Job Opportunities

The Yale Center for British Art offers a dynamic work environment, with opportunities for staff to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their skills and talents to the mission of the museum. Positions require all levels of education, experience, and training.

Our hiring process is managed by Yale University Human Resources. As a large research university, Yale employs nearly 10,000 staff to support fourteen residential colleges, nine professional schools, three museums, and countless administrative departments. For more information about employment at Yale University, including benefits, visit the university’s employment website.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Open Positions

 

Chief of Security

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, the Chief of Security oversees all aspects of security at the Yale Center for British Art's locations, and ensures the safety of visitors, staff, and artwork while contributing to creating a welcoming environment. 

Curator of Paintings and Sculpture

Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the Curator of Paintings and Sculpture will oversee a renowned collection of works ranging from the Tudor period to the present day. The Curator will initiate a dynamic and rigorous program of collections displays, loan exhibitions, publications, website projects, and interpretive strategies that contribute to the visibility of the museum's holdings and increase audience engagement. 

Curator of Prints and Drawings

Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the Curator of Prints and Drawings will oversee the museum’s renowned collection of works on paper, and  develop a dynamic and rigorous program of exhibitions and publications that enhances the collection’s profile and increases audience engagement. 

Curatorial Project Manager

Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the Curatorial Project Manager will provide project management and coordination for cross departmental curatorial projects including exhibitions, collection displays, publications, research projects, and related programs.

Head of Information Technology

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration and working with Yale University Information Technology Services, the Head of IT has full responsibility for institutional IT systems at the YCBA. The Head of IT leads the museum's technology operations, establishes and maintains IT policies, and represents the YCBA across Yale University and in the field of art museums nationally and internationally. 

Head of Publications

The Head of Publications sets and implements the strategic direction of the YCBA's award-winning publications program, aligning it with the museum's mission and foregrounding its collections, exhibitions, and architecture. Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the Head of Publications plays a key role in advancing the YCBA's publishing profile, working across printed and digital formats, including books, catalogues, brochures, exhibition materials, and a variety of scholarly and interpretative content. 

Head of Study Room

The Head of Study Room stewards the public operations of the musuem's Study Room, which provides access to its collections of prints, drawings, photographs, rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Research, the Head of Study Room provides leadership and direction for a broad range of services and programs that support and expand the use of the Center’s collections by a wide range of audiences, including faculty and students from area colleges and universities, the international scholarly community, and the general public. 

Reference Librarian

Reporting to the Chief Librarian of the Reference Library, the Librarian assists in the day-to-day activities of the library including reference services, bibliographic instruction and orientations to a diverse clientele consisting of Yale students and faculty, YCBA staff, visiting researchers, docents, student guides, and the general public. The Librarian is responsible for reference services and instruction as well as managing Scan and Deliver functions during the weekend hours of the library. The Librarian also serves as on-site manager (as needed) to Study Room staff during Library and Study Room weekend hours.

Senior Administrative Assistant, Research

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Research, the Senior Administrative Assistant proivdes high level administrative support for the programs and projects of the division. Essential duties include providing administrative assistance to the Deputy Director and Associate Director of Research, managing correspondence, maintaining calendar and scheduling appointments, and organizing planning and logistical support for department programs including conferences, symposia, workshops, visiting scholars.
 

Postdoctoral Associates

Postdoctoral Associate, Research Department

The YCBA is offering a Postdoctoral Associate position of one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to three-years duration, in the Research Department. This project-orientated position is for candidates who have completed their PhD. Candidates who have completed their PhD outside the field of British Art as well as those who studied British Art are welcome to apply. The PhD must be completed by the time the position begins and it is expected that the postholder will pursue long-term professional employment during the period of hire.

The Postdoctoral Associate will report to the Associate Director of Research, contribute to the activities of the wider Research Department, and collaborate with colleagues across the museum. Following the example of the Elihu Yale Portrait Research Project, the Postdoctoral Associate will undertake in-depth, collaborative research on works in the YCBA collections with specific attention given to issues of authorship, provenance, and the individual identities of sitters.They will develop scholarly programs in support of collections exhibitions, publications, and research. The postholder will receive training in archival, biographical, and provenance research methodologies. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to audit classes at Yale University to further build their knowledge.

