CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

Title: Curatorial Assistant 
Department: Curatorial
Reports to: Director of Curatorial Programs 
Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution. Our mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of this important and growing community, through our ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.

Supports the Curatorial department, and specifically the Director of Curatorial Programs, in key administrative capacities with precision, detail and clarity. This post has a high level of critical public interface, intra – institut ional and public inquiries, general bilingual correspondence and meetings, and is responsible for maintaining overall schedule of deadlines and budget tracking pertinent to Curatorial projects. Contributes to the planning and implementation of all temporar y exhibitions, Permanent Collection activities, and visual arts publications and programming.

Responsibilities

I. Administrative & Documentation

GENERAL REQUEST & CORRESPONDENCE: Answer general inquiries from other departments and the public, talking/relaying/responding messages and correspondences between the appropriate parties.
• MEETING: Coordinates meetings, including invitations, materials preparation including power point, space reservation and set up, minute – taking and dissemination as requested; as well, organized any necessary external arrangements, such as flights, hotels, refreshments, and operational and technical details.
• MAILING LIST: Coordinate, supervise, and maintain curatorial mailing list and mailings, including traveling exhibit materials, invitations, and catalogues. Liaise to Institutional mailing list housed in the Development Department.
• ARTIST FILES/EXHIBIT PROPOSALS/RECOMMENDATIONS; Consolidate and bring these materials to the attention of the Director of Curatorial Programs’ respond as requested; and regularly return or provide materials for archiving to the Assistant Registrar. Efficiently respond to regularly – received materials and track such responses and materials.
• TRACKING: Tracking of expenditures against budgets, work flow against project deadlines, and coordination of contract workers including authors, editors, translators, designers; as well as tracking of select attendance, correspondences and materials received and sent.
• PREPARATION: Assist in the preparation of the Materials for specific exhibition projects, grants, or budgets, including careful database entry , proofreading bilingual text and checklists; gathering, tracking, and organization of written, printed photographic or digital materials for signage, brochures and catalogues; and any information required for final narrative, fiscal, or project evaluations.
• DEVELOPMENT: Conduct or supervise research, and participate in revision and review of texts, policies, procedures, systems and activities. Compile and relay appropriate materials to the Education Department, the Museum Shop and the Public Relations Department.

II. Physical Care and Handling

• INSTALLATIONS: Assist as requested in installations and de – installations, including working with crew, contractors, and other vendors; researching, ordering, or resolving problems with materials, supplies, hardware, tools, furniture, etc.; creating labels, checklist, etc.
• ART WORK: Occasionally assist in activities related to the physical care and handling of objects including on – site movement, packing, object preparation for the exhibition, exhibition installation/ de – installation or other duties as directed. Assist in basic object preparatory/ protection tasks, and other tasks related to the safe storage and movement of art objects. Assist as requested in tasks relating to the permanent Collection, including occasionally working off – site at the warehouse where the Permanent Collection is housed.
• PR: Facilitate for Public Relations any information or interviews requested; assisting in galleries when required.

III. Other Related Duties

• SUPERVISED: Supervision of volunteers, interns, and professional contract workers as necessary to execute many of the task described herein,
• LIASE: Serve as the designated Curatorial Liaison for major annual institutional events which include participation from the Curatorial Department, attending meetings, and coordinating all tasks and request, including Three Kings Day (January 6), Museum Mile (June), and Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15), and Dia de los Muertos (November 1).
• Other tasks as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

• Minimum Baccalaureate degree in Art, Art History, Museum Studies or a related field; Master’s Degree or ABD preferred.
• 2 – 4 years of Curatorial or Administrative experience, preferably related to exhibitions, collections, or publications.
• English/ Spanish bilingual speaking and writing proficiency required.
• High proficiency in various computer and digit al imaging systems and database s required, particularly Word (especially tracking changes and working with foot – or endnotes); Excel; Outlook; Project Manager; Power point; Photoshop. Experience with TMS (The Museum System database). Raisers Edge, and/ or AutoCAD particularly desirable.
• Excellent diplomatic and oral, written, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work well with various constituencies and supervise when requested
• Neat, detail – oriented, Well – organized, and clear communicator; able to juggle and meet various simultaneous dead lines; work independently while following direction precisely.

Application Instructions
Please forward cover letter, and resume, with the Curatorial Assistant in the subject line via email to jobs@elmuseo.org. No phone calls, please.

