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Development Assistant—Development

(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)

The Development Assistant provides direct support to the Individual Giving team, playing an integral role in the Museum’s advancement efforts at a pivotal moment in our history.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • At least one year of related, professional experience in development at a not-for-profit organization (visual arts and museum operations experience and interest preferred)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability to meet competing deadlines, work independently, and exercise thoughtful prioritization
  • A high level of personal motivation, proactive thinking, and ownership of assigned projects and tasks
  • Poised, professional engagement with colleagues, donors, and other key Museum stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, especially when communicating on behalf of the Director of Individual Giving and other senior Development staff
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, verbally and in writing, and to exercise discretion when handling confidential and/or sensitive information
  • Sense of humor, collegial approach, and equanimity
  • Knowledge of and interest in visual arts and museum operations is preferred
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours are required

Responsibilities: Working directly with the Senior Manager, Individual Giving, the Development Assistant primarily supports the cultivation, management, and stewardship of our patron groups—the Director's Circle, Young Leadership Council, Brooklyn Families, Contemporary Art Committee, and Council for Feminist Art—including group benefits and more than 60 special engagements each year:

  • Support the creation and implementation of patron group events and major donor prospect engagements by generating event logistics in coordination with internal and external partners; negotiating and maintaining event budgets, and tracking expenses; ensuring departmental and institutional calendars are updated and accurate; liaising with Editoral and Design teams to create evites, signage, and other materials; sending invitations, tracking replies, and managing follow-up; and providing on-site support at events, including some after-hours programs
  • Draft and manage sending and tracking of all correspondence to patron group donors and major donors, including formal pledge agreements, gift reminders, acknowledgment and renewal letters, informal thank-you notes, and both direct mail and email campaigns
  • Create and manage monthly e-newsletters to patron group members, and ensure current, accurate information on group-related webpages as needed, working with the Marketing and Membership teams
  • Assist with the moves management process for patron cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship by helping to maintain the Senior Manager, Individual Giving’s portfolio, taking notes at moves management and other meetings, coordinating with Development officers to ensure the completeness and accuracy of notes and action items, and maintaining data in Raiser's Edge database
  • Ensure patrons receive the highest level of Member benefits in collaboration with the Membership, Public Programs, and Visitor Services teams
  • Act as our liaison for domestic and international art fairs and fulfill outside requests for non-profit auction donations
  • Work on special projects and other tasks, as assigned

Reports to: Senior Manager, Individual Giving

Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Occasional evening and weekend event assistance is required.

To apply: Please send your résumé, cover letter, list of three professional references with contact information, and a one-page writing sample in a single PDF attachment to

Board Liaison and Development Communications Manager—Development

(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)

Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer, the Board Liaison works in concert with our Director’s Office and Development department to coordinate, communicate with, and address the individual concerns of the Museum’s Trustees and Advisors.


  • B.S. or B.A. degree preferred
  • Solid experience interacting with high-level donors
  • Strong generalist knowledge of development activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An engaging and even personality and seamless team spirit
  • An understanding of complex institutions
  • Ability to be highly organized and operate at a high level of discretion
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or database experience) and Microsoft Office 


  • Serve as the primary point of contact for our Trustees, which includes proactively scheduling all Board of Trustee meetings and Board-related committee meetings; managing the production of Board committee agendas and presentation materials with the assistance of the appropriate staff liaison; recording Board and committee meeting minutes; liaising with activities related to special events, particularly the Brooklyn Artists Ball; producing a weekly communiqué to Trustees and Advisors regarding pertinent Museum matters; trafficking requests and concerns to the Deputy Director for Development, other Deputy Directors and Museum senior staff, and other members of the Development team
  • Prepare Museum Director’s PowerPoint presentations for Board and committee meetings
  • Coordinate the onboarding of new Trustees and Advisors
  • Manage Trustee and Advisor annual giving across the Museum (dues, patron groups, exhibition support, galas, etc.), including producing gift reminders, acknowledgements, and invoices, and conducting follow-up as needed
  • Produce one to two Board trips per year, ranging from domestic to international travel, including but not limited to managing the relationship with a trip advisor, overseeing invitations and guest lists, and securing payments
  • Support our Trustees and their individual assignments and responsibilities, managing their stewardship/cultivation actions and follow-up when appropriate
  • Oversee Museum-wide event invitations to Trustees and Advisors, ensuring that events are prioritized for them based on interest and stature, and that Museum-wide engagements are distilled in an effective way so Trustees and Advisors are neither overwhelmed with invitations nor miss important events
  • Work with the rest of the Development team to encourage the Trustees and Advisors to regularly bring friends who are prospects to the Museum for visits, events, etc.; coordinate private tours as needed; and offer concierge-style services to cater to their various needs
  • Ensure all communication with Trustees and Advisors is recorded in Raiser’s Edge in a timely manner including pledges, gift reminders, meeting notes, actions, event attendance, research, and relationships
  • Other projects as assigned

