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TITLE: Executive Director
REPORT TO: Board of Trustees


El Museo del Barrio (‘El Museo’) is seeking an administrative and strategic leader as its Executive Director.  The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable supporter of Latin American and Latino arts, an experienced administrator and a seasoned communicator with expertise in building partnerships in the community, among council members and funders.  The Executive Director will be an active presence in the arts community and have the ability to lead and inspire a vibrant team of staff, Board and other stakeholders to achieve a collaborative working environment. This individual should have a positive, can-do attitude, be practical, results-oriented, enjoy building consensus with the public and value creative self-expression.  Above all, the successful candidate will have the desire, tenacity and passion to grow El Museo to new levels while honoring the history and vision of its creation.


Our ideal candidate will have proven ability as a leader who can bring vision and passion to grow our beloved museum. This individual will be responsible for:

  • Setting financial priorities to ensure the organization is operating in a manner consistent with the needs of programs and staff.
  • Expanding revenue-generating and fundraising activities. Proactively cultivate individual and institutional financial supporters.
  • Developing greater organizational capacity by tending to the museum’s talent, financial and technological needs.
  • Fostering a relationship with the board marked by open communication and responsiveness to issues affecting the strategic direction and operation of the museum.
  • Increasing visibility by creating and executing a refined communications and marketing strategy with the goal of enhancing El Museo as a cultural and civic resource; and amplifying the museum’s local, national and international stature in the art world.
  • Oversight of the exhibition and publications programing to strengthen the role of Latino and Latin American Art in the 21st
  • Developing, executing and evaluating the museum’s public programs to ensure integration of exhibition and educational objectives.



  • A Twenty-first Century’s vision for community engagement, program development, and expansion.
  • Cultural advocate of excellence and flawless execution in all El Museo activities
  • A thoughtful leader and advocate for the arts, El Museo and New York at home and abroad.
  • A strategist, who is able to collaborate successfully; one who listens well, can bend when necessary, and yet be firm and decisive at all levels.
  • A problem solver with an understanding of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities.
  • Personable, accessible, gracious and has a good sense of humor.



  • Ten (10) years of experience in a museum or related educational/research organizations: at least five years at a senior managerial level.
  • MA or higher degree in Art History or related field.
  • Excellent analytical, financial and organizational skills, with demonstrated leadership in fund-raising.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of museum management including education, collections care, public outreach, scholarship and institutional development.
  • Excellent managerial, planning, operational, and administrative skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/oral communications, bilingual Spanish and English and public speaking skills.


How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to

About El Museo –

El Museo del Barrio’s purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and artifacts of Caribbean and Latin American cultures for posterity. Its mission is to enhance the sense of identity, self-esteem and self-knowledge of the Caribbean and Latin American peoples through education of their artistic heritage and bringing art and artists into their communities.




DEPARTMENT: Visitor Services
AVAILABILITY: PT (21hrs/wk), non-exempt
REPORT TO: Manager Retail | Visitor Services

Under the supervision of the Retail and Visitor Services manager, the retail & visitor services associate will be the ambassador of the Museum to our visitor: to give the visitor an experience that they will want to share with others in the terms of gifts from the shop or returning to the Museum with others.

The person must be able to work weekends, a few evening hours per month and maintain flexible hours. Working under direct supervision, provide courteous service to customers at both locations, visitor services & la tienda (museum store). Uses knowledge of products and exhibitions to provide excellent service to Museum visitors. Receives, unpack and shelves merchandise as needed. Prepares merchandise for sale in the Museum shop. This includes, but is not limited to, packaging and labeling merchandise. May assist in moving large deliveries to the store’s warehouse. Operates computerized POS and ticketing system, answers customer queries and sells merchandise, admissions, memberships and tickets for events. Maintains appearance of displays and organization of book sections with an emphasis on cleanliness and attention to detail. Assists our museum visitors at the admission desk with current programs at the Museum. Acts as an ambassador to the visitors, aiding them to find the best there is to experience in the Museum’s surrounding neighborhood.

Desired qualities/skills: High school education required. At least 2 years experience in a retail operation and/or visitor services, preferably a museum store and specialty bookstore, or some combination of experience sufficient to develop sales, inventory control, cash management skills and customer service. Must be able to operate a computer cash register. May occasionally have to move cartons weighing up to 30 pounds. Bilingual is a must (English/Spanish).

Application Instructions
Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirement via email to with Associate Retail & Visitor Services, first and last name on the subject line. 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.*


Each spring, summer, and fall El Museo del Barrio offers Internship opportunities to promising undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and career changers who are considering careers in the arts, education, non-profits and museum profession.

Intern @ El Museo this Fall!
Fall 2016 Internship Cycle: First week of September – Second week of December
Please note, applications must be received on or by August 12, 2016 to be considered.


El Museo del Barrio succeeds with the generous help of those who participate in our people-driven activities. With the help of volunteers, El Museo provides its services with a human touch.