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Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art—Curatorial, Contemporary Art

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

The Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art participates in a fast-paced and dynamic area of growth within the Museum. This energetic individual assists with the development and implementation of exhibitions, growing and rethinking our collection, and cultivating patrons and artists. The individual in this position is also welcome to propose ideas for exhibitons of contemporary art. Candidates should be committed to making a range of contemporary artistic practices accessible and engaging to our diverse audience, suggesting creative ways to present contemporary art in the context of a global collection that covers over 5000 years of history. Individual should possess the temperament and social skills needed to interact with artists, as well as a team of educators, conservators, designers, and other museum professionals.


  • Advanced degree in art history or a related field
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a curatorial department
  • Ability to write clearly for a general audience
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Creativity, openness, and flexibility
  • Advanced word processing skills
  • Familiarity with databases
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Foreign language skills a plus


  • Support all departmental activities under the direction of the Curator of Contemporary Art
  • Assist in preparing exhibitions and publications
  • Work with curatorial colleagues on collaborative exhibition projects
  • Assist in the upkeep of and alterations to permanent installations
  • Collaborate with museum educators to prepare didactic materials
  • Participate in cultivating departmental patrons
  • Maintain and update departmental records
  • Research and document collection objects
  • Field inquiries from the general public and scholars
  • Prepare gallery didactics
  • Care for museum objects in conjunction with museum conservators
  • Assist in maintaining an active loan schedule

Reports to: Curator of Contemporary Art

Starting date: March 2017

Schedule: Full time, with evenings and weekends as needed. The ability to travel is required.

To apply: Please send your letter of interest, résumé, list of three references, and a two-page writing sample to

Audio-Visual Technician—Operations

(Full-time, permanent, union position)


  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Five years’ experience in operating and maintaining sound production, film, video, DVD, and slide projection systems (16 mm and 35 mm projection experience desirable)
  • General knowledge of public address systems
  • Familiarity with New York City–based service shops
  • Strong understanding of audio-visual, collaboration, and presentation software
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and follow through to resolve technical issues
  • Capacity to provide training to end users
  • Experience soldering and terminating cable, fabricating and installing equipment racks, installing projectors and plasma screens, using RGBHV interfaces, and troubleshooting systems
  • Comprehensive computer knowledge, including knowledge of desktop/laptop equipment, Windows operating system, and Microsoft Office professional software
  • Ability and willingness to follow current developments in state-of-the-art equipment
  • Reliability, organization, flexibility, and comfort working with a variety of people on an array of technical projects
  • Ability to coordinate, execute, and support executive, educational, public programs, and departmental activities in a fast-paced, customer service–focused environment
  • Excellent teamwork and ability to adhere to procedures
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure in a deadline-driven environment, and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent customer service skills, ability to work independently, and passion for audio-visual operations


  • Set up, test, operate, troubleshoot, and maintain all audio-visual equipment necessary to produce all Museum programs, including in-house meetings, presentations, film and video, and musical programs, interfacing with end users of various levels
  • Set up and maintain the Museum’s projection booth
  • Install, repair, and maintain A/V equipment used in exhibitions produced by the Museum
  • Work in close contact with curators and designers to meet A/V requirements of exhibitions
  • Routine responsibilities associated with slide projections for talks/lectures, audio support for musical events, set-up and maintenance of video installations, film/video projection of 16 mm and video production, and PAL system
  • Advise staff on multimedia projects, including equipment purchases
  • Coordinate and manage projectionists' assignments
  • Work on in-house video projects to document programs, and with outside media producers as needed

Reports to: Vice Director of Operations

Starting date: Immediate

Schedule: 40 hours per week, rotating shifts and regular days off

Compensation: $33,370 per year

To apply: Please send your résumé and cover letter to

Senior Manager for Collection Records and Review—Registrar’s Office

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

The Senior Manager for Collection Records and Review manages, enhances, and expands all aspects of the collections, exhibitions, and loans database (TMS) for efficient workflow by Museum staff, as well as public and scholarly access through the Museum website. The Senior Manager also oversees the implementation of established procedures for data entry and standards, accessioning, collection review, deaccessioning, and records management.