Reports to: Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer

Starting date: Immediate

Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply: Please send a cover letter and your résumé to

Camp Director (P/T)—Education

(Part-time, non-union, permanent position)

We seek an experienced and forward-thinking museum or camp professional to lead imaginative, mission-inspired, collections- and art-making-focused winter and summer camp programs for diverse youth ages 8–12.


  • B.A. or B.F.A. and two to three years of museum education or camp experience
  • Teaching and art-making experience working with youth ages 8–12, including developing lesson plans
  • Excellent writing, teaching, organizational, and administrative skills, and attention to detail
  • Experience coordinating programs, managing budgets, facilitating outreach, and supervising part-time staff, interns, and/or volunteers
  • Well versed in social media
  • Knowledge of Brooklyn audiences is desirable


  • Direct winter and summer camp programs related to our permanent collections and special exhibitions, including art-making in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and animation
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a part-time staff of teachers
  • Collaborate to produce programmatic content
  • Work with the marketing team to develop promotional strategies for the program
  • Manage the program budget and prepare primary accreditation documents and reporting for all programs
  • Support the registration process
  • Maintain supplies

Collaboration with other Museum staff is an important component of this position.

Reports to: Family & Community Programs Manager

Starting date: January 2, 2018

Schedule: Part-time (16 hours/month) January–May, with increased hours during camp dates and trainings in February, June, and July

Salary: $30/hr

To apply: Please send a cover letter that includes your teaching philosophy, and your résumé, to

Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Art

(Part-time, temporary (two years), non-union position)

We seek an innovative Consulting Curator to imagine and guide the presentation and growth of our rich collection of African art. The Consulting Curator will develop a fresh, critically relevant installation of our collection, to create inspiring encounters with the Museum’s African holdings. This is a part-time, two-year position.

The Brooklyn Museum acquired its first works from sub-Saharan Africa in 1900. Today, this collection numbers more than 6,000 objects and works of art, making it one of the largest of its kind in the United States. The collection is focused on the arts of West and Central Africa, with the core acquired in 1922 through purchases in London, Paris, and Brussels. The following year, the Museum displayed 1,500 objects in what was the first exhibition of African art—as art—in the United States. To date, it remains the largest exhibition of African art ever mounted. The collection has since grown to include works spanning more than 2,500 years, with over 100 cultures represented.


  • Assess and rethink the Museum’s extensive holdings of African art and organize an innovative, freshly conceived temporary installation highlighting major works, to showcase the breadth and depth of the collection and encourage public engagement
  • Work with the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Museum and the Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer to identify and cultivate prospective donors to underwrite a permanent exhibition space for the African Art collection, as well as endowment funding to support the collection long-term
  • Work with senior Curatorial staff members to create a visual dialogue between the African Art collection and other significant works within the Museum’s holdings
  • Advocate for public and educational programming to increase visibility of the African Art collection and generate public interest
  • Conduct collection research, and respond to collection inquiries and loan requests as needed
  • Work with the Conservation team to address and remedy specific preservation issues throughout the entire African Art collection
  • Pending funding, begin to conceptualize the reinstallation of the entire African Art collection (or a robust portion thereof) in a permanent gallery space; outline prevailing themes and concepts as well as plans for the use of the physical space


