Now Hiring: Curatorial Assistant

Join the innovative work of the JMABC as a Curatorial Assistant for summer 2017.


June 12, 2017 – August 31, 2017
Hourly Wage: $15


The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is dedicated to the collection and sharing of community memories of Jewish life in British Columbia. Through innovative exhibits and programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich 150 year history of Jews in BC.

The JMABC seeks a Curatorial Assistant to aid in the development and implementation of public programming for the summer of 2017.

The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for completing a selection of tasks acquainting them with the workflow of a cultural institution and preparing them for a career in the heritage sector. The Curatorial Assistant’s primary responsibility will be adapting past JMABC exhibits to our new online format. In August 2015, the JMABC launched a new website and, in the time since, has produced seven online exhibits showcasing specific moments and themes from the community history of Jews in British Columbia. These exhibits have been very popular and the JMABC has made it a priority to make past travelling exhibits equally widely available through this accessible format. The Curatorial Assistant will undertake this project, reviewing the archived exhibits, making revisions as necessary, and incorporating new research to enhance the existing content.

In addition to project-specific tasks, the Curatorial Assistant will participate in other JMABC public programming responsibilities to support a wider programming experience for the Curatorial Assistant, including writing articles for the JMABC website and newsletter, and leading historical walking tours.

These responsibilities will provide students and recent graduates with a bridge between their academic and professional careers, providing them with an invigorating and rewarding experience. The variety of work involved will prepare the successful candidate for a career in the heritage and/or not-for-profit sectors, and help them gain the actionable skills and confidence that employers look for in applicants.

Priority will be given to applicants pursuing or have completed a bachelors or masters of arts in a relevant field such as history, museum studies, art history, anthropology, Jewish studies, or education. Research methodologies acquired in these fields of study will be integral to successful completion of the tasks that the Curatorial Assistant will be expected to fulfill.

This position is dependent upon receipt of funding through the Young Canada Works. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for this position.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


Please submit a resume and cover letter by email by the application deadline:

Sunday May 21, 2017, 5:00pm

Attention: Michael Schwartz


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