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Curator of Jewish culture and history – Jewish Cultural Quarter, Amsterdam

Jewish Cultural Quarter (JCQ) covers an area of just under one square kilometre in the centre of the Amsterdam’s historical Jewish neighbourhood. The JCQ consists of the Jewish Historical Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum (under development). The JCQ caters to a broad public with a programme that includes temporary exhibitions, events and educational programmes. The Exhibitions department organises the programme of temporary exhibitions and the JCQ’s permanent displays. The department is part of the Museum Affairs sector, which is made up of a chief curator, four curators, a junior curator, an exhibitions coordinator and an editor.


The Position:

The successful candidate will be responsible for realising temporary and permanent exhibitions and carrying out collections-related research projects in accordance with the exhibitions and research policy.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Make contributions to the museum’s policy
  • Actively participate in the implementation of the museum’s policy
  • Contribute ideas and develop proposals into project plans, including concept development
  • Take responsibility for the content, quality, accessibility and user-friendliness of exhibitions and accompanying publications
  • Act as project leader for exhibitions in the relevant field
  • Lead project teams
  • Carry out evaluation of completed projects
  • Undertake research for temporary and permanent exhibitions and on the museum’s collection in the relevant field
  • Contribute content to publications
  • Advise on the assessment and acquisition of objects offered to the Collections and Knowledge department
  • Support and assist colleagues and share insights with external parties in the relevant field

Your profile:

JCQ seeks an energetic, creative and enterprising colleague with strong organisational and analytical skills. You are a team player, also as a project leader. You have a talent for writing accessible texts. You enjoy the pressures of a dynamic working environment and are able to juggle numerous tasks.

The minimum requirements are:

  • An MA in a relevant subject
  • A broad knowledge of Jewish history, religion and culture in relation to the museum’s collection
  • Extensive experience in museums
  • Extensive experience of project management
  • Knowledge of and experience with relevant IT systems
  • Financial insight: the ability to compile budgets and interpret financial reports
  • Good command of modern languages. Knowledge of Hebrew is desirable
  • Demonstrable affinity with the JCQ’s areas of focus

JCQ offers:

You will join a dynamic and collegial working environment in the heart of Amsterdam! The gross monthly salary ranges from €3322 to €4464 (scale 11), depending on qualifications and experience, for a full working week of 36 hours (pro rata), excluding 8% holiday allowance and 3.4% end-of-year bonus.
The Museum Collective Bargaining Agreement applies. The appointment is initially for a period of one year. In you prove suitable and circumstances do not change, the intention is to extend the contract for an indefinite period.


Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

JCQ likes to hear from you if you recognise yourself in the profile outlined above.

Please send your CV with a covering letter outlining your motivation to The deadline for applications is 12 April 2019.

The first round of interviews will take place on 24 or 25 April 2019.