  • Ph.D. in African art or anthropology
  • Minimum of three years of museum experience
  • Related publication record
  • Well-versed in historical African art (before the mid-twentieth century)
  • Compelling presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with the entire Museum team, and to work closely with Curatorial colleagues
  • A deep commitment to engaging a wide and diverse audience in innovative and exciting ways

Schedule: Part time, two year appointment

To apply: Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter describing your particular suitability for the position to

Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography

(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)

We seek a full-time curator to oversee and steward our collection of photography. The Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography enhances access to and understanding of this dynamic form of artistic expression through exhibitions, lectures, scholarship, and public engagement opportunities.

The individual in this position leads efforts in reimagining the role of photography within the Museum, is an active curator/scholar with interdisciplinary interests and a global perspective, and has a proven ability to conceptualize original, canon-expanding, and timely exhibitions and research projects, both temporary and from our permanent collection. The curator serves as an institutional ambassador, actively engaging with collectors and patrons, professional colleagues, partner institutions, and the Brooklyn community.  

We have maintained a tradition of excellence in the presentation of photography, dating back to 1889, when we acquired our first photographic work. Our holdings comprise more than 18,000 works with a strong focus on twentieth-century American artists, including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Rudy Burckhardt, Andreas Feininger, Lee Friedlander, Lewis Hine, Consuelo Kanaga, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, Aaron Siskind, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Garry Winogrand. In addition, the Museum houses a significant collection of Latin American photography, which is particularly rich in works by Manuel Álvarez Bravo. The collection also includes works by twenty-first century artists, including, Sophie Calle, Alfredo Jaar, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gordon Matta-Clark, Adrian Piper, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz. Special exhibitions enrich our permanent holdings; recent projects dedicated to photography include Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present; This Place; and Forever Coney: Photographs from the Brooklyn Museum Collection.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualize exhibitions from the collection and beyond, both for the Museum and other venues
  • Collaborate with other Museum curators on the integration of photography in their exhibitions and projects
  • Produce and present new scholarship in the form of lectures and publications
  • Oversee the care, stewardship, and refinement of the collection in accordance with the Museum’s collection strategy
  • Actively cultivate the gift of major works with donors for the permanent collection
  • Develop financial support from donors in close collaboration with the Development team
  • Work with Registrars to maintain complete and orderly records, and spearhead cataloguing for the collection
  • Collaborate with Conservation on the maintenance and care of the collection
  • Research the collection in collaboration with Exhibitions and other Collections curators
  • Participate in cross-disciplinary projects, exhibitions, installations, and publications
  • Advise on collection loan requests as needed
  • Represent the Museum at professional conferences, symposia, etc.


  • Advanced degree in the history of art with a strong concentration on photography of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (Ph.D. preferred)
  • Five years of curatorial museum experience
  • Compelling writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with the entire curatorial team
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to engaging a wide public audience in innovative and exciting ways

To apply: Please submit your curriculum vitae and a letter describing your particular suitability for the position to

Backend Developer—Technology

The Technology department at the Brooklyn Museum seeks a Backend Developer to join our team and help manage our web presence. You’ll be working with a small team on a variety of web, mobile, and infrastructure projects related to art, community engagement, visitor experience, and open access. Primary projects include the ongoing online publication of over 95,000 object records and related images in our collection, an accessible public API and engaging web presence, an internal editorial system, and the backend of our mobile app ASK.

As a small team, we work across disciplines and support each other. Accordingly, qualified candidates must possess a broad range of skills for maintaining and improving our AWS-based infrastructure to keep the things we build on top of it running. Our systems primarily run on Linux, PHP, MySQL, NGINX, and Git, but we do integrate with some Windows-based servers and occasionally dabble in SQL Server or Visual Studio.

We have adopted a number of Agile practices in our development process in order to adapt to the fast-evolving nature of our projects, and we’re looking for someone who thrives using this methodology.

