Programs Fellow

Connecticut, United States
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose:

The Jock Reynolds Programs Fellowship is intended for an emerging professional in the arts who is considering a career in museum programs. This is a two-year fellow with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The Programs Department at the Yale Art Gallery supports a wide range of engagement opportunities, including in-gallery artist talks, studio workshops, musical performances, poetry readings, film screenings, scholarly lectures, and study days. Reporting to the Associate Curator of Programs, and working collaboratively across departments at the museum, the university, and the broader community, the Fellow will be fully integrated into the department and gain broad-based experience in museum programming, including researching, writing, coordinating, collaborating, teaching, and implementing of programs. The Fellow will: participate in and contribute to all aspects of the department’s activities, from planning to execution; conduct research to support programs; encourage direct encounters with objects and audience engagement; welcome visitors and assist with reservations; represent the Gallery among our multiple audiences in the Yale and New Haven communities; support broadening programming offerings. Additional duties as needed. Regular evening and weekend work will be required.

Applicants must attach a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interest in the fellowship and includes the names of three references.

Essential Duties

  1. Conducts research on new acquisitions and catalogues them in appropriate databases. Builds comprehensive curatorial files on both new and prior acquisitions.
  2. Participates in public programming and collections maintenance, and in planning for reinstallation of permanent collections.
  3. Assist with exhibitions, publications, and programs organized by the department, up to and including research, liaising with internal and external colleagues, gathering images, writing letters and label copy, and overseeing study rooms.
  4. Supports museum’s educational programs by giving talks and special presentations or classes. May assist the Education Department with activities related to the teaching gallery.
  5. Ensures the special care, security, and proper user handling of all collections, prints, drawings, and photographs, etc.
  6. Works with the department to prepare related sections of University publications.
  7. Interacts with the public, visiting scholars, and students to exchange information on collections; answers scholarly inquiries and general correspondence.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

M.A. in Art History or related field.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated interest in university museums, contemporary ideas and culture, cross-discipline approaches, and community and audience engagement.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills; demonstrated ability to communicate with museum staff and public in a knowledgeable and professional manner; ability to connect with diverse audiences.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Self-directed; ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to be a team player in an active museum environment. Positive attitude that supports department’s goals.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines; ability to work well under pressure. Demonstrated accuracy and strong attention to detail.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

MA in studio art, art history, education, public humanities, or relevant field; 1-2 years of programming/teaching experience in an art museum. Strong interest/familiarity with museums; commitment to object-based research and engagement; Knowledge of PC software programs, including word processing, database and desktop publishing; Ability to learn TMS, scheduling and registration software.

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift 50 pounds.

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: