Job Postings

Thank you for your interest in the Whitney Museum of American Art. To apply for a position, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@whitney.org.

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the requirements of the job openings or internships. We will keep your resume on file should appropriate future openings become available. The Museum cannot assume responsibility for any original materials which are submitted. No calls, please.

Internships

The Whitney Museum of American Art offers both academic year and summer internship programs for university students.

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Volunteer Program

The Whitney’s volunteers provide meaningful support to the Museum. We’re currently seeking energetic individuals to join our Volunteer Program.

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Docent Program

The Whitney’s volunteer docents welcome and engage visitors by giving free daily public tours. If you would like to be considered for future docent training sessions, please send your contact information to docentprogram@whitney.org.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

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The Chief Communications Officer works with Museum leadership to put forward a clear vision for communications in the service of guiding, refining and successfully conveying the Whitney’s overall institutional vision.

This is an opportunity for a multi-channel communicator to skillfully translate complex and often challenging ideas and concepts into articulate and compelling stories for both general audiences and sophisticated art world insiders.

The CCO reports to the Chief Operating Officer, and works closely with the Whitney’s Director, Chief Curator, and others responsible for creative content and program development. The CCO leads a team of 11 in Museum Communications and Public Relations, Digital Communications and Graphic Design as well as several external consultants.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Significant senior-level communications experience, either in-house or at an external agency, with demonstrated expertise in creative and/or iconic brands; and multi-channel communications
  • Proven ability to develop and articulate a vision for a leading brand
  • Fluent in digital communication, with expertise across digital and social platforms
  • Creative, inventive thinker
  • Exceptional storytelling, presentation, and writing skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Collaborative team player
  • Strong ability to work in both creative and goal-driven environments
  • Tech savvy and comfortable with performance metrics
  • Ability to manage, motivate, inspire, and advocate for a team
  • Warm, engaging style
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Passion for the mission—a keen interest in contemporary arts and cultures

Application Instructions: 
Please send resume and cover letter including salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org  and state “Chief Communications Officer” in the subject line.


Communications Associate

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Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Associate serves as point of first contact for members of the press, servicing media requests and creating and disseminating press resources.

The role also oversees film and photography shoots, manages the press site and press database, coordinates press previews and other events, and tracks all media coverage. The Communications Associate also provides administrative support to the Chief Communications Officer and Director of Communications, as well as other departmental staff as assigned.

Responsibilities include:

Media Relations

  • Coordinating press previews and other press events
  • Handling media requests and servicing these requests via phone and email
  • Managing the coordination of film and photography shoots at the museum; coordinating with other departments as necessary
  • Managing press email lists and database in Raiser’s Edge
  • Creating and disseminating press kits
  • Scheduling, formatting and routing press releases; working with Marketing on distribution of press releases
  • Coordinating site visits for media
  • Arranging press tickets and administrating press memberships
  • Attend front of house meetings
  • Coordinating pitches and media coverage of education programs and events

Administrative

  • Using Burrelle’s Luce to index and distribute press clippings weekly
  • Updating Press Site with releases, images and other materials as needed
  • Managing magazine subscriptions
  • Reviewing and approving press account requests
  • Organization and distribution of press images along with captions and credits
  • Tracking all media requests in Google docs
  • Training and supervision of interns
  • Creating and maintaining monthly department calendars
  • Providing agendas and note taking at meetings
  • Uploading media clippings weekly to staff site
  • Scheduling of leadership and team meetings
  • Ordering supplies and other materials for department
  • Processing of invoices and tracking of departmental expenses

Requirements:

  • B.A. (art history preferred)
  • 2 years administrative experience
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • ability to work independently and handle challenging situations quickly
  • MS Office essential and Raiser’s Edge familiarity a plus.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org and state “Communications Associate” in the subject line.

COORDINATOR OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

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A full-time position is available, reporting to the Manager of Corporate Partnerships.

The Coordinator will provide administrative and project support, including donor correspondence, letter and proposal preparation, benefit fulfillment, reporting, mail merges and mailings, database management, marketing support and event planning.  Coordinate and execute research, solicitation and stewardship of companies and individuals for corporate membership program.  Oversee other departmental administrative responsibilities.

Requirements:  

  • B.A. and 2-3 years professional experience, preferably in a fundraising, arts-related organization or relevant corporation
  • Strong administrative, organizational and writing skills.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office required
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other database software preferable.

Application Instructions: Please email resume, cover letter and and salary requirements to hr@whitney.org. Write “Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships” in the subject line.

