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Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs / William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator to help lead the Museum into its next phase of growth and success.

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The Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator will lead a curatorial team toward accomplishing the Museum's mission of welcoming all to celebrate the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.  MAD seeks a respected and seasoned leader with a record of curatorial achievement in craft, design, and objects that document contemporary and historic innovation.  The Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator is a member of the Museum's senior executive team, actively participating in helping shape the organization's vision and delivering on its mission, while directing its curatorial program.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in art and design from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary practice; a demonstrated interest in the making of art, craft, and design objects; experience in setting strategic goals for the development and management of a museum collection, as well as significant experience working with exhibition funders, and members of the press.

Along with the Director, the Deputy Director/Chief Curator is the key contact person for the art in the Museum's exhibitions program and must be at ease in a highly visible and public position. This role must cultivate relationships with artists, donors, collectors, and the broader art world, building support for MAD's artistic program through gifts, purchases, and exhibition fundraising efforts. Additionally, as a community ambassador for MAD, the Deputy Director/Chief Curator must develop civic, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental relationships, advancing the Museum's mission in tandem with the strategic success of its operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.


  • Management and mentoring of Curatorial Department staff, policies, procedures, and budgets.
  • Works with MAD's Director in the development and implementation of an exhibitions program strategy, and management of exhibition planning to set the direction and master calendar for exhibitions.
  • Serves on the senior executive team to ensure the success of the Museum's operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.
  • Management of interpretation, scholarship, and fundraising for the exhibitions program and collection.
  • Serves as content authority for exhibitions and publications, ensuring balance of schedule, scholarship, and value for audiences in the community and the art world.
  • Serves as a key member of the fundraising team to develop support for the collection, exhibitions, and other programs.
  • Management of the collection, including accessioning and deaccessioning, storage, and loans.
  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive, long-range, collections plan, setting funding strategies and building external support.
  • Works with the Acquisition and Collection Committee Chairs to set agendas, develop acquisition strategies, educate members, and enlist support for the collection plan.
  • 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 Deputy Director of Education to develop and deliver docent and volunteer education.
  • Collaborates with the Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing to develop and ensure the accuracy of all art-related information delivered to the public and press.
  • Works to promote exhibitions throughout the museum.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Master's degree in art history or related field, Ph.D. or equivalent preferred.
  • Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices, and procedure.
  • Outstanding national and international exhibition and publication history.
  • Management and supervisory skills; commitment to mentoring and developing staff.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a sustainable multi-year exhibition program.
  • Excellent research, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with staff, artists, other institutions, donors, and collectors.
  • Broad knowledge of art, craft, and design.
  • Self-directed and motivated.

Minimum of 6 years management-level museum experience required.

Minimum of 7 years applied curatorial experience.

Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project, and program budgets.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume and cover letter, including desired salary to HR@madmuseum.org with the exact subject line "Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs." Applications without cover letters and /or desired salary will not be considered. Please indicate available start date in the cover letter. Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

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


Deputy Director of Education

The Museum of Arts and Design seeks a Deputy Director of Education, a key member of the executive leadership team who will help lead the Museum into its next phase of growth and success.  Reporting to the Director, this position is responsible for executing education initiatives and overseeing public programs and projects that meet or exceed the Museum's strategic and artistic goals. Additionally, the person in the role will build upon MAD's already established educational programs, including, but not limited to, the Artist Studio program, Artslife, Teen Council, Studio Sundays, inquiry-led tours and hands-on workshops for K–12 groups, Arts Reach middle and high school partnerships, summer camps, and docent programs.