  • B.A. required; M.A. in art history, museum studies, or a related field preferred
  • Minimum five years' direct experience in museum collections data management, with in-depth understanding of TMS (The Museum System) data structure and system administration
  • Previous participation in a TMS upgrade
  • Advanced Crystal Reports writing, and working knowledge of SQL queries
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel applications
  • Familiarity with registration methods and collections management functions and procedures, including accessioning, deaccessioning, exhibition organizing, loans, shipping, inventories, and location tracking
  • Experience managing projects from inception to completion; organized, detail oriented, articulate, and self-motivated, with proven ability in supervising and training others
  • Ability to provide immediate assistance and support to key staff members when necessary, produce collection statistics, and work on a variety of projects simultaneously to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment


  • Administration of all TMS system modules; create and maintain annual budget for system contract, upgrades, data projects, and training
  • Work with Associate Registrar for the Permanent Collection and curatorial assistants to identify data enhancement projects and workflow efficiencies, and to resolve numbering issues
  • Supervise Records Assistant responsible for daily storage, gallery reinstallation location changes, and conservation image linking; supervise Collections Review Assistant during data cleanup projects; train assistant-level positions in TMS; monitor deaccessioning goals; and track progress through to release of objects
  • Enhance and maintain data guidelines documentation, create a comprehensive manual with screen shots
  • Work with Editorial and Curatorial staff to develop cataloguing format guidelines and thesaurus of standard terms
  • Design all Crystal Reports, using SQL, for all TMS modules
  • Propose and develop collections documentation projects, with approval of Chief Registrar and Chief Curator
  • Maintain database authority tables, configuration, and security access
  • Prepare quarterly collection statistics for administration and perform data auditing
  • Using SQL, batch load pre-TMS exhibition checklists in Excel to TMS
  • Work with Technology staff on online collection data development and the ASK app
  • Provide support for DAMS system, Digital Lab, and Rights & Reproductions staff
  • Maintain Conservation Screen workflow
  • Work with software vendor to develop new TMS versions to serve Museum needs
  • Oversee database upgrades; perform testing, prepare data, and coordinate with Technology staff
  • Train curators and provide support for all staff in database use and access; troubleshoot database issues

Reports to:  Chief Registrar

Starting date:  Immediate

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 35 hours/week

To apply:  Please send your cover letter, résumé, and list of three references to

Store Manager—Merchandising

The Store Manager is responsible for overall sales, customer service, and all aspects of operations of the Museum store. The Store Manager supervises and motivates the store team, providing inspiration to drive sales and exceed customer service expectation through coaching, providing effective feedback, and recognizing accomplishments. The Store Manager must model and promote a fun and positive work environment that fosters open communication and encourages teamwork.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 5 years supervisory experience, ideally in high traffic retail or museum shop setting
  • Proven ability in driving sales growth and in creating a positive, informed, customer service-focused environment
  • Experience with retail business functions including POS systems; basic retail math and reporting protocols; cash handling procedures; inventory management; visual merchandising; loss prevention; and hiring, training and supervising sales staff, which includes volunteers


  • Establish, support and maintain sales and customer service standards
  • Hire, train and maintain adequate staffing levels for sales staff and volunteers, according to established standards and procedures for main and exhibition shops
  • Oversee opening, closing, special events, and all day-to-day operations
  • Establish and maintain cleaning, restocking, and visual merchandising protocols
  • Document and report inventory damages, shortages, and special requests
  • Manage and prepare for annual and intermittent physical inventory in shops and stock areas
  • Use POS reporting to effectively gather and share information with staff and merchandising team
  • Maintain non-inventory supplies
  • Secure and deliver daily deposits to finance department
  • Maintain adequate change funds and safe documentation
  • Liaise with Director for Merchandising, Merchandise Manager, and other departments to support shared projects and purposes
  • Position requires standing for long periods, light lifting, and ability to move a cart filled with product between shops and stockroom

Work Schedule: Wednesday through Sunday, 35 hours, occasionally more according to needs of the business. Some evening flexibility is required.