El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

COMMUNITY ARTS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Title: Community Arts Development Coordinator
Department: Community and Government Affairs
Reports to: Director of Community and Government Affairs
Status: Part-Time Non-Exempt

El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution. Our mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of this important and growing community, through our ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.

The East Harlem Community Arts Development Project (CADP), funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, is a 14-month initiative to strengthen the capacity of the East Harlem arts community as well as the cultural fabric of the neighborhood. This effort is being led by a group of leaders and artists who have engaged in efforts to highlight and expand community access as well as recognition and appreciation for the artistic heritage of the East Harlem. This work is intended to deliver capacity building opportunities for individuals, organizations and programs within the community that support and/or engage stakeholders who are working to maintain community-based arts programs and neighborhood culture. Also, it is expected that this effort will support collaboration between and among multiple partners to develop experiences that will increase community engagement and interest in the arts and culture of East Harlem.

The East Harlem CADP seeks a Community Arts Manager who is a skilled facilitator and planner to execute the outreach and capacity building strategies that are required for the project’s success.

Responsibilities

  • Formulate goals and objectives based on input from the CADP coalition; establish and coordinate sub-committees and ad-hoc working groups to achieve project outcomes
  • Execute the work plan created by the CADP coalition
  • Build collaborations that strengthen and support community based arts programs, activities and cultural experiences
  • Schedule, convene and facilitate meetings with the CADP coalition, community-based partners and stakeholders as needed to implements goals and objectives
  • Consolidate all project data (contact lists, agendas and publications) and information, including progress reports, surveys/feedback, events and meetings for evaluation and grant reporting
  • Draft grant reports and other requests from DCLA
  • Conduct 1-1 meetings with community members and interested stakeholders
  • Conduct grassroots outreach and community engagement

Desired Qualifications:

  • Cultural competency and awareness of the diversity of stakeholders within East Harlem
  • Knowledge of East Harlem’s cultural landscape
  • Project management experience, including coalition building among multiple stakeholder groups
  • Ideally, three years of experience as a project manager, community organizer, or arts educator
  • Prior experience working at a community-based organization focused on arts and culture
  • Experience using social media platforms for communications campaigns
  • Multi-lingual preferred: English and Spanish
  • Excellent verbal, writing, listening and research skills
  • Detail-oriented planner with focus on prioritizing results-driven engagements
  • Weekends and evenings meetings will sometimes be required
  • Ability to canvass and survey the neighborhood of East Harlem
  • Personable personality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office, Excel

Application Instructions

Please forward cover letter, and resume, with the Community Arts Development Coordinator in the subject line via email to jobs@elmuseo.org. No phone calls, please.

El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Title: Director of Development
Department: Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full time, Exempt

El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution. Our mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of this important and growing community, through our ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.

The Development Department at El Museo del Barrio raises funds from private sources to support the mission and vision of museum. The team is made up of a dynamic group of development and events professionals who together represent expertise in all areas of fundraising, including individual, corporate, foundation and government grants, special events, and membership.

Responsibilities

  • Develop strategies for solicitation of major gifts: determining ongoing relationships with prospects; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out
  • Work closely with Institutional Relations and the development team to identify prospects and implements moves management in their portfolios
  • Assume supervisory role with development department staff members
  • Develop proposals and implement programs for major and special gifts; staff professional development; process documentation and improvement, and track progress
  • Work closely with the Manager of Strategic Events and the Board of Trustees to secure major gifts through special events, such as El Museo’s annual gala
  • Work closely with department directors across the museum (Communications, Government and Community Affairs, Education and Public Programs, Finance and Operations) to insure effective execution of programs and subsequent reporting in the prospect relationship continuum
  • Implement and maintain reporting mechanisms to monitor programs and income; provide Deputy Executive Director, Executive Director and Trustees with status analyses on annual and long-term goals
  • Where appropriate, act as a spokesperson for El Museo—attending events, conferences, and other networking opportunities to represent the museum in the larger community.

