Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Curator oversees the curatorial, exhibitions, collections, programs and education units of the Chinese American Museum. The Curator is responsible for research, development, and presentation of exhibitions and their interpretations at the Chinese American Museum.  The immediate responsibility is to oversee, develop, design, and implement both permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions that focus on Chinese American community, culture, and history.  The Curator also functions as the lead researcher and historian of the organization.  The position is required to assist in fundraising for the exhibitions with the Executive Director and/or Development staff by providing support for the museum’s annual fundraisers and particularly through grant research, writing and reporting. The Curator reports directly to the Executive Director and manages any related staff, consultants, interns, and volunteers.


Curatorial Duties:

  • Research and develop exhibition proposals
  • Curate, interpret, design, and present scheduled temporary exhibitions
  • Research and develop the museum’s next permanent exhibition
  • Develop and initiate research projects (e.g., oral history)
  • Develop, maintain, adjust, and implement the museum’s 5-year exhibition timeline
  • Provide oversight to the education department to develop interpretive programming related to the collection and exhibitions
  • Initiate and maintain sustainable partnerships with related history, arts and cultural organizations and strengthening relationships
  • Research and present academic papers and presentations to museum, history, and Asian American Studies conferences on behalf of the Chinese American Museum
  • Give presentations as needed on the museum and Chinese American History to community organizations, arts and cultural organizations, and academic institutions on behalf of the Chinese American Museum
  • Manage any related staff, consultants, interns, or volunteers working in the Curatorial Department
  • Assists in grant development and writing for the Curatorial Department
  • Create and monitor related budgets in support of the Executive Director

 Other Duties:

  • Supervise collections, programs and education units
  • Review accessions, deaccessions and offered gifts with the Collections Manager; present these to the Collection Committee; and report on declined gifts to the Collection Committee.
  • Assist in organizing opening and closing receptions
  • Assist as needed with exhibition installation and deinstallation.
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Assist with and attend member events and public programs; in particular Lantern Festival and Historymakers
  • Initiate and maintain sustainable partnerships with other arts, cultural, and history related organizations; including community-based and academic organizations
  • Strengthen relationships with patrons, donors, artists, collectors, dealers and other Chinese/Asian American specialists
  • Serve on juries and committees for other arts cultural organizations with the Executive Director’s approval
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director


  • Bachelors Degree required.  Advanced Degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a curatorial role.
  • Understanding of and passion for Asian American culture/history/art.  Ideally understanding of and passion for Chinese American culture/history/art.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Salary History via email to HR@CAMLA.org