It Takes Diversity of Thought, Culture, Background, and Perspective to Create a Truly Equitable and Inclusive Museum.

The Newport Art Museum’s mission is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connections within our Newport community and beyond. We are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion because the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work ensures the Museum is a welcoming place for everyone. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that new employees can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Current Openings:

Part-Time Teaching Artist

Newport Art Museum in partnership with the Bradley Schools

The Bradley Schools are private, school-funded, K-12 educational programs for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting.

Fine arts are an important part of the Bradley Schools’ curriculum and our teaching artists have inspired these students with imaginative projects inspired by the artworks included in the Museum’s permanent collection and on view in current exhibitions.

General expectations include:
• Develop an art curriculum that incorporates the elements of art and principles of design that are grade-level appropriate, meet the needs of individual learners and classes, clearly communicate learning objectives, and incorporate skill-building that adheres to the National Visual Arts Standards. Lesson planning should also incorporate social and emotional learning skills.
• Develop an art supply budget based on use of non-toxic supplies that have no sharp edges.
• 8 hours of teaching and 4 hours of prep time per week.
• There is a dedicated art room although from time to time teaching artists may be required to move to a second classroom in the school building for the second group of students.
• Uphold a professional and upbeat demeanor while students regroup.
• Maintain a clean and safe learning environment.

Fall 2021:
South County / Grades 8 – 12
September 13 – January 13, 2021
Mondays / 8:30am – 10:25am (2 classes)
Thursdays / 8:30am – 11:30am, Lunch, 12:05 – 2pm (4 classes)

Winter / Spring 2022:
New London Regional /
January 24 – May 26, 2022
Mondays and Thursdays

Independent Contractor Hourly Pay:
$26 / hour with mileage reimbursement included.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and current résumé, to jobs@newportartmuseum.org. No phone calls please.

Preparator

Status: Part-time, hourly
Reports to: Senior Curator, Curatorial Assistant, and Registrar
Start Date: Flexible

Position Summary:

Join the dynamic curatorial team at the Newport Art Museum as we install new exhibitions, refresh galleries, and care for our collection. The Preparator is involved in all of the technical aspects of art handling with regard to installation and de-installation, packing/shipping, and storage of art objects under the direction of the Senior Curator, Curatorial Assistant, and Registrar. The Preparator assists with the maintenance of art storage and the framing or “prep” room, and routine maintenance of Museum galleries. He/she/they plays an integral role in exhibition installation, preparing works of art for hanging, de-installing and returning or storing works of art, and preparing the galleries for new shows.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists in all aspects of changing gallery space including patching and painting walls, building structures/mounts, and installing/deinstalling artwork.
  • Completes all preparatory tasks for installing artwork including framing and unframing and sometimes matting.
  • Assists Registrar and Curatorial Assistant to pack and unpack artwork on loan.
  • Transports artwork locally.
  • Assists with maintaining the appearance of exhibition space including changing light bulbs, dusting, cleaning plexi, paint touch-ups, prepping and cleaning pedestals and shelves. 
  • Assists with installing and attaching vinyl, wall text panels, and labels.
  • Assists Registrar with maintenance of art storage including rehousing artworks, moving large artworks, and moving art from storage to galleries.
  • Abides by all Museum policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of, and adherence to, museum standards for collection care, packing, crating, handling, installing, and housing artworks.
  • Performs required administrative tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Is willing to research and recommend supplies and equipment for installations.
  • Works with other Museum staff to ensure smooth operation of the Museum’s programs and events. Represents the Museum with the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and enthusiasm and works positively with colleagues and the public.
  • Knowledge of loss-prevention techniques is a plus.
  • Knowledge or an eagerness to learn about new media installation is a plus.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A good problem-solver 
  • Knowledge of art handling practices and procedures
  • Experience using power tools, ladders, and other large equipment
  • Well organized, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Basic math skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to follow directions and work in a supportive role
  • Excellent time-management, planning, and teamwork skills
  • Works well under pressure
  • Works well with others

Required Education and Experience:

  • B.A., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in studio art, art history, or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a preparator in a gallery or museum
  • Valid driver’s license 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work may be performed both indoors and outdoors throughout the campus as well as off-site locations
  • Position may require standing for prolonged periods, walking, climbing, bending and stretching, and enough physical strength to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted
  • Ability to climb ladders etc. in excess of 8 feet

This is an hourly part-time position requiring availability during normal business hours and occasional nights and weekends, when needed.

This position works full days during installation periods. Installation periods are usually: January-February, April – July, August – late Sept, mid-October – January.

Independent Contractor Hourly Pay: $25 / hour

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: jobs@newportartmuseum.orgNo phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The Newport Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Museum Experience Associate

The Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum, founded in 1912, educates and inspires a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting historic and contemporary art and integrates appreciation for the arts into all its programs. The Museum maintains an extensive community outreach program, partnering with schools, hospitals, and cultural organizations throughout the region. The Museum School offers year-round studio art and design classes for all ages and experiences levels. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The mission of the Newport Art Museum is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connections within our Newport community and beyond.