The closing date for applications is August 15, 2022. For salary information, please refer to Yale’s compensation policies for postdoctoral appointments. Application materials should be sent by email and need to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, recent writing sample of a longform article, either published or unpublished, and contact information for two professional references. Please send all application materials to ycba.research@yale.edu, with the subject line “Postdoctoral Associate in Research Application.” For inquiries about the position, please contact Jemma Field, Associate Director of Research, jemma.field@yale.edu.

Postdoctoral Associate, Research Division

The YCBA is offering a two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in the Research Division with the possibility of renewal for a third year. This postdoctoral position is for candidates interested in developing teaching skills within the art museum environment. It is open to those who have completed a PhD in the field of art history, museology, cultural heritage, or a related field. Teaching experience at the university level and/or in a museum context is preferred. The candidate’s PhD must be completed by the time the position begins.

The Postdoctoral Associate will report to the Deputy Director for Research, contribute to the activities of the Research Division, and collaborate with colleagues across the museum. They will develop several courses related to museum history and practice for instructing museum professionals, faculty members, and both graduate and undergraduate students.

Specific course objectives include a graduate seminar on the history and processes of the art museum exhibition; an undergraduate seminar on the role, function, and challenges of the art museum; and a course exploring topical and thematic approaches to the museum’s collections for YCBA staff. The postholder will devise the intellectual rubric, structure, and content of these modules, undertake research into the museum’s holdings, collaborate with the Curatorial and Education departments, and implement object-based teaching strategies. They will be supported by the Deputy Director for Research and will be able to draw on the expertise of museum professionals at Yale and beyond. The postholder will have access to the extensive resources at the YCBA to facilitate course development and their learning about the museum’s collections and British art and culture more broadly. The closing date for applications is August 29, 2022. For salary information, please refer to Yale’s compensation policies for postdoctoral appointments. The position’s start date is flexible.

Application materials should be submitted by email and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, recent writing sample of a longform scholarly essay (published or unpublished), and contact information for two professional references. Please send all application materials to ycba.research@yale.edu with the subject line “Postdoctoral Associate in Research Division Application.” For inquiries about the position, please contact Rachel Chatalbash, Deputy Director for Research, rachel.chatalbash@yale.edu.

 

Postgraduate Associates

Postgraduate Associate, Curatorial Division

The YCBA is offering a curatorial Postgraduate Associate position for one year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal, in the Prints and Drawings Department. This position is open to graduates who are seeking to gain experience to pursue a curatorial career. A demonstrated interest in works on paper is preferred, and candidates should not have a PhD.

The Postgraduate Associate will report to the Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings and will contribute to a range of activities in the Prints and Drawings department, and the broader Curatorial Division. This position provides the opportunity to gain firsthand experience and professional training in curatorial work and handling of works on paper. The subjects of upcoming confirmed exhibitions connected to this department include J.M.W. Turner, the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon, and art produced for the British East India Company. The postholder will be fully integrated into the department and will contribute significantly to exhibition planning, research, organization, and installation; cataloguing; provenance research; and other departmental activities. The Postgraduate Associate will undertake research on works in the permanent collection and will gain training in acquisitions and collections development. The postholder will assist with classes using the collection and will organize a study day, workshop, or symposium with the Research Department.

The closing date for applications is August 15, 2022. For salary information, please refer to Yale’s compensation policies for postgraduate appointments.

Application materials should be sent by email and need to include a cover letter, CV, recent writing sample, and contact information for two professional references. Please send all application materials to ycba.research@yale.edu with the subject line “Curatorial Postgraduate Associate Application.” For inquiries about the position, please contact Jemma Field at jemma.field@yale.edu

 
Graduate Research Assistantships

These research positions enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching assistantships at the university, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise, and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. If necessary, these positions may be offered remotely in accordance with Yale policy. 

Learn more here.
 

Internships

The Center, supported by the generosity of Nancy Horton Bartels and her late husband, Henry E. Bartels, is pleased to offer academic-year and summer internships to Yale undergraduates.

Learn more here.
 

Student Guide Program

The Student Guide Program offers Yale undergraduates from all disciplines the opportunity to engage with original works of art and become familiar with a variety of museum departments. 

Learn more here.