Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
By joining the Brooks you would be working with a well-established organization that is the largest fine arts museum in the state of Tennessee. The Brooks is a multifaceted institution consisting of art from antiquity to the present in a wide range of media. This is an exciting time to consider joining the museum, which is continually growing and changing. We welcome your application for currently posted positions, and also encourage you to re-visit this site for information about future opportunities.
About the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art:
Founded in 1916 and located at 1934 Poplar Ave. in historic Overton Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to Tennessee’s oldest and largest major collection of world art. More than 10,000 works make up the Brooks Museum’s permanent collection, including works from ancient Greece, Rome and the Americas; Renaissance masterpieces from Italy; English portraiture; American painting and decorative arts; contemporary art; and a survey of African art. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.
Donor Relations Officer
Reports to: Associate Director of Development
The Donor Relations Officer oversees the year-round donor experience to help secure renewed support, working tactically to support the integrity of donor relations. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Development, and working closely with the Director of Development, this position is responsible for the stewardship of specific groups of museum donors, including benefits-based members and donors to the Vive Le Brooks Wine and Food Series. In addition to ongoing stewardship and cultivation, this position oversees and manages membership programs and events and works closely with the Special Events Officer to execute the Vive Le Brooks series, strategically planning events to retain, cultivate, and solicit long-term donors.
- Oversees the benefit-based Membership program (members under $1,000), and, under the guidance of the Director of Development, ensures Membership reaches its annual fundraising goal.
- Ensures that all members are thanked and acknowledged in a timely manner, with the assistance of the Director of Development and the Development Operations Manager.
- With Director of Development, develops and carries out acquisition campaigns for benefit-based members.
- Actively stewards benefits-based members to move them through the upgrade pipeline.
- Oversees year-end membership appeals with the Director of Development.
- Implements new procedures and technology to advance membership, including the digitization of membership cards, initiating a recurring monthly gifts program, and targeted membership and support groups.
- Plans and schedules member-centric communications with the marketing team.
- Maintains, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of members, sponsors, and donors..
- Participates as appropriate in sponsorship solicitation and sponsorship benefit fulfillment.
- Plans donor-centered experiences and events for mid-level donors to move through the pipeline to major gifts.
- Oversees and plans for all acknowledgement of donor gifts, with the assistance of the Development Operations Manager.
- Plans marketing and communications materials acknowledging donors with the assistance of marketing staff.
- Plans for and conducts quarterly surveys of targeted donor demographics for feedback and information for future solicitation.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING
- Informed by curatorial and education teams, designs, leads, and implements plans for select public and member programming, including exhibition openings, Cocktails with the Curator, New Member Orientations, and other development-driven events.
- In collaboration with the Special Events Officer, maintains and works within a budget for membership events and programs.
- Leads planning, design, and fundraising efforts for the annual Vive Le Brooks wine and food series events, including securing sponsors and auction donors and recruiting committee members. Works closely with the Special Events Officer to coordinate logistics and execute Vive Le Brooks plans to meet annual fundraising goals.
- In collaboration with the marketing staff, ensures marketing plans and campaigns that promote the Vive Le Brooks event series.
- Stewards Vive Le Brooks donors year-round to ensure loyalty and grow event series income.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
- Bachelor's degree
- Three or more years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and event planning with a proven track record of success.
- Detail oriented and highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to goal-driven schedules and meeting assigned benchmarks.
- Creative, “out-of-the box” thinker willing to work cross-departmentally and with community input to deliver innovative events and programs that incite member engagement and loyalty.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including public speaking.
- Familiarity with basic principles of sales and marketing.
- Personable, positive, and can-do approach to work with a customer-service mindset and demonstrated ability to use good judgement and maintain confidentiality.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with diverse audiences, including staff, management, board members, volunteers, donors, and vendors.
- Available to work occasional evenings and weekends when required.
Posting Date: Monday, August 20, 2021
Salary range: $45,000 - $50,000, commensurate with experience
Deadline: The position will remain open until filled.
Application Process: Qualified individuals may apply by sending resume with cover letter, salary requirements and three professional references to [email protected]. No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest.
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
(Open Rank: Assistant/Associate/Curator)
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art seeks an innovative curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. Reporting to the Curator of European & Decorative Arts, the curator will oversee the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary works across media, generate groundbreaking presentations of modern and contemporary art in the form of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays, and help establish the curatorial approach to the museum’s $150 million capital project to build a new museum building in Downtown Memphis. The curator will bring creativity and vision to present operations at the museum’s Overton Park location and to the development of the new building. Key to this position is working with the curatorial team to develop a dynamic program of exhibitions and publications that deepens and creates community embeddedness and raises the profile of the museum on a local, national, and international level. Emphasis is placed on cultivating close relationships with artists, local non-profits, and with grassroots organizations, supporting the development of their work as it aligns with the museum’s mission. In close collaboration with the curatorial team, the curator will make recommendations for accessions and deaccessions, recommendations for conservation, and help develop a strategic plan for collection development. The curator will contribute expertise to the MBMA’s collection and program, working closing with the Exhibitions, Education, and Marketing Departments. Working collaboratively with the Development and Marketing Departments, the curator will cultivate and strengthen relationships with donor groups, individuals, and community partners. The successful candidate will be an exemplary collaborator, possess deep knowledge in one or more areas related to the collection, and have a proven record of work underpinned by a sincere interest in creating a more equitable museum.
The curator of Modern & Contemporary Art joins the museum’s curatorial staff at a pivotal moment for the museum. The Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron (Basel/New York), is designing, with Memphis-based architect of record archimania, a $150 million new facility overlooking the Mississippi River in the heart of Downtown Memphis. The new museum building will be at the center of a newly animated and accessible Memphis riverfront, with plans to connect six miles of the riverfront with parks, walking paths, and civic and recreational structures, as conceived by the Chicago-based firm Studio Gang, as well as numerous other developments. The curator of Modern & Contemporary Art will spearhead the curatorial vision for the museum’s modern and contemporary holdings in the new Downtown location and will work collaboratively with the museum’s curatorial team on the curatorial concept for the new building as a whole.
Founded in 1916 and located in historic Overton Park, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the oldest and largest art museum in Tennessee and a cultural anchor for the tri-State area that includes Arksansas and Mississippi. The museum holds over 10,000 works spanning 5,000 years of global human history with strengths in European, American, African diaspora, and global contemporary art, and with a particular strength in photography. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.
- Work with the Executive Director and the Curator of European & