Interested in joining the ICA team? Visit VCU eJobs to discover current opportunities. Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. Materials sent to the ICA’s staff offices and email accounts will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled or unless otherwise stated. Phone calls and emails to staff are respectfully discouraged.



Preparator/Lead Preparator

The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is currently accepting applications for the position of Preparator/Lead Preparator.

Driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural equity, the ICA at VCU is dedicated to producing and sharing new art and ideas, and to supporting creative communities. The ICA’s program includes artist commissions, exhibitions, film screenings, talks and discussions, publications, and performances. It features artists and thinkers from around the world.

The ICA is in direct dialogue with VCUarts, the #1 public art school in the country, and is a space for multi-disciplinary experimentation across a major, urban public research university while simultaneously providing opportunities for creative collaboration locally and internationally.

Reporting to the ICA’s Chief Preparator, the Preparator is a critical member of a collaborative team charged with producing the ICA’s ambitious exhibition program within the allotted budget, space, and time. The Preparator is responsible for technical aspects of museum-quality art handling including receiving, shipping, packing, framing, mounting, and storage. They will assist the Chief Preparator with exhibition planning and preparation, working together to ensure the smooth operation of installations and management during the run of an exhibition. In addition to their work in exhibitions, the Preparator may also assist their supervisor with the facilities and programmatic operations at the ICA, including after-hours and weekend events and programs.

For more a full job description and to apply for this position, click here.


Senior Curator

The Senior Curator will commission, develop, oversee and implement the exhibitions and programs for the ICA. The Senior Curator will be responsible for commissioning new work and working with living artists, as well as championing and stewarding projects through ideation, the full production process, and exhibition.

The Senior Curator will be responsible for forging and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, board members, vendors, and ICA staff. They will support, supervise, and evaluate several staff members, which may include a curatorial assistant and interns, and interact with students, faculty, donors, volunteers, and the public.

For more information and a full position description, click here.



Graduate Assistantship: Digital Engagement and Content Strategy (2021-2022 Academic Year)

Designed by Steven Holl Architects and located at the corner of Broad and Belvidere, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at VCU presents the art of our time and provides an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and throughout the world. With free admission, the ICA is a major resource for VCU, Richmond, and beyond.

Within this context, the ICA is seeking a Graduate Assistant (GA) who will work with Communications & Content Strategy team on digital engagement and content strategy. The GA will work on a wide variety of projects, including creation and management of digital content for the ICA (social media, digital ads, emails, podcasting, and web content), supporting PR/Media Relations efforts, supporting video production, strategic planning, and asset management. The GA will work closely with members of the Communications & Content Strategy team to build the ICA brand and engage the ICA community.


Position Details

The 9-month Graduate Assistantship is for the 2021-2022 academic year, running from August 24, 2021 – May 13, 2022. The Graduate Assistant will work 20 hours per week and receive a stipend of $15,000, as well as in-state university tuition (excluding all fees).

The Graduate Assistant must be a degree-seeking (master’s or doctorate) student in good standing with no other VCU employment and must be enrolled for credit for a minimum of nine (9) graduate hours in both the fall and spring semesters. 

The responsibilities of the position are meant to provide an experience that is of mutual benefit to the ICA and the Graduate Assistant. The student chosen for the position will have the opportunity to work with strategists, marketers, a PR agency, video producers, writers, designers, curators, and podcast producers. They will be an integral part of the ICA team and have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of communications, content creation, branding, and strategy. They will also have the opportunity to develop strategic plans, attend video shoots, photoshoots, and podcast recording sessions, along with other ICA events and programs. 

The ideal candidate will be pursuing a degree in Strategy, Copywriting, Brand Management, Marketing, or Mass Communications. (Other related majors can be considered.) They will have strong writing and content strategy skills, along with an interest to learn about content creation and strategy, media relations, marketing, copywriting, and/or branding in the world of art, culture, and education.


Job responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the creation of meaningful content for social media and web platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Assisting in addressing media requests and tracking ICA media coverage
  • Updating event calendars and assist in maintaining editorial calendars and marketing plans
  • Supporting the Digital Engagement Specialist in the creation of email and social campaigns, fulfillment of paid social media ads, tracking audience engagement, and developing content strategies.
  • Supporting the production and distribution of video and audio content
  • Assisting with the marketing and promotion of programs, exhibitions, and events at the ICA

Minimum requirements:

  • Experience posting content on major social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)
  • Demonstrated experience writing for digital platforms
  • Experience working in a professional environment
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience working in G-Suite and Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Premiere)


Preferred qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of HTML
  • Experience using WordPress 
  • Experience with video production and image/photo editing


This position will also include the ICA Experience – an introductory training and opportunities program for all ICA student employees. The ICA Experience combines best practices and professional development in a safe space for students to learn new skills, receive mentorship, and enhance their workplace potential. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of any year and major, the ICA Experience is also a certified VCU REAL activity.  


How to apply:

To be considered for this position, fill out this application by Friday, May 21, 2021. If you have any questions, contact Jessica McCadden, Director of Communications & Content Strategy at mccaddenj@vcu.edu. 

Intern: Graphic Design

The ICA at VCU is seeking an intern in graphic design to support the Communications and Content Strategy Team. The intern will work closely with the ICA’s Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Digital Engagement Specialist, and Director of Communications and Content Strategy to create digital and print design assets for the ICA’s website and social media channels, paid advertising, exhibitions and programs, membership, and general marketing. The intern will also assist in the development of graphic resource tools and the physical production of signage to be used by all ICA departments.

This ICA internship is open to graduate and undergraduate students. The internship is available for hourly payment between $14 – $20 an hour, depending on experience. The design intern will be expected to work approximately 15 hours per week, primarily onsite at the ICA with some remote work flexibility. The internship will begin at the start of the Fall 2021 semester, and end at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester.

This position will also include the ICA Experience – an introductory training and opportunities program for all ICA student employees. The ICA Experience combines best practices and professional development in a safe space for students to learn new skills, receive mentorship, and enhance their workplace potential. Open to undergraduate and graduate students of any year and major, the ICA Experience is also a certified VCU REAL activity.

The responsibilities of the position are meant to provide an experience that is of mutual benefit to the ICA and the intern. The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Creation and maintenance of digital design assets for the website and social media
  • Planning, production and design of print materials
  • Design, production and installation of exhibition graphics
  • Support and implementation of ICA brand and supporting assets, including professional experience designing in-market work that will help them build a portfolio of diverse creative.
  • Networking opportunities

Required qualifications:

  • Must pass a pre-employment background check
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and some holidays
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff

Minimum requirements:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, with an emphasis on InDesign
  • Proficient in Google Suite
  • Experience in physical production – mock-ups, mounting, in-house printing
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, collaborate across teams as well as work independently

How to apply:

For more a full job description and to apply for this position, click here. Applications are due by Friday, May 21, 2021.


Work Study

The ICA offers a variety of work-study positions for students with federal work-study awards. Opportunities will be posted on VCU’s Career Services HireRams site.

For more information or to apply, visit HireRams.


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