Current Available Positions
Assistant Director, Major Gifts | Development
Serves as a senior member of the Development team, with specific responsibility for managing a major gifts team and a large portfolio of high-level members and donors who contribute vital support towards the Museum’s programs. Reporting to and working closely with the director of Major Gifts and Campaign Operations, manages all facets of the major gifts program, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities. Manages the department’s major gift program and develops strategies to support prospecting campaigns and donor engagement. Identifies, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects in support of programs across all aspects of MoMA, including Director’s Council, Family Council, Annual Fund, membership, exhibitions, education, and other special programs, including the capital campaign. Works closely with Research area to develop an ongoing pipeline of prospects to be managed by the major gifts team. Working with the director, defines quantifiable performance metrics, which can be regularly evaluated with leadership and can enhance learning and development for all members of the team. Manages reporting and forecasting for the major gifts portfolio. Develops calendar donor cultivation events for various levels of individual giving, including major gifts, Director’s Council, and Family Council, and develops marketing collateral and solicitation materials as needed. Oversees creation and dissemination of general departmental correspondence and promotional materials. Leads Museum tours for donors and other VIPs. Supervises development officers, one development associate, and one development assistant (dotted line). Manages the major gift team expense budget. Reports to Director, Major Gifts and Campaign Operations.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and seven years progressively responsible fundraising experience, including supervisory experience, as well as experience in major gift ($10K+) identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Knowledge of and interest in modern and contemporary art. Superior interpersonal and verbal and written communications skills. Ability to work in a collaborative setting that involves shared decision-making and program responsibility. Ability to manage many projects simultaneously and with keen attention to detail. Effective and professional negotiation and diplomacy skills. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable, with a sense of humor. A team player with an attitude of service and the ability to motivate others. Aptitude with budgets and financial documentation. Ability to work independently and proactively, especially under deadlines. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint, and Salesforce or other donor-management system. Must be available to work some evenings and weekends as required.
Assistant Educator | Education, Gallery, and Artist Programs
Coordinates administrative, logistical, and scheduling duties for Artists Experiment, including arranging meetings, research, and onsite program planning. Plans and coordinates logistics for classes and artist workshops. Creates and edits marketing materials and social media for public programs. Works with the Public Programs 12-month intern to archive all programs and events in Adult and Academic Programs. Coordinates and organizes administrative efforts for artist-directed programs, including MoMA Studio, learning lounges, and other special events. Assists with administration of facilitator training and scheduling, orders supplies, conducts research, coordinates onsite programs with various departments (AV, housekeeping, operations), and completes other tasks as assigned. Helps to produce special gallery sessions featuring guest presenters and artists. Reports to Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives, and Assistant Director, Exhibition and Gallery Initiatives.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in art education, art history, or related field preferred. Two or more years programming experience in the field of art museums, galleries, or art organizations, with an emphasis on adult art education, contemporary art, or equivalent preferred. Excellent organizational skills and program coordination skills, including ability to work on several detailed projects simultaneously. Demonstrated interest in interpretative programming. Experience executing public events, including workshops and gallery programs. Excellent writing and editing skills. Experience administrating efforts for marketing, communications, and social media. Familiarity with the latest literature and approaches on museum education and visual arts pedagogy.
This is a grant-funded, fixed-term position with an expected duration through July 31, 2017.
Assistant to the Chief Curator | Painting and Sculpture
Manages and assesses the daily needs and priorities of the chief curator, including complex calendar management. Facilitates chief curator's e-mail and written correspondence, especially that which relates to the collection, acquisitions, exhibitions, and the Museum’s expansion. Answers chief's telephone and drafts answers for routine correspondence and inquiries. Performs general administrative duties, including organization and maintenance of all chief curator files. Opens and routes incoming mail, e-mail, and faxes to appropriate staff members in the department and throughout the Museum. Serves as first point of contact and liaison with a high level of confidentiality for all of the chief curator’s contacts, including trustees, artists, scholars, dealers, and art world professionals. Makes all travel and logistical arrangements for chief curator. Prepares and processes travel and entertainment expense reports in accordance with MoMA policies. Maintains general organization of chief curator's office. Coordinates and completes projects and administrative assignments as directed by chief curator.
Requirements: Bachelor's degree and at least five years experience in administrative positions or equivalent. Superior judgment, professional initiative, strong verbal and written communication capabilities, strong organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities. Good PC and Mac skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Pages. Experience with The Museum System (TMS) and SalesForce is desirable but not essential. Art history and research background is desirable but not essential.