Starting Date: Immediate

Reports to: Director of Merchandising

To apply: Please send your cover letter and résumé to

Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings—Exhibitions

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

The Assistant Curator for Prints and Drawings oversees the Museum’s collection of works on paper, including prints, pastels, drawings, and watercolors. The role focuses primarily on the European and American collection, reporting directly to the Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and collaborates with area curators to advise on Contemporary and non-Western works on paper. The Assistant Curator organizes exhibitions drawn from the collection as well as loan shows, in partnership with peer institutions.

Requirements: The successful candidate must have:

  • An advanced degree in the history of art with a demonstrated expertise in works on paper
  • At least two to three years of curatorial experience
  • A deep commitment to engaging a wide public audience in innovative and exciting ways, as well as to research and scholarship in the field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with word processing programs and databases
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings include:

  • Overseeing the Museum's works on paper collection, including researching, developing, and installing the collection
  • Overseeing the storage, maintenance, and care of the collection
  • Hosting outside scholars and coordinating study room visits
  • Recommending acquisitions, deaccessions, and loans of works on paper, and supervising loans
  • Maintaining and updating research files and collection records for works on paper
  • Caring for collection objects in collaboration with conservation staff
  • Responding to inquiries from scholars and the general public
  • Collaborating with Museum educators and public program curators to develop programs and materials, and to train museum guides
  • Cultivating possible donors and serving as an active champion for the works on paper collection

Reports to: Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture

Starting date: February 2017

Schedule: Full time

To apply: Please send your résumé and cover letter to

Development Assistant—Development

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

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

Requirements: The ideal candidate for the Development Assistant position must possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • At least one year of related, professional experience in development at an arts not-for-profit
  • 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 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

Responsibilities: Working directly with the Director of Individual Giving, the Development Assistant:

  • Manages the Director of Individual Giving’s calendar, including scheduling meetings
  • Fields phone calls, drafts correspondence and memoranda, and maintains electronic files
  • Provides ancillary support for other Development staff in the areas of Individual, Corporate, and Institutional Giving, Operations, and Special Events, as assigned
  • Assists with the moves management process for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, including helping to maintain the Director of 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
  • Assists with Development office operations, including prospect research; participating in gift processing; drafting, coordinating, and tracking gift acknowledgements; maintaining records; and donor stewardship efforts
  • Helps to coordinate the flow of information between Development and other Museum departments
  • Works on special projects and other tasks, as assigned

Reports to: Director of Individual Giving

Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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

Registrar for Exhibitions and International Loans—Registrar’s Office

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

Requirements: Successful candidates must have:

  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in museum registration with a focus on traveling exhibitions and international shipping
  • Superior organizational, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience in detailed budget preparation; condition reporting various types of objects; museum quality art handling, packing, and crating standards; shipping and customs requirements; fine arts insurance coverage; and courier responsibilities
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and TMS/The Museum System database
  • B.A. in art history, studio art, or related field

Responsibilities: The Registrar for Exhibitions and International Loans arranges all aspects of lending and borrowing artwork domestically and internationally, managing all phases of traveling loan exhibitions from planning to implementation and logistics. Responsibilities also include:

  • Work closely in-house with curators, conservators, exhibitions management, and collections management staff to support our outward loan commitments and busy exhibition calendar
  • Manage tasks with assigned exhibitions and international loans including:
    • budget preparation and accountability
    • exhibition contract review
    • creation of planning and implementation schedules
    • correspondence with lenders, borrowers, and venues
    • preparation of loan agreements, insurance certificates, and all shipping documents
    • arranging courier travel for Brooklyn Museum and lender couriers
    • participation in Museum’s TSA-certified cargo screening program
    • coordination of in-house and contract fine arts packing
    • preparation of condition reports, packing instructions, and photographic documentation
    • supervision of packing/unpacking and installation/deinstallation both in-house and at tour venues
    • archiving exhibition files
  • Contribute to the success of the Museum’s outward loan and exhibition programs with a team of registrars through clear and open communication; accountability for objects’ safe handling and condition; assistance for other registrars when needed; and participation in periodic review of procedures and customization of TMS reports
  • Courier travel with loans as assigned, and travel to exhibition venues for installation and deinstallation

