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Director [Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC]

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.”

THE MET TODAY: The Organization and Its Leadership 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”), among the world’s greatest cultural institutions, has an encyclopedic collection of more than two million objects spanning 5,000 years, an operating budget of $315 million, an endowment of $3.1 billion, and 2,200 staff working at three sites: The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer. In FY 2017, in addition to welcoming more than seven million visitors to its three sites and more than 31 million visits to , The Met celebrated its most successful fundraising year in decades, raising more than $220 million in gifts and pledges. Recent critically acclaimed exhibitions include: Irving Penn: Centennial Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties Kerry James Marshall: Mastry Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World Vig e Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France ; and Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection .

The Director of The Met is responsible for the artistic vision and leadership of the Museum made visible through the work of the 32 departments currently reporting to the Director: 17 Curatorial departments, five Conservation departments, Scientific Research, the 900,000-volume Thomas J. Watson Library, the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, Exhibitions, Education, Digital, Publications and Editorial, Imaging, the Registrar, and Design. The Director oversees The Met’s program of 45 to 55 exhibitions and 30 print and digital publications a year, its research fellowship program, and its education and public programs that reach approximately 750,000 students, teachers, and other visitors each year in support of the Museum’s commitment to audience engagement. The Director also leads The Met’s acquisition program, managing endowed acquisition funds that generate approximately $26 million annually, in addition to the objects patrons give and bequeath.

The Director reports to and works in partnership with the President and Chief Executive Officer. Responsible for the Museum’s administrative functions, the President oversees Institutional Advancement, Membership, Technology and Information Services, Human Resources, Merchandising, Communications, Marketing, Government Relations, Legal Affairs, and Finance, as well as Facilities Management, Security, and Construction. The President and Director together develop strategic plans with the Board of Trustees, raise funds, represent The Met externally, and ensure the well-being of the institution on a day-to-day basis.

The Director and the President answer to a Board of 40 elected Trustees and are subject to the general supervision of the Chairman of the Board. In addition, there are five city Ex Officio Trustees, 30 Trustees Emeriti , and 25 Honorary Trustees. The Met Trustees are deeply invested and have been extraordinarily generous. Both the Director and the President serve as Ex Officio members of the Board and of all its committees, engaging almost daily with their Board colleagues.

THE POSITION: Responsibilities and Priorities 

The Director of The Met will be a skilled and distinguished leader in the field with the demonstrated ability to develop and implement a vision that looks forward, advances The Met’s mission, and inspires supporters, staff, and the public. In addition to the professional responsibilities incumbent upon any art museum director, The Met has the following key priorities for its Director:

  • Be a strong and collaborative partner with the President; build relationships up and down the organization and establish credibility as the Museum’s artistic leader;
  • Develop a vision that advances The Met’s commitment to excellence, leadership, and innovation in the field; model and encourage internally, locally, nationally, and internationally collaborations that underscore the unique power of The Met;
  • Embody a passion for art and for The Met; serve as a visible spokesperson for the Museum with stakeholders, the media, and the public; be an active principal in The Met’s ambitious and highly effective fundraising programs;
  • Hire, oversee, motivate, and mentor a highly skilled professional staff, building bench strength for the future;
  • Focus on effective decision-making in areas including exhibitions, education programs, digital media, capital priorities, and organizational structure;
  • In collaboration with the President, Trustees, and staff, help shape and support The Met’s commitment to Modern and Contemporary Art, including plans for The Met Breuer and the Southwest Wing.

The Person: Characteristics and Qualifications 

The Director will be a tested executive who will:

  • Be a leader, with the knowledge, gravitas, integrity, and ability to motivate and inspire a highly skilled professional staff and shape the field on the world stage;
  • Have an excellent “eye” and a deep commitment to scholarship and education; be able to appreciate and convey with passion a vision encompassingthe full breadth and depth of The Met’s collections;
  • Possess a highly developed “EQ” to ensure successful relationship building, fundraising, advocacy, communication, and team building in short, leadership;
  • Be an engaged listener with the ability to build consensus both within the Museum and beyond;
  • Be a compelling spokesperson adept at inspiring widely divergent audiences;
  • Understand fiscal and operational constraints in order to be a persuasive partner with the President and advocate in the context of competing priorities;
  • Be bold; innovative; self-confident; resilient; decisive; and deeply thoughtful while focusing on the greater good for The Met.

The Met seeks a diverse candidate pool. Please send applications or nominations to 

Sarah James and Becky Klein at .

Conservation Technician [Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA]

Part-time, Temporary, May 14- June 14, 2018
Posting Date: 2/12/18
Cambridge Arts Council
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Cambridge Arts Council is looking for a conservation technician to assist with the
annual documentation, maintenance, and treatment of its outdoor sculpture and murals
collection. The technician will be working with a team of 2 experienced technicians, the
staff Registrar/Collections Care Specialist, and the Director of Art Conservation for 3
days per week beginning May 14 and ending June 14. The work will include washing and
waxing bronzes, assessment and minor treatment of public art in schools and libraries,
and cleaning mosaics and painted steel sculptures. The work will also include artist
interviews about materials and processes. Some experience with conservation
treatment or collection care is desirable, ability to work all day outdoors needed, good
energy and a sense of humor required. Knowledge of photography is helpful. This is a
great opportunity for a pre-program conservation student or for an emerging artist
interested in learning more about public art.
$18 – $24 hour depending on experience.
Please contact Rika Smith McNally, Director of Art Conservation, Cambridge Arts Council,
at, by March 16, 2018.

