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.


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.


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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