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Museum Professional – School of Art

Arizona State University at Tempe
Tempe, Arizona
commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Other Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Art at Arizona State University seeks a full-time, academic-year Academic Professional at the rank of Museum Professional who will focus on gallery operations, collections management, and curation. Under the direction of the Northlight Gallery faculty leadership, the Academic Professional will be responsible for the Northlight Gallery and the Northlight and Solari photographic collections, and related student and community engagement, education, and programming activities. The start date for this position is August 16, 2022.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, increasing the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series. For more information on the School of Art, visit

The School of Art seeks a full-time Museum Professional to oversee the Northlight Gallery and Photographic Collections, including managing the facilities, the programming, and educational engagements; curating exhibitions; and performing additional projects and responsibilities as assigned by the Director and Assistant Director of Northlight.

The successful candidate will oversee and implement the care, organization, and maintenance of the Northlight Gallery collections and facility, including monitoring and making recommendations about proper environmental conditions for collections. The successful candidate will tend to the preservation, organization, and archiving of photographic objects in the Solari and Northlight collections, including cataloging photographic objects, managing the accessioning of works into the collection, and tracking movements of all works for exhibitions and potential loans. The successful candidate will maintain standard open gallery business hours, manage the supply stock and order supplies. The successful candidate will facilitate access to faculty, scholars, and other visitors to the collection; respond to internal and external requests for information and access to collection; and schedule and supervise visits to the collection. The successful candidate will support photography courses in dialog with Photography faculty through print viewings and curation. The successful candidate will assist in training of handling of collections materials for interns, students, and volunteers as needed. The successful candidate will manage exhibitions programming and media presence, and will assist Director of Northlight and Assistant Director with gallery events. The successful candidate will curate two exhibitions annually for a period of three weeks each. Under the Northlight Gallery leadership, the successful candidate will expand the reach and life of the objects held in the collections through outreach to faculty and scholars both within the university and beyond the university, and work to engage and expand audiences for Northlight Gallery that reflect the demographics of the arts community in Arizona.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Minimum of five years of curatorial experience
  • Minimum of five years demonstrating excellence teaching photography exhibitions in higher education
  • Dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in academic gallery management
  • Experience in photographic collection management
  • The ability to teach/develop courses for online and/or hybrid courses.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest Statement addressing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion Names and contact information for three references

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is July 22, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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