Curator and Exhibition Coordinator – Montclair State University Galleries, Montclair, NJ

Job Description


Reporting to the Director, University Galleries, the Curator and Exhibition Coordinator is responsible for implementing an exciting and innovative exhibition schedule that furthers the University Galleries’ mission, effectively engages with the diverse audiences we serve and makes the Galleries a valuable resource for the campus and its surrounding communities. This position coordinates exhibitions with guest curators and curates original exhibitions for the University Galleries supporting all phases of planning and implementation of exhibitions.


  • Supports the development of and organization of exhibitions, manages publication projects, researches artwork, and produces new scholarship on the collection. Works with curators, preparators, and artists to care for and oversee the installation of artworks, as well as manage temporary exhibitions.
  • Curates approximately two original exhibitions every four years and acts as coordinating curator for all exhibitions (original and traveling) hosted at Montclair State University.  
  • Liaises with artists, guest curators, galleries, and lenders throughout the research, planning, and implementation of all exhibitions.
  • Drafts exhibition labels, publication texts, public relations materials, and other texts for brochures and the website, including providing administrative support for editorial efforts and publications, as needed. 
  • Draws up, seeks legal advice, and executes all contracts related to guest curators, catalog authors, traveling venues, artist commissions, and others as needed.
  • Project-manages exhibitions, overseeing contractual deliverables, and working with University Galleries’ staff as a team on loan requests, shipping, and installation logistics, and producing interpretive and promotional materials. 
  • Oversees the development, organizing, and installation of a schedule of temporary loan and collection exhibitions.
  • Works with the Registrar on presenting the permanent collection and strategizes imaginative and engaging ways to exhibit the collection; assists with the maintenance and documentation of the collection.
  • Works with the director to develop exhibition budgets and to identify and apply for outside funds to support exhibitions. 
  • Works with University Galleries’ staff, campus colleagues, and community members to promote and publicize exhibitions. 
  • Collaborates with Education Coordinator on visitor experience to engage the diverse audiences we serve through accessible exhibition programs, events, and interpretative materials. 
  • Assists with the development and production of University Galleries-related special events and fundraising activities that advance the department’s mission and programs.
  • Recruits, hires, and supervises a team of part-time temporary art handers/preparators/exhibition technicians and student assistants and interns for exhibition installation and de-installation.
  • Keeps informed about developments in museum best practices, and current issues in the museum, and art worlds and plans for ongoing effective professional development. 
  • Maintains departmental calendar for exhibitions, installations, and programs. Oversees photography and scanning of exhibition installations providing images to press and others in accordance with the usage allowance.; maintains an organized library of digital images.
  • Prepares checklists of objects for exhibitions, generating work plans, and organizes materials for exhibitions. 
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.
  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Visual Arts, Curatorial/Museum Studies, or related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience working in the field, preferably in an academic museum or gallery setting.
  • One year of experience planning, developing, and implementing education programs in a museum setting or comparable organization.
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of normal office hours, travel, work evenings and/or weekends as necessary in the performance of assigned responsibilities. 


  • MA in Art History, Visual Arts, Curatorial/Museum Studies, or related discipline.
  • Experience curating original exhibitions and coordinating exhibitions curated by others. Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks. Proficiency with technical equipment, such as A/V systems.
  • Previous experience in a college/university museum.
  • Experience with primary and secondary teacher training.
  • Experience working with underserved groups and with the development of tours and programs, including those for visitors with special needs.
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, and editing skills.  
  • Strong organizational, planning, and research skills. 
  • Proficiency in current social media platforms, as well as audience evaluation and implementation of visitor surveys.
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing environment, including changing work demands, procedures, technology, or priorities.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.

DepartmentArt Galleries

Position TypeFull-time, Professional – Non-Faculty

Contact Information:

For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources’ Workday Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2), or email

About Montclair State University

With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs through 10 colleges and schools.  With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of 5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.

Montclair State University is proud to be committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices. The University is an inclusive, richly diverse community that fosters mutual respect, tolerance and understanding among all students and employees.

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