MoMA offers a wide range of opportunities—in areas from curatorial to security, art handling, and community outreach—in an exciting, inclusive work environment. Our application guidelines can be found below.

The Museum of Modern Art jobs

Assistant General Counsel

General Counsel

Serves as assistant general counsel in a four-attorney office including the general counsel and secretary, deputy general counsel, and associate general counsel. Specific areas of focus include, but are not limited to, providing general legal advice and counsel; developing policies and procedures; drafting and negotiating contracts; and advising on labor relations, employment and benefits, intellectual property, real estate, litigation, governance, and the like. Advises on all aspects of day-to-day legal issues. Drafts, reviews, and negotiates a wide variety of contracts, including software and SaaS; hardware; exhibition, purchase, and sale of art works; purchase and lease of equipment and other vendor contracts; retail, employment, and independent contractor, and the like. Drafts memoranda, correspondence, policies and procedures, reports for various board of trustees and staff committees, and other documents. Provides advice on corporate governance, including ethics, conflicts of interest, and financial reporting; nonprofit law/exempt organizations; intellectual property, including copyright and trademark; real estate sales and leases; tax, labor, employment, and benefit plans and ERISA matters; litigation; risk management; insurance; trusts and estates; and other legal issues as may arise. Works with and provides advice to senior management and board of trustees in establishing and implementing Museum policies and procedures, including compliance, labor and employment, and other legal developments. Advises and participates in grievances, arbitrations, investigations, discovery, subpoenas, and other litigation-related issues. Performs legal research. Liases with and supervises outside counsel. Supervises paralegal and administrative personnel. Reports to General Counsel/Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Assistant to the Chief Curator

Painting and Sculpture

Manages and assesses daily needs and priorities of chief curator, including complex calendar management. Facilitates chief curator’s email 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. 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 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. Reports to The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture and to the department manager.

Associate Director, Security Technology

Security

Provides leadership and direct management oversight of MoMA’s Security technology operations, including the Security Operations Center (SOC) and staff (12+ control room operators and supervisors). Regularly interacts with security managers, supervisors, and officers in order to execute day-to-day functions. Applies coaching, staff development, strategic planning, and emergency response experience to enhance overall departmental effectiveness, team morale, and professionalism within a multicultural museum environment. Drives the implementation of the MoMA Security department strategic plan, including all resources, processes, systems, and functions within the SOC to maintain and effectively safeguard the Museum, its physical properties, and the art. Executes the internal response, escalation, and resolution strategy within the incident response structure, all under the MoMA crisis management program. Oversees and manages the Museum’s physical security technology systems, including access control, video management, and alarm and intrusion detection. Responsible for management and oversight of the 24/7/365 security operations and all policies, procedures, and staffing. Detects, classifies, records, and investigates incidents (events, activities, incoming information, intelligence, etc.) via research of access control, video review, and/or other security platforms within the SOC. Manages new hire selection and training in partnership with Security management leadership team. Implements scheduling systems, audit programs, and incident response processes within the SOC for assigned personnel. Oversees control room operator training on internal SOPs. Provides overall leadership to control room operators and supervisors. Coaches, mentors, and provides consistent performance feedback and cross-training opportunities. Takes appropriate corrective action to improve employee performance. Fosters good relations within the Security department with both union and non-union members. Maintains open lines of communication with all direct reports and other department heads to ensure good day–to-day situational awareness and effectiveness. Manages security technology vendors, with oversight of project management, contract negotiations, and annual operating and capital budgets. Participates in work groups/task force teams, as assigned, to address concerns or implement new processes. Works collaboratively with a diverse and multicultural community. Coordinates and collaborates with Building Operations, exhibitions, Membership, Visitor Engagement, and all other MoMA departments. Directly responsible for 12 control room operators and supervisors located at two security operations centers in the NYC area. Reports to Director of Security.

Associate Registrar

Collection Management and Exhibition Registration

Works independently and collaboratively on collection tasks, including cataloging, creation/development of detailed records of objects/components, assessing long-term housing needs, and overseeing packing. Prepares works for gallery changes and other display needs, and updates condition reports on objects of all mediums. Creates, compiles, and maintains all related documentation, including packing and installation instructions, and tracks installation costs/staffing needs for future planning. Reports to Registrar, Collections.