Associate Educator | Education, Gallery and Learning Programs
In collaboration with the Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives, and Assistant Director, Exhibition and Gallery Initiatives, this position implements MoMA’s Gallery Sessions program, coordinates all aspects of MoMA Classes, and organizes the education programming for the 12-Month Internship Program. Serves as point of contact for all freelance educators for Gallery Sessions and classes, maintains and coordinates volunteer relations for related programs, and organizes scheduling of Gallery Sessions and classes. Coordinates all details pertaining to contracts, payments, and expenses for freelance educators under supervision of assistant directors and with assistance from 12-month intern in Public Programs. Works with assistant director of Learning and Artists Initiatives to develop the content of MoMA Classes, from art history classes to experimental learning programs, for a range of audiences. Implements all aspects of classes at the Museum, including administration, scheduling, and communications with freelance educators and internal department staff. Serves as liaison between students, freelance educators, and assistant director as needed for programmatic success. Assists in the evaluation process for all instructors. In consultation with the assistant director of Exhibition and Gallery Initiatives, implements all aspects of the Gallery Session program, including scheduling, training, and program and educator evaluation. Coordinates enrichment programs for 12-Month Internship Program, including field trips, research travel program, and other duties as needed. Provides cross-departmental support for Public Programs as needed. Reports to Assistant Director, Learning and Artist Initiatives, and Assistant Director, Exhibition and Gallery Initiatives.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or BFA in art education, studio art, or art history (master’s degree or MFA preferred). A minimum of five years relevant experience in museum education, preferably in the adult programs area or equivalent. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Experience developing and implementing interpretative gallery and learning programs for adult and intergenerational audiences. Excellent management and diplomacy skills. Strong experience in program administration. Excellent organizational and program management skills, including keen attention to time-sensitive tasks, details, and follow-up; and ability to multitask on several detailed projects simultaneously. Excellent writing skills. Fluency in a foreign language a plus. Schedule includes some weekend and evening hours.
Associate Educator | Education, School and Teacher Programs
Develops, implements, and reports on all aspects of the School Visit program, including marketing and outreach to schools, maintaining the budget for programs, working closely with Group Services on maintaining an active schedule of visits, maintaining a good relationship with partnership schools, monitoring and tracking all activities, and reporting to Development when requested. In the School Partnership program this also includes maintaining close contact with school administrators and educators to insure the quality of the programs and increasing visibility of the partnership programs at the Museum and online. Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates 11–15 freelance museum educators; provides ongoing training sessions; and conducts class observations throughout the year. Develops new and enhances existing online resources for school programming. Responds to a variety of inquiries from school administrators and teachers regarding all School Visit programs, including making decisions regarding possible partners and responding to related complaints or concerns. Develops relationships with other cultural institutions within New York City with similar teaching staff to exchange information and professional development opportunities for staff. Teaches in the School Visits program and assists with Teacher Programs (drop-in Teacher Workshops and customized professional development workshops) as needed. Works on special projects as assigned by the assistant director of School and Teacher Programs or the director of Community, Access, and School Programs, such as participation in interdepartmental initiatives and the development of interpretive resources to the Museum’s collections. Reports to Assistant Director, School and Teacher Programs.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in art history, education, or related fields preferred. Minimum of five years experience teaching in an art museum with K–12 grade audience required. At least two years experience in a supervisory capacity, including hiring and training of staff. Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs also required. Excellent writing skills required. Must be able to lift art supplies, stand in gallery while teaching for up to 75 minutes, and travel to visit schools in the five boroughs with art supplies or promotional materials. Some overtime and weekend hours required.
C-MAP Fellow for Asian Art with an Indian Focus | Media and Performance Art
The Museum of Modern Art is seeking a part-time (three days per week) fellow for a one-year term, second year renewable, commencing October 1, 2015, to support research on Asian art, particularly the art of India, for our Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) initiative. The C-MAP Asia Group, led by the chief curator of Media and Performance Art and comprised of staff from MoMA’s Curatorial, International Program, Education, and Publications departments, explores the convergence of themes, discourses, and practices in the visual arts of Asia throughout the 20th century. Through a lively program of visits by international and domestic scholars and travel to India and other countries in the region, the group explores these topics during sessions that focus on specific works by artists in MoMA’s collection and beyond. Possible outcomes of the group’s work and travel include the acquisition of artworks, research that will benefit the Museum’s program and the field at large, an expansion of the Museum’s international network, and online publishing.
