Jobs, Volunteering, & Internships

From the beginning, the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) has been committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The KMA is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. View open positions at the Katonah Museum of Art below. Application instructions are included in the description of each posting.


OPEN POSITIONS:

Director of Development
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs
Volunteer Program
Museum Education Intern (stipend)
Internships 

Director of Development 

Status: Full Time Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director 
Date Posted: October 1, 2018


SUMMARY:

The Katonah Museum of Art, located 45 miles from New York City in Westchester County, seeks a seasoned Director of Development to partner with the Executive Director in stewarding all aspects of the organization’s financial support, including the launch of a significant capital campaign. The Director of Development is a key member of the Museum’s senior staff and a successful candidate will bring excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and a keen ability to prioritize within a creative work environment. S/he must be comfortable in dynamic social situations, meeting people as both an ambassador and key member of the organization.


DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
:

  • Development and implementation of creative strategies to achieve fundraising goals for Individual and Institutional Giving by cultivating and stewarding individual and institutional donor bases
  • Active cultivation and stewarding of upper level donors, as well as robust research, identification and cultivation of prospective donors
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, manage annual Trustee and Advisory Board giving goals
  • Development and management of annual income strategies and budgets from all solicitation efforts
  • Assist Executive Director and Finance Department in creating annual Museum budget
  • Working with a freelance grants writer to develop and maintain the Institutional Grants calendar, craft/edit all major institutional and government funding proposals, track reporting deadlines, and package and submit all grant applications
  • In partnership with the Communications Manager, create and execute Annual Fund and direct mail appeals, renewals, and acquisitions
  • Prepare gift acknowledgements and appropriate stewardship for funded projects, including grant reporting
  • Work collaboratively with the curatorial department to effectively use the Museum’s exhibition and programs to create fundraising opportunities
  • Manage part-time membership support person as well as work collaboratively with Development Manager who is also the Director of Special Events.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Special Events to execute annual gala and slate of cultivation events
  • Oversee health and maintenance of eTapestry donor database
  • Support and attend public programs and events, including select nights and weekends


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of five years of front-line fundraising experience, with demonstrated track record of securing major gifts of of several hundred thousand dollars and higher
  • Facility with donor database management and utilization, preferably eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge
  • Strategic thinker with excellent verbal and written skills
  • Collegial team player; ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Facility with Excel and experience with budget and P&L creation a plus
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills


APPLICATION:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to jobs@katonahmuseum.org. Please include “Director of Development” in the subject line.

About the Katonah Museum of Art: Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. For more information, please visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

The Katonah Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, gender, age, national origin, creed, (dis)ability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The KMA strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences.

 

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs

Status: Full-Time, non-exempt
Reports To: Executive Director                  
Date Posted: October 3, 2018

SUMMARY:

The Katonah Museum of Art, located 45 miles from New York City in Westchester County seeks an Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Programs (ACEP), a full-time position. Reporting to the Executive Director, the ACEP plays a vital role in advancing the KMA’s long-term exhibition strategy which aims to position the Museum as a creative and intellectual hub for the region. In coordination with the Executive Director and Registrar, the ACEP will organize, curate, research and mount exhibitions originating from the Executive Director and Exhibitions Committee as well as conceive and organize their own original exhibitions. They will also carry out special exhibitions and installations which further the Museum’s educational mission and serve its diverse audiences.

A significant part of the ACEP’s responsibilities centers on bridging the Museum’s curatorial and education activities and proactively contributing to audience engagement by translating knowledge into clear, accessible, and inspirational experiences. This includes authoring wall text and other interpretive materials as well as the design, promotion, and implementation of public programs to foster cultural and human connection.

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in art history, curatorial studies, or the equivalent, and at least three years of professional experience co-curating and designing visual art exhibitions for museums, galleries, or non-profit art spaces.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Generating original research/content and supplying creative input on exhibitions
  • Liaising with artists and external contacts such as outside curators, galleries, and other institutions
  • Liaising with key trustees and collectors, as well as members of the exhibitions committee
  • Compiling checklists; developing floorplans; researching and securing loans; coordinating tour schedules; and other related responsibilities
  • Working with artists; compiling checklists; designing installations; researching and securing loans; coordinating tour schedules; and other related responsibilities
  • Developing written exhibition materials for the KMA’s audiences, including catalogue essays, exhibition brochure text, tour circulation packets, gallery guides, labels, didactic texts, press releases and pitches, web copy, social media, newsletter and calendar copy and coordinating their implementation with the Communications Manager
  •  Conceiving, publicizing, and executing public programs relevant to exhibitions and general Museum activity in coordination with the Communications Manager
  • Cooperating with Education Department on educational materials/concepts and co-leading docent trainings
  • Working with Registrar and leadership to finalize and monitor relevant exhibition and program budgets, bringing projects in on time and on budget
  • Liaising with guest curators brought in on special projects
  • Liaising with the Katonah Museum Artists Association in organizing, curating and mounting small exhibitions in the Spot Gallery.
  • Working with the Development Department on grants and fundraising to support specific initiatives 
  • Maintaining relationships with key trustees and collectors as well as the KMA’s Exhibitions Committee
  • Supporting and participating in general Museum cultivation activities at special events
  • Fostering KMA relationships via select public speaking, presentations, and tours for KMA supporters, members, and the general public