Reports to: Chief Registrar

Starting date: Immediate

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 35 hours per week. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines. Domestic and international travel required.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply: Please send your cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to

Associate Curator of Islamic Art

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

We seek to appoint a specialist in Middle Eastern art to the endowed position of Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art. This is a temporary, 40-hour-per-week position that will likely revert to a permanent, 21-hour-per-week position in the fall of 2018, subject to availability of funds. The Associate Curator will be responsible for a new installation of the Arts of the Islamic World collection and public interpretation and care of our exceptional collection of Islamic Art.

Requirements: The successful candidate for this position must have the following:

  • Advance graduate degree in the history of Middle Eastern art (Ph.D. preferable)
  • Two years of museum or equivalent experience in Middle Eastern art and culture
  • Deep commitment to engaging a wide public audience in innovative and exciting ways, as well as to research and scholarship in the field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and research skills, with a strong writing/publication record
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Reading knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian

Responsibilities: The Associate Curator of Islamic Art will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing our Arts of the Islamic World collections, including researching, developing, and installing the collection
  • Reviewing the collection to better understand its strengths and weaknesses, and thus its potential for exhibition in new, imaginative, and scholarly ways that further the mission of the Museum
  • Exploring ways to expand and disseminate knowledge about the collection, curating exhibitions and providing written content for both published and unpublished material, ranging from scholarly books and catalogues to interpretive materials (labels) and website content
  • Devising and administering a plan for reinstallation of the collection's permanent gallery, and consulting on related programming for the time of the re-opening
  • Taking on a leadership role in the field, in the community, and at the Brooklyn Museum in broadening public knowledge of and interest in Middle Eastern art and culture

Reports to: Managing Curator of Ancient Egyptian, African, and Asian Art

Interviews begin: February 2017

Work schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week

To apply: Submit your curriculum vitae and a letter outlining your particular suitability for the position to

Assistant Curator of American Art—Arts of the Americas and Europe

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

Requirements: The successful candidate for this position must have:

  • An M.A. in the history of American art (through 1945), with a Ph.D. preferred
  • A minimum of two to three years of experience in a curatorial or museum department
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with word processing programs and databases
  • Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and visual acuity

Responsibilities: The Assistant Curator of American Art will support all departmental activities under the direction of the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining and updating departmental records
  • Cataloguing, researching, and documenting American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the collection
  • Responding to inquiries from scholars and the general public
  • Assisting in the development and upkeep of collection installations
  • Preparing gallery labels and didactics
  • Caring for collection objects in collaboration with the conservation staff
  • Assisting in the maintenance of an active loan schedule
  • Assisting in the preparation of exhibitions and publications
  • Collaborating with Museum educators to develop programs and materials
  • Participating in the cultivation of departmental patrons
  • Attending and assisting at events in support of the American art collections and programs, which may occur on evenings or weekends
  • Traveling to oversee shipment of collection objects

Reports to: Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art

Start date: TBD

Work schedule: Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours

To apply: Please email a letter of interest, a CV with three references, and a five-page writing sample to by February 28.

Senior Museum Instructor / Fellowship Coordinator—Education

(Full-time, permanent, union position)


  • B.A. in art history, history, anthropology, education, visual arts, or a related field, with an M.A. or formal training in museum education preferred
  • Experience with museum education, with additional museum experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent museum-based teaching, writing, research, communication, organization, and interpersonal skills, with experience in a supervisory capacity
  • Knowledge of child development, museum education theory, and quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods
  • Experience developing lessons and educational materials for K–12 education
  • A strong desire to mentor young professionals and work with school-age children, and an interest in collaborating with school teachers and museum staff at all levels

Responsibilities: The Senior Museum Instructor/Fellowship Coordinator leads our prestigious Museum Education Fellowship Program. This position oversees all aspects of the Program including recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of 5 to 8 full-time Fellows each academic year. The Fellowship Coordinator is responsible for training and supervising these young professionals during their 10-month tenure working on all aspects of the Museum’s education and public programs, including:

