Gallery Attendant (Weekends)

August 6, 2021

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is seeking a Weekend Gallery Attendant

School/Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sub-Unit: Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Department: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, reports to Exhibitions Manager / Registrar

Schedule: Saturday–Sunday, 11:30 am–5:30 pm, and occasional weekday gallery or event coverage.

Salary: $19 per hour with a maximum of 14 hours per week


The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (CCVA) at Harvard University seeks a Gallery Attendant (Weekends). This position is responsible for welcoming weekend visitors to the CCVA gallery, providing information about the exhibitions and artists, guidance in navigating the gallery and building, and ensuring the safety of the artwork on view. This position will assist with CCVA bookshop sales, support programs and events, and provide occasional coverage for the weekday Gallery and Bookshop Attendant. Reporting to the Exhibitions Manager / Registrar, the Gallery Attendant (Weekends) is an essential part of the CCVA team, who will work closely with the CCVA staff, and be integrated into the workings of a dynamic contemporary art institution. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Welcomes visitors into the public exhibition spaces and provides information about the exhibitions and artists, programming, CCVA publications, and the building.

Opens and closes the gallery spaces and oversees basic operational duties for the gallery.

Maintains oversight of the gallery and visiting public, monitors interactions to ensure the safety and security of the artwork and exhibition materials, and providing assistance to visitors when needed. 

Responsible for providing operational support for the bookshop including online order fulfillment, handling cash transactions for any in-person sales, and completing daily reports.

Assists with programs and events as needed and provides occasional coverage for the weekday Gallery and Bookshop Attendant.

Stays informed about CCVA’s programs, mission, and the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, and sharing this information with CCVA visitors.

Additional administrative duties relating to CCVA as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

This position requires a welcoming demeanor and someone who enjoy working with the public.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be able to uphold a professional attitude at all times, must be extremely responsible, and able to follow procedures.

Candidates should be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about contemporary art.

Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.

1+ year related experience. Education beyond high school may count towards experience.

Must be able to work Saturday–Sunday, 11:30 am–5:30 pm, and occasional weekday hours.

Additional Qualifications

Experience working in a gallery, museum, or cultural institutions is a plus.

Ability to stand for long periods of time, bend, squat, stoop, climb ladders, walk up and downstairs, and lift up to 30 pounds.

Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal Identity

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply, please email your resume cover letter to Francesca Williams, Exhibitions Manager / Registrar at