CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

CURATOR

Title: 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 Curator serves as the in-house scholar, manager and spokesperson for El Museo del Barrio. S/he regularly interfaces with a broad and interested public, including artist, community members, colleagues and students, regarding the art, artists, and programs related to EL Museo. The Curator is responsible for general public interface as well as for all aspects in the production and implementation of designated temporary. Permanent Collection, and travelling Museum exhibitions, and all related programming and printed matter. S/he is responsible for the research, development, interpretation, implementation, documentation, dissemination, conclusion, and reporting.

The Curator reports regularly on progress to the Chief Curator / Executive Director, recommends action, and implements approved activities. The Associate Curator is responsible for the supervision of the curatorial staff, interns, volunteers, and contract workers, as directed, and for the productive interaction of the Curatorial Staff with other departments vis a vis these projects. The Curator serves as a host spokesperson and art historian, professionally representing El Museo del Barrio.

Specific Responsibilities:

I. Administrative & Development Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all aspects of planning for exhibitions, including but not limited to: all correspondence, clarifying and producing final checklist, short and long narrative descriptions, power point presentations and other development materials, proposed programming calendars, bibliographies and other educational materials, and tracking and adhering to all related budges set forth by the institution. Collaborates with all staff, colleagues, interns, volunteers, and contract workers necessary to complete these tasks. Coordinates and manages images and captions for press, education and curatorial, and suggest appropriate materials for the Museum Shop in a timely fashion, including books, catalogues, other merchandise.
  • Working in tandem with the Registrar and/ or Permanent Collection Manager, is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of incoming and outgoing shipping, including loan forms, contracts, and all professional services.
  • Produces final texts for bilingual invitations, press releases, signage, brochures, website materials, ad copy, and other public materials, and coordinates with necessary editors, translators, designers and other providers in the production of said materials.
  • Working in tandem with public relations, special events, and Development, plans for all details relating to press events and receptions.
  • Carries out all details required for the implementation of approved programs throughout the course of the exhibition, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs Department, the Operations Staff, and others, including tours for VIP or special groups.
  • Concludes all programming and exhibitions as required, including but not limited to final reports, filling and archiving.

II. Physical Care and Handling 

  • Produces proposed exhibition layouts and installation and de-installation schedules, including the planning of all personnel (security, art handlers, operational personnel, artists, etc.), display furniture mounting needs, av equipment and its installation, and other site-specific technicalities. Insures all materials and personnel needed are present as required. Maintains and updates schedules during installation and de-installation, informing all parties of any changes.
  • Plans, Coordinates, implements is responsible for the supervisions of the entire installation and de-installation as the curator-in-charge, serving to solve any unexpected problems or issues which may arise.

III. Other Related Duties

  • Assist in preparing grant proposals related to exhibitions and programs.
  • Assis in the ongoing research and maintenance of the Permanent Collection and undertakings related to its digital dissemination.
  • Attendance at all institution-wide meetings, and occasional attendance at meetings with boards, funders, artists, curators, or professional colleagues as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Requirements 

  • Master’s Degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, or a related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of curatorial or museum experience.
  • Spanish/ English bilingual skills.
  • Fluency in various computer- and digital imaging systems.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage simultaneous priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well with various constituencies, and supervise volunteers, interns, professional contract workers, and others.

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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