Requirements: Here’s what we’re after:

  • experience writing testable code in a dynamic, object-oriented language such as PHP, Ruby, or Python;
  • SQL programming and relational data modeling knowledge;
  • experience with installing, configuring, and securing web servers such as Apache or NGINX;
  • experience maintaining Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) systems;
  • experience with UNIX command-line programming;
  • experience with API integration;
  • experience monitoring, logging, and reporting systems and applications;
  • experience managing backups and restores of servers and applications;
  • familiarity with AWS;.
  • familiarity with configuring CMS systems such as ExpressionEngine or Craft CMS;
  • familiarity with Windows development;
  • familiarity with client-side programming and web development; and
  • a belief in testing code.

We might lack fancy furniture and ping-pong tables, but our offices are located in a nineteenth-century neoclassical monument and share a space with priceless art, so we're okay with that. This is a fast-paced but fun environment that we balance by keeping a commitment to a 35-hour work week. This position does not include telecommuting or relocation; qualified candidates must be able to commute daily to the Brooklyn Museum. No recruiters, please.

To apply: Send your résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your résumé.

Network Administrator—Technology

(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)

The Network Administrator handles all facets of our computer network. They are generally responsible for staying abreast of new technology, industry standards, and best-practice security, then taking these findings and applying them to the Museum's needs, in conjunction with the Chief of Technology. We are looking for a candidate who has broad knowledge in a Windows environment, including VMware, Microsoft SQL Server, and MS Exchange.

Requirements: Here’s our skills checklist:

  • Strong knowledge of the MS Windows environment including, but not limited to, Active Directory, Group Policy, and Exchange
  • Strong knowledge of MS SQL and experience with business systems that utilize it
  • Strong knowledge of virtual systems, including VMware
  • Knowledge of backup systems (experience with NetBackup a plus)
  • Fundamental understanding of IP networking, including subnetting and VLANs
  • Experience with iSCSI SANs
  • A college degree and experience with both Windows and Linux server administration, networking concepts, and topology
  • Demonstrated ability to solve advanced problems and to organize and track tasks to completion
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue goals without daily supervision
  • Availability outside of working hours in case of emergencies and upgrades, with ability to be reached by cell phone at all times
  • Punctuality, which is critical


  • Install, maintain, and upgrade our servers, often running on a VMware architecture (we are a mostly Windows shop with some Linux boxes)
  • Maintain Active Directory structure, security, and group policy
  • Backup, tape rotation, backup verification, and restore
  • Administer MSSQL and all applications that use the databases, including installation, upgrades, and upkeep of applications and MSSQL
  • Manage all business systems including, but not limited to, financial systems, ticketing systems, fundraising systems, POS, and DAMS
  • Maintain aspects of our MS Exchange email and messaging infrastructure
  • Maintain and upgrade, as needed, our network backbone, including supervision of contractors and cabling, installation, and maintenance of switches
  • Maintain and upgrade, as needed, our firewall and telecommunications, including remote access
  • Maintain Technology security procedures, in cooperation with the Chief of Technology
  • Research and evaluate new software and hardware considered for purchase, in coordination with support staff
  • Work directly with the support staff on the implementation of policies, procedures, and best practices
  • Maintain patch schedule, virus protection, and local firewalls for desktops and servers
  • Responsible for compliance with all software licensing
  • Create and maintain Windows scripting as necessary; yearly audit of network security, following industry standards to be determined by the Chief of Technology
  • Other responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, DHCP, DNS, and Terminal Services
  • Additional duties as assigned

Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm, but may require additional time outside of working hours in case of emergencies and upgrades. Must be reachable at all times via cell phone.

To apply: Please email your cover letter and résumé to

Graphic Design Intern—Design

(Part-time, temporary, unpaid internship)

We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic, and hard-working design Intern to join our Graphic Design team. The Intern will assist in the planning and execution of both digital and print marketing materials for the Museum. This is a great opportunity to understand the working process and day-to-day responsibilities of a cultural institution's in-house design team through hands-on learning and execution. The Intern will work under the guidance of the Head of Graphic Design to ensure quality and visual cohesion in accordance with our brand.

