Current Available Positions
Assistant to Chief Curator | Media and Performance Art
Facilitates chief curator’s email and written correspondence, especially that which relates to the collection, acquisitions, and exhibition production. Answers chief curator’s telephone calls and covers for others as needed. Drafts answers for routine correspondence and inquiries. Performs general administrative duties, which includes the organization and maintenance of all chief curator files and calendar. Opens and routes incoming mail, faxes, and email. Serves as front person and liaison for all of chief curator’s contacts, including trustees, artists, scholars, dealers, and art world professionals. Makes all travel and logistical arrangements and prepares travel and entertainment expense reports in accordance with MoMA policies. Maintains general organization of chief curator’s office. Completes project and administrative assignments as directed. Assists and takes direction from department manager and curatorial staff as required. Reports to Chief Curator, Media and Performance Art.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in art history, and five or more years experience in relevant administrative positions or equivalent. Exposure to media and performance art and artists preferred. Superior judgment, professional initiative, and strong verbal communication capabilities. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills. Good computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Art history and research background is desirable. Proficiency with one or more foreign languages highly desirable.
Associate Educator, Public Programs and Gallery Initiatives | Education
Serves as point of contact and support for all freelance educators for Gallery Sessions, organizing training, maintaining and coordinating volunteer relations, and organizing scheduling. Coordinates all details pertaining to contracts, payments, and expenses for freelance educators. Manages production for evening, theater-based public programs. Coordinates advanced event planning and logistics, including travel arrangements, marketing materials, theater setup, and coordination with audio visual. Works closely with assistant director to implement regular evaluation of public programs to ensure high level of quality, innovation, and participant engagement, and to use findings to enhance future programs. Coordinates and supports in-gallery initiatives and temporary programs such as workshops, artist conversations, and other one-time events or series. Provides support for other public programs as needed.
Requirements: Master’s degree in art education, studio art, or art history preferred. Minimum three to five years of relevant experience in adult museum education. Demonstrated knowledge of modern and contemporary art, and theory and practice of gallery education. Ability to communicate with public professionally and in an engaging manner. Experience in training and evaluation of front-line educators for adult and intergenerational audiences. Experience developing and executing public programs and events. Strong project management skills. Fluency in foreign language a plus.
Department Assistant | Drawings and Prints
Performs a variety of administrative duties specific to a curatorial department. Collaborates with entire department on a variety of tasks. 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 department staff (thank-you notes, replies to artists’ submissions). Processes invoices. Processes 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 administrative experience relevant to the position or equivalent. Background in art history and demonstrated interest in the museum profession preferred. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to take direction and work as part of a team. Pleasant phone manner. Must exercise good judgment and discretion. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Internet research, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Foreign language skills (French, German, Portuguese, Spanish) a plus.
Department Assistant (part-time, fixed-term) | Exhibition Planning and Administration
Provides administrative and planning support to Exhibition Planning and Administration, the department responsible for planning, coordinating, and budgeting MoMA exhibitions. Maintains office records, coordinates ongoing archive of exhibition materials, and performs other administrative tasks as needed. Assists with the exhibition and tour planning process, including preparing offering letters, lender correspondence, loan agreements, conservation waivers, contract agreements, and various government applications. Maintains the overall departmental budget. Reports to Director, Exhibition Planning and Administration.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and two to five years of progressively responsible experience related to office or project management, preferably in an arts, culture, and/or nonprofit environment. Knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century art a plus. Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. Facility and comfort with numbers and complex financial/budgetary spreadsheets essential. Ability to efficiently manage several exhibitions and projects simultaneously. Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Proven diplomatic, problem-solving capabilities. Ability to form and maintain successful working relationships with museum staff, artists, lenders, tour venues, and other external contacts. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), including understanding of advanced Excel functionality, and experience with PeopleSoft.
This is an 18-month grant-funded, fixed-term position, scheduled for three days per week.
