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Curatorial Assistant—Exhibitions

(Full-time, permanent, union position)

This is an ideal entry-level position for an energetic and ambitious individual who is interested in curatorial administration to play an important role in our curatorial programming.

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

  • Excellent organizational and research skills and computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A degree in art history or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a museum, gallery, or other visual arts administration setting
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while maintaining good interpersonal skills and dealing courteously with the public
  • Experience maintaining financial, catalogue, photo archive, and/or other similar arts-management records
  • Experience in the use of database software (such as Microsoft Access and TMS collections management software) and in the scanning and manipulation of digital images (strongly preferred)

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Curatorial Assistant:

  • Coordinates information on exhibitions and communicates this information to other departments of the Museum
  • Assists with organizing documents for exhibitions, distributes checklists, maintains image databases, assists with materials for potential tour venues, and works with curators to assemble exhibition presentations, among other related duties
  • Coordinates image files and permissions and distributes image sets within the Museum
  • Engages in exhibition research assignments, works with artists, attends project meetings, and assists with the exhibition calendar and exhibition proposal reviews
  • Answers telephones, writes general correspondence, tracks the department budget, schedules meetings, handles inquiries about exhibitions, and performs general office management (filing, copies, supplies, etc.)
  • Assists with various special projects, as assigned

Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs

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

To apply: Please send your résumé and a cover letter to job.curatorial.asst@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.assoc.curator.middle.eastern.art@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.asst.curator.american.art@brooklynmuseum.org by February 28.

Senior Museum Instructor / Fellowship Coordinator—Education

(Full-time, permanent, union position)

Requirements:

  • 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 job.senior.museum.instructor@brooklynmuseum.org.

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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 job.interim.guides@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.operations.manager@brooklynmuseum.org.

Director, Collections

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

The Director, Collections is responsible for overseeing the Brooklyn Museum's rich and varied collections—spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. S/he reports to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator (DDCC) and supports and partners with the DDCC on the stewardship of the collection while charting the strategies for its preservation, presentation, publication, and growth. The Director, Collections will set standards for collection management that will be exemplary in the field, making the Brooklyn Museum one of the most respected cultural institutions in the world. S/he will rethink and rationalize the disposition of the collection and set it on a path into the twenty-first century that recognizes and brings to the fore the transcultural history of art around the globe.

The Director, Collections partners with the DDCC to provide guidance to the Board of Trustees on issues related to collection management; best practices and policies for institutional collecting; industry standards relevant to museums; issues of scholarship across collections areas; and acquisitions, deaccessions, and loan recommendations.

This position is an active champion and representative of our mission as it pertains to the collection, actively seeks out new partners and opportunities for the Museum, and is thoroughly familiar with the collections, exhibitions, and programming initiatives of peer institutions.

The Director, Collections serves as an advisor to the curators of the Museum’s collections and a liaison to other departments within the Museum. S/he administers such programs as collection policy and planning, and advises on collection exhibition programs, working closely with Exhibitions Management, Conservation, and the Registrar. This position oversees the outgoing loan program and acquisition intake, including the preparation of acquisition review and paperwork, and the presentation of acquisitions to the Collections Committee and the Board. 

The Director, Collections is a leader in his/her field, with expertise in art history, and is very passionate about a cross-section of art and artistic mediums. S/he also has a broad knowledge of the larger cultural sphere; has extensive experience working with artists, estates, galleries, and collectors; writes for prestigious publications, lectures, and travels to important galleries and exhibitions; and is a well-regarded art historian and active member of the art world.