  • Collaborating regularly with other Education staff as well as Public Programs and Curatorial to foster the growth of the Education Fellows and their proficiency conducting programming for diverse museum audiences
  • Guiding Fellows through the process of developing original qualitative research and helping to share findings and recommendations with key stakeholders across other departments
  • Coordinating and compiling two comprehensive yearly performance evaluations for each Fellow
  • Promoting increased visibility for the program by spearheading an online platform to showcase the Fellows' research projects
  • Evaluating and assessing the Fellowship and contributing to collaborative grant proposals and reports
  • Teaching occasional guided gallery visits and/or school partnerships for K–12 students in the galleries, classroom, and potentially in the art studio

Reports to: School Programs Manager

Work schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday–Friday, with occasional weekend work

Salary: $44,158, plus benefits

Starting date: Immediate

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

Museum Attendant Guard—Security

(Full-time, permanent, union position)


  • High school diploma or equivalent G.E.D. certificate, or
  • Two years' satisfactory, full-time paid experience in custodial, protection, and museum attendant or related work, which includes the responsibility for meeting, advising, and directing the public
  • Must comply with the Security Guard Act of 1992

Responsibilities: Under supervision, the individual in this position:

  • Attends to and performs various cleaning and mopping duties
  • May be required to operate passenger and freight elevators and/or work in checkrooms
  • Guards and patrols in an assigned general area of the Museum
  • Is responsible for the protection of exhibitions and/or exhibition displays and mountings from loss or damage due to theft, vandalism, fire, etc.
  • Is responsible for the protection of the Museum buildings, equipment, facilities, and grounds in the area of assignment, which may include exhibitions outside the Museum
  • Meets the public (including school groups) and teachers attending Museum instruction programs, and advises on the location of exhibitions, halls, galleries, etc., and/or on the arrangements and directions for public instruction groups
  • Maintains order in the detection, ejection, and/or watchman tours, as assigned

Work schedule: To be assigned

Salary: $29,305 annual

To apply: Please send your résumé and cover letter to

Interim Coordinator, Museum Guides (P/T)—Education

(Part-time, non-union position)

We are searching for a creative, experienced, and organized museum educator to support adults, students, and volunteers as they engage in meaningful dialogue around our permanent collections and special exhibitions. The Interim Coordinator for Museum Guides provides dynamic leadership for our Museum Guide volunteer program and facilitates public and private gallery tours for adults.

Requirements: The ideal candidate must:

  • Have an advanced degree in art history, arts management, museum education, or a related field
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in inquiry-based teaching (for ages 16 to adult) in a museum setting or other relevant arts environment
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in program administration and coordination
  • Actively participate in current issues in the field of museum education, with a strong working knowledge of adult learning
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be diligent and detail-oriented, able to balance many projects at once, and able to manage adult group dynamics
  • Be eager to work successfully and collaborate with educators, volunteers, administrators, curators, students, and other Museum staff


  • Provides dynamic leadership for Museum Guides, a community of more than forty volunteer educators who present talks and tours facilitating connections between our visitors and our permanent collections and special exhibitions
  • Organizes and leads year-round weekly training for the Guides, working closely with curators and other educators
  • Oversees scheduling and coordination of public and private gallery tours
  • Formally evaluates the work of each Guide
  • Teaches public and private gallery tours for college students and adults
  • Participates in Education division projects, including training and mentoring Education Fellows and interns

