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Curatorial Assistant

The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for supporting the interpretation, preservation and documentation of the collections in exhibitions, programs, publications and other formats. However, for the first year of employment, the Curatorial Assistant will be intensely involved in a Collections Inventory/Rehousing Project. The Curatorial Assistant splits time between the Curator and the Director of the Library and Archives.

Duties include:

  • Collections Inventory and Care: Inventory the collections, from art to archives, creating detailed records using EmbARK the Museum’s collections management software; write condition reports; rehouse materials as necessary; help ensure that the Museum’s collections’ records are properly processed, cataloged and maintained.
  • Digitization and Digital Projects: Serve as primary contact and manager of Fitz Henry Lane Online, a web-based catalogue raisonné ( Photograph the collection and scan archival material. Transfer data from one content management system to another.
  • Writing, Research, and Outreach: Contribute content for Museum publications, website, exhibition catalogs, grants, social media and other outreach and PR/marketing initiatives. Assist in interpreting and installing collections for permanent and temporary exhibitions. Interact with the public by assisting in the library, developing programs and offering lectures, tours and information on collection/special exhibitions as needed. Participate in stewardship initiatives, including committee work.



  • Familiarity with EmbARK, Extensis Portfolio or other collections management software.
  • Familiarity with standard museum and library vocabularies and cataloging formats.
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to research and write for different audiences.
  • Flexibility in schedule with the ability to work nights and weekends as needed for special events.
  • Experience with Excel and/or Open Refine.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and to work on multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Valid State of MA driver’s license



  • A Master’s degree in American Art, American History or Literature, Museum Studies, or Library Science
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a museum or special collections setting.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts and especially Cape Ann history and culture.
  • Experience with grant writing.


Please email cover letter, resume, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages and three professional references to CAM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.