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  • Supervise  and direct the activities of the Museum's Education Department, including: Coordinator of Youth Programs, Manager of Public Programs, Coordinator of Public Programs, and Manager of Education Programs, and studio artists, part-time educators, docents and interns
  • Support department staff members, including the following: hiring, training, assigning/reviewing work, conducting performance evaluations, addressing work issues, approving time, setting work schedules
  • Lead staff in setting and prioritizing individual and department-wide goals, ensuring alignment with institutional objectives
  • Work collaboratively with whole Museum leadership team in the planning and pursuit of long-term, Museum-wide initiatives
  • Oversee, contribute to, and support Education staff in developing the interpretive content of educational programs, events, publications, and online resources
  • Oversee and actively participate in program and event delivery and evaluation
  • Plan and manage the budget of the Education Department
  • Write and or oversee grants in support of educational programs
  • Plan and approve staffing levels and job descriptions for hourly education staff and volunteers
  • Create various statistical summaries used in reports and grant proposals
  • Collaborate with the Museum curators and other scholars to develop interpretive focus, organization, and content of education related materials
  • Represent the Education Department in Museum-wide strategic planning, budget development, and the development of Museum policy
  • Work evenings and weekends for educational events and programs consistent with the Museum's schedule of events and activities


  • Deepens participation of visitors by producing dynamic public programs related to the Museum's exhibitions and/or focused on the Museum's target audiences
  • Demonstrates commitment to values of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Expands the reach of Museum programs by cultivating strategic partnerships with the New York City educational community
  • Develops and implements evaluation tools to measure, interpret, and analyze the outcomes of education and public programs, relative to the strategic goals of the Museum
  • Designs and conducts training programs for docents, interns, and volunteers
  • Assists with marketing and fundraising efforts, with a particular focus on grant writing, related to education and public programs
  • Supports the Museum's Education Committee, made up of members of the Board of Trustees
  • Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the position


The position requires a significant amount of contact with Museum staff, volunteers, and the general public. This involves frequent interactions and collaborations with Museum staff, vendors, donors, and other education professionals, that may be of a sensitive or confidential nature. Discretion and sound judgment is required. The Deputy Director of Education must be able to relate well to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, and positively represent the Museum in these contacts.


Requires Master's degree in Arts Education, Museum Studies or other related area with working knowledge of modern and contemporary art and design; seven or more years of professional experience in arts education, including curriculum and program design; prior supervisory and budget management experience; excellent organizational and computer skills; ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.


Please email your resume and cover letter, including desired salary to HR@madmuseum.org with the exact subject line "Deputy Director of Education Application." Applications without cover letters and /or desired salary will not be considered. Please indicate available start date in the cover letter. Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

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


AV Coordinator

The Museum of Arts and Design seeks a skilled professional for the position of AV Coordinator in the Exhibitions department. Reporting to the Director of Exhibitions, the position handles all AV needs related to the museum's exhibitions, public programs, building signage, and internal events. The successful candidate will have experience in theater and multimedia museum exhibitions.

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Working Hours

40 hours/week, 9:30 am–5:30 pm, Tuesday–Saturday during regular weeks, Monday–Friday during training and exhibition installations. An alternate schedule of 1–9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays as required by MAD's public programs schedule. Position requires occasional additional work on weekends and evenings as necessary.


Public programs and Staff Events:

  • Provide technical support for public programs requiring audio, video, or lighting in MAD's 143-seat cinema theater.
  • Identify and prepare all program technical requirements with external and internal program organizers.
  • Manage equipment inventory in theater for programmatic use, and track use by outside vendors.
  • Oversee the repair and purchase of new equipment in coordination with outside vendors.
  • Identify and manage a roster of freelance technicians who can provide additional program support.

Exhibitions Installation and Maintenance:

  • Oversee all exhibition related technical and multimedia elements.
  • Identify and coordinate multimedia projects with exhibitions personnel, curators, registrars, artists, etc.
  • Vet and prepare all media for display, including audio and/or video encoding and editing.
  • Utilize gallery networking when necessary for audio and video distribution.
  • Maintain exhibition AV equipment inventory.
  • Prepare installation plans (including power and data cable runs) for all multimedia elements.
  • Supervise a small crew of freelance AV technicians as needed.
  • Create an On/Off & Troubleshooting Procedures Guide for every exhibition.
  • Generate simple 3D models of exhibition objects using SketchUp.

General Museum Support, Etc.