Curator/Associate Curator

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The Whitney Museum seeks a curator or associate curator with a strong vision for performance within a museum context and an outstanding track record of programming in the performing and visual arts. Reporting directly to the Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, the incumbent will create and oversee an ambitious program of performance art, music, dance, theater, and other related activities, as well as propose and organize exhibitions. He/she will play a key role in the evolution of the Whitney’s newly established theater and ensure the integration of performance within the overall artistic direction of the Museum and Collection.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the Museum’s performance program, occupying a 170 seat theater as well as galleries and outdoor spaces, including a multi-use gallery for film, video, and performance; generate accompanying texts and publications; and supervise research and documentation related to the program.
  • Propose and organize exhibitions across mediums, including the writing and preparation of related scholarly catalogues, brochures, and didactic texts; development of educational programs; and fundraising.
  • Supervise a Senior Curatorial Assistant and Curatorial Assistant and work closely with departments across the Museum, including Exhibitions and Collections Management and the Theater Manager, Education, Development, Publications, Graphic Design, Research Resources, Legal, and Visitor Services.
  • Lead the Performance Committee patron group and cultivate other donors and trustees, as well as external relationships with artists, members of the press, and colleagues at other institutions.
  • Undertake special projects related to the Whitney’s collection, acquisitions, and departmental initiatives.
  • Represent the Museum by delivering lectures, participating in symposia, and contributing in other ways that further its mission.

Requirements:

  • M.A. in art history or strong knowledge of 20th and 21st century art preferred
  • at least 5 years of experience in the field of performance, including demonstrated programming, scholarship, and a history of publications.
  • Title (Curator or Associate Curator) will be determined based on level of experience.

Application Instructions:  Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to hr@whitney.org. Write “Associate Curator/Curator Performance” in the subject line.

COORDINATOR OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT 

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Reporting to the Director of Public Programs & Public Engagement and working within the Whitney’s Education Department, the Coordinator of Public Programs & Public Engagement will work on all aspects of public programs, including artist-created events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, and symposia. 

The position is responsible for managing the Whitney’s seasonal course offerings, multi-week programs that offer a unique and in-depth approach to museum education. The Coordinator will oversee all aspects of program logistics and coordination with colleagues across the Museum; contribute to ongoing development of programming that articulates the Whitney Museum’s identity as the artist’s museum and furthers the Museum’s mission of bringing artists and publics together, helping to build public engagement through programs that take an experimental approach to museum education and connecting the Museum’s program to audiences and ideas beyond the Whitney’s building.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate outstanding organizational skills and a keen understanding of event production, as well as a passion for contemporary art and a familiarity with both emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, and other key voices in contemporary and modern art, politics, and culture.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating all aspects of program planning, administration and implementation, including program scheduling, promotion and documentation, and supervising interns
  • Managing and expanding multi-session courses for adult audiences that offer in-depth views into current exhibitions and the Whitney’s permanent collection, as well as timely assessments of current issues in contemporary art
  • Managing the Public Programs budget, including projecting, updating and reconciling expenses for all Public Programs and Courses and projecting and tracking Public Programs revenue
  • Supporting the Director of Public Programs & Public Engagement in the development and planning of a dynamic roster of programs in dialogue with current exhibitions and the Whitney’s permanent collection
  • Collaborating with artists and colleagues across the Museum, particularly in the coordination of large-scale, Museum-wide initiatives
  • Coordinating both large- and small-scale events for audiences to learn in experiential ways and exploring opportunities to create programs with a focus on objects in a variety of spaces in the Whitney’s new building – the lobby, indoor and outdoor galleries, the Museum’s public plaza and nearby street
  • Helping to produce programs that convene specialized audiences of artists, scholars, graduate students, and critics and develop relationships with academic institutions and other arts organizations across New York City and beyond

Requirements: 

  • M.A. with a background in art history or related field and knowledge of contemporary and modern art and artists;
  • 2-3 years of experience producing public events or museum programs;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated interest in museum education;
  • Flexible and collaborative personality; supervisory experience; budgeting, billing, and recordkeeping experience; computer and database proficiency required; MS Office; ability to work evening hours and some weekends for events required.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org and state “Coordinator, Public Programs” in the subject line.

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

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A full-time Curatorial Assistant position, reporting to the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection, is available. The incumbent will work with the Director and his team on all matters related to the development and display of the Museum’s esteemed collection of modern and contemporary American art, assisting with scholarly projects as well as a variety of administrative tasks. Excellent research and writing skills a must, and a focus in American art before 1945 strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include:

  • Scholarly research on artists and acquisition
  • Preparation and writing of didactic texts
  • Assistance in the planning and installation of collection displays, including management of checklists, schedules, and databases
  • Coordination of gifts and support of Museum committees dedicated to acquisitions and loans
  • Maintenance of object files
  • Serves as liaison with the Director of the Collection’s internal and external contacts, including artists, trustees, donors, scholars, and museum departments such as Conservation, Exhibitions and Collections Management, Publications, and Research Resources
  • Daily administrative support (telephone, management of the Director of the Collection’s calendar; maintenance of records, drafting correspondence, preparation of presentations, travel arrangements, processing invoices, and other general office and clerical duties)

Requirements:   

  • B.A. in art history (M.A. a plus)
  • 3 years museum/gallery experience
  • Working knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century art history with a focus in American art before 1945
  • Clerical and organizational skills, including experience with TMS, Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines. 

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org and state “Curatorial Assistant” in the subject line.

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

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A full-time Curatorial Assistant position, reporting to the Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator, is available.

The incumbent will work on some of the Whitney’s most exciting and challenging contemporary projects, including exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. A strong interest in contemporary art is essential, and production-oriented experience a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assistance in the planning and installation of exhibitions and projects, including management of checklists, schedules, and databases
  • Daily administrative support (telephone, management of the Curator’s calendar; maintenance of records, drafting correspondence, preparation of presentations, travel arrangements, processing invoices, and other general office and clerical duties)
  • Scholarly research on artists and acquisitions; preparation and writing of didactic texts; serving as liaison with the Curator’s internal and external contacts, including artists, trustees, donors, scholars, and museum departments such as Conservation, Exhibitions and Collections Management, Publications, and Research Resources

Requirements:   

  • B.A. in art history (M.A. a plus) and 2 years institutional work history, or equivalent experience; skills related to TMS, Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Outstanding organizational, writing, research, and communication skills, with attention to detail
  • Facility in representing the Whitney at events at the Museum and beyond; ability to handle several projects simultaneously, work well as a member of a team, and meet deadlines

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org and state “Curatorial Assistant Contemporary” in the subject line.


Treasury and Finance Manager

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The Whitney Museum has an opening for a Treasury and Finance Manager reporting the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  The Manager is responsible for treasury, risk and cash management functions of the Museum.  The position works closely with the Museum’s Investment Consultant and Accounting and Finance teams to monitor investments within the Museum´s long-term and short-term investment portfolios.

Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Under oversight of the CFO and Investment Committee, manage and monitor the Museum’s short-term and long-term investment portfolios including endowment assets.
  • Develop and maintain analytical tools to aid in the investment process; evaluate and report on investment performance to senior management.
  • Manage institutional liquidity, including forecasting working capital needs and liquidity for the ongoing New Building Project (NBP).
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of the Museum’s ongoing debt program, including tax-exempt borrowing and commercial lines of credit; prepare related internal and third party reporting/ disclosures.
  • Manage the Museum’s insurance program including commercial insurance lines (i.e. general liability, workers compensation, property and casualty etc.) and NBP insurance (i.e. builder’s risk, pollution).
  • Develop and manage relationships with third parties, including banks, investors, rating agencies, commercial insurance providers, and financial consultants and intermediaries.
  • Assist with design and oversight of museum-wide financial risk management policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate and recommend improvements to existing Treasury services and cash management practices; maintain documentation on related processes.
  • Manage and maintain oversight of commercial and T&E payment card program including related internal controls.

Secondary responsibilities include the following:

  • Collect and manage dashboard and benchmarking data from across the Museum and peer institutions including admissions, membership, fundraising, retail, etc.
  • Participate in long-term financial/institutional planning for the Museum’s new location in downtown Manhattan.
  • Assist with financial modeling and scenario analysis.
  • Perform other ad-hoc projects as necessary.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong and demonstrable interest in financial markets and investments coupled with desire to learn about all major asset classes (including alternative assets, equities, hedge funds, real state, fixed income, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of Excel/ financial modeling techniques.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong technical skills with attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with ability to work as part of a small team.
  • Ability to perform tasks with minimal supervision.

Education and Experience:

  • MBA from a leading nationally ranked institution.
  • Major in finance or significant coursework in finance at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Experience with non-profit/ fund accounting desirable but not necessary.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr@whitney.org and state “Treasury and Finance Manager” in the subject line.