Fluxus Project Research Assistant | Drawings and Prints
Assists project curator, collection specialist, and senior cataloger with research and cataloging tasks related to works held in the Department of Drawing and Prints’ Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection. Performs research on specific works held in the Silverman Fluxus Collection and on related artists, performances, happenings, networks, and the promotion of Fluxus through printed materials. Works with cataloging staff to formulate CEMS records for currently un-cataloged objects, updates incomplete records, and facilitates the transfer of works with FC numbers to 2008 numbers. Compiles, organizes, formats, and edits existing CEMS data for completeness and accuracy toward propagation of works to moma.org. Assists in compiling research dossiers for works for potential inclusion in forthcoming exhibitions. Assists with a variety of other editorial, administrative, and organizational tasks related to the Silverman Fluxus Collection. Ensures that schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. Reports to Project Curator and Collection Specialist.
Requirements: Master’s degree in art history required, with specialization in modern and contemporary art and specific knowledge of Fluxus and experience as an institutional research assistant or equivalent. Proven history of prior work demonstrating high motivation, strict attention to detail, and rigorous approach to tasks. Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills. Strong initiative and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet tight deadlines. Experience working with works of art, collections, and familiarity with catalog entry using The Museum System (TMS) required.
This is a two-year grant-funded, fixed-term project assignment with an option for a third year. This position will predominately work out of the Museum’s Queens location.
Graphic Designer (three-plus-year assignment) | Graphic Design and Advertising
Designs and produces exhibition graphic design and print collateral materials. Works with internal and external members of exhibition design team (curators, curatorial assistants, Exhibition Design and Production team, audio visual technicians, video producer, exhibition budget administrators, art handlers, output service bureaus, silkscreen installers, wall graphics installers) to design, prepare, and install exhibition graphics, including exhibition identity, title walls, wall texts, graphics murals, photo blow-up reproduction, object labels, and print collateral materials such as invitations. Works on numerous design projects, including presentations and print collateral, advertising (print and online), brand identity development, signage, exhibition graphics, video, and animation. Designs and produces exhibition graphics and print design collateral materials. Designs and produces online/digital marketing campaigns and collateral materials. Designs and produces animation/video for exhibition, marketing, and building project communications. Meets with various departmental clients to discuss scope, design, budget, and schedule of projects. Presents preliminary designs, comprehensives, and complete layouts for review and approval for jobs including exhibitions, invitations, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, signage, posters, magazines, evites, email newsletters, video, animation, and online marketing campaigns. Reports to Associate Creative Director.
Requirements: Bachelor’s of fine arts in graphic design and one to three years print and digital design and production experience or equivalent. Excellent design ability with thorough knowledge of print design, exhibition design, advertising (print and digital), animation, and video production with additional experience in storyboarding and concept development for video and animation. Excellent organizational skills. Outstanding ability to manage multiple tasks. Excellent job management skills, strategic planning skills, and interpersonal skills. Proactive problem solving proficiency. Ability to work well under pressure. Adept at finessing outstanding working relationships with a wide variety of personality types. Thorough knowledge Adobe Creative Suite (CS5.5 and CC) and InCopy. Additional knowledge of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Cinema 4D, HTML, and CSS preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
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.
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.
Project Film Archivist | Film Preservation Center
Under the supervision of the Department of Film’s collections manager and preservation center manager, responsible for inspection and inventory of archival materials from the MoMA collections and outside sources. Handles and ships nitrocellulose film stock. Inspects and repairs film prints. Inspects, identifies, and tracks incoming and outgoing film. Rehouses and re-labels film material into new film cans. Reports to Film Collections Manager and Preservation Center Manager.
Requirements: Degree in film preservation and archival practice or equivalent preferred. Basic knowledge of film history and technology. Experience in the operation of film handling. Experience using standard computer word-processing and database software. Ability to prioritize and manage a complex, deadline-driven work schedule. Capability to lift at least 45 pounds and to retrieve items from shelves using ladders.
