Art Curator (1.0 FTE, Day Shift)

Category: General/Environmental Service
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Menlo Park CA 94025
Req: 9341
FTE: 1

General/ Environmental Service

1.0 FTE,  8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The art curator is responsible for implementing and managing the art exhibits and collections at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford as part of Stanford Children’s Health. This includes maintenance of exhibits including collecting, installing, organizing, evaluating, and cataloging arts, collectibles. The Art Curator will participate in conceptualizing exhibitions, researching art work, and providing support for departments requesting art. The Art Curator must possess an understanding of the critical role art plays in providing support to children, perinatal patients and their families. The curator will be responsible for building the collection of art, pursuing acquisitions and loans (as applicable), while fostering relationships with donors and other supporters of the hospital. On an as needed basis, the Art Curator will be responsible for doing an outreach for the art program including instructional activities, educational and public services programs.  The Art Curator will be responsible for writing grants & periodically evaluating the effectiveness of the art program. The Art Curator will be supporting the Public Space Taskforces and will be involved in the ongoing development of the art program.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Records and catalog all artwork and items in the collections, including researching objects for the purpose of identification and authentication. Researches, writes, and develops production of related publications, including catalogs and wall texts.
  • Leads the conceptualizing, planning and installation of exhibitions. Ensures that the art collections are properly installed, interpreted, and documented to enhance viewing experience and appreciation.
  • Evaluates the suitability of any art donations. Works with the chair of the Public Space Committee and the Lucile Packard Children’s Foundation on assessment of the donation for acceptance.
  • Develops and manages the budget for art and installations including donor funds.
  • Makes recommendations and negotiates purchases for art works and collections for acquisition. Researches, examines, and drafts proposals; assesses donations and collections for research value, authenticity, and condition (including provenance).
  • Negotiates contracts and works with various vendors for all types of art installations (including electronic, visual, and kinetic installations).
  • Utilizes scholarly background and expertise interpreting the collections in the preparation of exhibitions, publications, and online/digital resources.  Creates labels, signage and interpretive material for the art and exhibits.
  • Supports the work of the Public Space taskforce as it relates to art including but not limited to scheduling of the meetings, pre-meetings, minutes and its distribution.
  • Interfaces with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health on gifts to the hospital related art and arts program. In collaboration with the foundation, participates actively in the identification and cultivation of donors and solicitation of contributions.
  • Develops grant proposals and helps prepare grant applications and reports.
  • Coordinates the art and interiors with the hospital marketing when needed
  • Ensures adequate care of the objects, this includes objects in any of the gardens. The curator will be responsible for any education required in this regard. Assesses conservation needs of the collections.
  • Works with the various departments on any displays in the Public Spaces. Interacts closely with other departments including Child Life services, Family Advisory Council, Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction and marketing etc.
  • Creates and strengthens educational and interpretational materials and curricula, building relationships with the community.
  • Oversees the offsite storage of art ensuring the safety and security of the art.
  • Develops and maintains the art database including but not limited to the replacement value of the items
  • Oversees the coordination of the framing and installation of any art
  • Ensures adherence to guidelines developed for the art.
  • Responds to queries concerning the collections, assists with processing decisions, evaluates items requested for loan by other institutions, and recommends conservation treatments.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

  • Education: Master's degree in Fine Arts /field from an accredited college or University.
  • Experience: Three (3) years related work experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Have a deep knowledge of the arts, artistic forms and artistic methods
  • Knowledge of healing arts as it relates to children and their family
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to provide leadership, coach, and education others on the importance of the healing arts
  • Ability to prioritize work by making informed judgments and to developing solutions
  • Works effectively in a complex organization through an influence model.
  • Communicates and persuades effectively with executive and broad, front line audiences through storytelling, data visualization and analytics
  • Organized and able to master and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent computer skills.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.