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Collections Curator, Academy Museum  


The Collections Curator is responsible for the stewardship and further development as well as for digitization strategies and policies of accessibility of the museum collection. Additional duties are the conceptualization and realization of a range of museum programs including exhibitions as well as advising and participating in interpretive initiatives that relate to the collection. The incumbent engages the public and disseminates knowledge on the Academy Collection through exhibitions, digital initiatives, publications, lectures, gallery talks, and other public programs. This position reports to the Acting Head of Curatorial Affairs and is in close collaboration with Collection Management and Preservation.


  • Responsible for development of the Academy Museum’s collection and long-term collection strategies.
  • Responsible for conducting research relevant to the understanding, use, loan, display, and care of works of art and material culture in the collection.
  • Assures proper identification or authentication, documentation, conservation, and interpretation of works in the collection.
  • In collaboration with Collection Management, develops access policy to the collection.
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with filmmakers, collectors, scholars, curators, critics, authors, and other colleagues in the field.
  • Supports exhibition curators in finding lenders.
  • Identifies objects for potential acquisition in auctions and from private and institutional sources. Recommends new acquisitions to the Museum director and the senior curatorial team and participates in Academy wide acquisition and Museum collection meetings.
  • Prepares materials related to potential acquisitions as needed.
  • Administers and leads decision making process for purchases and donations to the Museum collection.
  • Participates in the deaccessioning process.
  • Manages acquisition budget.
  • Proposes exhibitions on different scales inspired by the collection.
  • Develops long term digital and digitization projects in relation to the Museum’s collection.
  • Seeks collaborations with other major national and international collections.
  • Works with public programs to create lecture series, symposia, conferences, collaborations, and other innovative interpretive programs geared for a wide range of audiences, including adults, universities, schools, families, and children related to the collection.
  • Collaborates with Development staff to cultivate individuals, corporations, and foundations that may donate funds and/or goods and services in support of the museum’s programs.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Position Requirements
  • Candidate is required to have a Master’s degree in film studies, museum studies or related subject; PhD preferred.
  • Have substantial knowledge in film history and preferably also contacts in the film industry.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a museum or with a private collection.
  • Management skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with digital projects and databases.
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment while maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Collections Curator  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 10/30/2019  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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