Key Competencies:

  • Must be a Strategic Thinker: For example, on how best to move a prospective or current supporter up the donor ladder
  • Demonstrate Accountability and Professionalism
  • Work Collaboratively in Team-like structure
  • Possess Leadership and Management Skills
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to manage multi-functional and diverse staff areas
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic advancement plans
  • Ability to articulate the case for support so that individuals “buy into” the vision/mission/goals of El Museo with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of six figures or more
  • Excellent communication, written, interpersonal, analytical and organization skills required
  • Must possess high level competencies in Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Powerpoint, Word and Outlook
  • Preferred English/Spanish bilingual


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of progressive major gift fundraising, preferably in a cultural context with a deep knowledge of the donor pool
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred


Application Instructions

El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please forward cover letter, resume, and salary history with the Director of Development in the subject line via email to jobs@elmuseo.org. No phone calls, please.

CHIEF CURATOR

Title: Chief Curator
Department: Curatorial
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full time, Exempt

El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution. Our mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of this important and growing community, through our ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.

The Chief Curator is a member of the El Museo del Barrio’s senior management team, actively participating in shaping the organization’s vision and mission, while directing its artistic program. This position leads the efforts to build, present, care for, and conserve the Museum’s collections, and is responsible for the p rogramming and conceptualizing the exhibitions. The Chief Curator manages the Curatorial Department and all aspects of its operations, working in a collegial manner to build trust and respect in a team-centric department and throughout the Museum.

The Chief Curator is the lead spokesperson for the art in the Museum’s collection and the exhibition program and must be at ease in a highly visible and public position. The incumbent must cultivate relationships with donors, collectors, and the broader art world, building support for El Museo’s artistic program through gifts, purchases, and exhibition fundraising efforts. And as a community ambassador for El Museo, the Chief Curator must develop civic, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental relationships, advan cing the Museum’s mission in tandem with the strategic success of its operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.

Education/Experience Requirements:

• At least 10 to 15 years of progressively responsible curatorial and art museum management experience;
• An MA in art history (PhD preferred), supported by significant scholarship in the field including exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions;
• Spanish/English bilingual skills;
• A strong professional track record in museum administration, strategic planning, an d building collaborative relationships, with demonstrable results, is of paramount importance; and
• Specialization in Latino, Latin American and Caribbean art is required

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Management of Curatorial Department staff*, policies, procedures, and budgets
• Management of the collection galleries, including layout and design, planning, display, and upkeep;
• Management of the collection, including accessioning and deaccessioning, storage, conservation, and loans;
• Development and implementation of a comprehensive, long-range collection plan;
• Development and implementation of an exhibitions program strategy, and management of exhibition planning;
• Management of interpretation, scholarship, and archive planning; and
• Fundraising for the collection and exhibitions.
*The Curatorial Department is one of the largest at El Museo and includes registration, the Museum library and archive, conservation, and art preparation.

El Museo del Barrio’s next Chief Curator will be a respected and season ed leader with a record of achievement in curatorial work and museum management, and a high degree of financial acumen.

• Works with the Executive Director of the Museum to set the direction and master calendar for exhibitions;
• Serves as content authority for the exhibitions, ensuring balance of schedule, scholarship, and value for audiences in the community and the art world;
• Works with the senior management team to ensure commitment to and support of the Museum’s exhibitions;
• Serves as a key member of the fundraising team to develop support for the collection, exhibitions, and other programs;
• Leads the effort to build the collection through gifts and financial support; and
• Serves on the executive team (with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Development, and the Director of Finance and Administration ) to ensure the success of the Museum’s operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.

The Chief Curator will be responsible for articulating a coherent program of exhibitions. As such this role is responsible for constructing a program of relevant exhibitions that links the public to the context of art work. This position will also schedule projects that guarantee diverse experiences.

• Works to program exhibitions that thematically reflect the values of the institution;
• Produces didactic material to provide greater public accessibility to exhibition content;
• Creates alliances with art spaces to collaborate or co-organize exhibitions; and
• Executes demanding standards with the department’s work in order to achieve excellence in exhibitions and arts projects.

The Chief Curator leads the collection acquisition and deaccession process. As such, the Chief Curator plays a key role in working with the Board of Trustees (specifically the Acquisition and Collection Committee), the various support groups of the Museum, and other art supporters in the community to execute that plan. The collection is a diverse, living experience and its presentations must be kept fresh and relevant to add value to the community. The Chief Curator is the principal architect of that experience and is responsible for developing and implementing the evolution of the collection installation over time.

