Carmel & Howard Friesen Associate Curator, Academic & Collection Engagement

Job Summary

Working closely with the Senior Curator, this role will develop and maintain an acute and profoundly intimate relationship with the Museum’s collection, playing an active role in the BAMPFA Study Centers and cultivating deep relationships with UC Berkeley faculty and students. This highly collaborative role will work across the Museum’s expansive collections, engaging with other Museum staff, faculty, and students to develop curricular connections across subject areas. This role will support ongoing efforts to increase university access to BAMPFA Collections through ongoing research and supporting collection-based exhibitions.


  • Conducts outreach to promote faculty engagement with Museum programming. Develops and facilitates connections between UC Berkeley curricula and BAMPFA Collection and exhibitions. Hosts class visits and teaches collection-based content. Coordinates scheduling for student programming including Graduate Student Tour Guide Program and Berkeley Connect.
  • Oversees visits to the BAMPFA Study Centers. Includes scheduling on-campus and external researchers and tracking visits.
  • Collaborates with BAMPFA staff and campus faculty to organize small collections exhibitions, which may include contributing to Collection Gallery rotations, the Faculty Teaching Gallery, and Cal Conversations collection exhibitions.
  • Conducts research on collection, resulting in labels, brochures, catalogues, gallery talks, tours, and documents information in the collection database. Includes research and presentations on proposed acquisitions.
  • Coordinate BAMPFA Academic Advisory Committee, planning and scheduling two meetings per year, developing minutes and providing follow-up.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of a broad range of art historical areas, familiarity with standard museum and curatorial practices.
  • Knowledge of collection building, ethical and legal standards for acquisition, and of the current market.
  • Knowledge of selection, evaluation, and exhibition of objects.
  • Knowledge of the principles of conservation and preservation.
  • Skills in research and writing didactics and publications for general and specialized audiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to represent the organization well in various settings within the curatorial field, at conferences, etc.
  • Ability to prioritize teamwork.
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly and eligible for full UC Benefits.The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this full-time position is $75,000-$80,000. (Due to compliance with California SB-1162 BAMPFA will not be able to offer a candidate anything above this posted amount.)

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

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Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.