Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

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Director of Museum Administration

Department:  Museum Division
Reports to:     Vice President, Museum Director

Job Summary

Work directly with Vice President of Museum Division and other key Museum and N-YHS staff to support and execute the N-YHS mission, strategic plan and goals

Major Responsibilities

Work with the Vice President and key Museum staff to manage and lead the curatorial, conservation, exhibition and support staff on all administration matters supporting the Museum collections and programs for both art and history.  Serve as a primary liaison between the Museum Division and other departments of the Society.  Work closely and in cooperation with the General Counsel and CIO and CFO of the Society in planning, organizing and controlling the operating and exhibition (multi-year) and capital budgets of the Museum. 

Guide and lead other administrative issues between the Museum staff and the Society’s administrative staff, i.e. Human Resources, IT, Facilities, Development or Contract (legal) issues.   

Work with the Vice President and her staff in organizing the administrative side of curatorial affairs including exhibition planning and preparation, design & installation, publications, collection management, including storage & insurance issues and daily office management. 

Responsible for producing and maintaining  the internal exhibition schedule working with the Museum staff to finalize projects, recommend exhibition sites within the building, allocate resources, coordinate dates etc. 

Be responsible, with the Vice President, for the administration and continuing development of the ongoing traveling art exhibition program from the collections and panel history exhibitions: Sharing a National Treasure.  This will include preparing prospectuses for exhibitions, tracking attendance at venues, exhibition project management, etc.  Also act as liaison with the Library/Print Room staff when they need support for traveling exhibitions from those collections. 

Responsible for organizing the exhibition budgets, grant budgets and the annual Museum operating and project budget. Work with the Finance department to develop a system of monthly financial reporting that is distributed to the staff to build awareness about expenditures. 

Help coordinating exhibition planning meetings to facilitate inter department conversations.  Initiate communications with Collections Management/Registrar, Exhibition Design and the Vice President about the exhibition schedule and its implications.  Monitor Communications activity (website, listings, etc.) to ensure accurate information about the Museum program is being communicated properly.

Provide administrative and general office support to the staff of the Museum, setting up meetings, facilitating requests of patrons of the museum.

Organize special projects as assigned by the Vice President.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

At least 5-10 years of experience in museum exhibition management, museum budgeting, supervisory relations with staff and colleagues and museum operations, as well as background in art history/museum studies at graduate level.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Vice President, Development

Department:  Development
Reports to:     President & CEO

Job Summary
The Vice President, Development will manage and oversee the Development Department.  The Vice President will be responsible for designing and implementing an overall strategy for the Historical Society’s fundraising efforts and will oversee major gifts, corporate giving, membership, affinity groups, planned giving, foundation and government grants, and fundraising events.

Major Responsibilities/Activities

  • Lead and supervise the eight person Development team in the effective implementation of fundraising activities, including preparation of high-quality proposals, major donor cultivation, corporate sponsorship opportunities, membership, foundation, government grant and planned giving opportunities and fundraising events.
  • Build highly performing Development team using effective leadership practices, techniques and performance management.
  • Develop a comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan with specific, measurable goals that will enable the Historical Society to meet its future goals; oversee implementation of strategic plan and administer changes as needed to ensure its success;
  • Initiate, cultivate, solicit, manage, and steward relationships with the Historical Society’s portfolio of individual, foundation, government and corporate supporters and donors;
  • Identify, research and investigate new opportunities for funding to expand the Historical Society’s donor base; design and coordinate systems for identifying and tracking new prospects and for moving donors along a giving ladder;
  • Develop, oversee and evaluate individual giving campaigns, including direct mail, personal solicitation, phone solicitation efforts, and special events to meet annual goals; and
  • Establish and maintain systems to insure effective communication with donors about the organization’s needs, concerns and progress towards achieving grant objectives.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Act as point of contact for non-development staff on development-related issues;
  • Oversee with Development Department’s outside fundraisers;
  • Oversee maintenance of giving records and assure timely gift acknowledgments;
  • Oversee systems for collecting and tracking data required by funding sources;
  • Provide final review of development-related marketing materials;
  • Provide final review of all external correspondence (letters, invitations; brochures);
  • Provide final approval on all development related website content;
  • Work with finance to manage budgets and financial reporting;
  •  Review grant proposals;
  • Review (and or draft) email blasts to donors;
  • Lead bi-weekly staff meetings;
  • Attend senior staff meetings;

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Minimum of 10-15 years experience developing and implementing comprehensive development programs
  • Proven ability in soliciting, cultivating and stewarding of major gifts
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with the President, Trustees and senior staff
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and direct multiple programs and activities, targeting major prospects and direct solicitation programs
  • Previous experience supervising staff, preparing budgets and analyzing campaign results
  • Previous cultural institution experience preferred

For consideration please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Assistant Curator of American Art

The New-York Historical Society, New York’s oldest museum and the repository of one of the world’s finest American art collections, seeks an entry-level curator to join the curatorial team with a principal focus on American eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painting and sculpture.  He/she will be responsible for performing all curatorial duties, including: researching and publishing works in the collection under his/her curatorial responsibility; recommending acquisitions to complement the existing collection; proposing future exhibitions and publications; and maintaining positive and fruitful relations with colleagues in the museum and academic world and with Society trustees and other supporters. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the literature on American art, passionately interested in connoisseurship and in improving the Society’s collection through gift and purchase, and committed to the Society’s mission of public outreach.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Contribute to the organization of permanent gallery and traveling exhibitions, including researching and label writing.
  • Research and oversee publication of works in the collection under his/her curatorial responsibility.
  • Respond to correspondence relating to the collection and assist the public and visiting scholars, and consider requests for loans from other institutions.
  • Participate in the Society’s education and outreach programs.
  • Expand and update painting and sculpture entries in collection database.
  • Work with paintings conservator on setting priorities for treatments.
  • Foster and maintain good working relationships with donors, trustees, and colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Society.    
  • Other related duties.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum three (3) years of curatorial experience. 
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement and promise experience in accomplishing original research.  
  • Strong computer skills; knowledge of TMS a plus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the Society. 

Ph.D.  in Art History with a specialization in American art.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title.  The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Chairman’s Council Associate

Job Summary
Responsible for organization and logistics of Chairman’s Council, an annual membership group dedicated to securing the New-York Historical Society’s future as preeminent in American History. Position also provides administrative support to its Chair.


  • Serve as main day-to-day contact for members of the Chairman’s Council
  • Assist Chair and CEO in planning and implementation of the Weekend with History, the signature event of the Chairman’s Council

1. Preparation of invitation text
2. Development of mailing list
3. Tracking of RSVPs
4. Follow up with speakers and vendors
5. Drafting correspondence
6. Setting up conference calls and meetings

  • Solicit members for annual dues, maintain records of upcoming renewal dates
  • Prepare and mail acknowledgement letters for contributions made by Chairman’s Council members
  • Maintain Chairman’s Council master calendar
  • Keep log of status of outstanding projects for regular meetings with Chair
  • Coordinate logistics for Chairman’s Council events such as cocktail receptions and Dinners with History
  • Assist in coordination of other special events with strong participation by Chairman’s Council members, such as the annual Gala and Strawberry Festival
  • Prepare paper mailings and emails to Chairman’s Council members and prospects
  • Act as point of contact for providing Chairman’s Council members with VIP tickets to public programs
  • Prepare financial reports related to Chairman’s Council activities for trustee leadership

Skills required
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field and two years of experience in Development in a leading cultural institution. Successful candidate will have high levels of initiative and energy. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Must be able to work independently and with exceptional accuracy in a very fast paced environment.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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