Job Opening – Research Assistant (01/2010)

2010 January 18

Fixed Term position: January – December 2010 (with the possibility of renewal)
Part-time, 8-16 hours per week

The Asian Art Museum seeks a motivated individual, with strong research, analytical, language, and communication skills, to assist the Director, a scholar in Chinese art history, with a variety of communication needs and special projects. Reporting to the Director’s Executive Assistant, the Research Assistant will perform a variety of support duties including:

*Preparing correspondence and other written materials in Chinese and English; assisting in making logistical arrangements for Chinese speaking visiting scholars and dignitaries

*Performing a variety of research duties such as locating articles and books in Chinese; researching biographical information; finding sources; compiling bibliographies

*Assisting with the writing and translation of articles and other materials

*Greeting and translating for scholars, dignitaries, and others as needed

*Providing other administrative support, including but not limited to, assignments requiring language skills

This one/two-day-a-week position is an excellent opportunity for a student in Asian Art History with superb Chinese language skills to supplement his/her studies with real life experience behind the scenes in a prestigious museum.

Minimum Qualifications

*BA degree required. Work towards an advanced degree in Asian Art History with emphasis on East Asian art and archaeology preferred

*Solid research and analytical skills: must be able to apply academic knowledge and techniques to solve problems and/or discover meaningful new information

*Excellent administrative skills; extremely organized and accurate

*Ability to read original Chinese research; extremely proficient in speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin and English; ability to give summary translations and more detailed word-by-word translations when necessary

*Good computer skills; knowledge of Microsoft Office and Chinese word processing programs

*Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and good judgment; extremely reliable and dependable

*Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, and representatives of other institutions

*Detail-oriented, meticulous, and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks; proactive, flexible, and resourceful


$18.56 – 22.29/hr.*

*Please note: 1. New hires start at the beginning of the salary range. 2. The position is represented by SEIU 1021.

Application Procedure

Apply online via link below (preferred)
Send a letter of interest and resume immediately to:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX: 415-861-2035

Please note that we are unable to accept resumes sent via e-mail.

The Asian Art Museum, a premier San Francisco institution, is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. The museum’s magnificent and priceless collection of more than 17,000 objects, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, jades and textiles, exemplifies the artistic accomplishments of countries and cultures throughout Asia.

The Asian Art Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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