Qualifications:

  • A background in art history, with established scholarship and expertise across artistic fields and collections
  • Extensive professional curatorial experience at a major museum, with excellent management, research, writing, and communication skills
  • Respected and well-known in his/her field of specialty
  • Thoroughly familiar with best practices for museum administration, strategic planning, collections management, and exhibitions planning

Responsibilities: The role and responsibilities of the Director, Collections include:

  • Working with the DDCC to ensure curatorial excellence with regard to the collection and its presentation
  • Managing the following departments: Conservation, Registrar, and Libraries and Archives
  • Investing the time and resources in scholarship to ensure that the Museum remains an educational and cultural leader
  • Remaining familiar with the highest standards of museum best practices, including AAMD and AAM guidelines for museums and collections, and championing those practices with respect to collections management and policies, exhibition planning, acquisitions, deaccessions, loans, and gallery design and installation
  • Working with the DDCC and the curatorial staff to develop and present thoughtful collection exhibitions/rotations, with consideration for how such exhibitions support the Museum’s mission and achieve a specific purpose/intent
  • Constantly considering the presentation of the collection in the Museum’s galleries and whether objects should be sent on loan for greater visibility
  • Providing oversight for the organization of traveling collection exhibitions, and, with the Vice Director of Exhibitions and Collections Management, evaluating the balance between resources and revenue
  • Fostering a transparent and collaborative culture, including open communications with staff
  • Initiating and leading regular staff meetings with respect to collections management
  • Overseeing the implementation of an ongoing and rigorous deaccession program
  • Preparing thoughtfully for all Board and Committee meetings to excite Trustees about collections initiatives
  • Maintaining familiarity with the Museum’s financial statements, overall budget, and funding sources/needs for acquisitions and collections support (including staying abreast of restricted funds, promised gifts, and pending bequests)
  • Maintaining familiarity with the Museum’s collection database

Reports to: Deputy Director and Chief Curator

Starting date: Immediate

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some weekend and evening hours

To apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to job.collections.dir@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.backend@brooklynmuseum.org. Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your résumé.

Web Developer—Technology

The Technology department at the Brooklyn Museum seeks a full-stack Web Developer to join our team and help manage our web presence. You’ll be working with a small team on a variety of web and mobile projects related to art, community engagement, visitor experience, and open access.

As a small team, we work across disciplines and support each other. Accordingly, qualified candidates must possess a broad range of skills for navigating the full stack of web and web-for-mobile development, SQL to CSS. Our systems primarily run on Linux, PHP, MySQL, NGINX, and Git, and our front-end utilizes both traditional templating and the incorporation of SPA frameworks, such as AngularJS.

We have adopted a number of Agile practices in our development process in order to adapt to the quickly 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 backend language such as PHP, Ruby, or Python;
  • strong understanding of JavaScript;
  • understanding of good web development practices and familiarity with the tools and methodologies that help you achieve them;
  • experience with SQL and relational databases;
  • experience with wrangling frameworks like AngularJS, React, or Vue;
  • familiarity with the command-line and file system structure;
  • familiarity with deploying from cloud services (AWS, DigitalOcean, Linode, etc);
  • understanding of web fundamentals such as HTTP, the DOM, browser components, CDNs, and Internet Protocol; and
  • strong belief in testing code. 

Additionally, we’re keeping an eye out for exceptional candidates who may have experience with:

  • building and maintaining content management tools;
  • e-commerce and PCI compliance;
  • working on mobile platforms, e.g. iOS and Android; and
  • UX design and information architecture.

Responsibilities: 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.

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 job.dev@brooklynmuseum.org. 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 job.srmgr.mktg@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.networkadmin@brooklynmuseum.org.

Visitor Services Operations Manager—Visitor Services

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

Requirements: The ideal candidate must have the following:    

  • B.A. and minimum five years of arts administration experience with an emphasis on visitor services and ticketing;
  • excellent computer literacy with extensive software proficiency covering a wide variety of applications, including Microsoft Office, Survey Monkey, email marketing and list management programs, and Siriusware or other ticketing/CRM software;
  • attention to detail;
  • excellent phone manner;
  • ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • energetic team spirit with the ability to thrive in an environment requiring effective prioritization and juggling multiple concurrent projects;
  • effective spoken and written communication skills;
  • genuine enthusiasm for realizing the Museum’s mission to expand our audience profile and develop a welcoming environment for all our visitors;
  • analytical skills with demonstrated talent for identifying and streamlining complex workflows; and
  • excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with proven success working both independently and as a team player.

