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Current Openings


The Museum of Arts and Design seeks a Controller to join our Finance and Administration Department. The Controller prepares the monthly financial reporting package, and provides financial statement analysis, budget, and audit support.

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A high level of computer literacy is required in this role; this would include writing reports in financial Edge to compiling complex Excel models for budgeting purposes. In addition the controller will be responsible for improving financial process and systems integration.


  • Guides and monitors the month-end close process to ensure timely financial statement reporting
  • Maintains copies of all grants and receivables and reviews all grants to ensure that financial reporting requirements of funders are being met
  • Produces monthly financial statements, including Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Activities with comparisons to budget, Cash Flow Statement, Rolling Forecast, Net Assets Roll-forward, and Memo pointing out significant information.  Submits reports to and reviews with senior management
  • Maintains work papers and reconciliations for balance sheet and significant accounts
  • Maintains the Financial Edge accounting system, including the chart of accounts, reports, and budgets
  • Develops the annual budget with the CFO, with input from department heads
  • Produces grant expense reports as needed for Development & Education departments
  • Prepares financial statements  for grant reporting
  • Updates financial data on reporting agency websites
  • Responsible for approving disbursements, monitoring outstanding checks and cash flow
  • Responsible for sales tax filings
  • Attends finance & audit committee and/or board meetings to assist executive management in the presentation of monthly financial statement reports
  • Oversees and manages external auditors in the completion of the annual financial statement
  • Oversees and manages external accountants in preparation of the federal form 990
  • As needed, answer accounting and financial questions from the Director, Trustees , CFO or other Senior Staff members
  • Serves as back-up for Assistant Controller function
  • Performs other assignments and duties as necessary


  • Represent the Museum of Arts and Design to the highest standards.
  • Be able to deal with multiple personality types while remaining professional and courteous.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Adjust to changing priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and deadlines.
  • Work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines at a given time paired with excellent attention to detail.
  • Have the desire to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Want to help and support others.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Possess excellent oral, written, presentation and organizational skills.
  • Be a self-starter who can take direction and contribute ideas.
  • Have the ability to work independently on projects while meeting deadlines.
  • Must be able to work well on their own, while still being a team player.
  • Must exhibit a positive, “can do” attitude.
  •  Must possess excellent “people” skills and the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels within the organization, as well as Board members.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting; MBA or CPA preferred
  • Seven or more years supervisory/controllership/CFO experience required
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred
  • Ability to work on multiple systems, extract data and produce reports timely
  • Knowledge of Financial Edge, or other accounting software
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial reporting and audit support
  • Superior attention to detail, with excellent analytical skills

Please send your resume and cover letter, including desired salary to Applications without cover letters and/or desired salary will not be considered. Only candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.


Festival Project Manager

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a temporary, part-time Project Manager to coordinate and supervise the planning, organization and execution of “MAD Fest,” a three-day festival celebrating craft and the art of making to be held June 4-6, 2020. MAD Fest coincides with the Museum’s 2020 spring/summer exhibitions: Brian Clarke: The Art of Light, Beth Lipman: A Collective Elegy, and the re-installation of MAD's permanent collection of exquisite goblets by leading contemporary glass blowers. The event is an opportunity for audiences of all backgrounds to celebrate the practice of contemporary artists and designers working in glass and other craft-based media.

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A highlight of the festival will be the Corning Museum of Glass’ Mobile Hot Shop on the corner of Broadway and Columbus Circle. This re-created studio environment installed on the streets of New York City will provide festival goers the opportunity to experience live glassmaking and glass blowing demonstrations. Additionally, Gallery tours, workshops for all ages, film, music performances, and glass-making demonstrations by Urban Glass, Brooklyn will be offered and provide a participatory environment for visitors within the Museum.

The successful candidate will have prior experience managing public events of this nature, strong organizational skills, an acute attention to detail, and the ability to problem-solve, as well as juggle multiple priorities simultaneously. This position reports to MAD’s Deputy Director of Education but will work collaboratively across the Education Department and other departments throughout the Museum on scheduling, coordination, and communication between the Museum, vendors, and artists.