Audio Visual Technical Manager for Performance

Information Technology

Operates, maintains, and safeguards technical assets of the flexible gallery space, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities. Determines necessary technical support, such as theatrical lighting, sound, staging, and special needs necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates. Recruits staff to set up, maintain, and operate lighting and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects. Assists guest designers and artists with technical matters. Advises MoMA staff, production managers, video, theatrical lighting staff, and sound designers on technical specifications, costs, and usage of technical equipment required for individual programs. Supervises the implementation of approved technical designs. Creates and manages annual and individual program budgets. Maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies. Orients facility renters and visiting production staff to safety and technical characteristics of on-site operations and supports use of technical resources by outside users. Monitors condition of equipment, including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment, and arranges for preventive maintenance, repair, and replacement within budgetary constraints. Makes recommendations regarding capital purchases of technical equipment. Attends technical rehearsals as necessary in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of the program. Manages AV technicians. Reports to Director of Audio Visual.

Curatorial Assistant

Film

Assists senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities. Performs administrative work in support of acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committees, loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Performs work in relation to care of the collection and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation of work as required in the screening rooms, galleries, study, and storage areas. Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant, including research on subjects such as artists, periods, topics, styles, specific works, locations of films, photograph sources, etc. Assists with arranging loans of films and art; catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists; and coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without in such areas as conservation, public information, projection, subtitling, shipping, etc. Assists with pre-screening and public projections. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars with regard to such information. 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 festival and museum visits, publications, etc., and conveys observations to the senior staff. Reports to The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.

Dedalus Fellow

Museum Archives

The Dedalus Fellowship is a unique opportunity for an emerging art historian to be trained in archival work. The Archives includes over 6,000 linear feet of important primary source material and responds to over 4,000 research requests annually. The fellow is responsible for the department’s work on audio and video recordings, by processing all new acquisitions and managing an ongoing project to conserve and reformat rare and fragile recordings, including working with an outside audio preservation laboratory. Assists with select unprocessed collections of archival documents, prepares inventories, and performs routine preservation measures. Provides crucial support for the physical retrieval and rehousing of archival collections. Assists the Archives staff with general reference and research functions and the daily activities of an extremely active department. Reports to The Rona Roob Museum Archivist.

Department Manager

Facilities and Safety/Investments

Supports the director of Facilities and Safety, who is responsible for all operational and administrative matters for three frontline-focused departments (Building Operations, Security, Visitor Engagement); and supports the chief investment officer, who is responsible for the Museum’s investment portfolios and a team that manages the Museum’s endowment and pension plan assets. Maintains calendars and schedules meetings and other appointments, including making all national and international travel arrangements. Corresponds and acts as a liaison with outside persons, other institutions, and Museum staff on behalf of the chief investment officer and director of Facilities and Safety. Coordinates special projects and events, office activities, and meetings. Coordinates departmental budgets, processes and maintains records of invoices and purchase requisitions, and works with supervisors on annual budget preparation. Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Access, and relational databases, to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports. Maintains records through filing, retrieval, retention, storage, compilation, coding, updating, etc. per Museum records-retention policy. Drafts a variety of correspondence and reports on behalf of the chief investment officer and director of Facilities and Safety. Performs a variety of administrative duties: answers department phone and greets visitors, sorts mail, picks up and delivers materials, handles petty cash expenditures, coordinates servicing of office equipment, maintains files, and tracks and orders office supplies when necessary. Reports to Chief Investment Officer and Director, Facilities and Safety.

Development Associate, Research

Development

Conducts donor and prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations via online and standard research sources as requested by Development staff. Works closely with Development and other Museum staff to assess and fulfill research needs. Tracks donors and prospects in Salesforce and assists in managing the Museum’s moves-management system. Prepares specialized research lists for Development events and appeals. Proactively identifies new prospects, qualifies giving potential, and recommends a course of action to Development officers. Uses wealth-screen software to verify and quantify data. Writes donor and prospect profile reports for use by Museum staff. Creates and maintains confidential research files on members and donors. Provides training on research tools and practices to Development staff and interns. Processes department invoices as needed. Reports to Assistant Director, Research.

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. Reports to Lobby Managers.

Guest Assistant (temporary)

Membership

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 and assists with member events and RSVPs as needed. Reports to the Department of Membership’s Member Services Manager or the Visitor Engagement Lobby Managers as applicable.