Responsibilities: The Visitor Services Operations Manager is responsible for the following:

  • working with the Vice Director of Visitor Experience to track brand-related audience metrics and manage the visitor research plan, including execution and analysis;
  • leading maintenance, analysis, and reporting of attendance and admission statistics, and visitor research results;
  • providing business support to the Visitor Services team including the following areas: Front Desk operations, group sales and tourism, school and public programs, and ticketing procedures and analyses;
  • recommending, developing, and implementing creative ideas to increase visitorship;
  • reviewing business and user problems, and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • working with vendors and our internal IT department on system improvements and upgrades;
  • maintaining effective working relationships and information flow between our Visitor Services staff and other departments;
  • supporting Museum efforts to create the best possible visitor experience for an increasingly diverse audience;
  • maintaining a thorough understanding of Front Desk procedures, group sales ticketing, and school reservation processes, in order to configure new and existing admissions packages in our Siriusware ticketing system;
  • multitasking efficiently in a fast-paced environment to ensure that projects reach completion;
  • preparing daily accounting reports with credit card and cash transactions;
  • answering and tracking visitor response forms and incoming information emails; and
  • performing other tasks, as assigned.

Reports to: Vice Director of Visitor Experience

Start date: Immediate

To apply: Send your cover letter and résumé to job.vs.op.manager@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 audience.engagement@brooklynmuseum.org.

Graphic Design Intern—Design

(Part-time, temporary, unpaid internship)

The Brooklyn Museum is 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 our Museum. It's 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; and
  • passionate about the arts.

Responsibilities: The Graphic Design Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • creating and assisting in ongoing design projects;
  • producing signage; and
  • performing case studies.

Reports to: Head of Graphic Design

Start date: Fall 2016

Work schedule: Flexible, 20 hours a week

To apply: Please send your application to job.graphic.design.intern@brooklynmuseum.org.

Exhibitions Assistant—Exhibitions

(Full-time, permanent, union position)

This is an ideal entry-level position for an energetic and ambitious individual who is interested in curatorial administration to play an important role in our curatorial programming.

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

  • Excellent organizational and research skills and computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A degree in art history or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a museum, gallery, or other visual arts administration setting
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while maintaining good interpersonal skills and dealing courteously with the public
  • Experience maintaining financial, catalogue, photo archive, and/or other similar arts-management records
  • Experience in the use of database software (such as Microsoft Access and TMS collections management software) and in the scanning and manipulation of digital images (strongly preferred)

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs and working closely with the Manager of Curatorial Planning, the Exhibitions Assistant:

  • Coordinates information on exhibitions and communicates this information to other departments of the Museum
  • Assists with organizing documents for exhibitions, distributes checklists, maintains image databases, assists with materials for potential tour venues, and works with curators to assemble exhibition presentations, among other related duties
  • Coordinates image files and permissions and distributes image sets within the Museum
  • Engages in exhibition research assignments, works with artists, attends project meetings, and assists with the exhibition calendar and exhibition proposal reviews
  • Tracks expenses for exhibitions, collections care, installations, and public programs, as needed
  • Answers telephones, writes general correspondence, tracks the department budget, schedules meetings, handles inquiries about exhibitions, and performs general office management (filing, copies, supplies, etc.)
  • Assists with various special projects, as assigned

Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs

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

To apply: Please send your résumé and a cover letter to job.exhibitions.asst@brooklynmuseum.org.

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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 job.interim.pgms@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/blogosphere/tag/copyright/. 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 digital.lab.internships@brooklynmuseum.org. 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 angelina.buzby@brooklynmuseum.org.

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 job.special.events.intern@brooklynmuseum.org.