Full-Time Director and Curator – Architecture and Design
Director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute and Curator, Architecture and Design.
The Museum seeks a Director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute who will also serve as a Curator, joining the curatorial team in the Museum’s Department of Architecture and Design, and reporting directly to the department’s Phillip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.
As the inaugural Director of the newly established Institute, the successful candidate develops, leads, and implements the Institute’s manifold research initiatives through a range of programs, including exhibitions, public lectures, conferences and symposia, seminars, and publications on a variety of digital platforms.
The Institute intends to address a diverse, global audience through a multitude of digital channels and offerings, and hence the Director should be particularly interested in developing innovative programs for digital outreach.
Specific responsibilities include curatorial leadership of exhibition programs, including an inaugural exhibition on the emergence of green architecture (scheduled for 2023); fiduciary oversight of the Institute, including all annual financial reporting on the Institute’s use of funds; active contribution to the conversation and programs of the Department of Architecture and Design; collaboration with Museum departments and initiatives focused on ecology and sustainability; and partnership with external entities dedicated to ecological restoration and justice.
The Director will be supported in the role by an administrative assistant, who will be hired by the successful candidate upon arrival at the Museum.
Additionally, within the scope of curatorial responsibilities, the Director will help to develop a strategy for the collection and future acquisitions that deal with sustainability.
• Leads and develops the activities of the Ambasz Institute and ensures broad dissemination of the activities and coordinates the activities of the Institute’s Advisory Board. Administers the budget, personnel, and operations for the Institute.
• Leads and develops scholarly initiatives in collaboration with the Museum’s curatorial department.
• Participates in pan institutional committees as required.
• Responsible for organizing digital offerings on a variety of platforms, related public programs in digital format, and a temporary exhibition on green architecture. In conjunction with the Exhibitions department and the Creative Team is responsible for creating and maintaining the budget for these digital offerings and exhibitions, and for obtaining the loan of objects from other institutions or individuals for the 2023 exhibition. Responsible for research of these programs and exhibition and when appropriate is responsible for producing a catalogue and any written, recorded, and digital materials to accompany the exhibition.
• Works with Communications, Marketing, Graphics, Development, and others to promote and support the broad range, primarily digital programming of the Ambasz Institute, including the gallery exhibition.
• Collaborates with the Creative Team and Publications staff to produce the exhibition catalogue and budget for the publication and digital content, including photography. When appropriate solicits essays for the publication from other scholars in the field.
• Liaisons with the Education department on programs relevant to the Institute, including public programs tied to the exhibition to include lectures or panel discussions held virtually or in other digital formats.
• Works with the Creative Team in developing and implementing a plan for a diverse set of digital programs to support the priorities of the Institute.
• Writes articles for publication in outside professional journals, gives lectures at other institutions, and actively develops digital offerings with external collaborators.
Candidate Specifications and Criteria:
• Extensive record of academic and curatorial experience. Minimum educational requirements: Master’s degree in architecture or environmental studies or equivalent.
• Ability to adopt an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating concepts and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, including visual, urban, and environmental studies.
• Experience curating contemporary architecture in a museum, gallery setting or a comparable institutional setting.
• Thought leader in, demonstrated commitment to, and knowledge of issues related to sustainability and ecological design, with an active role in shaping the current discourse around related social issues.
• Possesses a strong international network of individuals and organizations who are currently active in the field.
• Ability to lead people, with supervisory experience and demonstrated project management skills.
• Exhibits a style which is diplomatic, extroverted, sophisticated, and demonstrates an ability to work with colleagues as well as trustees.
• Proven ability both to initiate independent projects and work collaboratively, with the understanding that the work of the Institute is an integral part of the Department of Architecture and Design. Ability to work closely with the Chief Curator to collectively develop strategic priorities for the Institute and has the ability to take direction.
• Innovative, independent thinker with a strong ability to develop and implement intellectual contents into tangible form.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with effective presentation skills.
• Demonstrated research capabilities.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Skills in digital publishing and ability to develop innovative formats on digital platforms.
• Unquestioned integrity that the organization and employees can trust without reservation.
Critical Competencies for Success:
• Strong communication and influencing skills given the diversity and complexity of MoMA’s organizational structure and workforce.
• Ability to inspire confidence, convey credibility, and develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization.
• Ensure robust programs of the Ambasz Institute, furthering its ability to become a global leader in shaping the discourse on architecture and ecology.
• Recruit, train, lead, motivate, and mentor support staff. Nurture the team, provide professional development opportunities, and serve as a mentor.
The mission of the newly established Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and the Natural Environment at the Museum of Modern Art is to promote the exploration and study of creative approaches to design at all scales of the built environment – buildings, cities, landscapes, and objects – with an emphasis on understanding their joint relationship to their natural environment. Through research and a variety of programs, including public lectures, conferences and symposia, and their digital equivalents, the Institute’s objective is to be a globally leading think tank furthering the understanding of the interaction between architecture and ecology. The Institute’s mission is interdisciplinary, bringing into conversation architects, designers, policy makers, social thinkers, historians and the general public. Acknowledging the urgent need for an ecological recalibration within the context of the Anthropocene, the work of the Institute will synthesize research and programmatic initiatives with current socio-political issues to help solidify cultural and art institutions’ relevance for today’s diverse audiences.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a statement of interest, current CV, and three references by no later than January 22, 2021.
Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.
The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
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The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
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