Curatorial Assistant
Milwaukee, WI 
Posted 11 days ago
Job Description
Job Title: Curatorial Assistant
Department:  Public Programs / Department of Community Dialogue
Reports to: Curator of Community Dialogue
Status: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
EEO Classification: Office Clerical Non-Union

Objective:  The Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Community Dialogue will play a vital role in centering community engagement in all adult programming at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Department of Community Dialogue is a new department at the Milwaukee Art Museum that will be responsible for designing, implementing, and assessing adult programming at MAM and building sustainable partnerships and collaborations with BIPOC audiences.
The Curatorial Assistant will support the Department of Community Dialogue in shaping adult programming from initial concept to execution while also providing administrative and curatorial support to the Curator of Community Programs. The Curatorial Assistant is a thoughtful, organized, self-motivated, flexible, and equity-centered administrator and communicator.  Their support of the Department will involve working across the institution to build and maintain adult programming while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department of Community Dialogue.

The position is primarily responsible for working individually, as part of a team, and across departments to advance the Milwaukee Art Museum’s mission to create robust community programming, make art relevant to our communities, and build sustainable community partnerships particularly with BIPOC members of our community. 

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent and demonstrate an engaged awareness of and respect for the diversity of Wisconsin and our community across all dimensions, including socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity, physical ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. When you join the Milwaukee Art Museum, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused team that approaches art as a matter of social justice, involving broad collaboration among staff
and with the community.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at the Milwaukee Art Museum, you are
strongly encouraged to read our Strategic Direction and determine if your values align
with ours. You may find a copy of the Strategic Direction at

  • Assist the Curator of Community Dialogue on all projects.
  • Provide curatorial and administrative assistance to the Curator of Community Dialogue, including managing calendar and travel (as needed).
  • Provide curatorial administrative support to the Department of Community Dialogue (e.g., maintaining programming schedule)
  • Act as a liaison between the Department of Community Dialogue and the Education Department, Curatorial Department, Development, and other departments as needed.
  • Support research on a variety of initiatives including programming and audience trends both within Milwaukee and beyond.
  • Collaborate on cross-departmental teams in program planning, execution, and reporting on adult programs.
  • As needed, register participants for public programs; generate confirmation letters, rosters and ID tags.
  • Assist in compiling a variety of narrative and statistical reports, locate sources of information by devising forms needed to secure data; determine proper format for finished reports; including program participation statistics, monthly, quarterly, and yearly department statistics. Reconcile Public Programs statistics with Museum overall statistics monthly.
  • Establish, maintain, revise and update departmental databases including mailing lists for community groups and guest artists. Assist with promoting program offerings to the public.
  • Provide secretarial support for various advisory group meetings such as the Community Task Force and Native Initiatives at MAM, or other meetings as necessary by scheduling meetings, preparing meeting materials, room set-up, record and distribute minutes and any other follow-up material.
  • Generate monthly Public Programs credit card reconciliation report for Finance. 
  • Maintain department’s supplies.
  • Escort guests to meetings, galleries, etc.
  • Supervise and direct interns as needed.
  • Member of Weekly Operations team.
  • Maintain budgets and process all invoices.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the community.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships across the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Experience developing and maintaining databases.
  • Excellent organization skills – ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to use MS Office and  Google products (e.g., Gmail, Google Meets, Google Spreadsheets; Google Slides; Excel; PowerPoint;  etc.).
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and staff members and to communicate ideas in a variety of ways.
  • Ability to self-manage and work alongside a team and/or supervisor.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Willingness to dream new ideas / concepts.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Initiative, vision, and execution of ideas.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Bilingual/Multilingual with language(s) included but not limited to: Any Native Language of the Americans (e.g., Ojibwe, Oneida, Ho-Chunk); American Sign Language; Black Vernacular English; Haitian Kreyòl; Hmong; French; German; Spanish; etc.
  • Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of 2 – 3 years of experience (organizing; administrative support; community building).

The Milwaukee Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

We are committed to recruiting, developing, compensating, and retaining professional staff that reflect our community. We aspire to be a diverse workplace where talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work. 

We stand committed to the work ahead, informed by our community, which we will support with our best thinking, our deepest empathy, and the courage to embody the convictions shared in our Strategic Direction.

Requirements without or without ADA Accommodations:
  • Work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Greet a variety of guests in-person at the Museum or virtually
  • Work on a computer

Employment at the Milwaukee Art Museum is at-will. At-will means that you may terminate your employment at any time for any reason and that the Milwaukee Art Museum may terminate your employment at any time for any reason.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all qualifications, responsibilities, duties, and skills required.
Milwaukee Art Museum is an EOE/M/W/Vets/Disability Employer.



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Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
Competitive Salary
The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a competitive compensation package including Health and Dental benefits, Vision Plan, Flex/Dependent Spending Account, Health Spending Account, Group Term Life and Voluntary Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Cancer Protection Assurance, Accident Only Insurance, Hospital Confinement Indemnity Insurance, Critical Care Protection, Long Term Disability, Retirement Plan, Vacation and Holidays, Parking Discount, Museum Membership and Museum Discounts.
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1 to 2 years
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