Reports to: Manager of Academic and School Programs

Starting date: As soon as possible

Schedule: 28 hours per week (TBD) including Tuesday evenings and some weekends

Salary: $20 per hour; 28 hours per week

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

Operations Manager—Operations

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

Requirements/Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. These are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible roles in museum operations, or a comparable combination of experience and substantial knowledge of art museums, facilities, and building systems
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Possession of a NYFD-Refrigeration Machine Operators License
  • Possession of a Low Pressure Boiler Certificate and knowledge of low-pressure boilers, pumps, plumbing, and standpipe/sprinkler-related systems
  • Proven skill in leading by example; supervising and training staff; and effectively improving staff performance, as well as adapting workflows and procedures to improve efficiency, collaboration, and service
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage time, multitask, take initiative, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing and conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to converse technically and negotiate with, as well as direct and supervise work of, a wide range of vendors, including engineers and technicians, regarding museum systems and operations
  • Ability to work productively and collaboratively with all levels of management and support staff, and maintain highly professional and positive attitude in a dynamic and creative setting
  • Strong organizational ability, analytical skills, and attention to detail
  • Exceptional judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
  • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed, and to respond to emergency situations on an “on call” basis

Responsibilities: The Operations Manager assists the Vice Director of Operations in:

  • Elevating and maintaining a high standard of professionalism and excellence in overseeing, managing, and coordinating all aspects of Museum operations, including but not limited to Security and Safety personnel, custodial and maintenance personnel, engineering and trade personnel (Carpenters, Electricians, Painters), and audio visual technicians
  • Dealing with low-pressure boilers, pumps, plumbing, and standpipe/sprinkler-related mechanical systems
  • Supervising the shipping and receiving department and mail services
  • Ensuring that scheduling of all Museum activities and building functions is smoothly integrated and coordinated among various departments
  • Liaising with our parking lot vendor and food service provider
  • Attending walkthrough meetings with the caterer and party planners in order to facilitate the use of Museum spaces for special events and private receptions
  • Serving as manager on duty (MOD) during events, including off-hour events
  • Other duties, as assigned

Work schedule: Five days per week, as scheduled, including weekend and night work

To apply: Send your cover letter and résumé 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.

Marketing Senior Manager—Marketing and Communications

Requirements: The ideal candidate must have:

  • minimum five years of marketing experience;
  • B.A. in marketing (M.A., preferred);
  • excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • knowledge of current marketing strategies and best practices;
  • knowledge of the performance/visual arts industry and arts marketing, preferred;
  • strong creative and critical thinking;
  • agility and high performance in a changing and fast-paced environment;
  • detail-oriented manner;
  • ability to manage and prioritize several projects at the same time;
  • experience in managing the production of marketing and promotional materials while working closely with graphic designers and outside agencies;
  • a history of seeking strategic partnerships and developing effective relationships;
  • ability to interact in an effective, tactful, and professional manner; and
  • high ethical standards.

Responsibilities: The Marketing Senior Manager is responsible for:

  • working alongside the Director of Marketing & Communications to create and execute marketing strategies to increase our visitorship, earned revenue, and visibility;
  • creating internal and external content for marketing materials;
  • managing the workflow and creation of all marketing collateral including direct marketing materials, postcards, and brochures, among other marketing pieces;
  • managing direct marketing execution, from direct mail and guerilla marketing to all e-communications;
  • working alongside the Director of Marketing & Communications and other Museum staff to create and execute advertising campaigns in both traditional and digital media, and through promotions supporting all Museum efforts;
  • working collaboratively to integrate all our departments into the marketing strategy;
  • increasing our public presence by developing strategies and content in conjunction with Public Programs, Exhibitions, Development, Education, Libraries & Archives, and other departments;
  • creating and managing external partnerships and overseeing marketing cross-promotions with outside organizations;
  • conducting marketing research to help reach our community benchmarks and preparing reports on effective decision-making;
  • assisting with budget preparation, tracking, forecasting, and analysis; and
  • other duties, as directed.

Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications

To apply: Please submit your résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to

Network Administrator—Technology

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

The Brooklyn Museum seeks a Network Administrator to handle all facets of our computer network. This role is 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; and
  • Punctuality, which is critical.

