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Research Assistant for a Contemporary Art Exhibition

Posted 4/16/18
Nationally recognized curator is seeking a part-time New York-based Research Assistant for an upcoming contemporary art exhibition at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Research Assistant will help in the sourcing of pertinent biographical information relating to the three dozen contemporary artists included in the exhibition. Tasks include administration and organization of checklists; conducting in-depth research from library and archival sources; researching provenance, exhibition history and literature for selected artworks; preparing written materials about the artists and artwork.
Preference will be given to individuals with strong working knowledge of contemporary art and/or artists of Native background, with an emphasis on that intersection.

Tasks include

  • Administration and organization of checklists
  • Conducting in-depth research from library and archival sources
  • Researching provenance
  • Exhibition history and literature for selected artworks
  • Preparing written materials about the artists and artwork


  • Graduate student with strong organizational skills and self-starter
  • Ability to work 15 to 20 hours per week
  • Position is based in New York City, NY

Pay range is $20 to $25 per hour – based on experience

To Apply
All applicants must include the following: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of a published article or recent sample of scholarly writing, and two references (one academic and one professional).

Applications should be e-mailed to hr@heard.org Attn: John Bulla, Deputy Director and COO.

Application Deadline: May 11, 2018

Heard Museum Security Officer

Posted 4/16/18
The Security Officer is a part of a team that is responsible for the Safety, Security of the Museum facility and contents, Visitors and Staff. The Security Officer works in both public and private settings and always engages the visitors and staff in a courteous and helpful manner.

Job Duties:

  • The safety and security of the museum staff, visitors and Museum contents. Officers will follow and enforce the policies and procedures set forth in the museum and security manuals.
  • Standing and roving for a normal eight-hour day.
  • Access control, key control, parcel control and badge control.
  • Responding to all security alarms while on duty.
  • Knowing how to arm and disarm the museum and how to respond to each alarm (intrusion, fire, water leak, emergency generator, or any other alarms). This will require that the officer is completely familiar with the museum compound, gallery locations and the position of all fire protection equipment.
  • Know each post by location and the procedures set forth for that post.
  • Receiving training on the security system in use at Post # 2 and know how to acknowledge alarms and arm/disarm zones, doors, etc. Operate the museums video management system.
  • Providing security for night events held by the museum. All the Security Officer schedules are developed and discriminated by the Assistant Security Chief. Security Officers may be assigned additional tasks and duties as put forth by the Security Chief.
  • Attend and provide security for mandatory annual events.
  • Completing all forms as directed and attending all security training sessions.

High School Diploma or GED required.

Type and Amount of Previous Experience
Museum or Security experience preferred. Not required.

Supervision Received
All Security Officers are under the Security Chief and supervised by the Assistant Security Chief and Security Supervisor.

Number of Employees Currently Assigned to this Job

This position is full-time/ part-time, non-exempt.
Candidate must pass a background check.
Please send a resumé and cover letter to hr@heard.org.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Heard Museum is to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.

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