  • Oversee Museum informational outlets (digital signage network, loading audio guides).
  • Provide guidance and occasional technical support for special events and offsite development events.
  • Other duties as needed and required.
  • Assist the Registrar department with any digital media in both MAD's permanent collection and on loan for exhibitions by consulting on the loan period and the technical capabilities to display the work properly, and by following MAD's digital art protocol for storage, access, and deletion.
  • Stay abreast with current best practices in TBM (Time Based Media) preservation, storage, and display.


  • 5–7 years of experience working with AV/theater production in a museum or public venue setting with the following technical familiarity:
    • Audio: use of wired and wireless microphones, audio recorders, audio playback, mobile PA system setup and breakdown;
    • Video: use of projection (both digital and analog); basic video editing and encoding processes; presentation support utilizing Keynote, PowerPoint, and/or Adobe PDF Reader; and archival video capture using professional HD camcorders; and
    • Lighting: conventional lighting setup (stage washes, spotlighting, and control).
  • Basic IT networking experience with an understanding of IP addressing, and VNC for remote access.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Familiarity with SketchUp.
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premier) is strongly recommended.


Please send an email with cover letter, resume and salary requirements to resumes@madmuseum.org with the position title "AV Coordinator" in the subject line.


Lead Engineer

This position is expected to lead the day-to-day maintenance, repair, and efficient operation of all building systems and equipment. The engineer will be expected to coordinate and complete all requests for work, assign priorities, delegate to appropriate contractor, if required, and follow-up on completion. In particular, the Engineer will be expected to perform routine maintenance and repairs of all HVAC, heating, refrigeration, water, and energy systems to ensure the effective operation of the facility.

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  • Ensures that Museum buildings are being managed and maintained in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and to the highest level of operational efficiency.
  • Provides administrative operational and technical service and support.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and unscheduled repairs of HVAC mechanical plumbing lighting electrical locking mechanism devices and life safety systems.
  • Monitors energy and utility consumption and makes adjustments accordingly.
  • Suggests recommends and implements improvements alterations upgrades or replacement of equipment or systems integral with the buildings.
  • Maintains maintenance and daily logs of all equipment.
  • Supervises and coordinates with contractors and mechanics as necessary and as directed by the Director of Facilities.
  • Provides backup to other members of the crew as necessary in resolving maintenance issues.
  • Performs administrative work as required such as completion of work orders, processing invoices and maintenance of required databases.
  • Conducts regular building inspections ensuring building equipment meets scheduled and periodic maintenance requirements and contractor service levels are achieved.
  • Carries out minor maintenance requirements on a scheduled or periodic basis including but not limited to lamp replacement electrical work mechanical work and plumbing work as directed by management.
  • Monitors risk management and environmental issues and reports accordingly.
  • Monitors computerized control systems such as BMS and other equipment.
  • Assists with environmental assessments and reporting.
  • Participates in occupational health and safety program.
  • Assists with insurance and risk management inspections remedial actions and reporting.
  • Remains current and up to date with new industry practices legislative changes and new technologies.
  • Maintains all state and city licenses required for performing above duties.
  • Conducts regular thorough inspections of mechanical and electrical areas reporting all serious deficiencies promptly to Director of Facilities.
  • Maintains clean attire and a clean work area. Performs emergency repairs or actions to safeguard the equipment and building. Performs other duties as assigned by management.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (some college preferred) and three years related experience
  • Must hold and maintain an CFC Univerdal Certification and NYC Certificate of Fitness for Citywide Sprinkler Systems (S-12), Citywide Standpipe (S-13), and Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems (S-95).
  • Experience in general building maintenance including lighting electrical plumbing and HVAC
  • Other skills and certifications preferred.
  • Ability to monitor respond and react to all building conditions (leaks, smoke, other emergencies) and to operate BMS systems
  • Experience and demonstrated ability using power tools equipment hydraulic lifts interior/exterior ladders computer workstations and BMS system operation
  • Strong customer service skills are essential.

Please email resume to: matthew.mcenteggart@madmuseum.org


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 jobs@madmuseum.org 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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