The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Curator - Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography

Hiring department Humanities Rsch Ctr
Monthly salary $6,250 - $7,083
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 11-10-26-01-0606
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Some evening and weekend events; occasional travel.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Provide leadership and vision for internationally renowned collection of photography, with strengths in the history of photography (Gernsheim Collection), photojournalism, documentary photography, Texana, and literary iconography.

Essential Functions

Serve as department head and supervise the Research Curator in Photography, the Associate Curator of Photography, and the Associate Curator of Art, in addition to several support staff; work in association with the Academic Curator of Photography. Plan and prepare major exhibitions devoted to photographic materials, placing them in the context of other Ransom Center collections; prepare catalogs and programming associated with these exhibitions, working with exhibition staff, curators and librarians. Engage with scholars and support research and instruction in the photography collections; make presentations and write publications as necessary. Responsible for overall direction of acquisitions in photography; create policy documents; build relationships with collection donors, photographers, and dealers. Work closely with the development department to generate external resources for exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions projects, including the Friends of Photography. Work with public affairs and marketing departments. Work with the cataloging and conservation departments; provide leadership and coordinate curatorial activities for the Art collection. Serve on Ransom Center committees; represent the department at national and international professional meetings.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Masters degree in a field related to the collection. A minimum of five years of experience in museums or special collections libraries. Experience curating photographic materials. At least five years supervisory experience. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in a field related to the collection. Ten or more years of experience in museums or special collections libraries. Superior, demonstrated record of publication, preferably in the history of photography. Experience curating major exhibitions on photography, creating exhibition catalogs, and exhibition-related public programming. Knowledge of the trade in photographic materials. Extensive experience with development and donor relations. Experience with public relations and marketing of photographic collections. Superior written and oral communications skills. Professional demeanor. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Occasion evening and weekend work. Occasional travel. Working in dusty conditions. Temporary contact with cold storage conditions and chemical fumes.

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