Responsibilities: Coordinates with the C-MAP group leader and International Program to implement the research plan and schedule of the C-MAP Asia Group. Prepares for C-MAP group meetings, corresponds with invitees, and compiles relevant research materials, biographies, and meeting agendas in advance of the visits. Conducts research and planning for group travel where the C-MAP group conducts research, and visits collections, cultural institutions, studios, and other organizations as required. Assists in the organization of and participates in symposia and other forms of discourse related to the C-MAP group research. Works closely with the International Program, C-MAP group leader, and C-MAP fellows to co-edit and oversee the content development for the post Web platform (post.at.moma.org).
Reports to Chief Curator, Media and Performance Art, with a direct liaison to the Museum’s International Program.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates will be graduate students (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) in art history, anthropology, cultural studies, and/or a related field in the humanities. Strong knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century Western art history within a global context, and in particular that of India. Additional knowledge of other art histories in Asia is preferred. Specialization in 20th-century modernism and related practices and/or movements in India. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated research capabilities. Familiarity with travel in India, with additional travel experience in Asia preferred. Knowledge of basic office procedures and skills. Written and spoken fluency in one or more Asian languages is preferred.
Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the position title in the subject. Application deadline July 15, 2015.
About C-MAP: In 2009, The Museum of Modern Art launched Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), a global research initiative. The program is intended to deepen the Museum’s range of expertise; expand the criteria by which quality in works of art and artistic movements is defined; enable the Museum to understand more fully the historical imperatives and changing conditions of an increasingly global art world; and infuse MoMA’s future with the diverse perspectives of scholars, curators, artists, and historians from around the world.
Department Assistant | Drawings and Prints
Serves as general administrative assistant to the department and to department-related projects. Performs departmental tasks, including answering phones, sorting mail, responding to inquiries, ordering supplies, etc. Composes correspondence for senior staff (thank-you notes, replies to artists' submissions, etc.). Processes invoices and travel and expense reports. Maintains department files. Maintains general orderliness and tidiness of department library, common spaces, study center, and supply closet. Maintains inventory of paper for faxes and printers. Gathers data from various sources for use by supervisor or relevant staff, including collection database, library catalog, Internet research, etc.). Assembles and coordinates material for departmental or acquisitions presentations. Provides support for all patron-group meetings. Reports to Department Manager.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of administrative experience relevant to the position or equivalent. Background in art history and demonstrated interest in the museum profession preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Internet research, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Must exercise good judgment and discretion. Excellent administrative, communication, and writing skills. Strong organizational abilities. Pleasant phone manner. Ability to take direction and work as part of a team. Foreign language skills (French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish) are a plus.
Department Coordinator | General Counsel
Provides highly responsible and confidential administrative and general support to the Office of the General Counsel. Liaises with trustees, Museum staff, outside attorneys, and the public on behalf of the Office of the General Counsel. Arranges trustee board and committee meetings, including scheduling of presentations and distribution of invitations, governance, and other meeting materials to trustees and Museum staff. Manages all aspects of annual Board of Trustees and Museum Committee Meeting calendar publication. Co-coordinates and manages aspects of national/international trustee retreats, including itinerary planning, publication coordination, budgeting, vendor management, and payment. Uses board management software to distribute pre- and post-meeting materials, maintains accurate data, and apprises trustees of any changes to software functionality or updates. Records and updates contacts and committee list for the Board of Trustees and select Museum staff. Opens and sorts departmental mail, responds to voice messages and e-mail communications sent to attorneys. Expedites internal and external requests in discreet and timely manner. Maintains files, department archives, and drafts materials in connection with confidential labor negotiations, employee grievances, contracts, litigation, and governance matters. Processes all expenses and reimbursements and keeps records of departmental expenditures. Performs periodic budget reconciliations with department manager. Drafts and types memoranda and correspondence. Coordinates schedules, travel, and various activities for the department; orders and maintains office supplies; and coordinates catering, audio-visual, and other technological applications for meetings as needed.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in art history or English. Four years relevant experience. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and typing skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Google applications (e.g. Gmail and Google Docs), and PeopleSoft applications. Exhibits a high level of diplomacy, accountability, judgment, and confidentiality. Ability to work with minimal direction, exercising a high level of discretion and initiative. Knowledge of and interest in modern and contemporary art. Foreign languages a plus.
Guest Assistant | Membership and 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 e-mail from members and visitors. Updates membership database, assists with member events, and with RSVPs as needed.
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.
