Current Openings

Curatorial and Administrative Assistant

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Curatorial and Administrative Assistant to join the Curatorial Department. The position reports to the Chief Curator with direct supervision by Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs, to provide curatorial and administrative support to the curatorial team. The position is part-time permanent with a commitment of 21 hours per week ($18/hr), specifically Monday through Wednesday, with a start date of March 1, 2018.

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Specific duties and responsibilities may include

Exhibition related:Project manage; Research and fact-checking; checklist generation and maintenance in excel and TMS; preparation of loan agreements; coordinate editing and production of label and gallery texts, write text at discretion of curator; liaison work with guest curators, contractors, registrar’s office, and other staff; establish and maintain contact with artists, galleries, collectors, and institutions; request and coordinate photography; provide information and images to MAD staff, including education, marketing, and press departments; choose images, and manage content for exhibitions pages of MAD website in consultation with curator; manage the production of any printed text materials for gallery use; Route and handle invoices and check requests, complete expense reports

Collection related

Research Permanent Collection and create content for our blog, Views

Administration related

Maintain collection of museum publications, general library and magazine archive, including shelving, cataloguing, and organizing donations; maintain artist and exhibition files; attend weekly departmental operations meeting; mail correspondence of the department; other duties as assigned


  • MA (or working on MA) in Arts Administration, the History of Decorative Arts, Design, Art History, Craft or a related field
  • Demonstrated curatorial experience in nonprofit setting (internships will be considered)
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills essential
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, creatively solve problems, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • TMS, Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Interest and experience in Contemporary Craft, design (furniture, fashion) and jewelry

Please email resume/CV, cover letter, and writing sample (up to 5 pages including research based work and object/artist descriptions) to

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.


Communications Manager

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Communications Manager to help strategize and implement all outreach initiatives and external communications for the Museum. Reporting to the Chief External Affairs Officer and working closely with the Curatorial, Education, Development, Exhibitions and Special Events departments, the Communications Manager project manages and/or supports all efforts related to Press Relations, Marketing, Social Media, Digital Communications, Advertising and Promotional Partnerships, in order to creatively promote MAD’s exhibitions, educational and public programs, special events and initiatives, and ensure consistent messaging and positioning for the institution across all platforms.

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Primary responsibilities include:

Marketing, Editorial, Audience Development

  • Focusing on audience development, collaborate with curatorial, public programs, and education teams to fulfill communications and outreach goals, establishing monthly outreach calendar.
  • Research, initiate and maintain key marketing and cross-promotional partnerships to increase visitation and membership.
  • Write, edit and manage the production of external content and communications pieces (press releases, website content, marketing collaterals, digital communications).
  • With Chief External Affairs Officer and Lead Designer, maintain advertising calendar and manage production and distribution of print marketing materials (exhibition rack cards, brochures, promotional collaterals).

Digital Communications and Social Media

  • Oversee all digital communications for the Museum, including monthly e-newsletters and weekly cross-departmental e-blasts using Mailchimp. Manage digital mailings workflow and maintain digital communications calendar.
  • Develop creative social media campaigns for exhibitions, programs and general institutional initiatives; Maintain social media content calendar (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Create, track and report on metrics to evaluate effectiveness of campaigns and initiatives. Manage Google AdWords.

Press Relations

  • Act as main press liaison, answering all press requests, coordinating interviews, tours, on-site filming and photography. Manage all press events including outreach, logistics, and press kits (online and print).
  • In coordination with the Museum’s external PR agency, research and draft press releases, pitch stories and oversee targeted outreach, including weekly listings outreach.
  • Maintain and update press section of the website, including high-resolution image database.
  • Maintain media contact database (Consolidate and update contact lists; research specific media contacts and outlets for upcoming exhibitions and programs.)
  • Provide monthly press coverage reports for staff and Board of Directors. Prepare final media outreach reports for curators, trustees, funders and other partners.


  • Track budget and expenses.
  • Recruit and manage Communications interns.
  • Interact with the arts and design community and institutional partners as Museum advocate.


The ideal candidate will be a poised, collaborative and creative individual, with stellar project management and communication skills, eager to learn and grow with the institution at an exciting period of its history. Significant digital, editorial or marketing experience is preferred. Copy editing skills are a plus. Demonstrated interest in the cultural field is essential.

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to and indicate the job title “Communications Manager” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted.

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. 


Special Events Coordinator

Reporting to the Vice President: Special Events, the Special Events Coordinator will be a crucial part of the overall team responsible for meeting an approximately $2+ million fundraising goal each year, and will work collaboratively with the Special Events and Development teams to ensure the successful management of MAD’s three annual fundraisers, facility rentals, and development events.

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Responsibilities include

  • Assist with logistics, planning, and acknowledgments related to MAD Ball, Young Patrons Event, and LOOT: MAD About Jewelry
    • Manage MAD Ball auction and coordination, including the auction catalogue and on-line listings
    • Manage LOOT jewelry check-in and return; email correspondence with the artists; and the LOOT catalogue
    • Young Patron’s Gala: Process and track gifts and auction payments and assist with auction delivery post event
    • Support fundraising solicitation and follow up for all three events
  • Assist with soliciting space rentals, manage individual portfolio of space rentals (from site visit to event completion), and be day-of/ evening-of contact for the majority of space rentals
  • Support the management of members openings, opening dinners/curatorial dinners, Trustee dinners and cultivation events
  • Prepare and process invoices and gift acknowledgements for all 3 fundraisers, and file/track documents internally between Development and Accounting departments
  • Attend all events and provide check-in assistance and other event related support
  • Maintain, update, and distribute the Events Calendar once weekly  or as needed
  • Prepare, print, and package material for meetings and presentations as requested
  • Assist with marketing and sponsorship materials and decks as needed
  • Solicit in-kind liquor donations and sponsorships for special events and members openings.  Apply for liquor licenses as needed.

Desired Skills & Experience

Two years of event planning experience is a must.  Experience in Museum or nonprofit setting is a plus. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required. Candidates should demonstrate strong project and time management skills, superior organizational skills and an eye for detail; a proven ability to plan, manage, and execute multiple projects and timelines simultaneously; and strong written and verbal communication skills. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint a must; experience with InDesign, Raiser’s Edge, Dropbox a major plus.


Please send cover letter and resume to Please note “Special Events Coordinator” 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.


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.