The Museum looks for enthusiastic, energetic, and professional individuals to be part of our team through a variety of opportunities including permanent staff positions, grant-funded positions, internships and volunteer positions.
The Museum of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds.
Open Job Positions
The Museum seeks an experienced Controller to manage its accounting team, and oversee its monthly and annual accounting cycles. This professional will be responsible for oversight of the day-to-day bookkeeping, will be the primary contact with the Museum’s independent auditors, and will prepare monthly revenue and expense reporting for management and Board review. As an integral member of the management team, the Controller will work closely with department leaders and senior management to create and monitor the Museum’s budget. This is a senior staff position, supervising two employees, and reporting to the CFO.
The City Museum is an equal opportunity employer offering full benefits, including health and life insurance, a 401(K) program, and a defined benefit pension plan.
A full job description is available here.
Director, Information Technology
The Museum seeks an an experienced Director of IT to lead it through a period of rapid technological changes and to further the Museum's mission by enhancing and maintaining technology throughout the organization. This professional will need to drive multiple technology and business strategies while striving to maintain maximum ROI on technological and business investments, including a state of the art DAM, and enhanced online presence including a website and mobile environment. He or she will keep the technical aptitude of the general staff up-to-date through hands on training and one-on-one education. He or she will ensure the security of all digital assets by establishing and maintaining an IT policy and by conducting periodic systems audits. The IT Director will also assume all hands-on support and training for C-Level executives as required.
A full health plan, a 401(K) program, as well as a defined benefit pension plan are available.
A full job description can be accessed here.
The Museum offers a variety of fall, spring, and summer internships for college and graduate students. Acceptance into the internship program is based on academic achievement, interests, experience, and availability. Applications are rolling, but follow a semester timeline. Time commitments are flexible and dependent on the Museum’s needs. All internships are unpaid.
Internships are available in the following departments:
Accounting seeks an intern currently attending college to assist with day-to-day accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and organization of the Museum's recording of in-kind services, as well as Human Resources projects. Candidates must be able to take initiative, be detail-oriented, have excellent computer skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a team structure. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of two days per week is preferred.
(Collections applications closed for Fall 2013.)
Collections seeks interns for different types of work, including archives, collections management, exhibitions, and registration. Candidates should be enrolled in a Master's Program in Museum Studies, Library Science, Art History, or other relevant field, and have strong organizational skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented; experience handling objects is a plus. Candidates should indicate one or more departmental preferences: Costumes & Textiles; Furniture & Decorative Art; Photographs, Prints & Drawings; Paintings & Sculpture; Theater; Manuscripts & Ephemera; Collections Management; or Registration. Interns must be available at least two full days per week.
Development seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has an interest in fund raising. The intern will assist with researching prospective foundation, corporate, and individual donors; coordinating special events; filing, data entry, and other administrative tasks. Candidates should have good presentation, research, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, with some evenings required; a minimum of two days per week is preferred.
Public Programs seeks an intern who is currently enrolled in college or graduate school to assist with all aspects of Museum programming. A passion for New York City history, cultural life, urban planning, architecture and design, and event planning is required. Please review current and past public programs on our website. Candidates must adhere to deadlines and demonstrate strong writing, interpersonal and social media skills. Duties include conducting research, ticket processing and customer service, networking and outreach, assisting with set-up, check-in, and audio-visual equipment. Hours during the week are flexible, but evening and weekend availability is necessary.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center at the Museum offers programs that help children learn about New York City and their place in it. The Center provides a rich mix of lessons and hands-on activities, semester-long programs that explore East Harlem's evolving neighborhood, and a citywide history competition that encourages independent student research. Interns are needed to work on different projects throughout the year to support Saturday Academy, NYC History Day, Professional Development, and general administrative needs.
Graphics Design seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school for Graphic Design. The candidate will assist the Senior Graphic Designer with layout and production of internal and external projects, both online and print, and will assist in updating the Museum's website. Knowledge of Adobe's Creative Suite is required and a familiarity with web technologies is a plus. Candidates should have good communication, organization, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of ten hours per week is preferred.
Marketing seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has an interest in marketing. The intern will assist with outreach and research for group tours, public programs, and various other marketing projects. The intern will assist in updating the mobile website. Knowledge of basic Excel, Internet research, and computer skills is necessary. Candidates should have good presentation, research, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of ten hours per week is preferred.
Visitor Services and Retail
Visitor Services and Retail seeks a high energy, motivated intern with excellent customer service experience and a personable and positive attitude. The candidate would be responsible for day-to-day functions in the Museum Shop and at the Admissions Desk. Key duties include but are not limited to assisting visitors with general questions and admissions transactions, promoting and processing sales in the Shop, taking phone orders, processing online orders and fulfilling shipments, maintaining the cleanliness of the Shop, Admissions and Information Desks, prepare deposits and balance registers, and other duties as assigned.
*All applicants must submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and other relevant materials. We are unable to offer assistance with housing, visas or work permits.
Volunteering for the City Museum provides an opportunity to contribute valuable services to a non-profit institution, while promoting the Museum’s mission to educate the public about New York City, its heritage and continual transformation.
Qualified candidates should possess a passion for what the city has to offer and an appreciation of its distinctive character and diversity. A flexible attitude, reliability, computer, and internet skills are critical. Volunteering at the City Museum requires a one-year commitment and a minimum availability of four hours each month or 40 hours annually.
We will contact applicants with the required skills and interests as volunteer opportunities become available in the following areas:
Handles visitor inquiries. Minimum one 2-hour shift per week.
Provides free gallery tours for the public. Requires a commitment to developing proficiency about the Museum’s collection and new exhibitions. Commitment to ongoing training and personal and professional interaction with the public is required.
*Applicants must submit a completed volunteer application and resume to be considered.
How to Apply
To apply for an open full-time or part-time position, qualified individuals can send their resume with cover letter and salary range to the attention of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method) or mail to Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
To apply for an internship, please submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials to:
Mary McGlynn, Coordinator of Internship Programs at email@example.com
Qualified applications must send a completed volunteer application and resume, along with any relevant materials, to:
Mary McGlynn, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org