The Bradley Assistant Curator for Academic Affairs: Yale Art Gallery

Bradley Assistant Curator – 47468BR

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 Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs is responsible for promoting, managing, and implementing the Yale University Art Gallery’s university-level outreach and teaching programs, and collaborates with Education and Programs department colleagues on a wide range of public programs, adult learning opportunities, and co-curricular activities that build upon faculty relationships and course collaborations. The Bradley Curator serves as the primary contact for Yale faculty and their engagement with objects, develops new and broadens existing collaborative relationships with the History of Art, School of Art, and other academic departments and programs on campus, as well as with other colleges and universities, especially those in the New Haven area.

This position recommends objects to be studied and interprets the collection to assist scholars, faculty, and students with research; regularly teaches object study sessions in area of expertise and more broadly where appropriate for cross-disciplinary collaboration; conducts all preparatory research necessary to ensure best practices in museum teaching; and occasionally oversees Yale graduate and undergraduate research. S/he conceives and executes programs to encourage faculty and teaching fellows to incorporate object-focused teaching into their syllabi, including seminars, workshops, curriculum-development grants, and study days, and contributes to the intellectual content, teaching methodology, and overall vision for the teaching that emerges from these programs. S/he plans and executes several large annual events for the academic community, including open houses, receptions, and student orientations for Yale’s professional schools.

This position conceives, develops, manages, and evaluates logistics for more than 800 annual course visits from Yale and other academic partners to permanent collection galleries, special exhibitions, and six total object study classrooms in the Nolen Center for Art and Education and the Gallery’s new, off-site Margaret and Angus Wurtele Study Center. This includes facilitating requests from faculty to teach with objects from storage, working closely with collections curators, museum assistants, and an Education Department Administrative Assistant who provides scheduling, database, and logistical support, and by using the Gallery’s collection database system (The Museum System, known as TMS) with expertise and in support of collection research, managing object packages, monitoring class sessions, and overseeing a staff of graduate and undergraduate students. Under the direction of the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs and working closely with colleagues from all relevant museum departments and collaborators beyond the Gallery, s/he also helps develop and implement new approaches to outreach and exhibition planning and may manage and oversee installations related to Yale courses and other educational endeavors.

S/he has a comprehensive knowledge of art history or a related discipline, conducts research and publishes in field of specialization, museum pedagogy, and/or cross-disciplinary approaches to the collection, and participates fully in the intellectual life of the University, including serving on Yale University-wide committees devoted to topics related to faculty teaching and student research on original works of art and other primary source materials. Occasional night and weekend hours required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The Bradley Assistant Curator for Academic Affairs will join the museum at a moment of renewed commitment to the Gallery’s educational mission and will contribute to developing pedagogical and philosophical approaches to teaching from original works of art and the expansion and improvement of the Gallery’s engagement with the academic community.

Required Education and Experience:  Masters Degree in Art History or a related field. Two years of professional museum experience in the areas of education or curatorial, or equivalent education and experience.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of art history or related discipline. Excellent teaching skills at university level with an emphasis on object-based and interactive approaches. Ability to teach cross-disciplinary studies in the Gallery’s collection areas. Well-developed written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with collaborators at the University & diverse museum audiences. Ability to exercise excellent interpersonal skills & relate well to all kinds of people. Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a positive attitude that supports department’s goals.
  • Proven ability to meet demanding deadlines and manage multiple complex projects, work well under pressure, and juggle multiple tasks. Demonstrated professionalism and flexibility in a busy multi-task environment. Ability to solve problems, to exercise discretion and independent judgment, and to be a team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to conceptualize and execute individual programs and events that support the Gallery’s long-range academic program and profile at the University while tending to the details needed to execute these programs and events.
  • Ability to use specialized software, including Outlook, Microsoft Office, The Museum System (TMS, a collection database system), Event Management System (EMS), Request Art Movement (RAM), and library databases, with expertise and in support of collection research and study.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Ph.D. in Art History or Humanities and university museum experience including significant academic outreach for university level courses.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

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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