Native American Art Fellow

Reports to: Foundation President
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: $65,000–$68,000

The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applicants for a Native American Art Fellow to manage and give tours of the upcoming exhibition Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery, and to curate and engage with the foundation’s collection of Native American pottery. The exhibition will be on view at the foundation headquarters in New York from July 13, 2023, to June 5, 2024. Working under the supervision of the president and alongside the curatorial consultant, Native American initiatives; the curator; and the registrar and manager of collections, exhibitions and facilities.

About the Vilcek Foundation

What We Do

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences.

Who We Are

The foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. Our mission was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities offered to them as newcomers to the United States.


  • Give guided tours of the exhibition to individuals and groups
  • Manage requests for exhibition tours, which will be by appointment only and arranged via email
  • Conduct community outreach
  • Assist with other departmental needs including preparation for presentations, events, and related tasks

Physical Requirements

This position is a combination of sedentary and mobile roles, requiring mobility throughout the gallery/exhibition space for guiding tours.

Skills and Requirements

  • Knowledge of Native American art and culture, from ancient to contemporary
  • Knowledge of Native American history and contemporary issues among Native American communities, particularly Pueblo communities
  • Passion for Native American art
  • Strong verbal skills and confidence in speaking publicly
  • Strong written skills; demonstrated ability to write for general audiences
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and proactive
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Microsoft Outlook, and other standard computer programs
  • BA (in hand or in process, or four years of relevant experience) in a humanities discipline with a focus on Native American art or history
  • International candidates must be in possession of a valid U.S. work visa prior to the start of the position and for the entire duration of the position

Our Benefits

  • Dental & vision reimbursement plan
  • Flexible pending account
  • Tuition & student loan reimbursement
  • 401(k) and employer match
  • Generous vacation
  • Life insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Professional development


Annual salary $65,000 to $68,000, commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Applications must include (PDF or MS Word format only):

  • A letter of interest
  • CV
  • Two references with contact information
  • Writing sample: short, general audience professional writing sample (such as wall text, gallery guide, etc.)

Please submit all materials to by the application deadline of April 30th, 2023 (by 11:59 pm).

The Vilcek Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, the Vilcek Foundation prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical ability and neurodiversity status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy/parenthood/familial status, domestic partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status or any other characteristic protected by law. The foundation conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.