Investment Associate, Operations

Investments Office

Responsible for overall fund data management and analysis, performance reporting, and reconciling investment operation processes. Serves as main liaison to Museum’s third-party relationships, including fund managers, custodians, and auditors, and is tasked with ensuring the accuracy of and reconciliation of the Museum’s account data. Manages the processing and execution of new investments, redemptions, capital calls, and other cash flows. Works together with other senior team members in conducting operational due diligence of prospective and current external fund managers. Prepares monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc performance packages for internal use and for Investment Committee meetings. Receives and records all manager investment-return data and reconciles monthly with the custodian to validate and confirm accuracy of performance information for the Museum’s investments. Processes transactions and new investments; manages and executes process to establish and fund new investments; and manages and executes process to complete redemptions, capital calls, and other cash flows. Utilizes internal software tools to analyze portfolio holdings and prepare summary analysis for review, uploading monthly data in databases for tracking. Prepares materials for the Investment Committee, including proposals associated with potential new investment managers and quarterly risk and performance analysis. Contributes to the development of overall investment strategy and portfolio management, asset allocation studies, and risk management frameworks and analytics. Communicates and collaborates with other departments within the Museum, particularly Finance and Accounting, on projects related to financial planning, scenario analysis, and reconciliation of cash flows. Reports to and works closely with the other members of the MoMA Investment Office, and with the Museum’s Finance and Accounting teams.

Kress Fellow

Library

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), comprising the research libraries of The Museum of Modern Art, The Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum, invites applications for a fellow position generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This fellowship will provide an emerging librarian with a unique opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries, experience hands-on training in the field of public information services, and gain an in-depth understanding of developing digital tools for researchers in the field. This person assists staff and public patrons with research questions posed to the library and archives of each institution, answers reference questions via email, conducts instructional library and research tool sessions for patrons, engages in outreach programs to promote NYARC’s Web archive collection of art research materials, and supports circulation activities. Serves as member of the working group for NYARC Discovery, a research tool that is part of NYARC’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded Web archiving program to capture, archive, and provide access to born-digital art research materials. Coordinates efforts with other departments within each museum, such as digital media, marketing, communications, and education, to promote NYARC’s research resources through social media platforms and other outreach. Contributes to the goals of institution-specific library initiatives through active participation in committees, meetings, and events. Collaborates with senior staff to develop responsibilities, expectations, and projects for each rotation assignment. Reports to the Chief of Public Services at the Frick, the Reader Services Librarian at MoMA, and a librarian at the Brooklyn Museum.

Lead Developer

Information Technology

Provides hands-on technical leadership and participates in architectural decision-making. Independently manages new features from design through production release. Delivers tested and optimized performance code. Works with business teams to manage timelines, prioritize feature requests, and resolve bugs. Works with external vendors to build out new functionality and integrations between MoMA’s systems and third-party applications. Contributes to and/or leads the development of technical design, which supports robust solutions that address business challenges. Creates technical specifications and appropriate test plans. Conducts peer code reviews and acts as resource for other developers. Reports to Associate Director of Applications.

Project Art Director (fixed-term position)

Graphic Design and Advertising

Creates a wide range of creative proposals, presentations, and campaigns for new building project communications and for the Membership, Marketing, and Development teams during the construction time period. Designs and produces cross-media collateral materials such as print materials, digital media, videos, construction signage (both digital and print), donor signage, directory screens, and directional signage to support Museum communications and visitor experiences. Reports to Associate Creative Director.

Security Officer (multiple openings)

Security

Interacts with visitors in a positive and welcoming manner, including providing directions and information related to the Museum collection, public programs, and events. Communicates Museum policies regarding the safety of the collection and ensures staff and visitors adhere to established protocols to safeguard the collection from damage. Conducts opening and closing procedures, including inspection of assigned galleries and surrounding areas to guarantee there are no safety issues or concerns prior to opening the Museum to the public. Performs patrols of assigned area of responsibility and reports issues and/or safety concerns to the supervisor. Completes daily log and other security reports as required. Reports and responds to emergency incidents (e.g. medical emergencies, natural disasters, etc.). Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above, including exterior facility patrols, escorting contractors/vendors, etc. Reports to Security Managers and Security Supervisors.