• Plans and coordinates the collection plan with the curators, setting funding strategies and building external support;
• Works with the Acquisition and Collection Committee chair to set agendas, develop acquisition strategies , educate members, and enlist support for the collection plan;
• Coordinates, educates, and manages the support groups and their art acquisition efforts;
• Develops and implements a deaccession program to build funds for acquisition and to provide space for an upgraded collection; and
• Leads and works cross – departmentally to develop and implement a master plan for the presentation of the collection that speaks to a new generation of visitors while serving the needs of traditional audiences.

The Chief Curator is responsible for the content of the art displays and the interpretation of the art. The Chief Curator directs scholarship efforts, as well as the archiving of information associated with the art for future generations. The Chief Curator’s role includes the digital realm, where the stream of information must be organized, presented, and archived in a meaningful way.

• Publications and catalogues in both print and digital formats are important aspects of the Museum’s presentation of art;
• Coordinates the gatheri ng of information, records, and other archival material associated with the collection and the library and archives of the Museum;
• Manages the registrar and library departments’ efforts to digitize the records and archives of the collection;
• Works cross – de partmentally to develop and implement a digital information strategy, including online experiences, for the Museum and its visitors;
• Works cross – departmentally to implement a Museum Experience Initiative that incorporates the digital archives of the Museum , new technologies, and other visitor experience best practices;
• Develops and oversees the scholarly content of publications for the Museum; and
• Works cross – departmentally to develop and produce the Museum’s publications associated with the collection and the exhibitions.

The Chief Curator is the content authority for the art of the Museum. In that role, the Chief Curator works closely with the Education Department and other departments to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the information disseminated about the art.

• Works with the Director of Education to develop and deliver docent and volunteer education;
• Coordinates with the Director of Marketing to develop and ensure the accuracy of all art – related information delivered to the public; and
• Works cross – departmentally to ensure the relevance and accuracy of the education content.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please forward resume along with cover letter to jobs@elmuseo.org. No telephone calls, please.

CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS MANAGER

Title: Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager
Department: Development
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
Status: Full time, Exempt

El Museo del Barrio is the flagship museum of Latin American art and culture in the United States. The richness of Latino art is represented in the museum’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented with performing arts, festivals, and education and public programs.

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager plays a critical role within the museum’s Development Department. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager works closely with the Deputy Executive Director and the Executive Director to develop strategies for the department’s funding objectives.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Plans and executes solicitation of foundation support, corporate sponsorship, corporate membership and government grants;
• Cultivates new and maintains existing relationships with corporate and private foundations;
• Oversees foundation and corporate stewardship of steward for all contributions from these sectors.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

• Manages and grows the corporate membership program.
• Ensures fulfillment of all corporate sponsorship benefits.
• Oversees proper crediting for foundation, corporate and government funders.
• Establishes and maintains personal contact and relationships with foundations and corporate representatives.
• Projects monthly and yearly foundation and government revenue goals and track progress toward reaching those goals.
• Manages a systematic process of prospect research; seeks to broaden the base of support.
• Serves as the primary liaison between institutional funders and El Museo, including site visits, regular email and phone contact, mailings, and event invitations.
• Works to leverage relationships for the Executive Director, Board of Trustees and Friends of El Museo, in the cultivation and solicitation of institutional prospects and donors.
• Maintains current records in databases and in files, including grant tracking and reporting.
• Works with the Communications Department to develop sponsorship solicitation materials.
• Works with various El Museo departments to ensure successful execution of grant-funded projects, including both program and budget components, assessment and evaluation, and grant compliancy.
• Supervises interns and volunteers.
• Performs related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor degree in related field, such as business, arts administration, nonprofit management, or humanities field.
• Proven success in building relationships and securing funding.
• Minimum of three years experience in development or business related field.
• One or more years of grant writing experience.
• Entrepreneurial self-starter who will identify and seize potential funding opportunities and sponsorships. Ability to work both independently and in a team-based environment.
• Superior written and verbal communicator with excellent presentation skills and engaging style. Ability to interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner with funders, members, donors, board members, volunteers and staff.
• Exceptional organizational skills including flexibility and reliability to multi-task and meet deadlines; detail-oriented and strong ability to prioritize.
• Budget development and outcome-based evaluation experience preferred.
• Familiarity with regional funding community a plus.
• Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel and Power Point. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software a plus.
• Bi-lingual (Spanish & English speaking) preferred.

El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please forward resume along with cover letter, with salary requirements, to jobs@elmuseo.org. No telephone calls, please.

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