Curator, Children's Book Illustrations
About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and under construction in Los Angeles’ Expo Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at lucasmuseum.org.
Equal Opportunity PolicyThe Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.
Applicants interested in this role are strongly encouraged to apply at: lucasmuseum.workable.com
Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)
The Curatorial team at the Lucas Museum is tasked with overseeing the collection and its strategic growth, development, presentation and interpretation as well as related exhibitions and programs. Curators support and collaborate with the Museum leadership in developing and implementing a cohesive vision and strategy for the collections and exhibitions of the Museum. To achieve a balanced schedule of monographic, thematic, and traveling exhibitions, Curators will work cross-departmentally to propose large and small-scale exhibitions, collaborate with other departments to implement and communicate all aspects relating to these projects.
In coordination with museum colleagues, Curators will research and write scholarly publications and texts; assist with the development and growth of the permanent collection, including acquisitions across many media and cultures; consult on related marketing initiatives; and represent the Museum by delivering lectures, participating in symposia, and in other ways that further the Museum’s mission. Curators will be responsible for developing the first draft of texts for publication, didactic and interpretative materials, and public-facing programs – working collaboratively across departments to edit and finalize these materials.
Curators with an area of expertise (e.g. Film, Comic Art, Illustration, Children’s Book Illustration) have the added responsibility of formulating strategies and suggesting the incorporation of that subject area into the overall exhibition presentations.
All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.
Core competencies for this role
- Working with people - Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; adapts to the team and builds team spirit; recognizes and rewards the contribution of others; listens, consults others, and communicates proactively; supports and cares for others; develops and openly communicates self-insight
- Adhering to Principles & Values - Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organizational and individual responsibility towards the organization and community we serve;
- Presenting & Communicating Information- Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback; projects credibility;
- Writing & Reporting – Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience;
- Applying Expertise & Technology - Applies specialist and detailed curatorial expertise; develops job knowledge and expertise through continual professional development; shares expertise and knowledge with others; uses technology to achieve work objectives; demonstrates an understanding of different organizational departments and functions;
- Planning and Organizing - Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and take account of possible changing circumstances; manages time effectively; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones;
- Adapting & Responding to Change - Adapts to changing circumstance; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people and situations; shows respect and sensitivity towards differences; deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents.
Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities
Collections & Exhibitions
- Conducts research for exhibitions, curatorial projects, and publications related to museum collection materials;
- Proposes and curates approved exhibitions;
- Researches and recommends objects for acquisitions in accordance with the Museum’s collecting strategy;
- Works collaboratively with other departments within the Lucas Museum to realize the Museum’s mission and vision through exhibitions, collections, and original scholarship;
- Supports Museum leadership in researching, developing and administering curatorial projects for building the collection, curating the permanent collection installations, and temporary exhibitions;
- Contributes to collection research, data-based collection and exhibition records, and manages exhibition checklists through The Museum System (TMS);
- Draft texts pertaining to objects and/or exhibitions to be edited and purposed by various departments of the museum for interpretive materials, publications, marketing and publicity materials, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
- Develops and maintains collaborative and collegial relationships with curators and other museum professional at other institutions.
- Applies extensive knowledge of art history to specialized curatorial assignments (e.g. Comic Art);
- Performs advanced scholarly research in a specific subject area to support the institutional mission;
- Participates actively and positively in group administrative problem-solving, decision making and long-term strategic planning;
Special projects and other duties as designated by Managing Director, Curatorial, Deputy Director, or designee.
Education / Experience:
- Education from an accredited college or university with a degree in one of the following: Art History, History, Anthropology, or Museum Studies is required. The following minimum education and experience requirements are used to determine seniority, title, and level. Those appointed at the Curator-level will have either:
- A Bachelor’s Degree with 7 to 10 years of experience is required; or
- A Master’s Degree with 5 to 7 years of experience is required; or
- A PhD with 2-5 years of experience is required.
- A minimum of two or more years of museum or arts management experience is required;
- A track record of object-focused scholarly and curatorial accomplishments through publications, lectures, or exhibitions with a specific focus on Children's Book Illustrations;
- Mentoring and supervising experience preferred;
- Proven experience working in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment with the ability to roll up one’s sleeves to accomplish initiatives and achieve goals;
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills that demonstrate scholarly ability as well as a commitment to public engagement;
- Strong budget, exhibitions, programs, and strategic planning experience and demonstrated skills in those areas;
- Fluency in at least one other language (beyond English) pertinent to the areas of specialty and scholarship if applicable;
- Deep passion, alignment, and commitment to the Museum’s mission to deliver the finest programs, ignite the mind and provide inspiration while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to industry leaders, from members of the art community to film fans young and old;
- Academic foundation and clearly demonstrated research capabilities, with a sophisticated understanding of curatorial practices, museum standards, and an innate intellectual curiosity;
- Collaborative team player with proven ability to build relationships and work effectively and positively with Museum leadership and staff, a diverse set of external partners, and the general public;
- Comfort with ambiguity, an ability to envision the new and different, and a commitment to developing and working with diverse audiences;
- Ability to follow professional museum standards, collection care principles, and museum policies
- Ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, including Museum colleagues, industry experts, and other external partners;
- Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, creative, collaborative, and nimble environment.
Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidates
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is proud to offer the following benefits to our full-time, benefits eligible staff:
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
- 403B Plan with employer match
- Parental Leave
- Family Medical Leave
- Healthcare Spending Account
- Dependent Care Spending Account
- Commuter Spending Accounts
- PTO (starting at 26 days your first year)
- Paid Holidays
- Employee Assistance Program