The Marianna and Juan A. Sabater Curator of Latinx Art

Application Deadline

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Job Summary

The Marianna and Juan A. Sabater curator will work with the museum’s collection of approximately 1,100 works by Latinx artists under the supervision of the Head Curator. The Curatorial Office consists of 8 to 12 curators and curatorial fellows and 6 support staff. Responsibilities include collections development and intellectual management of collection objects, collections, and exhibition related research in the field of Latinx and American art, developing exhibitions and installations and writing attendant object and gallery texts, and public service in the form of lectures to popular and scholarly audiences.  Incumbent will actively participate in the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the museum’s collection to more fully present the multiple people, voices, and cultures that constitute the United States.

Salary Range: $74,950- $97,430 annual

Series & Grade: IS-1015-11 (non-federal)

Work Schedule: Full-time 40 hrs./wk.

Appointment :Termed, not to exceed 5 years

Duty Location: 1 vacancy – Washington DC

Travel: Yes (<10%)

Supervisory: No

Remote Eligible: No

Telework Eligible: Yes

Major Duties

  • In the course of work, develops an in-depth understanding of the objects and their place in American art in a wide context.
  • Identifies and proposes potential acquisitions across media that amplify the collection.
  • Uses knowledge of collections and museum exhibitions to locate and organize information for incorporation into popular and scholarly publications, articles, and SAAM brochures.
  • Conducts research on the permanent collection to help establish a complete database on each work.
  • Reviews works regarding loan requests, examines collections for conditions requiring conservation, and performs cataloging of collections.
  • Works with Head Curator and senior staff to develop exhibition topics.
  • Participates in the preparation and staging of exhibitions and exhibition catalogs.
  • Responsible for completeness and accuracy of exhibition graphics and wall text.
  • Presents gallery talks and lectures related to the museum collections.
  • Responds to routine inquiries from the public.

Key Eligibility Requirements

  • Pass pre-employment background investigation
  • Complete a probationary period
  • Maintain a bank account for direct deposit/electronic transfer
  • Schedule flexibility for frequent travel

How to Apply

Email all required documents with the subject line “Curator of Latinx Art” to  no later than Friday, July 29th, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. 

Basic Qualification Requirements

A. Master's degree in an applicable subject-matter field (Latinx art or visual culture) from an accredited college or university. Ph.D. encouraged.


B. Combination of education and experience in courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, PLUS experience or additional education.


C. Three years of related experience that provided knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of Latinx art comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of the 4-year course of study as described in A above.


Education Requirements

The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

1. Knowledge of Latinx art and visual culture

2. Knowledge of curatorial functions

3. Skill in written and digital communication

4. Skill in oral communication

Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to assess collections

2. Bilingual (Spanish and English)



The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive benefits package for trust employees. Please see  for a complete description.

Required Documents

  • Resume - MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary
  • Cover letter
  • Academic writing sample
  • Contact information for at least 2 professional references

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The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Dan Weinwurm, SAAM Personnel Manager