- MASS MoCA
Thank you for your interest in joining the MASS MoCA team! If you love the arts, and take pride in working hard with a dedicated team, we hope you find a position below that fits your skills and experience.
MASS MoCA strives to be a welcoming environment that encourages free exchange between the making of art and its enjoyment by the public. We are committed to inclusion and diversity among our staff, artists, patrons, and guests alike.
MASS MoCA seeks a welcoming, flexible, and fearless leader with a passion for and thorough working knowledge of artistic production. The next Director will be a strategic thinker and skilled decision-maker with a big-picture view of the cultural sector and a track record of evaluating options and achieving positive outcomes. The candidate will possess the ability to work effectively with creative talent, to engage diverse audiences, and to champion education – formal and informal – through the arts. The ideal candidate will have a deep appreciation for the mission of MASS MoCA and both the desire and the ability to advance a vision for the years ahead.
The next Director will bring an authentic interest in and commitment to expanding audiences for contemporary art and exploring unconventional approaches to cultural production, as well as deep relationships across the international art community. They will be able to build a sense of trust among staff and artists alike, creating conditions where people can do their very best work, without fear of failure. The ideal candidate will care about the broader prosperity of North Adams and its inhabitants, understand the role the arts can and do play in a rural and post-industrial community, and will be eager to set down roots in the community.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to be an articulate advocate for the arts, arts education, and life-long learning. They will be an enthusiastic fundraiser, with the ability to build ideological and financial support for major initiatives, to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, to solicit funds effectively, and to provide excellent stewardship for all gifts. The Director will be as adept, inspiring, and effective in a North Adams community meeting as on the global stage of art and philanthropy.
The candidate will have a track record of success managing teams and resources, including being a careful steward of organizational assets. They will be able to guide the continued development of the physical campus, thinking expansively about the highest and best use of key buildings, the campus’s edges, and open spaces, asking, “how can the current and future use of the campus meet our goals for diversity, equity, inclusion and access; community connection; innovation; economic vitality; and artistic excellence?”
The next Director of MASS MoCA will embody core values that set a standard for institutional culture that insists on: diversity and equity (in thought and opportunity); integrity; transparency and effective communication; empathy, respect, fairness, and self-awareness; clear and defined purpose in the work, for everyone; learning opportunities; teamwork; recognition.
Russell Reynolds Associates has been exclusively retained for this search. Given the need for confidentiality throughout this process, prospective candidates are invited to reach out directly to their search consultants at MASSMoCA@russellreynolds.com with a CV and brief explanation of interest.
3rd shift – 11:00pm-7:00am
Job duties include but are not limited to:
- Secures/opens museum and other campus buildings as scheduled
- Performs routine rounds of all buildings/areas as scheduled
- Checks doors/windows of buildings to ensure tightly closed/locked; notes in log any unlocked doors/windows.
- Responds to all security requests on campus, relays messages to Supervisor
- Determines when incident requires written report, which report form to use and submits to supervisor; may prepare other written reports as directed by supervisor.
- Completes all incident reports by taking the time to investigate; promptly reports incidents or risks that require Supervisor’s attention
- Monitors security camera monitors/observes campus activity
- Maintains a courteous, respectful and professional manner at all times
- Observes the highest standards of conduct of the department and organization.
- Helps to maintain the highest standards of integrity, credibility, and trustworthiness
- All other security duties as needed and required
MASS MoCA is accepting applications for full-time custodians, 1st and 2nd shift openings.
- Custodial responsibilities will include:
- Sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the museum
- Performing all routine cleaning tasks including sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, washing windows and walls, restocking supplies, and other duties assigned using prescribed procedures
- Trash removal, recycling, and sanitation of waste receptacles
- Cleaning and supporting special events on the MASS MoCA campus
- Reporting observed damages or defects in assigned areas
- Assisting with snow removal and sanding
- Implementing technical and safety procedures as instructed by his/her supervisor
- Assuming additional responsibilities as required
Gallery Teachers facilitate museum experiences for visitors of all ages, with the goals of building confidence in looking at art, providing tools for engaging with a wide range of visual art, and forging connections between visitors and the works of art on view. Gallery Teachers will lead a variety of museum-wide tours for visitors of all ages, which include interactive discussions and hands-on art-making activities. The position also involves engaging visitors in the Kidspace gallery through conversations around the artwork and providing art-making activities at the ArtBar, and assisting with in-person public programming.
The ideal candidate will have a background in education or the arts; at least 1 year work experience is preferred. The candidate should be skilled as an effective communicator; can work independently, but also as a team player; and has an outgoing, positive personality and a knack for connecting with people of many backgrounds. Experience with teaching within museum settings is a plus. Gallery teachers must be able to commit to 6 hours/week, which may include weekends. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Preparator/Fabricator is a key member of the Visual Arts Department and is responsible, along with the Director of Installation, the Director of Fabrication/Special Projects, and two additional crew members, for fabricating all exhibition and artist commission materials and for installing exhibitions museum-wide. The ideal candidate will be a team player, who will work to achieve deadlines collaboratively.
MASS MoCA is a vibrant non-collecting art museum with approximately 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. Half of that space is dedicated to rotating 10-month exhibitions of which we present 4 to 6 large-scale per year, along with smaller projects. The additional space is dedicated to long-term exhibitions in conjunction with artists, estates, and collections that run from 10 to25 years. MASS MoCA frequently works directly with artists on the fabrication of new work, through residencies and site visits.
