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Curator of Culture and Community Relations

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

People & HR
Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2023

Curator of Culture and Community Relations


Campus: Tempe

Community Outreach Specialist

Job Description

Reporting to the Director, the Curator of Culture & Community Relations holds the ASU Art Museum staff, programs, operations, and mission accountable to the communities it serves. Centering the needs of underrepresented and marginalized voices in the arts, the CC&CR leads the Museum in its efforts to learn, adapt and practice what it means to be a truly inclusive museum that deploys the power of artistic expression to contribute to peoples’ wellbeing.

This is a grant/gift funded position called Leadership in Art Museums (LAM) that provides, “funding to museums to increase racial equity in leadership roles such as curators, conservators, collections managers, community engagement staff, educators and other senior leaders in a manner designed to advance racial equity.” LAM will build on past and existing efforts to create more racial equity in leadership roles across the art museum field. This position will serve as a key member of the museum team, and will collaborate with colleagues across the institution & the community to develop a plan to champion diversity, equity and inclusion. 

For Reference: Press Release

Job Family

Community Relations

Department Name

University Art Museum



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$45,110 - $65,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Oversee and manage department of Co-Creation and Learning, two staff and interns
  • Lead ASU Art Museum’s Communities of Practice roles comprising community activists, scholars, students and elders to advise on exhibition development, acquisitions, programming, strategic planning and museum equity & diversity policies
  • Forge partnerships within ASU and in the Greater Phoenix Valley to give greater context and meaning to the exhibitions and permanent collections we co-produce
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of regional needs, relevant statistics and demographic information for all staff to learn and integrate into their work
  • Build & lead a comprehensive and innovative internal equity, diversity and inclusion training and education program and hold staff accountable to EDI practices 
  • Establish “right” relationships with constituents to better placekeep/placemake a civic cultural organization that contributes to the social fabric of the Southwestern region
  • Contribute to development of fundraising proposals and funding applications
  • Oversee evaluation of EDI projects to measure impact and inform future strategy
  • Work closely with the team to ensure diverse access needs are highlighted and addressed directly throughout programs/workshops
  • Participate in strategic, innovative initiatives that institutionalize diversity, inclusion and equity throughout all aspects of organization operations.
  • Coordinate deadlines, prioritizing work demands and assigning/monitoring work performed (based on assignments)
  • Other job related duties as assigned

Note:  This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years related administrative experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Museum Studies or related experience 
  • Minimum 3 years management experience
  • Progressive and successful leadership experience with a focus on community organizing, inclusion and arts nonprofits
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge of museum culture, DEI and cultural competencies strategies
  • Experience working with community groups and non-traditional arts audiences and events management
  • Evidence of effective interpretive, writing, presentation/public speaking, and communication skills
  • Experience managing projects, gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason
  • Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done
  • Experience with interpersonal skills and the ability to build trusting relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, professional colleagues, and other members of the community
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, Google Suite, Basecamp and related software
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts

Working Environment

  • Work pressure, disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are frequent and require significant adaptation.
  • The performance rapidly evolves requiring continual upgrading of skills.
  • Duties are performed in both the field and in an environmentally controlled museum setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing and walking, frequent physical demands include stooping, bending, reaching, lifting up to 25 pounds and pushing objects of varying weights, exposure to dust and other airborne materials, regularly required to access artwork, media and other physical items from shelves.
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
  • May be required to travel to off-campus sites for meetings & events requiring the use of a motorized vehicle. Some evening and weekend services are expected.

Department Statement

The Herberger Institute comprises the School of Art; School of Arts, Media and Engineering; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School; School of Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; and the ASU Art Museum. With 130 degree and certificate options, and programs ranked top 20 in art, design, music, theatre, digital culture, film, dance and more, plus a top university art museum, a leading immersive media facility, and national and international partnerships, the Herberger Institute is a powerhouse of art, culture and design. 

Our mission is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.

The vision of the Herberger Institute is to advance the New American University by embedding designers, artists and arts-based inquiry at its core and throughout the communities it serves locally, nationally and internationally. With 7,000+ students, mare than 700 faculty members, and 130 program options, the Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school.

As part of Arizona State University, the most innovative university in the nation, the Herberger Institute seeks to drive and scale new ways for arts and design to have impact in our world. We invite you to join our work.


  • Creativity as a core 21st-century competency
  • Design and the arts as critical resources for transforming our society
  • Innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration and research
  • Social embeddedness
  • Projecting all voices
  • Excellence

Why work @ASU - https://cfo.asu.edu/why-work-asu
Total compensation at ASU is defined as more than the salary paid for the valuable work performed to support the success of our ASU students. It includes:
  • Salary and wages paid
  • Comprehensive package of affordable benefit plans and programs
  • Access to world-class educational opportunities at deeply discounted rates
  • ASU's total compensation estimator shows the approximate value of your overall compensation

ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations and a commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market.

Flexible work options 
  • Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.
  • Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.