QUALITFICATIONS:

  • An M.A. or Ph.D. in art history
  • At least three years of museum or equivalent curatorial experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An enthusiastic attitude and ability to work collaboratively across departments with a small team
  • Appreciation of all forms of artistic expression and innovation

APPLICATION:

Interested candidates should submit salary requirements with a cover letter, a CV, three writing samples, and two exhibition & associated public program proposals to jobs@katonahmuseum.org. Please include “Assistant Curator” in the subject line.

About the Katonah Museum of Art:

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art, through innovative exhibition and education programs, promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences. The Museum presents exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture, and society – past and present - and originates three to four major exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics, interspersed with several smaller exhibitions often originating from the Katonah Museum Artists Association. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience and presents innovative and substantive programs for more than 100 member schools. Our Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Our outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs. The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population. Annual attendance is approximately 25,000 people.

The KMA is located at 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536. Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 5pm, Sunday from 12pm - 5pm, closed Monday. For more information, please call (914) 232-9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

 

The Katonah Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, gender, age, national origin, creed, (dis)ability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The KMA strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of ideas, talents and experiences.

 

Volunteer Program

Since its inception, the Katonah Museum of Art has folded volunteers into its fabric and has embraced the talent and valuable resources that the community so generously offers. In fact, the Museum’s origins began as a labor of love by a determined and enlightened group of able women who wanted to infuse art into the community’s daily life. Today, in that same spirit, the KMA is refreshing its volunteer program with opportunities for our community to get more involved in a variety of exciting ways that plays to the skills and interests of our members and neighbors. If you’re passionate about art and museums, or are simply looking for meaningful ways to contribute to a local non-profit, then the KMA might be just the place for you!

To find out more click here.

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 Museum Education Internship

The Katonah Museum of Art seeks a Museum Education Intern for September 2018 – June 2019 to be part of the KMA Education team to assist with, learn from, develop, and facilitate programing geared toward family and youth bilingual audiences. The internship provides a valuable opportunity to partner with experienced educators on curriculum design and facilitation of early childhood and family programs, as well as the implementation of engagement efforts for immigrant and Latino audiences.  

DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES / PROJECTS:

  • Attend docent training sessions and prepare to assist with and lead school tours for pre-k – grade 2 audiences for fall and spring exhibitions.
     
  • Support ArteJuntos/ArtTogether Family Art and Literacy initiatives: 
    Taught in both Spanish and English, this multi-session family literacy program utilizes artworks and concepts from KMA’s exhibitions as primary source material for art-making activities and inquiry-based discussions. The program takes place at the KMA, as well as preschool classrooms and community organizations, and culminates in an exhibition of participants work.

o   Assist with on and off site facilitation of art workshops and gallery visits for bilingual youth and family audiences

o   Develop projects and gallery activities related to exhibitions on view

o   Assist with preparation of art materials for on and off site programs, and culminating exhibitions

o   Photo document program and assist in preparations for culminating exhibition of students’ work.

  • Assist with Park School Integrated Arts Program (PSIA)
    A three-part integrated arts program conducted with 13 pre-K classrooms in Park Elementary School, Ossining NY.

o   Under the guidance of Helena Vidal, KMA’s  Outreach Consultant, prepare lessons and materials, facilitate select sessions

o   Lead tours for pre-K and Kindergarten groups 

  • Help develop and facilitate family programs including Imagine it! Afterschool activities (1 per month), Family Days in the fall and spring, artist-led workshops, and drop-in projects on school vacation days.  Support program documentation and evaluation efforts for on and offsite programs

Supervisors: Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education; Helena Vidal, ArteJuntos Project Manager and Outreach Consultant.

Qualifications:  Seeking undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing a career in museum education.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills, public speaking experience, and demonstrated experience working with youth. Experience in arts education, Museum education, or early education fields preferred. Spanish language skills a plus.

Compensation: $100/week stipend, approx. 36 weeks. 

Timing: October, 2018 – June, 2019; Average 16 hrs/week; Occasional weekend time

Application: Please send resume and cover letter to madasko@katonahmuseum.org

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Internships

The KMA provides supervised Museum internships designed collaboratively to meet the requirements for school credit. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer for community service credit. For information, contact the Education Department, 914-232-9555, ext. 2985.

About the Katonah Museum of Art: Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. Our Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Our outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs. The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population. Annual attendance is approximately 40,000 people.

The Katonah Museum of Art's programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from the Westchester County Government, as well as by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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