Current Openings

Marketing & Media Relations Manager

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a full-time Marketing & Media Relations Manager to join our Communications and Marketing team. Reporting to the Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing, and working in close collaboration with the Marketing Director, the Marketing & Media Relations Manager will help strengthen a focused, mighty team to raise attendance, build awareness, increase visibility, expand the membership base, and generate financial support for the Museum. The Marketing & Media Relations Manager primarily will manage and support key initiatives related to social media, press outreach and public relations, and promotional partnerships.

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  • Act as main press liaison, responding to press requests, coordinating interviews, tours, on-site filming, and photography; Manage press events, including outreach, logisitics, and preparation of press materials
  • Research, write, edit and distribute press releases, pitch stories and oversee targeted media outreach, including regularly scheduled eblasts to listings editors
  • Secure strategic press placements that contribute to advancing institutional goals
  • Ensure that online newsroom section of Museum’s website is kept current, including press information and press image archives, working with webmaster
  • Maintian media contact database, including consolidating and updating contact lists, researching specific media contacts and outlets for upcoming exhibitions and programs, and ensuring accuracy of information
  • Provide regular press coverage reports for staff and Board of Trustees; compile coverage for exhibitions and major events and initiatives for use by Museum leadership, curators, funders, and other partners
  • Develop creative and compelling social media content and campaigns – a mix of sponsored and organic – for exhibitions, programs, and general institutional initiatives that increase awareness and visibility of the Museum
  • Maintain a varied and dynamic social media content calendar for Museum’s main channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, LinkedIn)
  • Establish and expand influencer and social community outreach across all platforms
  • Create, track. and report on metrics to evaluate effectiveness of social media campaigns and initiatives
  • Research, initiate, and maintain key marketing and cross-promotional partnerships to help increase visitation and membership


  • BA in Journalism, English, Liberal Arts, Communications, Marketing, or related field; MA preferred
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience in marketing and/or communications, preferably within museum, not-for-profit, or academic settings
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience also will be considered
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills essential; familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and journalistic style conventions preferred
  • Significant media relations experience with a solid track record of strategic placements that advance organizational goals
  • Experience developing and implementing successful social media campaigns that build audience and increase engagement
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to move seamlessly from project to project, and effectively juggle multiple priorities, as required
  • Collaborative work style and strong client relations and communications skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Mac Operating System; familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud preferred
  • Knowledge of – and passion for – contemporary art, design, craft, and technology highly desirable


Please email your resume, cover letter (including desired salary), three writing samples, and the names and contact details of four professional references to with the exact subject line “Marketing & Media Relations Manager.” Applications without cover letters, work samples, and salary requirements 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.


Assistant Controller

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

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  • 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 Payroll via ADP TotalSource and preparing payroll journal entries
  • Processing of Accounts Payable and 1099's
  • Handling balance sheet and revenue reconciliations monthly
  • Monitoring cash flow and report balances to Controller and CFO
  • Assisting with employee benefits administration
  • Auditing sales and processing daily store and admissions sales (reconcile to store and admission software)
  • Assisting with year-end financial audit
  • Providing budget analysis and interpretation to support Museum staff
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of documented accounting policies and procedures
  • Other administrative duties, as assigned


  • Minimum three years related experience
  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Experience working with Financial Edge and ADP TotalSource payroll software, as well as proficiency in MS 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.


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

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.


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 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.


Associate Deputy Director, Institutional Giving & Strategic Initiatives

Associate Deputy Director, Institutional Giving & Strategic Initiatives, reporting directly to the Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement, provides dynamic leadership for fundraising initiatives and activities and oversees a staff of 2. He/She will be responsible for partnering with the Deputy Director to develop a dynamic and comprehensive institutional giving program that is aligned with MAD's mission, strategic plan objectives, and that considers museum-wide programs and initiatives in the context of local, regional, national, and international individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The Associate Deputy Director will partner with the Deputy Director to implement this plan through solicitation and securing of restricted and unrestricted revenue derived from major gifts and the patrons program and from corporate giving and the corporate membership program. The position will also contribute to the strategy for solicitation of foundation grants and government agency funding.  The Associate Deputy Director will expand MAD's fundraising capabilities and elevate MAD's fundraising goals as per the approved annual plan with short- and long-range goals and in alignment with MAD's overall Strategic Plan and goals.

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  1. Working in partnership with the Deputy Director, lead MAD's fundraising efforts to grow all income derived from major gifts, patrons, and corporations and assist with solicitation of funding from foundations and government sources.
  2. Partner with the Deputy Director to author the annual institutional giving strategy with clear objectives and tactics; Oversee its execution through the end-to-end solicitation cycle for all funders; direct team in strategies for each portfolio donor; assist team in identifying, qualifying, pitching, closing, executing, and stewarding all gifts and donor relationships.
  3. Maintain a personal blended portfolio of donors with an emphasis on new business development and growth of existing relationships contributing 1M+ towards an overall annual fund goal of 6.2m per year. Explore and make recommendations on new funding strategies and revenue streams.
  4. Develop and oversee an annual calendar of cultivation and stewardship events and opportunities, both internal and external; attend events, galas, conferences, dinners, and other fundraising related happenings to increase the MAD universe of donor prospects and to elevate the MAD reputation within the NYC donor community.
  5. Write proposals, evaluations, reports, letters, agreements, campaign documents and other supporting materials that lead to new or continuing support.
  6. Support the efforts of the Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement as assigned.
  7. Provide energetic, charismatic, visible leadership, inspiration and direction to Institutional Advancement department. Foster an enthusiastic, collaborative, and learning spirit in the department. Mentor, coach, and encourage team, providing constant support for professional development.
  8. Provide direct supervision to both Institutional Giving Managers including assigning work, overseeing portfolios, evaluating performance, and determining time allocation and priority tasks and projects.
  9. Serve as a member of, and develop strong working relationships with, the MAD senior leadership team, and contribute insight on Museum-wide strategy, priorities and issues.
  10. Working collaboratively with members of all departments, including curatorial, education, finance, marketing, and development, to gather information needed for proposals and reports; and to identify current and future funding needs.
  11. Management by Metrics: Ensure that team members are fully informed of plans, campaigns, schedules, communications collateral, goals and benchmarks; and establish a stronger metrics-based approach to Institutional Giving to track progress toward goals and support a culture of continuous improvement through working smarter with current resources. Empower and mentor the team to implement corrective actions based on the metrics, ensuring on time, high quality deliverables, and that each employee takes ownership of their own performance and the team's performance.

Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor's degree, Masters preferred in Communications, English, Humanities or related field. • Ten or more years of relevant solicitation experience with a successful track record of closing major gifts six and seven figures. • Superior conversation skills, with proficiency in both social discourse and business dialogue. • Demonstrable skill in leading and inspiring teams. • Excellent communicator and writer. • Familiar with budgets, goal-setting, and fundraising strategies. • Top-level new business and prospecting capabilities • Ability to act independently, set and maintain priorities, balance demands of multiple tasks, and meet strict deadlines. • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, Internet savvy. • Physical Duties • Limited physical effort is required • May require travel.

Please email your resume and cover letter, including desired salary to with the exact subject line "Associate Deputy Director." 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.


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 with the position title "AV Coordinator" in the subject line.


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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