Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) The hand of poverty. Courtesy: Milestone Films (link: https://www.milestonefilms.com)

Robert De Niro Curator of Film


Robert De Niro Curator of Film (full-time)


Austin, TX USA

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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Job Posting Title:

Robert De Niro Curator of Film


Hiring Department:

Harry Ransom Center


Position Open To:

All Applicants


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About the Harry Ransom Center


The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center’s collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.


The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections.


The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who can demonstrate a commitment to inclusion.



Provides curatorial support for the Ransom Center’s extensive film and television holdings, including promoting access to and use of the collections and interpreting them for the Center’s diverse audiences.



  • Engages in interpretive activities such as teaching, exhibitions, writing, speaking, and tours that promote a greater understanding of the Ransom Center’s film and television holdings. Participates in development activities in support of the collections and in the preparation of grant applications. (40%)
  • Selects materials to expand and strengthen the film and television holdings. Works with the Director and Associate Director for Administration and Curatorial Affairs to refine and interpret policies for the development of the collections, taking into account existing strengths, trends in scholarship, and classroom use of collection materials.
  • Provides specialized reference support for researchers working in the film and television collections, collaborating closely with Research Services staff. Participates in the scholarly life of the institution by engaging with researchers and fellows and contributing to the annual review of fellowship applications.
  • Works with Preservation & Conservation staff to establish treatment and preventative conservation priorities for the film and television collections.
  • In collaboration with Description & Access staff and Digital Collections staff, promotes enhanced access to the film and television collections by consulting on cataloging, digitization, and reformatting priorities and projects, including grant-funded initiatives.
  • Contributes to the broader institutional mission and work of the Ransom Center by participating in regular meetings with the Center’s curatorial group, serving on Ransom Center committees, and collaborating with colleagues across the Center.
  • Represents the Ransom Center within professional and scholarly communities and serves as a liaison with relevant faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.


Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Film and Television Studies or a related field.
  • Three years or more of experience working with, or researching in, film archives and collections in an archival library or museum setting.
  • Demonstrated strength in collection-based research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a record of successful publications.
  • Demonstrated experience giving presentations to scholarly audiences, classes, and other diverse, public audiences.


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Film and Television Studies or a related field.
  • Five or more years of experience working with film archives and collections in a college or university museum or library setting.
  • Experience with acquisition of archival collections.
  • Experience curating exhibitions and developing associated programs.
  • Familiarity with best practices in museums and archives. Experience with library or museum content management systems.
  • Experience with fundraising, grant writing, and donor cultivation.


Salary Range

$72,000+, depending on qualifications


Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Archival storage environment.
  • Lifting and moving of boxes up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to dust and mold.
  • Accept supervision. Regular and punctual attendance.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest


Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.


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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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