Contract Curatorial Assistant
Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a Contract Curatorial Assistant for academic year 2022–2023.

Founded in 1993, Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, and cultural history.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery has a worldwide reputation for scholarly exhibitions exploring a broad range of under-recognized aspects of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Curated by our faculty, external consultants, and students, these exhibitions are comprised exclusively of loans from public and private collections. Our ambitious exhibitions are based on thought-provoking curatorial thinking, innovative methods of interpretation that frequently employ digital media, and the highest museum standards for installation and display.

General Description
Reporting to the members of the gallery staff, the contract curatorial assistant will be assigned to work on forthcoming BGC Gallery exhibitions about African metalwork; the designed oeuvre of Sonia Delaunay; Sèvres porcelain sculpture; and the architectural designs of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. The contract curatorial assistant will assist with all aspects of exhibition research and planning, including developing exhibition checklists (from initial research and compilation to data entry to finalizing object labels for interpretation), catalogue preparation (including preparing and distributing manuscripts during editorial phase, organizing illustrations, liaising with authors, editors, book designers, and related internal project staff), and developing and editing exhibition interpretation (both in-gallery and online).

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide curatorial and clerical support for current and upcoming gallery exhibitions
  • Coordinate editorial production of exhibition catalogues
  • Assist with exhibition checklist preparation
  • Execute data entry of checklist objects into BGC’s object database, Filemaker Pro
  • Coordinate and send formal exhibition loan requests and track responses
  • Liaise with international group of exhibition lenders
  • Track publication progress, through research, editing, design, and proofreading
  • Assist with preparation of exhibition interpretation (research, writing, editing, coordinating contributions from multiple project curators)
  • Conduct research at BGC’s Library and other NYC institutions as needed
  • Prepare check requests; reconcile credit card statements; make travel arrangements for visiting curators

  • Minimum MA in the history of art, decorative arts, design history, architectural history, or material culture
  • French-language skills with ability to write, proofread manuscripts in French; additional skills in other languages helpful
  • Strong research skills including a familiarity with library and image databases, art/art historical journals
  • Prior office experience including experience with content management system databases, preferably Filemaker Pro
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced office on multiple assignments

Compensation & Schedule
Contract will begin October 17, 2022, and end June 30, 2023. The contract curatorial assistant will be expected to work 35 hours per week on average, although some weeks may require additional hours. Hourly rate for the 37 week time period will be $30/hour. This is a contract position and not eligible for benefits. A W-9 will need to be completed on day 1 of contract.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter outlining interest in the position, a resume, an academic writing sample, and contact information for three references to [email protected]

Bard Graduate Center requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and follow the guidelines andprotocols established to address campus safety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

The Bard Graduate Center Facilities Department is seeking a full-time Maintainer/Porter who will report to the Director of Facilities and receive direction from the Operations Manager and the Facilities managerial team.

The Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history.

The Maintainer/Porter is a full-time staff position with duties in the operations and maintenance areas at assigned institutional properties (18W 86th Street, 38W 86th Street, and Bard Hall). Duties include regular upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the Bard Graduate Center’s facilities, including emptying trash, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, and other related tasks; instrumental in the preparation for events, meetings, classes, and functions at all BGC properties (room configuration/set-up, lay-out of catering supplies and materials, post-function clean-up, etc.); assist with the painting of walls, minor plumbing work, mechanical repairs and related projects as directed; performs other related duties as necessary, assigned, and/or directed.

The position requires the incumbent to have demonstrated timeliness, exhibit a customer-service orientation, and maintain a neat and professional appearance. The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 65 lbs and must able to communicate using e-mail and radio. Incumbent must be flexible and able to work overtime when necessary. Some experience in facilities/maintenance related fields, including cleaning, painting, mechanical, plumbing or electrical work. Experience with facilities-related work in academic institutions and/or arts organizations desirable. Familiarity with building systems helpful.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to: mailto:[email protected] [email protected]

The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE.

Security Officers
The Bard Graduate Center has a full-time position available for Public Safety Officer. As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Director of Security as your immediate supervisor and may receive other directives from the Chief Operating Officer.


The protection and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and property is our highest priority. The awareness of our community is invaluable - the quick response and reporting of incidents ensures thorough campus security procedures are being maintained. Our officers, all certified by the NYS Department of State, are trained annually, and are available twenty-four hours a day to assist you as needed.

To incorporate safety and security operations professionally and competently in accordance with Bard Graduate Center standards. The prime directive of our security force is to establish the confidence and trust of the Bard Graduate Center community and to maintain the good will of the general public through consistent positive performance and service.

Customer Service

It is important to remember that we are expected to meet or exceed the academic excellence of the Bard Graduate Center with the hands-on excellence of our security service. Officers must be flexible, adaptable, and never develop the “it’s not my job” attitude. A friendly smile and helpful mindset is expected of all officers as is necessary on any college campus. Students, faculty, and staff need to have confidence in our security force by consistent positive performance and service.


High School diploma/GED or higher; Current New York State guard’s license, Fire Guard certification, and 3 plus years’ experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, basic computer skills, able to lift 45lbs minimum, a professional appearance, and a professional demeanor/mannerism. Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer