Current Openings

Arts Reach Teaching Artist

The Museum of Arts and Design seeks an experienced Teaching Artist for its in-school program, Arts Reach, which provides opportunities for New York public school students to learn about arts, craft, and design through hands-on projects that reflect MAD’s current exhibitions. The program is presented in partnership with the Manhattan Alternate Learning Centers (ALC) and Bronx Alternate Learning Centers (BALC), a division of the New York City Department of Education that supports middle and high school students serving short- and long-term suspensions. The ALC’s administration views these suspensions as an opportunity to reach students who are in severe danger of being left behind by their peers and to expose them to positive influences. The primary objective of the Arts Reach in-class workshops, which are led by the Museum’s Teaching Artists, is to provide a positive environment that nurtures innovative critical thinking and creative problem solving and encourages students’ self-confidence. For additional program information, please visit:

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This part-time position reports to the Manager of Education Programs, but will work collaboratively with other artist educators and the Groups Coordinator.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Teach in schools and at the Museum, with responsibilities extending to Arts Reach, MADlab, and Teachers’ Professional Development activities.
  2. Collaborate with the MAD Education Department in the design and implementation of interactive gallery talks and activities, including creating detailed lesson plans.
  3. Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled by the Manager of Education Programs.
  4. Research MAD’s collection and special exhibitions.
  5. Document and reflect on your own teaching.


  1. Undergraduate or Master’s degree in Studio Arts, Art Education, or Education; a background in studio art preferred. Practicing artists are encouraged to apply.
  2. Strong lesson-planning and writing skills as well as knowledge of art, craft, and design; art, craft, and design history; art-making processes; and artistic development (grades K–12). Knowledge of National Core Arts Standards, New York State Teaching Standards, and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts required.
  3. Demonstrated experience teaching students in school programs and/or special needs audiences.
  4. Experience working with a diverse group of students at the middle and high school levels.
  5. Knowledge of learning and cognitive theory a plus.
  6. Familiarity with best practices for children with special needs a plus.
  7. Experience working in a museum or cultural setting.
  8. Enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work in a fast-paced class environment.
  9. Ability to make a commitment of at least one year.
  10. Candidate must register with the New York City Department of Education’s Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS), a security clearing system; the NYCDOE requires all staff working directly with children to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check.


Please submit cover letter and resume to with “Arts Reach Teaching Artist” in the subject line. 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 Manager

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a full-time Visitor Experience Manager to ensure a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors. This fast-paced position will be responsible for all aspects of customer service related to public admissions at the Museum, which has over 250,000 visitors annually, and will oversee all related data analytics and reporting. An active member of the front-line customer service team, the Visitor Experience Manager will hire, train, and manage all Visitor Experience Associates, who serve as the primary greeters to Museum visitors. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to genuinely welcome and inform a wide range of visitors, demonstrated management abilities, and the capacity to prepare and analyze data and oversee daily ticketing/sales transactions.

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Primary Responsibilities:

  • Actively greet Museum visitors, including tour groups and patrons of the restaurant and store, and inform them of programs and other offerings, including membership.
  • Promote and sell memberships, and provide member support as needed.
  • Oversee maintenance and utilization of admissions and ticketing software; manage sales transactions, including tracking, reporting, cash management, and opening and closing procedures.
  • Compile attendance data and prepare weekly reports, as well as quarterly board reports.
  • Hire, train, and manage staff of Visitor Experience Associates.
  • Provide daily updates on Museum offerings to all Visitor Services staff.
  • Develop and continuously update the customer service guidelines distributed to all front-line staff.
  • Work with the Museum’s Curatorial, Exhibitions, and Education departments to determine best practices for describing and experiencing exhibitions and programs.
  • Conduct Visitor Services staff walk-throughs of exhibitions and events, designing and developing strategies for the visitor experience.
  • Collect and report visitor feedback.
  • Ensure effective, on-brand admissions-desk operations through monitoring of collaterals and supplies; updating tangibles printed in-house with the use of InDesign; and ensuring that promotional materials are readily available to visitors.
  • Oversee requirements to sustain current admissions partnerships, and prepare monthly partnership reports.
  • Promote and sell public program tickets, and create special-invite registration pages as needed; manage public programs check-in by consolidating guest lists and providing requirements for special ticketing.
  • Manage the events, MADlabs, admissions, and public programs databases.


  • 3 to 5 years of visitor services experience or equivalent sales, marketing, or customer service experience within a cultural institution, with a proven ability to manage staff.
  • Demonstrated experience with data tracking, analysis, and ticketing software systems required.
  • A professional, warm, and positive attitude, coupled with strong customer service, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and team-building skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively impart Museum policies and offerings to visitors.
  • An interest in art, craft, and design, with a readiness to learn about MAD’s history, exhibitions, programs, and other activities.
  • Experience in the tourism and hospitality industry a plus; foreign language skills also a plus.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Please send cover letter and resume to Please note “Visitor Experience Manager” in the subject line. Only qualified applicants 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. 


Associate Registrar for Exhibitions  

Reporting to the Director of Collections Management, the Associate Registrar for Exhibitions will be assigned to work on multiple, concurrent in-house and traveling exhibitions, organized by MAD as well as outside institutions.  This position also coordinates all aspects of incoming loan logistics, including shipping, packing/crating, customs brokerage, insurance, courier arrangements, and freight forwarding from consolidation through dispersal. Further responsibilities for this position will include:

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  • Supervise exhibition unpacking, installation, de-installation and re-packing of artwork
  • Regularly meet with the Exhibitions and Curatorial  departments in advance of installation to identify and discuss concerns regarding objects, display, and packing and shipping
  • Ensure lender restrictions are honored in installation and in design planning process
  • Ensure packing, shipping, display, protection of works is in accordance with museum standards and best practices
  • Create exhibition schedule of all art shipments/couriers
  • Create security access lists for distribution to Visitor Services/Security/Exhibitions Dept.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of art handlers for installation/de-installation with Director of Exhibitions and Head Preparator
  • Coordinate the scheduling of P/T or contract registrars for installation/de-installation with the second Associate Registrar for Exhibitions, and Director of Collections Management
  • With the second Associate Registrar for Exhibitions, monitor daily conditions of environment and artwork in galleries and create weekly reports for Head Preparator
  • Prepare all above listed arrangements for traveling exhibitions, and act as courier to accompany exhibitions


  • Create registration budgets for review by Director of Collections Management and Exhibitions  departments; assist with budget forecasting; continually update expenditures and anticipated expenditures
  • Submit payment requisitions for related costs to Director of Collections Management and record all expenses in the shared budget


  • Review and submit comments on Exhibition Contracts
  • Review venue facilities reports
  • Assist in revisions of standard loan agreement/contract language as necessary
  • Develop with Director of Collections Management, in coordination with the Curatorial and Exhibitions departments, alternate language for loan agreements, waivers,  and insurance arrangements pertaining to objects intended for visitor interaction or other atypical display


  • Process signed Loan Agreements, forward copies to curators, etc.
  • Coordinate appropriate insurance arrangements in collaboration with the Director of Collections Management
  • Create and compile condition report notebooks and write condition reports upon unpacking/repacking of incoming loans
  • Create and maintain Lender and Shipping files and archive files following the exhibition close
  • In collaboration with the Exhibitions department, create crate lists, packing notes and special handling instructions for distribution to traveling exhibition venues
  • For international loans: create proformas for selected freight forwarder; when required, compile information for US Fish & wildlife applications, CITES applications, and State Dept. applications when necessary
  • If required, work with Director of Collections Management on U.S. Indemnity applications
  • Employ TMS for all aspects of exhibitions organization and preparation, including all major forms using loan, object, exhibitions and shipping modules and specialized reports; also update object locations

Permanent Collection:

  • If and when the Associate Registrar for Exhibitions schedule allows, the Director of Collections Management may ask the Associate Registrar for Exhibitions to assist with Permanent Collection activities which may vary from one-time tasks such as local courier trips to assisting with multi-day inventory, TMS-related projects; or, assisting other departments such as Special Events with artwork shipping coordination for MAD-events


  • Complete other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and skill required for the job


  • Minimum three years exhibition registration (traveling exhibit experience required).
  • Must befamiliar with international/domestic fine art shipping/crating companies, international crating standards, TSA shipping and screening requirements, experience with 3-D objects.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, general proficiency in Windows and database applications (candidates with TMS and/or Crystal Reports proficiency highly desirable). 
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented with the ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.  Four-year degree required. Graduate degree in museum studies or related field is preferred but not required. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. No relocation compensation shall be offered.


Please submit cover letter and resume to  with “Associate Registrar for Exhibitions” in the subject line. 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.


Group Coordinator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Group Coordinator to coordinate and schedule school and group tours.  As a member of the Education Department, the Group Coordinator will also maintain relationships with long-term partners as well as research and foster relationships with new audiences.  The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, an acute attention to detail, and the ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously.

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This position reports to MAD’s Vice President of Education and Programs, but will work collaboratively across the Education Department and other departments throughout the Museum in scheduling, evaluation, and outreach.

