Job Listing: Programs and Exhibition Assistant

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Branch Museum of Architecture and Design - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Programs and Exhibition Assistant

Salary - $15.00/Hour

Job Type - Part-Time

For more info and to apply - To apply, email a resume and a cover letter to Your letter should articulate the reasons you are interested in this position and the ways you are uniquely prepared to serve in this role.

Programs and Exhibitions Assistant
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design (“The Branch”), located in beautiful Richmond, Virginia, is dedicated to elevating awareness of the transformative power of architecture and design. The Branch House – the museum’s home on Monument Avenue – was designed by John Russel Pope in 1916, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1967 and was upgraded to National Landmark status in 1997. Following significant repairs to the building, the museum recently hired a new executive director and is about to launch a new five-year strategic plan.

To further our mission, The Branch seeks a highly collaborative Programs and Exhibitions Assistant. The person who fills this role will be a key member of a creative staff. They will be responsible for a wide range of tasks and initiatives as part of the programs and exhibitions team, and will report to the Programs and Exhibitions Manager. Working both independently and collaboratively, the Programs and Exhibitions Assistant supports the logistics and development of exhibition projects, organizes communications between curators, designers, fabricators, and other exhibition personnel, helps develop and execute public programming at The Branch. The Assistant will also periodically cover the admissions desk on a routine basis. The position is part-time, 20 hours per week, eligible for paid time off, with growth opportunities in a progressive workplace.

The Programs Manager collaborates extensively with interdepartmental staff and external partners to create and execute robust, innovative, and inclusive public programs that engage and build new audiences in alignment with the museum’s mission and strategic initiatives. The Programs Manager is expected to attend all public programs and other museum events, and be available some evenings and weekends. They are responsible for live digital, hybrid, and in-person formats.


▪ Work closely with Programs and Exhibition Manager to increase public programming that helps audiences of various backgrounds, abilities, or experiences make meaningful connections with the museum’s mission and current exhibition themes
▪ Help organize and execute the museum’s strategic outreach programs, in collaboration with the museum’s Deputy Director and Visitor Engagement/Membership Manager
▪ Assist with planning, executing, and facilitating lectures, classes, workshops, tours and other programs in various formats (onsite, virtual, etc.)
▪ Manages the museum’s education space and material orders for programming supplies
▪ Writes program descriptions and identifies target audiences, providing timely information to the communications team for promotional materials and social media
▪ Helps maintain visitor attendance database by reporting program attendance, and provides programming data as required for annual reporting
▪ Assists in developing and implementing systems for evaluating the impact and effectiveness of programs, including direct observation and collecting feedback from attendees

▪ Work closely with the Programs and Exhibitions Manger to research content, organize exhibition meetings, and otherwise support the development and execution of exhibitions
▪ Assist the Deputy Director with organizing schedules, contracts, permissions, loan agreements, checklists, insurance and security, condition reports, installation/de-installation, equipment rentals, service and supply purchases, shipping logistics, etc.
Visitor Services ▪ Cover the admissions/reception desk on a rotating basis, including occasional weekends or evenings. ▪ Greet guests, providing information and a welcoming first point of contact, and ensure that visitor policies are communicated and adhered to. ▪ Answer the museum’s main phone line and assist callers.

▪ Provide occasional event support and other duties as assigned.

▪ Bachelor’s degree, preferably in museum studies or in a design field
▪ 1+ years professional experience in a museum or a design practice
▪ Exhibition and/or public programming experience highly desirable
▪ Commitment to public service and the thoughtful engagement of a variety of social, economic, and cultural perspectives
▪ Creative, strategic thinker interested in new and exciting ways to engage diverse visitors
▪ Interest in staying current on museum exhibition and programming theory and practice
▪ Strong interpersonal communication skills, centered on teamwork, humility, and humor
▪ Ability to write clearly and persuasively, with strong editing skills
▪ High level of initiative, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills
▪ Demonstrated team player with a strong collaboration abilities
▪ Ability to work independently and meet deadlines, using sound judgment to navigate obstacles as needed and complete tasks with minimal guidance
▪ Unquestionable integrity and commitment to professional ethics
▪ Open-minded and excited by change, because every day is different at The Branch.
▪ Available to weekends or evenings, as responsibilities require.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our staff. Together, we aim to create and maintain working environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
This is a Non-Exempt level, part-time (20 hours per week) position based in Richmond, VA. $15 per hour, plus paid time off. The museum must perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


To apply, email a resume and a cover letter to Your letter should articulate the reasons you are interested in this position and the ways you are uniquely prepared to serve in this role. This position will remain open until filled.

COVID Vaccination Requirement
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design expects all current and new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. New staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination and be willing to obtain weekly prevalence testing.