3546 Curator IV

Recruitment #PEX-3546-086400


Please file immediately. This posting may close at any time, but no earlier than Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5pm.

This job announcement has been reposted on September 13, 2019 to expand the applicant pool.  All applicants who applied previously are asked to resubmit their applications.

This permanent exempt position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city's largest public arts institutions and are comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin's The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The staff, the Board of Trustees, the volunteers, and various support groups are continuously working together to ensure the optimal utilization, display, preservation, and enrichment of this magnificent collection. The Fine Arts Museums believe that each employee contributes directly to the Museums' growth and success, and upholds the Museums' mission to make art accessible to the large and diverse Bay Area audience.

Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts  

 The Fine Arts Museums seek a highly motivated and qualified professional to serve as curator of the renowned Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, which is widely recognized as one of the most notable collections of prints, drawings, and artists’ books in the United States. The department’s strength derives from its diversity—with nearly 100,000 objects representing over 500 years of graphic arts from around the world, the Achenbach’s broad range of works on paper reflects the aesthetics, politics, and social and cultural mores of a wide variety of eras and geographical locations.   The successful candidate, under the general direction of the Achenbach curator in charge, will plan and direct certain assigned activities of the department. 

Typical duties and responsibilities include:  

1.    Plans and supervises certain assigned installations of the Museums’ prints and drawings collection; identifies, classifies and documents works of art.

2.    Conducts research on objects in the collections; makes recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessioning; recommends on the loan of the Museums’ objects requested by other institutions.

3.    Plans and organizes exhibitions; makes cost estimates; corresponds with lenders; coordinates the design and installation of exhibitions with staff; assembles data and photographs for publicity; prepares labels; researches and writes catalogues and brochures.

4.    Consults with conservators and other staff members on the conservation of art objects.

5.     Organizes and supervises the work of assistants, interns, and some volunteers; corresponds and confers with scholars, specialists, and the public; works closely with the Achenbach’s support council membership group.

6.     Interprets the department’s collections and exhibitions; lectures and conducts gallery tours.  

7.     Plans and prepares exhibitions for loan to other institutions; makes recommendations on loan exhibitions offered to the Museums by other institutions  

8.     Develops, coordinates, and carries out policies and procedures relative to the operations of special phases of departmental activities; makes regular contact with outside organizations, professional personnel, and the general public in connection with assigned departmental activities and operations; prepares and maintains operational records and reports relating to assigned activities.

9.     Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in fine arts, art history , decorative arts, design, history, library science, museum studies, natural history, science, technology, or other closely related disciplines.

Seven (7) years of museum experience including two years of responsible supervisory experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

Master’s degree (M.A.) in Art History with major course work in Art History and Fine Arts and/or Ph.D. in Art History.

How To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following in addition tot he CCSF online application by the deadline date:

  • Cover Letter*
  • Resume

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Verification:Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456 Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

*You can copy and paste your resume and cover letter to the RESUME tab when you complete the application. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Ramon Williams, by telephone at 415-750-3616, or by email at rwilliams@famsf.org.


Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifying education and experience.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. 

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 701-4662 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 9172). 

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.



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All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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