Florence B. Selden Fellow: Yale University Art Gallery


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:  Reporting to the Curators of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Selden Fellow will supervise the department’s active study room and act as the primary liaison between the department and faculty teaching from the collections of works on paper. The Fellow will prepare and follow through to publication the list of the department’s acquisitions in the Gallery’s annual Bulletin, conduct scholarly research to catalogue new acquisitions, answer queries about the collection, and interact with scholars, students, and the public on matters concerning the collection. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to assist with the organization of exhibitions.

This salaried position carries with it the full range of Managerial & Professional benefits. Please include the following documents with your application: cover letter describing career goals and why this position is of particular interest to you; CV; graduate transcript; an example of recent written research (maximum 2 pages); names and contact information of three references (letters not necessary).

Review of applications will begin on April 2nd.

Essential Duties:

  • Oversees class and scholar visits to the study room.
  • Works with the department to prepare acquisition lists and other related sections of the annual museum Bulletin.
  • Conducts research on new acquisitions and catalogues them in TMS (The Museum System). Builds comprehensive curatorial files on both new and prior acquisitions.
  • On occasion, gives talks and special presentations to classes and the general public. Interacts with the public, visiting scholars, and students seeking information on the collections; answers scholarly inquiries and general correspondence.
  • Participates in collections maintenance, and ensures the special care, security, and proper handling of the collection of prints and drawings.
  • Assists with exhibitions, publications, and programs organized by the department, up to and including research, liaising with internal and external colleagues, gathering images, writing labels and other material. Assists curators museum-wide in planning for rotations of works in permanent collection galleries.
  • Assists the curators and senior museum assistant with the supervision of undergraduate work study students.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:  M.A. in Art History or related field.


  • Commitment to object-based teaching with a strong interest in the graphic arts; ability to handle original works of art with care.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with the staff and the public in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and to be a team player in an active office and museum environment.
  • Well-developed written communication skills.
  • Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Museum and/or teaching experience; familiarity with European languages.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/2FopzEu.  Please be sure to reference this site in your application.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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