The Museum Experience Associate position

The Museum Experience Associate is primarily responsible for providing visitors with a high level of seamless service, ensuring a positive and meaningful Museum experience supportive of the Museum’s mission and strategic objectives. Ideally, a guest’s interaction, no matter how brief, advances a relationship based on important intellectual and personal connections, and leads to deeper and more frequent visitor engagement. How this active participation in the life of the Museum is fostered will be the collective responsibility of the Museum Experience Team, in collaboration with the dedicated staff of the Museum.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Maintain regular shifts at the Museum front desk, including occasionally weekends and evenings
  • Represent the Museum during special events, evening functions, and off-site programs
  • Maintain a well-informed working knowledge of the Museum’s exhibitions, history, special events and programs, classes, and membership opportunities, and accurately educate visitors
  • Welcome, process, direct all visitors, tour groups, vendors and members of the general public, professionally and promptly, facilitating the timely and polite resolution of questions or complaints.
  • Maintain a clean front facing lobby to ensure a positive and professional first impression
  • Act as and/or support Museum Security with respect to visitors, conduct routine gallery checks.
  • Maintain familiarity with emergency procedures and ability to implement if necessary and help coordinate an evacuation of the Museum in the event of an emergency
  • Opening/closing and alarming Museum buildings
  • Maintain accurate electronic visitor attendance and admission revenue financial records
  • Execute visitor surveys or other visitor experience assessments, as needed
  • Opportunity to assist Director of Marketing with design of print and online collateral materials, supporting the Museum’s social media presence, and managing online event calendar presence

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration, Hospitality, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, or related field
  • Professional customer service experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google platforms, Square
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Suite, Mailchimp, Social Media platforms a plus
  • Marketing and Graphic Design experience a plus
  • Experience with special events a plus

Skills & Abilities

  • Strong customer service, interpersonal and public relations skills; ability to communicate effectively with individuals of diverse social and cultural backgrounds, children and families. Knowledge of arts and cultural audiences preferred
  • Clear and effective verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to understand and balance priorities, with strong attention to detail
  • Dependability, flexibility, adaptability and ability to thrive in a dynamic, collaborative team environment
  • Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
  • Able to go up and down stairs, sustain periods of prolonged standing, and perform occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds
  • CPR certification required (will train)
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

Compensation
This is a part time, 3 day per week, hourly position with commensurate vacation and personal time. Starting wage is $15/hr.

Organizational Relationship
This position reports to the Director of Community Engagement and the Director of Marketing.

Availability

  • Shifts are typically 9:30am-5:30pm, occasional Thursdays until 7pm, and 11:30-5:30 on Sundays. Occasional holidays, and additional time for special Museum-wide events such as the Artists Ball Gala and Wet Paint Fundraiser, as well as Museum private rental events.

To Apply

  • Candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: jobs@newportartmuseum.org. No phone calls please. This position is a part-time position with no benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • The Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The Newport Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. BIPOC applicants encouraged to apply.

Director of Operations

Full-time position with benefits

Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is an essential component of vibrant and connected communities. The Museum employs a staff of eight full-time and nine part-time employees, has a 17 member Board of Trustees, and operates from three buildings located on Newport’s beautiful Bellevue Avenue. Gallery spaces in two buildings feature a mix of temporary exhibitions as well as artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum School offers art and design classes for all ages and experience levels. A full array of public programs are offered throughout the year. Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the
American Alliance of Museums.

Newport Art Museum’s Director of Operations is responsible for the overall smooth and safe administration of the Museum’s facilities, security, maintenance, occasional capital improvement projects, and day-to-day operations. He/she/they will also assist with human resources, technology and office infrastructure, project management and evaluation, facilitating Board engagement, grants administration, and more. The Director of Operations works closely with the Executive Director and other Department Directors to reinforce a help ensure Newport Art Museum achieves its mission while maintaining a culture of learning and engagement.

 

Essential Responsibilities:

