Current Available Positions
Cataloger (grant-funded, fixed-term) | Archives
Identifies key archives collections and prioritizes select files. Consults original documents and selects most important and historically significant records. Catalogs selected items into the Museum Archives Image Database. Coordinates scanning of items with Imaging and Visual Resources. Pages and reshelves boxes, files, and single items. Ensures quality control of metadata and image scans. Reports to Archives Specialist.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in art history, including 12 semester hours of modern art since 1880, or equivalent. Basic knowledge of art historical research sources. Archival experience preferred. Ability to communicate clearly and legibly in both written and spoken form. Attention to detail. Knowledge of archival/art historical/collection management databases. Ability to lift and move heavy boxes.
This is a two-year project initiative expected to commence as soon as a qualified candidate has been identified. Total work hours per week will be 14.
Curatorial Assistant | Architecture and Design
Assists the department’s senior architecture curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities, including acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for architecture exhibitions and publications, loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Performs work in relation to the care of the collection and arranges for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curatorial staff in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas. Performs research for exhibitions, including research on artists, periods, styles, specific works, locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in preparing catalogues and checklists. Coordinates and schedules work to be done, within the Museum and without, in such areas as conversation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements. Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors and the A+D Circle affiliate group. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives under senior staff supervisor and answers related inquiries from public and scholars. Reports to senior curatorial titles.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, ideally in architecture or art history. Some relevant work experience and competence within area of departmental interest. Specialization in a non-Western field (Eastern Europe, Middle East, or Asia) and pertaining language skills is preferred. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and other standard office procedures and equipment.
Application deadline is August 19, 2016.
Curatorial Assistant | Drawings and Prints
Assists the department’s senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities, including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions such as acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committee loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Performs work in relation to care of the collection and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curators in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas. Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc. Performs duties of exhibitions assistant, including research on subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in arranging loans; catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists including compiling and typing; and coordinating and scheduling work to be done, within the Museum and without, in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements. Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars. Assists in the operation of departmental study centers. Works with curatorial interns as assigned. Keeps informed of current activity in the area of departmental interests through gallery and museum visits, publications, etc. and conveys observations to the senior staff. Reports to Chief Curator.
Requirements: Master’s degree in art history strongly preferred with a particular expertise/exposure to art from the postwar period through to contemporary. Prior curatorial experience preferred. Superior research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language preferred. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and other standard office procedures and equipment.
Department Manager | Education
Provides critical budget management for a $2.5 million operating budget with 80+ individual project budgets for MoMA’s Department of Education. Oversees day-to-day financial and operations support by closely monitoring accuracy of accounts payable and receivables and managing relationships with vendors. Coordinates information and regular reporting within the department and with other departments (Finance, Development, Exhibitions, Visitor Services). Initiates and oversees development of the annual operating budget and ancillary budgets, including capital and equipment requests. Provides oversight and support for deputy director’s special projects; trustee committee meetings; and TCE member relationships, potential funders and donors, and research and planning initiatives. Maintains personnel files, job descriptions, contracts, and recruitment processes. Maintains accurate statistics and data for the department and prepares visually compelling reports for presentations as needed. Oversees the Education facilities, including their ongoing maintenance, renovation, and equipment. Coordinates special projects, both within the department and with other departments. Builds effective relationships with key partners in Finance, Accounting, Security, Visitor Services, Information Technology, and Building Operations to support smooth operation of programming. Supervises administration coordinator to ensure effective and efficient operation of programs and timeliness of processes. Supervises the assistant to the deputy director to ensure professional and efficient communications and support to the deputy director and the department. Reports to The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business administration or accounting, and a minimum of five to eight years experience, or equivalent. Management, accounting, and supervisory experience required. Demonstrated project management skills. Skilled at process development and analysis of systems. Strong written and interpersonal skills. High level of diplomacy, accountability, judgment, and confidentiality. Knowledge of the museum field and/or museum education an asset. Attention to detail, oversight, flexibility, diplomacy, confidentiality, and effective communication to deal with trustee committee members and donors also required. Very strong service/support orientation. Excellent organizational skills (from paperwork to office cleanliness). Skilled in current technologies and digital tools for management. Anticipates needs and/or foresees opportunities/challenges. Project management/process skills. Excellent analysis, problem solving, and follow-through skills. People management skills. Ability to analyze and create effective systems. Detail-oriented, with understanding of how budget and operational support systems contribute to larger goals and long-range thinking.
Development Assistant | Membership
Assists director of Membership in upholding customer service standards and procedures. Drafts frequent correspondence with members via postal mail and email. Handles escalations from membership phone staff, ensuring that all member communications into office receive timely and relevant responses. Assists director of Membership in identifying and cultivating high-level membership prospects. Creates solicitation letters and packages. Delivers incoming contributions to gift-processing area. Reviews acknowledgements, receipts, and cards for accuracy. Makes adjustments as necessary to Salesforce database. Acts as departmental liaison for Membership information technology requests. Clarifies requirements from Membership staff. Works with IT staff to create timelines, tracks expenses against budget, etc. Tracks overall membership revenue and departmental spending. Works with Finance to adjust membership budget as needed. Processes check vouchers for Membership. Updates membership information in AS400 and Salesforce as necessary. Reports to Director, Membership.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and one to two years relevant experience, preferably in a museum environment, or equivalent. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. Ability to work independently, set priorities, follow through, and meet deadlines.