Requirements: The ideal candidate is:

  • A graphic design and/or visual communications major
  • Skilled in design and typography
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Equipped with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Able to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • An exemplar of strong work ethics and high performance standards
  • An outside-the-box thinker
  • Passionate about the arts

Responsibilities: The Graphic Design Intern will be responsible for:

  • Creating and assisting in ongoing design projects
  • Producing signage
  • Performing case studies

Reports to: Head of Graphic Design

Start date: Fall 2017

Work schedule: Flexible, 20 hours per week

To apply: Please send your application to

Membership Host (P/T)—Development

(Part-time, permanent, non-union position)

We seek a dependable, resourceful, and people-oriented individual to provide sales, customer service, and administrative support to Museum Members and visitors. The Membership Host interacts with a broad range of staff and visitors, maintaining a commitment to consistently excellent customer service for all Members and visitors in order to enhance the quality of their Museum experience.


  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Sales and customer service experience
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, customer service, and conflict-resolution skills
  • Ability to deal courteously, efficiently, and maturely with staff, volunteers, Members, and the general public
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with ease while being a team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and knowledge of fundraising software (especally Raiser's Edge) are highly desirable


  • Provide frontline customer service and information to Members and potential Members
  • Welcome and greet Members and visitors in a positive and professional manner
  • Sell, renew, and upgrade Memberships
  • Resolve Members' issues and address their concerns and requests in a respectful, expedient, and professional manner
  • Respond to public inquiries about the Museum and surrounding community
  • Maintain Membership information using Raiser's Edge
  • Submit daily sales reports
  • Provide clerical assistance to the Membership office, as needed
  • Assist with the execution of Membership events
  • Provide Membership information and support to Visitor Services staff at the Information Desk
  • Maintain an inventory of Membership supplies and materials at the Membership Desk
  • Actively maintain Membership areas, equipment, and personal work space to ensure a neat, clean, and safe environment at all times

Reports to: Director of Membership and Annual Fund

Starting date: Immediately

Schedule: Part-time. Must be available Wednesday–Sunday during Museum hours

To apply: Please send your cover letter and résumé to

Internships (P/T)—Digital Collections and Services

(Non-union, part-time, unpaid internships)

The Brooklyn Museum seeks interns to work on projects in the Digital Lab. A limited number of positions are available, generally on a semester schedule. Preference will be given to students registered in credit-granting programs. Due to collaborative projects with university programs, only selected projects may be open to other applicants during a particular semester.

Digitization Interns assist with the digitization of the b/w negative collection, including scanning and editing negatives, matching images to objects in the collections management system (TMS), creating metadata, and loading images and data into the digital asset management system (Luna). Qualifications: Applicant must have computer skills, familiarity with scanning and PhotoShop, visual acuity, and attention to detail.

Copyright Interns research contact information for artists, generate letters and licenses, track progress in an Access database, and update rights information in TMS. For additional information about this project, please visit Qualifications: Candidate must have research skills, experience with MS Office suite (particularly Access and mail merge), verbal skills, and attention to detail.

Documentary Photography Interns photograph Museum events and activities, following up on assignments from staff and pursuing independent shoots in the galleries, and edit and manage images, which are then made available to the Museum's Design Department for promotional purposes and are preserved as part of the Museum Archives. Qualifications: Applicant must have excellent PhotoShop skills, DSLR camera training, a portfolio demonstrating aptitude for documentary photography, visual acuity, and attention to detail.

Object Inventory Photography Interns work with curators undertaking storeroom surveys, including creating images of works of art in the collection using a simple set and lighting, and managing the resulting image files. The opportunity to create metadata and load images into the Luna DAMS may be included. This internship is dependent on curatorial need and may not be available every semester. Qualifications: Internship requires excellent PhotoShop skills, DLSR camera training, a portfolio demonstrating aptitude for still life photography, visual acuity, and attention to detail.

Time Frame: Ongoing

Work Schedule: Part-time, Monday–Friday, with schedule to be determined

Compensation: These are unpaid internships. Interns will have Museum volunteer status.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to An online portfolio is required for photography internships. Applications are reviewed in August (for fall semester), December (for winter/spring semester), and May (for summer semester).