Responsibilities include:

  • Installing, maintaining, and upgrading our servers, often running on a VMware architecture (we are a mostly Windows shop with some Linux boxes);
  • Maintaining Active Directory structure, security, and group policy;
  • Backup, tape rotation, backup verification, and restore;
  • Administering MSSQL and all applications that use the databases, including installation, upgrades, and upkeep of applications and MSSQL;
  • Responsible for all business systems including, but not limited to, financial systems, ticketing systems, fundraising systems, POS, and DAMS;
  • Maintaining aspects of our MS Exchange email and messaging infrastructure;
  • Maintaining and upgrading, as needed, our network backbone, including supervision of contractors and cabling, installation and maintenance of switches;
  • Maintaining and upgrading, as needed, our firewall and telecommunications, including remote access;
  • Maintaining Technology security procedures in cooperation with the Chief of Technology;
  • Researching and evaluating new software and hardware considered for purchase in coordination with the support staff;
  • Working directly with the support staff on the implementation of policies, procedures, and best practices;
  • Maintaining patch schedule, virus protection, and local firewalls for desktops and servers;
  • Responsibility for compliance with all software licensing;
  • Creation and upkeep of 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, Terminal Services; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Work schedule: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., 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

Audience Engagement Team Member (P/T)—Marketing and Communications

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

The Brooklyn Museum seeks an individual with a passion for visitor experience and a deep knowledge of art history to work on a groundbreaking initiative, ASK Brooklyn Museum. Through this program, we seek to improve the visitor experience by empowering visitors to ask questions and get answers through our new mobile app.

Requirements: The ideal candidate must have:

  • M.A. in art history or related field
  • Broad interest and strong academic background in art history
  • At least two years of professional art museum, gallery, or related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to make scholarly information accessible and engaging to our diverse audiences
  • Computer and mobile device literacy and excellent touch-typing skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • An understanding of how to use multiple resources to enhance visitors' personal experiences with art in a museum setting
  • Capacity to thrive in an environment of varied pace, work well as part of a team, and multitask while under pressure
  • A warm and approachable demeanor that indicates a passion for engaging visitors with art

The following are strongly desired:

  • The ability to write, speak, and understand two or more languages
  • An art historical focus on Arts of the Americas or African Art

Current graduate students are welcome to apply.

Responsibilities: The Audience Engagement Team Member acts as a conduit for sharing information with visitors, which includes facilitating interactions with objects and answering visitor questions about our collection and exhibitions, both through the app and in person.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a focused collection area and sharing that knowledge with the rest of the team
  • Gaining a broad understanding of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions
  • Researching works in the collection and creating study resources for objects on view and in special exhibitions
  • Working regularly with other departments, including Curatorial, Education, Visitor Services, and Technology
  • Participating in the day-to-day interactions with visitors, such as engaging in conversations about art, inviting participation in using the app, helping get users get started, and answering questions about the Museum and collection in a fast-paced environment
  • Being accessible to the public and fielding questions in person while simultaneously chatting with visitors via the app
  • Other duties, as assigned

This is an experimental program, and we make changes and improvements based on testing and evaluation. These might include the physical work environment, the methodologies for engagement, and the way technology is used to interact with visitors. The Team Members must embrace the fluid nature of this iterative project.

Reports to: Associate Manager of Audience Engagement

Start date: Immediate

Salary: $20–24 per hour

Work schedule: Part-time, which includes three shifts for a total of 20 hours per week, during the Museum's open hours (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.). Required shifts are every Tuesday for team-building and research, either Saturday or Sunday each week, and one additional shift of choice. Thursday evening hours and Target First Saturday late nights (Museum is open 11 a.m.–11 p.m. the first Saturday of every month) are on a rotating schedule.

To apply: Send your résumé and cover letter 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

Interim Coordinator for Academic Programs (P/T)—Education

(Part-time, non-union position)

We are searching for a creative, experienced, and organized museum educator to support college students and professors as they engage in meaningful dialogue around the our permanent collections and special exhibitions. The Interim Coordinator for Academic Programs works collaboratively with staff to develop programs for college students and professors, is the primary point of contact for colleges and universities, and teaches gallery experiences for college students.  