This is a part-time position; candidates must be available three days per week.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Oversee scheduling for school and adult groups. This includes responding promptly to inquiries; making arrangements with tour guides; and ensuring the timely handling of bookings, confirmations, invoicing, and payments. 
  • Effectively communicate the programs and services offered to groups visiting the Museum.
  • Accurately relay group policies and procedures to group leaders.
  • Execute outreach initiatives for attracting groups to museum, which may include drafting e-blast materials, developing outreach lists, writing letters, etc.
  • Assist in gathering evaluations and feedback from group organizers and participants.
  • Assist the VP of Education and Programs with administrative duties.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, coupled with deep interest in the arts/arts education. 
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously. 
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Prior knowledge of booking software like Patron Edge a plus. 
  • Collaborative nature and ease with building strong relationships across departments, with arts administrators, and with non-profit organizational partners.


Please submit cover letter and resume to with “Group Coordinator” in the subject line. 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. 


Head Preparator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a skilled professional for the position of Head Preparator in the Exhibitions Department. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Exhibitions and will work with the Registrar, Curatorial, and Operations departments to implement and maintain an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and installations in the four floors of galleries.

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9:30 - 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Position requires occasional work on weekends and evenings as necessary especially during exhibition installation periods.


  • Collaborate closely with Registrars to plan, strategize and ensure the safety and proper handling of all exhibition and collection objects
  • Hire, supervise and manage a crew of part-time Preparators, AV technicians, Carpenters and Mount Makers
  • Responsible for on-going development and maintenance of museum standard protocols for art handling
  • Coordinate with outside contractors to price, schedule, fabricate, deliver and install all required design and display elements. 
  • Manage schedules for all installation periods – generating and distributing daily schedules with anticipated goals
  • Produce estimates of required labor, supplies and fabrication costs to assist in exhibition budgeting process
  • Perform routine maintenance of all exhibitions in our galleries and installation spaces, including: cleaning, light replacement, paint touch-up, ect.
  • Complete research as needed for exhibition planning and design
  • Receive, pack, handle, and crate work from the museum’s collection, and for exhibitions
  • Assist Head Registrar with any art handling needs related to MAD’s permanent collection, including: preparation for Collections Committee meetings, physically assisting with permanent collection moves, or related issues.
  • Maintain a clean, organized, safe and well-stocked workshop, supply closets and prep room
  • Uphold an up-to-date and accurate inventory of all tools and equipment and supplies
  • Adhere to best practices for museum conservation, preservation, receipt and release process of artwork
  • Manage art handling required for museum fundraising events
  • Assist occasionally with the transportation of work; and
  • Other duties as needed and required


  • BA in Art, Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field
  • Minimum 5 years experience in museum art handling, installations, and preparation
  • Experience working strategically and closely with museum registrars
  • Required to lift 50 pounds, work on high lifts and safely operate saws and other power tools
  • Extensive knowledge of museum art handling and packing standards
  • General knowledge of fabrication and construction methods
  • Demonstrated team management and leadership skills
  • Experience using Excel, Photoshop, and a 3D modeling platform (SketchUp preferred)


Competitive salary including full benefits with health care insurance and a 403(b) plan.


Please send an email with cover letter, resume and salary requirements to with the subject line: “Head Preparator”. The Museum of Arts and Design is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Assistant Controller

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), which has a $10 million operating budget, seeks an Assistant Controller who will be responsible for Cash Receipts, Cash Disbursements, and assistance in the Year-end Audit, as well as Account Analysis and assistance to the Controller and CFO as needed.  This position reports to the Controller.

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Key responsibilities include supporting the following activities:

  • Revenue processing for donations via check, credit card, wire transfer and stock donations
  • Revenue processing for admissions and the museum store’s e-commerce site
  • Processing of Accounts Payable and 1099’s
  • Balance sheet and revenue reconciliations monthly
  • Monitor cash flow and report balances to Controller and CFO
  • Assist with employee benefits administration
  • Provide back-up support to Controller for semi-monthly payroll processing and associated tasks
  • Sales audit and processing of daily store and admissions sales (reconcile to store and admission software)
  • Assist with year-end financial audit
  • Budget analysis and interpretation to support museum staff
  • Assist in developing and maintaining documented accounting policies and procedures
  • Other administrative support as time allows


  • Minimum three years related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience working with Financial Edge and ADP payroll software, as well as Office, Word and Excel
  • Must have good attention to detail and ability to accurately and clearly document work
  • Strong communications skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

This position requires a significant amount of sitting and working on computer.

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. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to
Please note “Assistant Controller” in the subject line. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.  Thank you for your interest in this position.  


For information about available internships, click here.

Opportunities for Artists

Artist Studios Residency and Van Lier Fellowship

The Artist Studios Program hosts residents and fellows daily in a live studio environment.  Residents and fellows are selected for four-month sessions (February – May, June – September, and October – January).  Each resident is assigned one day each week to work, along with a selection of Thursday and Friday evenings, while fellows work 40 hours per week (schedule varies).  Both residents and fellows have 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. To learn more about this opportunity click here.