Considering a Museum Career?

Unlock your passion and join us at the #1 Western Museum in the United States, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Explore exciting career opportunities that blend art, history, and culture to preserve and showcase the vibrant heritage of the Southwest.

Chief Curator

The Chief Curator performs specialized, professional work involving the vision, care, selection, presentation, and interpretation of works of art; supervises installation; performs research; meets with collection owners, artists, boards, and the public concerning art acquisition, care, and the stories it will provide for our guests. 


  • Create the vision for the thematic layout of the Museum’s artwork. 
  • Implement western art exhibitions, including loan exhibitions. Plan, research, propose and meet budget, schedule, design and produce catalogues for these exhibitions. Provide appropriate exhibition information for funding and publicity. Prepare budget recommendations and cost estimates for specialized programs; review and approve expenditures. 
  • Provide research and information on Western art for the museum files, publicity, publications, and educational programs. Advise staff and Collections Committee on the quality, importance and relative value of gifts and proposed purchases of art. 
  • Participate in the Museum’s educational programs through lectures to the Docents, other organizations, and schools. Provide special groups with Museum tours and serve as a guide to Museum members on art-related trips. Promote the Museum’s educational and cultural goals at professional association meetings and other outside activities. 
  • Assist the Registrar in shipment and conservation. Attend regular curatorial meetings to help coordinate exhibition schedules, budgeting, and staff allocation necessary to complete activities. 
  • Train, supervise, and coordinates activities of fellow teammates and volunteers. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

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