Requirements: The ideal candidate must:

  • Have an advanced degree in art history, arts management, museum education, or a related field
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in inquiry-based teaching (for ages 16 to adult) in a museum setting or other relevant arts environment
  • Have a mimimum of two years of experience in program administration and coordination
  • Actively participate in current issues in the field of museum education while having a strong working knowledge of adult learning
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be diligent and detail-oriented, able to balance many projects at once, and able to manage adult group dynamics
  • Be eager to work successfully and collaborate with educators, volunteers, administrators, curators, students, and other Museum staff


  • Collaborates with staff to develop a roster of thematic gallery experiences for college students
  • Organizes a dynamic series of monthly programs for college students and interns
  • Oversees scheduling and coordination of guided gallery visits for colleges
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for colleges and universities
  • Sustains and builds partnerships with local colleges and universities
  • Teaches public and private gallery tours for college students and adults
  • Participates in Education division projects, including training and mentoring Education Fellows and interns

Reports to: Manager of Academic and School Programs

Starting date: As soon as possible

Work schedule: Part-time, 21 hours per week (schedule TBD), including some Thursday evenings and weekends

Salary: $20 per hour

To apply: Please send a cover letter and your 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).

Corporate Sponsorship and Institutional Giving Intern (P/T)—Development

(Non-union, unpaid internship position)

Requirements: The successful candidate for this position must be actively enrolled in or have recently graduated from an educational program in arts administration, museum studies, art history, nonprofit management, or other applicable courses of study. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Raiser's Edge fundraising software, although training will be provided; demonstrate an interest in art history, art administration, or museum development; possess excellent communication skills; and be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Responsibilities: The Intern will learn firsthand how a professional fundraising team at a major art institution functions. The position will work directly with the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, the Senior Institutional Officer, and Development Associates on fundraising geared towards corporate, foundation, and government agencies. Specific responsibilities include learning the steps in donor engagement and stewardship; completing training and developing competency with Raiser's Edge to assist with donor tracking; researching prospective donors after learning how to use various prospect research tools and databases, including the Foundation Directory Online; learning the basics of completing grant applications and proposals; coordinating stewardship mailings; and drafting donor communication. The ability to assist with special events taking place after hours is preferred.

Reports to: Institutional Giving Officer

Starting and ending dates: September to December 2016

Work schedule: Approximately 20 to 30 hours per week

Compensation: This part-time internship is unpaid. Intern will be issued a Brooklyn Museum I.D. for the duration of the internship, which includes a discount in the Museum Shop, BKM Bowl, and BKM Café, as well as free admission to most art museums throughout the United States. Academic credit may be possible.

To apply: Please send your résumé and cover letter to

Special Events Intern—Development

(Non-union, unpaid internship position)

The Brooklyn Museum hosts more than 75 annual special events, in a range of scopes and sizes, and is building a team of interns to provide event support through the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Events take place both at the Museum and offsite, and include exhibition openings, Member previews, fundraising galas, exclusive receptions and dinners, intimate cocktail parties, and more. This position is a great opportunity for those wishing to learn about special events or development in a cultural setting, and there is room for growth in the role.

Requirements: Ideal candidates for the Special Events Intern are:

  • 21 or over and undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates;
  • able to work weekday evenings from 5 to 10 pm, with preference for Wednesdays and Thursdays; at least one in-office work day from 10 am to 5 pm; and occasional weekends;
  • comfortable interacting with high-net-worth individuals and senior Museum leadership, while displaying professionalism and discretion;
  • able to stand for long periods of time and move quickly throughout the Museum;
  • proficient in Microsoft Office, comfortable using iPads, and interested in learning fundraising software; and
  • knowledgeable about the New York City subway system.

Responsibilities: Interns will work closely with the Individual Giving and Special Events team to learn all elements of producing special events, including:

  • coordinating check-in materials, and updating and preparing RSVP lists;
  • checking in guests, fielding donor inquiries, and providing directional services during events;
  • supporting event production by working with Brooklyn Museum A/V and facilities staff, caterers, florists, and other vendors, as needed;
  • assisting post-event breakdown;
  • coordinating event details with other Museum departments;
  • providing in-office support to the Development department one day a week, as needed; and
  • working special hours in support of the Museum’s Brooklyn Artists Ball in April.

Reports to: Manager, Individual Giving and Special Events

Start and end dates: September 2016 to June 2017

To apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to