Guest Assistant | Visitor Services
Creates a highly positive experience for Museum guests that is conducive to repeat visitation, membership conversion, and positive word of mouth for the Museum. Sells daily and advance Museum admission, film, and program tickets, memberships, and member guest passes. Processes credit cards and coupons, rings up cash, and issues change. Generates proactive sales efforts throughout the Museum. Proactively and warmly welcomes guests, responds to questions, and offers guidance. Validates admission at points of entry to galleries. Ensures smooth flow of visitors by proactively guiding visitors to various queues and spaces. Resolves general complaints from guests and members on site. Stays abreast of current and upcoming exhibitions, films, educational programs, and marketing campaigns. Helps maintain inventory of printed information and marketing materials, and ensures signage is properly placed. Drafts routine correspondence in response to incoming mail and email from members and visitors. Updates membership database and assists with member events and RSVPs as needed. Reports to Lobby Managers.
Requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Proficiency with computers/Windows. Exceptional customer service skills, customer service experience, and passion for the visual arts. Previous museum experience and foreign language skills strongly preferred. Must be available to work weekends and holiday periods. Must be able to work weekend hours.
Media Conservation Fellow (grant-funded, fixed-term) | Conservation
Writes analytical and condition reports on newly acquired and collection media works. Recommends and executes treatment of works in consultation with MoMA’s media conservators, other higher titles, and curators. Keeps full photographic and written documentation of original condition and all stages of treatment of works of art. Assists media conservators in working with curators, artists, registrars, and exhibitions staff on assessing and preparing media works for storage, installation, and loan. Assists with the daily running of MoMA’s digital repository. Researches, develops, and tests materials and techniques for conservation use. Keeps abreast of new technical developments in the art historical and conservation fields through attendance at meetings and readings of conservation, technical, and art historical literature. Adheres to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Carries out courier trips as needed. Participates in the planning and preparation of the Media Conservation Workshops and Peer Forums as part of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation media conservation initiative at MoMA. Actively produces blog posts, publishes research, and is encouraged to speak at related professional conferences. Assists in supervising education interns and first-year conservation interns as requested. Reports to the Media Conservator.
Requirements: Master’s degree in conservation or related discipline, such as moving image and archiving, computer science, or library information science. Prior experience in the conservation of media-based artworks. Examination and documentation of media works at an advanced intern level. Experience with the installation of media works preferable. Familiarity with condition checking of video works, including command-line tools for file analysis and software and hardware for condition checking. Knowledge of software-based and 16mm film-based works desirable. Experience creating conservation documentation providing condition assessment and capturing installation.
This is a three-year fellowship expected to commence September 2016. The first two years of the fellowship will be at MoMA, the third year of the fellowship will be at an institution to be named.
Media Conservation Initiative Project Coordinator (grant-funded, fixed-term)| Conservation
Works in close collaboration with the media conservator, Agnes Gund Chief Conservator, other conservators, conservation department manager, MoMA staff, media conservator fellows, and select outside partners, consultants, and advisors throughout the duration of the media conservation initiative. Coordinates communications, scheduling, travel arrangements, and accounting procedures related to the grant project. Acts as general administrative assistant to the media conservator and chief conservator, facilitating written and verbal correspondence related to the media conservation initiative, as needed. Coordinates the participation of the Workshop Planning Committee and Peer Forum partners. Devises and updates project schedule in collaboration with the media conservator and chief conservator. Organizes and executes four media conservation workshops, three peer forums, and related planning meetings. Participates, as assigned, in the editing, preparation, acquisition, and dissemination of research materials related to the program’s Media Conservation Workshops and Peer Forums through a designated website and via social media. Assembles and manages all feedback and evaluation materials from workshops and Peer Forum participants. Maintains budget and financial records for the entire media conservation initiative and writes progress and final reports as assigned. Reports to Media Conservator.
Requirements: Master’s degree or higher; some post-college study of art history preferred. Excellent administrative, organizational, and written/oral communication skills. Strong attention to detail. Experience with the management of budgets. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Museum database systems experience a plus. Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and coordinate projects simultaneously with tact and diplomacy.
This is a multiyear project initiative expected to commence September 2016 and conclude June 2020.
Senior Manager, E-Commerce Strategy and Planning | Retail
Manages budgeting and planning process in support of ecommerce growth plans. Thinks strategically to drive new initiatives to increase revenue, gross margin, and profitability with a clear focus on customer experience and onsite optimization. Works closely with creative, merchandising, marketing, and finance teams. Defines and drives new initiatives, including major site releases, omnichannel efforts, and operational improvements, to improve key performance indicators (KPIs) and customer experience. Manages site-testing program. Collaborates with merchandising and marketing areas to plan marketing calendar. Manages call center. Plans, strategizes, and drives business in online marketplaces. Leads the fiscal year budget planning. Manages and tracks expenses. Creates ongoing and ad hoc reporting as needed. Reports to Director of Direct to Consumer, Retail.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years related experience in ecommerce business and operations. Flexible and capable of thriving in a high-energy, fast-paced environment. Knowledgeable about how to drive growth in an ecommerce business. Resourceful, solution-oriented, capable of thinking and working independently, well organized, and attentive to detail. Excellent communications and technical skills. Strong interest in and understanding of MoMA and MoMA Retail. Ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of positions and functions, from executives to developers. Inquisitive and curious mindset. Very strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and Web analytics tools. Strong financial acumen and understanding of ecommerce KPIs. Proven record of driving results. Experience with testing, optimization, and ecommerce best practices.
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