required; facility with spoken and written Japanese necessary for scholarly research and administrative responsibilities.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
• Committed to collaboration with others to achieve the best outcome, and ability to make decisions to move plans and objectives forward.
• Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives and demonstrable experience doing so.
• An international perspective but experienced in becoming personally and professionally committed to an institution’s city, people and artistic community.
Personal Qualities and Attributes:
• Intellectually rigorous
• Inspirational, passionate, curious
• Generous of spirit, a team player
• Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills
Application materials are being accepted immediately. For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.