RETAIL SHOP MANAGER
FULL-TIME REGULAR

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The Whitney is seeking an ambitious and experienced Shop Manager to lead an energized, professional team.

Full-time Schedule: 5 days per week including weekends, plus additional hours as needed.

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks an ambitious and experienced Shop Manager to lead an energized, professional team of 9+ retail staff to meet sales goals by maximizing shop capture rates, average transactions and sales per square ft. metrics.  This experienced individual will lead and inspire a well-trained and highly informed team who can deliver an exceptional retail encounter.  S/he will have superior retail technology aptitude and will actively maintain the POS system and improve the department’s application of omni channel strategies for a seamless customer experience.  S/he will bring an appreciation of the shopping experience and a keen attention to detail to this key public facing role. S/he will work with other front facing departments, such as Membership, Visitor Services and Security to “own” the customer experience in a fast paced high traffic environment.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast paced and multifaceted position that includes employee management, inventory analysis, visual merchandising and cost management. S/he must be able to manage the long term goals and daily vicissitudes of the operations seamlessly. S/he must be technically astute, a strong analyst, an inspired and organized staff leader, a creative and nimble thinker, and a flexible and a fully dedicated manager.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide impeccable customer service
  • Supervise all daily operations including accounting processes, merchandise presentation and housekeeping, shop breakdowns for internal and external events, and mail order and drop ship order fulfillment
  • Ensure the efficient and accurate processing of all sales transactions across multiple technology platforms. Manage all retail events and activations
  • Coordinate recruiting, hiring, training, coaching of the retail floor staff. Oversee monthly accounting reconciliation
  • Manage inventory handling standards and inventory counts as scheduled
  • Other related duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Supervisory retail experience and strong public facing customer service skills
  • Visual merchandising experience,  accurate cash management skills
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous POS system management and inventory management experience
  • Ability to lift and carry moderate weights of merchandise
  • Interest in arts & culture
  • Flexible schedule including weekends, some evenings and holidays
  • BA preferred but not required. An appreciation of diverse audiences is essential. Additional languages a plus.

Special Application Instructions: Please email resume and cover letter in one pdf to hr@whitney.org. In cover letter, include a one hundred word description of a memorable shopping experience that you had recently. Indicate “Last Name_RSM2017” in subject line of email and attached pdf.



Retail Sales Associates, Part-time Regular / Seasonal

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The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks two ambitious and experienced Sales Associate to join the Whitney Shop Team.

The part-time Retail Sales Associates will delight customers with product knowledge and customer service skills, while meeting sales goals and developing a loyal onsite and online audience for the Whitney Museum Shop.  The associates will actively maintain merchandise presentation around a broad museum program and work with other front facing departments, such as Membership, Visitor Services and Security to “own” the customer experience in a fast paced, high traffic environment.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Providing impeccable customer service by engaging, understanding and fulfilling the needs of customers
  • Efficiently and accurately process sales transactions across multiple sales channels and technology platforms
  • Responsibly handle cash and credit card transactions, and open and close cash drawers
  • Actively maintain high standards of merchandise presentation
  • visually and verbally
  • The part-time associate will assist in coordinating the breakdown of the retail shop for events
  • perform inventory counts as scheduled and other related duties as assigned

Successful candidates will bring an appreciation of the shopping experience, an enthusiasm for customer service and professional work habits.

Requirements:  

  • Strong public facing customer service skills
  • accurate cash handling skills
  • outgoing and professional attitude
  • previous POS and inventory experience
  • ability to lift and carry moderate weights of merchandise
  • interest in arts and culture
  • open availability, especially on weekends. BA preferred but not required. Additional languages a plus.

Application Instructions:  Please email resume and cover letter in one pdf to hr@whitney.org. In the cover letter include a 100 word description of a memorable shopping experience that you had recently. Include what made it memorable. Indicate “Last Name_RSAPT-R2017” in subject line of email and attached pdf.

SECURITY GUARDS

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The Visitor Experience Department is looking for part-time and full-time guards who have excellent customer service skills.

On a day-to-day basis, the guards will be responsible for the safe-guarding of the Museum's collection, loan exhibitions, and physical plant. Additional responsibilities may include admitting visitors to the Museum and giving information to the public.

Please send resume, cover letter and copies of licenses/certifications to:

Human Resources Department
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
hr@whitney.org

No phone calls or drop-ins.

Requirements:  

  • 8 and 16 hour New York State Certification
  • New York City Fire Guard License 
  • Outgoing and professional attitude
  • Promptness
  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • A neat appearance