This position is temporary (Feb. 1—June 19, 2020), and part-time (approx. 21 hours per week), with no benefits. Compensation is $22 an hour. Increased hours will be required to support the execution of the event on June 4-6, 2020.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Attend all festival meetings, including weekly Executive Leadership Team meetings.
  • Prepare agendas for all festival-related meetings, record and share minutes, and follow up on meeting actions.
  • Update and distribute bi-weekly festival action items (PMP) document to all departments.
  • Work with the CFO to manage the festival budget; track receipts and expenses.
  • Assist with the recruitment and organization of festival volunteers, freelance artists, photographers, and other relevant vendors.
  • Prepare and organize all necessary on-site documents (signs, maps, information, event “bible,” etc.)
  • Set deadlines for assets, and chase relevant departments, vendors, and freelance artists for missing assets in time to meet deadlines and milestones.
  • Manage all project-related vendors.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, coupled with experience in arts administration and events planning.
  • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and to solve problems.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Collaborative nature and ease with communication across departments, with outside vendors, organizations and artists.


Please submit cover letter and resume to with “Festival Project Manager” in the subject line. Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.


Membership Sales Associate (Part Time)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a part-time membership sales associate to work with our Membership and Visitor Experience Departments.  The Membership Sales Associate’s main function is to actively recruit new members on-site. The Sales Associate is expected to approach, greet, and engage Museum visitors in an effort to sell memberships.

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This position reports to MAD’s Director of Membership, but will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum. This is a part-time position, not to exceed 20 hours per week. Compensation is $15 an hour plus bonus.

Essential Functions

  • Actively welcome visitors to the Museum and inform them about museum membership and its benefits, special promotions, and upcoming events. 
  • Promote membership during special exhibition campaigns, special promotions and public programs.
  • Demonstrate a complete and thorough understanding of all levels of membership and their respective benefits.
  • Complete membership application forms for new and renewing members.
  • Ensure that Membership Applications are kept well stocked in appropriate places throughout the Museum.
  • Keep abreast of all Museum events, activities, current and upcoming exhibitions, etc.
  • Provide limited administrative support to the Membership Office, and help with Membership events, as it required


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, coupled with interest in arts administration.
  • Previous sales/customer service experience needed.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and recruitment skills.
  • Must be exceptionally outgoing and personable with the ability to interact effectively with Museum staff, members and visitors.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office, and knowledge of POS software systems, ACME experience preferred.


Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: with the position title “Membership Sales Associate” in the subject line. Only eligible candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MAD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status as provided by law.


Visitor Experience Associate

Visitor Experience Associates are the front line staff of the Museum, creating the “face” of MAD to the public. This position is responsible for ensuring a positive visitor experience.

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Job duties include and are not limited to

  • Actively and enthusiastically greeting the public.
  • Sell tickets including cash and credit card transactions.
  • Manage cash till in accordance with museum policies and procedures.
  • Sell, process, and provide tickets and information about lectures, films, and special programs.
  • Sell memberships and provide member support during shifts
  • Answer inquiries about exhibitions, programs, amenities, membership, and related matters.
  • Answer phone calls to Visitor Services desk.
  • Coordinate with various departments regarding daily operations, deliveries, and appointments.
  • Perform crowd control in lobby as needed
  • Restock the desk with exhibition, program and membership brochures.
  • Perform opening, mid-shift, and closing duties.
  • Notify Manager of services and information the public routinely requests.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Candidates must possess, or have significant coursework towards, a Bachelor's degree, as well as an understanding of customer service.
  • Knowledge of ACME ticketing software a plus.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Excellent customer service, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends.
  • Knowledge of Spanish or French is helpful but not required.
  • Knowledge of art, craft, design, or museum work is strongly preferred.
  • Weekend, evening, and holiday availability preferred.


Part-time Visitor Experience Associates are scheduled up to 16 hours per week. Additional hours may be available.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Saran Adkinson, Visitor Experience Manager by emailing with subject line: Visitor Experience Associate.


For information about available internships, click here.

Opportunities for Artists

Artist Studios Program

The Artist Studios program hosts artists and designers daily in open studios. Artists-in-residence receive space and support to develop new work and expand their practice, while welcoming dialogue with the public about their processes, materials, and concepts.

The Program offers one full-time MAD Fellowship and six daily residencies per six-month session (February—July, August—January). Each resident is assigned one day each week to work, including select Thursday evenings, while fellows work 40 hours per week (schedule varies). Both residents and fellows benefit from a stipend, studio space with access to a variety of tools and materials, as well as professional development opportunities.

Successful applicants have a mature body of work and clearly understand the public-facing dimension of the program. Learn more about the Artist Studios.


Burke Prize

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize is an annual award that reinforces the Museum’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement. The prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist age 45 or under working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.

Each fall, the Museum presents an exhibition of works by the Burke Prize finalists. The winner is announced at the MAD Ball, the Museum’s annual fundraising gala. Learn about the 2018 Burke Prize finalists and exhibition here.

Learn more about the Burke Prize.

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