Interactive Designer | Digital Media
The interactive designer will work with our team, curators, educators, and technical experts to design the digital experience for our entire organization—reaching the millions of people who interact with the Museum both on-site and online. Our process is thus intrinsically collaborative, necessitating a balance between beautiful, efficient designs and our users’ needs, organizational requirements, and technical considerations. This design must incorporate our taste, but also feedback from these camps and quantitative data to make the best experiences we can. We have to be able to communicate design options, decisions, and strategies across the organization, including to non-designers. Our department exists as part of an informal design network here at MoMA, collaborating with peers in Audio Visual, Graphic Design and Advertising, Interpretation, and the Exhibition Design and Production teams. Our group is agile, meaning close and direct work with developers on fast-evolving, iterative designs. Our designers create the complete scope of a user experience, from sketches to wireframes, through visual design and final production products. We’re experimenting with new tools and new processes, so the designer will be actively involved in researching these approaches and techniques. Reports to Director, Digital Media.
Requirements: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in design and three or more years of experience, or equivalent. Solid portfolio of diverse projects ranging in scale. Must be a multifaceted designer capable of abstract and conceptual thinking, with expertise in both user experience and visual design, and an excellent storyteller and natural collaborator.
Membership Sales Assistant | Membership and Visitor Services
Creates a highly positive experience for Museum visitors that is conducive to membership conversion. Daily tasks include referring and selling memberships, assisting members with guest and admission tickets, providing membership and Museum information, and crowd maintenance inside and outside of the Museum.
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.
Project Research Assistant (grant-funded/fixed-term)| Drawings and Prints
Assists curator with research tasks in preparation for the upcoming Joaquín Torres-García exhibition and accompanying publication. Performs research for exhibition, including research on subjects such as related artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, etc. Assists in catalogue preparation and in the preparation of checklists, loan agreement forms, and related educational materials, from compiling to writing. Assists with scheduling work to be done within the Museum and serves as a liaison with various departments. Ensures that schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. Compiles, organizes, formats, and edits catalogue data for completeness and accuracy. Obtains image rights for publication, print, and digital use, often involving extensive research and written correspondence with external parties. Compiles research dossiers for the publications’ authors. Assists visiting scholars with logistics of their residency and compiles research resources to support their study. Assists with a variety of other editorial, administrative, and organizational tasks for the exhibition. Ensures that schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. Reports to senior curators.
Requirements: Master’s degree in art history, with a specialization in modern and contemporary art from Latin America, with specific knowledge of the artistic career of Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan, 1874–1949). Excellent reading/writing fluency in Spanish is a must. Experience as an academic or institutional research assistant. Experience working with works of art or collections. Familiarity with researching provenance, dealing with estates, and securing copyright permissions and clearing image rights. Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills. Highly motivated. Strict attention to detail and rigorous approach to tasks. Strong initiative and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines. Familiarity with catalogue entry using The Museum System (TMS) required.
This is a grant-funded, fixed-term position with an expected duration of approximately eight months.
Sales Associate (temporary) | All locations
Answers inquiries and assists customers in making selections. Stocks and restocks sales fixtures. Straightens and dusts merchandise and fixtures. Assists in physical inventories. Opens and closes cash registers and is held accountable for any discrepancies noted by manager. Reports to Store Manager.
Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent. Some sales experience. Excellent customer service skills. An interest in good design, books, art, and architecture. Ability to work afternoon and weekend hours.
Senior Group Services Assistant | Membership and Visitor Services
Assists with the coordination of all Group Services activities with various departments and staff. Assists Group Services manager in the sale and marketing of group packages. Helps to identify audiences through tour organizers and community and cultural groups. Checks in groups in various locations, greets and serves as liaison with group leaders, and ensures all details regarding visits are handled efficiently. Assists in scheduling lecturers and educators, and occasionally assists with screening, interviewing, and scheduling payments for lecturers. Issues requests for security guards and operational needs for all groups when applicable, and follows up with various departments regarding special arrangements. Assists in training Group Services staff members in departmental tasks, including all aspects of the group visit from initial contact through the Museum visit and departure. Answers Group Services telephone lines for general information and confirmation. Checks messages (voice, e-mail, fax) and follows up accordingly. Makes group visit reservations, inputs information into the computer using Group Services computer software, prints out confirmation letters, and sends all group correspondence. Follows up with group leaders regarding payment information, refunds, late payments, and other related issues.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Prior office experience and/or customer service experience preferred. Strong sales background, excellent organizational skills, and exceptional verbal and written communication required.
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