The Visual Arts and Registrarial Assistant job will consist of three categories: 1. Light art conservation; 2. Registrarial tasks; and 3. Departmental administrative work. The Visual Arts and Registrarial Assistant will be personable and task-oriented with a love for detail and working knowledge of spreadsheet and database software. Because the conservation and care will take place weekdays, before public hours, the normal start time for this job will be 8am with the morning art checks being overseen by the Director of Installation. This position reports to the Director of Exhibitions/Senior Curator and works closely with the Exhibition Manager/Senior Registrar.
Reporting to the Director of Education + Curator of Kidspace, the Associate Director of Public Programs is a strategic and collaborative team player who serves as a confident, innovative, and knowledgeable advocate for the value of experiential public programming at the museum, online, and in the community to further the educational goals of the museum’s visual and performing arts programs. They will articulate a coherent vision with a clear set of priorities for the development of MASS MoCA’s dynamic public programming agenda with input and support from senior management, staff, and external constituents. Programming areas include a focus on Higher Education, Adult Learning, and Community Engagement. The Associate Director of Public Programs serves as a senior Gallery Teacher.
Reporting to the Director of Education + Curator of Kidspace, the Manager of K – 12 Programs will be a strategic and collaborative leader who will serve as a confident and passionate advocate for the value of K – 12 partnership programming at the museum, online, and in the community. The Manager of K – 12 Programs primary responsibilities focus on the direction of our dynamic 21-year partnership with 10 local elementary and 9 high schools. Additional duties include the development of new school partnerships, on-line resources, programs, and pedagogies; oversight of program evaluation; grant writing and budgeting; programming initiatives with area cultural organizations, curricula materials and pedagogical approaches for all learners. The Manager of K – 12 Programs is a senior Gallery Teacher and takes a lead on instructing school programs.
MASS MoCA is looking for candidates with a range of maintenance experience, with a particular experience in painting and taping.
At MASS MoCA maintenance staff are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all institutional buildings and grounds, including but not limited to construction, repair, and renovation of buildings and related structures, grounds maintenance, fixtures and utilities, requiring the use of a variety of trade practices such as carpentry, flooring, drywall, cement and masonry work, painting, welding, roofing, landscaping and other related trades.
This full-time position works closely with the Finance Coordinator and is responsible for a range of routine accounting activities including accounts payables; organizing invoices, entering invoices in the computerized accounting system, marking invoices with payment information, preparing the checks to be mailed, and filing the paid invoices, as well as accounts receivable; the reconciliation of multiple sources of sales, receipts, bank and credit card accounts. The finance assistant also tracks open items and follows through with appropriate resolution, assists with month end procedures and reconciliations, and supports other members of the finance team. The finance assistant must be available to work pre-scheduled festivals or events, which may fall on weekends, as well as assigned overtime when necessary.
The security team is responsible for providing a safe and engaging environment for museum employees and visitors, as well as our campus tenants and their visitors. Security Guards assist the Museum Attendant team to safeguard the artwork, and serve as the front line for all security and safety considerations and policies for the museum, its staff, and patrons; responsibilities include, but are not limited to protecting the museum from all types of threats, including but not limited to, damage, theft, and fire.
While monitoring the galleries and grounds, or while posted in the museum’s lobby, MASS MoCA Security is also available to help patrons by answering their questions, reuniting lost children (and sometimes adults) with their caregivers, and to ensure that visitors follow all museum policies.
Weekly Hours: Part-Time up to 29 hours/week
Hours: Based on event schedule (usually after 5pm)
Week Schedule: Fridays & Saturdays; other days/times as needed. Festival availability is a must.
The event security guards work with the security team, the lead event security guard, and the security manager, as well as other department managers, to ensure a safe and engaging environment for museum employees and visitors, as well as our campus tenants and their visitors. Security Guards serve as the front line for all security and safety considerations during events and help to enforce policies for the museum, its staff, and patrons.
The Stage Carpenter works alongside the Production Crew to successfully execute various Performing Arts Programs. Including dance performances, concerts, theatrical performances and music festivals. This candidate will be tasked with stage construction, seating riser construction and scenic construction as needed per show.
To work with and assist the Production Manager in the management and successful execution of a busy production team. The candidate would act as liaison between the Director of the Performing Arts, the Production Manager and the Production Crew
The House Master Electrician is a full time position, working at least 40 hours per week. The Master Electrician is responsible for: lighting design for in-house productions/spaces, implementation and successful execution of visiting artist’s lighting plots and plans, maintaining lighting equipment, operation and programming of lighting consoles, setting up/striking all productions. All crew members assist in: general stagecraft, staging, audio, electrics and video/projection.
Department: Visitor Services
Reports to: Director of Visitor Experience
A Museum Attendant (MA) will be part of our Visitor Experience team, and requires a combination of customer service, visitor engagement, and basic art protection skills.
MAs are the stewards of the visitor’s experience at MASS MoCA. They enthusiastically and confidently share their knowledge about exhibitions and artists; promote educational and performing arts programs; explain MASS MoCA’s history and architecture; invite visitors to explore the North Adams community and the Berkshires at large; and impart any other information that provides visitors the best possible experience at the museum and in the surrounding community.
MA team members will be trained to interact with visitors of all ages, to foster connections between visitors and the works of art on view, and to encourage dialogue.
MAs ensure that artworks are protected and that visitors follow museum policies regarding parameters for food or drink in the galleries, photography of and contact with artwork, and current State of Massachusetts guidelines for social distancing. Museum Attendants report to the Director of Visitor Experience, a newly defined leadership role at MASS MoCA, who, through collaboration with staff across the institution, provides oversight for all visitor experience functions, ensuring that our visitor experience aligns with the museum’s brand and mission.
MASS MoCA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, housing status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, body shape and size, immigration status, indigenous heritage, and veteran status. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the application and/or interview process should notify a representative from the HR department at email@example.com.
Employment at MASS MoCA is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check/CORI check.