This is a fixed-project position expected to commence April 2017 and conclude December 2018. This position is based at the Celeste Bartos Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pennsylvania.
Sales Associate | Design Store
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 Graphic Designer (three-plus-year assignment) | Graphic Design and Advertising
Creates a wide range of creative proposals, presentations, and pitches for the Development department and capital campaign team to help attract sponsorships for campaign. Designs and produces all marketing and collateral materials for print, out-of-home advertising, and digital to support the capital campaign for MoMA. Manages and runs quality control on all capital campaign–related projects. Designs and produces exhibition graphic design and print collateral materials. Works with internal and external members of exhibition design team (curators, curatorial assistants, Exhibition Design and Production managers, AV technicians, video producer, exhibition budget administrators, frame shop foreperson, art handlers, Output Service Bureaus, silkscreen installers, wall graphics installers) to design, prepare, and install exhibition graphics, such as exhibition identity, title walls, wall texts, graphics murals, photo blow-up reproduction, object labels, and print collateral materials such as invitations. Meets with various departmental clients to discuss scope, design, budget, and schedule of projects. Presents preliminary designs, comprehensives, and complete layouts for review and approval for jobs such as exhibitions, invitations, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, signage, posters, magazines, evites, email newsletters, and online marketing campaigns. Reports to Senior Art Director.
Requirements: Bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and four to six years print and digital design and production experience or equivalent. Excellent design ability with thorough knowledge of advertising, exhibition design, print production, and video production, with additional experience in storyboarding and concept development for video and animation. Excellent organizational skills. Strong managerial expertise. Outstanding ability to manage multiple tasks. Excellent job management, strategic planning, and interpersonal leadership skills. Proactive problem-solving proficiency. Ability to work well under pressure. Adept at finessing outstanding working relationships with a wide variety of personality types. Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS5.5 and CC) and InCopy. Knowledge of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Cinema 4D, HTML, and CSS preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Great organizational skills. Excellent project management skills. Able to manage and art direct junior and freelance designers. Articulate, with excellent presentation skills. Experience with putting together presentations and pitches. Ability to respond to quick turnaround deadlines and re-prioritize all other projects to ensure that all deadlines are met.
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Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Media Conservation
(September 2017–August 2020)
The David Booth Conservation Center and Department at The Museum of Modern Art is pleased to offer a two-year fellowship in media conservation, starting September 2017. Working as part of the media conservation team, and responsible for the preservation of the audio, film, performance, software, and video-based artworks in the collection, the fellow will be involved in a variety of activities including acquisition, exhibition, collection care, research, and projects related to media conservation.
The fellow is strongly encouraged to present and publish the results of their research and projects. The fellowship also provides an opportunity to acquire comprehensive training in media conservation in a museum setting.
Fellowship activities involve collaboration across departments at the Museum, including Audio Visual, curatorial, Exhibition Planning and Administration, Information Technology, and Collection Management and Exhibition Registration.
This postgraduate fellowship is the second to be offered in a series of three overlapping fellowships within a larger four-year Media Conservation Initiative. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the planning and preparation of workshops and peer forums, which form part of the Media Conservation Initiative at MoMA.
Please note: the first two years of the fellowship will be at MoMA, with the possibility of a third year at a related institution.
Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in conservation or related discipline, such as audiovisual archiving and preservation, computer science, film/television production, or information science, and familiarity with the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Preferred qualifications: Candidates will ideally possess one or more of the following:
- Prior experience in the conservation of time-based media artwork
- Experience with condition-assessing media works (video, film, software, etc.) using various hardware and software tools (GUI, command-line)
- Experience characterizing and documenting media formats and complex installations
- Understanding of digital-preservation principles and practices
- Familiarity with the installation of time-based media artwork
Stipend: $45,000 plus benefits and vacation, with $3,775 for research and travel
Candidates must submit a statement of interest, a current CV, and a list of references, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1, 2017. Please reference the position title in the subject line.
The Museum of Modern Art’s Media Conservation Initiative is made possible through a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.