Summer Internships in South Africa

Spend your summer participating in the art scene in South Africa via part study-part internship program. 
Description: Students in this small study & internship program spend 3 weeks visiting museums and community centers, talking with artists, making art, and meeting people in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Once they settle in Cape Town they work in a museum for a 5 week internship while soaking up the city’s art scene.
Dates: Mid-June to early August
– one pre-travel week of instruction via Google Hangout
– 3 weeks of experiential learning in Johannesburg and Cape Town (with a two-day side trip to Kruger National Park)
– 5 week internship in a major museum or cultural heritage organization in Cape Town
Credits: Minimum of 7 undergrad or graduate credits in art, cultural studies, museum studies, or independent studies. Includes a 5-week internship. If interested, participants can complete seven of the requisite 15 credits needed to obtain a transcriptable Museum Studies specialization.
Eligibility: MSU and non-MSU undergraduates or graduate students or continuing education students. All are welcome.
Deadline: March 1, 2018 
Limits: Only 6 spots available; early commitment strongly encouraged.

Education Internship [Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH]

Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is offering two education internships this year.  It is a ten week program, and free housing is available for any students who wish to live on the museum campus.  Students will receive a $1,000 upon completion of their ten weeks.  Program details are as follows:

 The education department is seeking advanced undergraduate or graduate applicants in the education field to assist in development and implementation of the museum’s summer camp curriculum. You will do research on three centuries of New England History and incorporate that knowledge into lesson plans, games, and activities for campers that range in age from 6-16. As an education assistant you will get to know the engaging stories and history behind the museum’s 42 historic houses and the historic seaport town of Portsmouth, NH. Interns are an integral part of a successful camp; therefore, applicants must be extremely reliable and accountable. Acting, theater, or roleplaying experience is a plus. Candidates must be enthusiastic and enjoy interacting, teaching, and playing with large groups of children. This position requires high energy and the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Please note on your application if you are particularly interested in working with our Junior Roleplayers. The Junior Roleplaying summer camp program at Strawbery Banke caters to children 12-16 years of age. Interns take on much of the lesson planning within the camp curriculum and are frequently expected to lead group lessons or activities. The program highly emphasizes New England history, acting skills, and active learning environments. Candidates must have a positive attitude, strong motivation, and high energy. Experience in acting, theater, or improvisation is desirable, as well as experience working with older children.

More details and application can be found at

Collections Cataloguer [Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA]


About Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum is one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. It was founded in
1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau and for over 100 years has been engaging children in joyful discovery experiences that help to instill a lifelong love of learning.

The Museum’s hands-on and experiential exhibits and programs help to show the power of play in supporting informal learning and encourage creativity, curiosity, and imagination. They aid children with skill discovery, early literacy, health and wellness, awareness of the environment, science and math enrichment, and fine motor skill development.
The Museum is an educational institution deeply committed to closing the achievement gap by providing
experiential learning opportunities and adult engagement resources. Adult engagement and providing access to the Museum and its programming, regardless of visitors’ challenging life circumstances, remain major priorities. Museum programs help families nurture their children’s natural curiosity and discovery. The Museum’s location in Boston’s innovation district provides the opportunity for corporate partners and local businesses to offer interactive design and build “construction and maker zone” programs for kids, and exposes participants and their families to a variety of career opportunities.
The Museum is also one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a diverse collection. The
Museum’s collections of Americana, Natural History, Global Culture, Native American, Dolls and Dollhouses, and Japanese artifacts encompass more than 50,000 items. As one of the largest children’s museums in the world, Boston Children’s Museum also provides museum consulting services and creates award winning traveling exhibits, staff training materials, and exhibit kits for Museum professionals.

In 2013, Boston Children’s Museum was one of ten recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Reporting to the Curator of Collections, the Collections Cataloger is responsible for multiple projects involving Boston Children’s Museum’s artifact collections. The primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: cataloging, documenting, researching and inventorying museum artifacts; taking digital images and scans; and preparing and entering catalog records into the PastPerfect database. The Cataloger will largely be working with materials that have been identified for deaccession and data entry for materials in use for exhibits and programs. Additional responsibilities may include contacting other institutions regarding transfer of materials and appropriately housing and cleaning items in storage.
The Cataloger will attend staff, department, and other meetings as needed and may assist BCM staff and
outside visitors in storage. Additional tasks may be assigned by the Curator of Collections as needed.
This is a part-time (2-3 days per week), temporary position with potential to go through 6/30/18.

Essential Job Functions:
 Create object-level catalog records with carefully written descriptions and provenance histories, digital
images, and thoughtfully applied subject and search terms.
 Evaluate artifacts’ general physical condition and update or create object level files for items, especially
those in current or upcoming use.
 Prepare deaccession tracking lists in preparation for Collections Board Committee reviews.
 Respond to requests for assistance with artifacts in exhibit spaces.
 Attend department and other related meetings.
 Other tasks as assigned by Curator of Collections

 High school diploma required; college degree/experience preferred
 Strong interest in or course work in Museum Studies, Cultural Studies, History, or Public History
 Working knowledge of office procedures and equipment
 Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Windows applications
 Strong organization skills; detail oriented
 Ability to interact positively with diverse staff and visitors
 Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure
 Familiarity with digital imaging, databases, and scanning a plus
 Familiarity with online document sharing sites (e.g. Google Docs, Drop Box) a plus
 Proficiency or interest in social media a plus

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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