• Support Board and Committee efforts by overseeing meeting scheduling and prep, board communications, and file sharing
• Develop status reports, dashboards, and presentations for staff and board meetings
• Administer human resources, including recruitment and hiring, staff orientation and training, personnel policies and procedures, reviewing and revising employee manual and benefits in accordance with state and federal laws, and employee exit processes
• Develop, improve, and document systems for efficient administrative procedures around current and new strategic initiatives
• Assist with maintaining an up-to-date institutional calendar and schedule adequate staffing for day-to-day public hours of operation, special events, annual fundraising gala, public programs, and facility rentals
• Assist Executive Director with creating and facilitating systems for staff performance, including professional development opportunities and performance review scheduling
• Communicate with and schedule Museum volunteers
• Create and oversee key grant submission and reporting deadlines to help ensure an effective grant funding program
• Assist with the collection, distribution and evaluation of visitor survey data and demographics in order to measure goal attainment and track impact
• Assist Director of Marketing to ensure all in-gallery materials and signage are up-to date and available to visitors
• Work with the Manager of Buildings & Grounds to assess and manage vendor relationships, assist with negotiating contracts, and help supervise vendors with respect to work on the physical facilities
• Assist with planning and managing an ongoing preventive maintenance program for security, fire/life safety and all mechanical systems while ensuring Museum is in compliance with all relevant codes.
• Notify Manager of Buildings & Grounds of any improper working of internal systems and external issues such as ice/snow removal, parking lot issues, etc.
• Responsible for ongoing review, update and testing of Museum’s emergency preparedness plan
• Assist staff with obtaining all necessary event permits and licenses in a timely fashion
• Collaborate with IT Manager and other Museum departments to ensure that necessary technological systems are available and functioning when needed, including all non-exhibition related audio-visual requirements
• Assist Museum’s IT manager with maintaining secure passwords and alarm codes, as well as enforcing Museum’s key and confidentiality policies
• Ensure office supplies, including paper goods, printer ink cartridges, hand sanitizer, etc. are kept in stock
• Oversight of postage and copy machine maintenance schedules
• Perform other related duties as required
• Occasional weekend and evening work hours
• Tuesday – Saturday work week would be appreciated

 

Job Qualifications:

• Minimum of three years’ of full-time employment in an office, business, gallery, museum, nonprofit organization, or similar setting in operations-related activities
• Experience with project management and grant administration
• Strong organization, time-management, and systems thinking skills
• Ability to work as a collaborative member of a high-performing team
• Effectively listen to and communicate with a wide range of people, including staff, trustees, donors, and vendors
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple priorities
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office
• A bachelor’s degree in arts management or related field or equivalent work experience is a plus

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 (Annual Salary)

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: jobs@newportartmusuem.org. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Newport Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Manager of Museum Education

Newport Art Museum seeks a dynamic individual with a background in arts, design and education to assist in the creation and coordination of the Museum’s extensive arts education efforts in its school and galleries, as well as out in the community. This position manages all aspects of the Museum’s School, including the classes & workshops programmed in its studios, curriculum design, class registrations and refunds, art supply orders, communications with teaching artists and students, and ensuring a safe and clean, creative environment. The Manager of Museum Education assists the Director of Marketing with the promotion of Museum School offerings and instructor searches. Working with the Museum’s Director of Community Engagement and Curatorial team, this position helps to support educational outreach efforts that take place off-site, as well as group tours at the Museum. This position also serves as the primary liaison to local schools, libraries and other educational entities. The Manager of Museum Education reports directly to the Museum’s Executive Director.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development of a re-imagined Museum School curriculum that includes Certificate Level classes, design offerings and Master Level workshops
  • Maintain a commitment to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and access through the  development of diverse programming and hiring practices
  • Help identify, contact and hire qualified teaching artists and designers
  • Manage instructor contracts and facilitate instructor payments through Museum’s Finance department
  • Track all class registrations & waiting lists, including adult, studio time and summer youth art camps; create class lists; administer refunds; and act as the Museum’s main point of contact for questions related to Museum School offerings
  • Manage and approve scholarship applications in collaboration with Executive Director and Finance Department
  • Order and organize supplies for all classes
  • Ensure all Museum School policies are adhered to
  • Track department spending and create annual budget
  • Provide Development Associate with information for grant proposals as requested
  • In collaboration with Museum’s Senior Curator and Director of Community Engagement, assist with docent training
  • Assist Museum’s Director of Marketing with the preparation of material for all education-related communications and publications in a timely and efficient manner
  • Assist with orientation and oversight of two summer youth art camp interns
  • Assist other Museum staff with developing methods for acquiring, monitoring and tracking visitor and student feedback
  • Advocate for art education and the use of the Museum as an educational resource
  • Help maintain an orderly and presentable office, entryway and studio spaces
  • Keep abreast of trends and directions in arts, humanities, museums, and community-based education and integrate that knowledge into educational materials, tours and the development of assessment tools
  • Other related-duties as assigned
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs / WordPress experience is a plus

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically and creatively with exceptional attention to detail
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and work on multiple, complex projects at the same time
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the role the arts play in growing and maintaining vibrant and connected communities
  • Availability to work some evenings and occasional weekend special events
  • Flexibility and the desire to work as a collaborative team player are vital

Preferred:

  • Experience working in a community arts and / or educational organization
  • A. in art or humanities education, art history, material culture, curatorial/museum studies or other related field

Full Time with Benefits

Annual Salary: $45,000 – $50,000

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: jobs@newportartmusuem.org. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Newport Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.