With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art has embarked on a four-year (January 1, 2013–December 31, 2016), Museum-based pilot program for the study of objects in MoMA’s collection in partnership with graduate students and faculty from the art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. This Museum Research Consortium is intended to facilitate the joint study of key works in MoMA’s collection by curators and conservators from the Museum and faculty and graduate students from participating universities. This will be accomplished through semi-annual Consortium Study Sessions for the study and discussion of selected groups of objects. In addition, the Museum will host five annual full-time Fellows in a one-year mentorship program to work with a MoMA curator in the execution of various scholarly curatorial projects and programs, including the organization of exhibitions, collection displays, and collection development and interpretation.
To help organize and coordinate all of these activities the Museum is currently accepting applications for a Museum Research Consortium Project Coordinator who will work in close collaboration with the Museum Research Consortium Project Leader, a curator from the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and the Museum’s Senior Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs; other MoMA curators; faculty, staff, and students at the university partners; and selected outside consultants and advisors throughout the duration of the Museum Research Consortium. Additional responsibilities include:
Coordinates all communications, scheduling, travel arrangements, and accounting procedures related to the consortium.
Facilitates written and verbal correspondence related to the consortium.
Coordinates the participation of visiting scholars and academic participants.
Coordinates the joint activities of the Consortium Fellows within the Museum.
Devises and updates project schedule in collaboration with the project leader.
Explores, evaluates, and aids in the development of an inter-institutional Web platform together with the project leader, fellows, and other Museum staff.
Participates, as assigned, in the editing, preparation, acquisition, and dissemination of research materials; adds to the inter-institutional Web platform and other sources of scholarly communication throughout the course of the Initiative.
Assists in the organization and execution of semi-annual Consortium Study Sessions and related planning meetings, including the coordination of the movement of works of art to be studied during the Consortium Study Sessions.
Assembles and manages all feedback and evaluation materials from consortium participants.
Maintains budgets and financial records for the entire consortium and writes progress and final reports as assigned.
Answers inquiries with regard to the consortium, participants, and related material.
Qualified candidates will possess a Masters degree or higher, some post-college study of art history preferred, and related work experience. Excellent administrative, organizational, and written/oral communication skills. Superb attention to detail. Experience with budgets. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office procedures and equipment; museum database systems experience a plus. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and coordinate projects simultaneously with tact and diplomacy.
Special application procedures: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, two to three references, and a one-page summary addressing the ways in which your expertise, interests, and experience could aid in effectively advancing and managing the Museum Research Consortium to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.