Senior Registrar Assistant

Collection Management and Exhibition Registration

Assists senior Registrar staff on assigned exhibitions or collection tasks, including correspondence with lenders, borrowers, donors, and vendors to arrange packing, shipping, insurance, and courier arrangements for works of art related to assigned projects. Compiles associated documentation, examines and records condition of works, creates and maintains files for loans and objects, arranges trips for couriers when required, and serves as courier as needed. Reports to Registrar, Exhibitions.

Supervisor

Security

Directs security officers in maintaining the security and safety of the staff, visitors, and collection. Implements and interprets organizational and departmental policies and procedures and collaborates with management in the development and implementation of policies and procedures. Formally evaluates employees’ performance, providing coaching and feedback. Resolves employee work-related problems and issues as they relate to security officer assignments. Enforces visitor and staff compliance with general safety and security rules and regulations. Ensures required communication and documentation are complete as it relates to daily operations and personnel management. Reports to Associate Director, Security, and Security Managers.

Wireless Engineer

Information Technology

Provides technical assistance with the design, implementation, and maintenance of complex wireless technologies at the CWNA level for small and large deployments. Provides strategic and architectural direction with respect to existing deployment and new wireless requests and rollouts. Works cross-departmentally to oversee capacity planning. Designs, plans, and establishes wireless networks. Develops wireless network infrastructures and makes recommendations for systems enhancements for optimization. Implements and supports wireless LANs and troubleshoots complex wireless issues. Performs pre- and post-wireless site surveys using Ekahau survey tools. Creates bill of materials. Manages Cisco Prime, MSE, and CMX. Provides technical assessment of requirements and definition from conception to launch. Designs and validates RF link performance, quality, and reliability. Tests and adjusts equipment using measuring and diagnostic tools. Creates manuals and support documentation for all technical processes. Optimizes existing network by adjusting radio network parameters, adding and deleting of neighbors, and recommending possible solutions to reported problem. Recommends site upgrades such as down tilling of antenna and reorientation of radio additions. Reports to Senior Manager of Infrastructure.

MoMA PS1 jobs

MoMA PS1 is devoted to today’s most experimental, thought-provoking contemporary art. Founded in 1971 as P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, it is the first nonprofit arts center in the US devoted solely to contemporary art. Recognized as a defining force in the alternative space movement, MoMA PS1 stands out from other major arts institutions through its distinctive approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists. In 2000 The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center merged, creating the largest platform for contemporary art in the US—and one of the largest in the world. Ten years later P.S.1 was renamed MoMA PS1 to better reflect its relationship with The Museum of Modern Art. Functioning as a living, active meeting place for the general public, MoMA PS1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses, and new trends in contemporary art.

Administrative Assistant, Curatorial Office

MoMA PS1 is seeking an administrative assistant to support the chief curator in a highly creative and fast-paced environment. Responsible for the overall effectiveness and professionalism of the curatorial office in relation to all areas across the institution. Primary responsibilities include coordinating email and calendar, making travel arrangements, preparing expense reports, scheduling and handling logistics for internal and external meetings, managing and handling day-to-day operations of the curatorial office, maintaining department files, and liaising with other departments and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Reports to the chief curator and works in close collaboration with the other members of the curatorial team and the senior management of the museum.

Digital Marketing VW Fellow

MoMA PS1 seeks a VW Fellow to join the museum for 10 months to support digital marketing initiatives, primarily for live programming and performance events including VW Sunday Sessions and Warm Up. Works closely with communications, design, and curatorial staff on a daily basis to develop and organize content for use across the institution’s digital platforms, including social media, website, and email. Assists with photography and videography of live events for social media and documentation purposes; video editing and production; development of creative assets to support museum programs, working closely with the head of design; development of social media content in conjunction with museum programs, working closely with the marketing and communications coordinator; collaborating with the Live Programing department (curatorial assistants and associate producer) to coordinate and develop social media and website content; and initiating new protocols for the archiving and storage of performance documentation. Reports to Director of Communications.

The Museum of Modern Art job application guidelines

If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please choose one of the following options:

By email: jobs@moma.org (most preferred option)
By fax: (212) 333-1107
By mail: The Museum of Modern Art
The Department of Human Resources
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

If submitting by email, please send us your resume and cover letter as one document in PDF format.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are able to contact only those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at The Museum of Modern Art.

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

MoMA PS1 job application guidelines

Please send your résumé and cover letter to employment_ps1@moma.org and include the job title in the subject line.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at MoMA PS1.

MoMA PS1 is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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