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Curatorial Projects Manager –Museum of the City of New York

  • May 24, 2024 11:55 AM
    Message # 13361429
    Megan Eves (Administrator)

    JOB TITLE: Curatorial Projects Manager

    INSTITUTION: Museum of the City of New York 

    JOB LOCATION: New York 


    About the Institution

    The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.

    Job Description

    • Actively facilitate collaboration between the Curatorial Department and all other internal stakeholders, and external designers, consultants, partners, and vendors to ensure the successful implementation of projects.
    • Manage exhibition projects by creating and monitoring schedules for exhibition deliverables, assigning tasks, enforcing deadlines, and coordinating communication on progress and next steps.
    • Develop and maintain project budgets in collaboration with the Associate Director of Curatorial Projects and the project team, including quarterly forecasting for departmental budgets.
    • Lead postmortem reflections and leverage project management processes, best practices, and technology to continually improve workflows in the context of broader institutional objectives.
    • Coordinate the development of exhibition designs (conceptual, schematic, technical) with the project team, ensuring accuracy through interdepartmental reviews and effective communication of changes.
    • Support the Director of Exhibition Installation, exhibition designers, and vendors by creating and maintaining production, fabrication, and installation trackers to ensure all deliverables are produced on schedule, on budget, and to the required specifications.
    • Organize and oversee the development, production, and editing of exhibition text, graphics, reproductions, and audiovisual content. Coordinate with the Administrative Assistant, Curatorial Affairs and exhibition designers to ensure quality and accuracy of all materials. Use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator for text layout.
    • Manage collaboration between the project team, exhibition designers, and vendors to develop and realize opportunities for visitors to engage or interact with exhibition content or materials from initial conception and requirements gathering through production, installation, and routine maintenance. 
    • Actively oversee exhibition installation and manage related administrative tasks including file organization and archiving.
    • Initiate, organize, and conduct meetings, supervise departmental interns, and facilitate content sharing with internal departments.
    • Perform other duties as needed

    A successful candidate will have:
    • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a passion for advancing equity and addressing structural racism within nonprofit organizations
    • Bachelor's degree preferred; Associate's degree accepted.
    • Minimum of 2 years' experience in exhibition or design production.
    • Demonstrated experience in project management and process implementation.
    • Proven ability to develop and manage budgets, with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
    • Foundation in exhibition management procedures is advantageous.
    • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator is preferred.
    • The desire to work in a collaborative, supportive collegial environment
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Physical Requirements & Work Environment

    This role requires being stationary for 75% of the time and navigating office and museum environments. Proficiency in operating office equipment and occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds is essential, along with significant wrist, hand, and finger movements. Strong visual acuity (close, distance, color, and peripheral vision) is necessary for tasks like data analysis and computer use. Occasional outdoor work and travel within the five boroughs may be required.

    This Position is: Hybrid

    Position Type: Full-Time

    Salary range: $62,500 Annually

    Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid time off, Contribution to Retirement Plan

    How to Apply: To be considered, please include Manager, Curatorial Projects within the subject line of your email.  

    Job Closing Date: 6/30/2024

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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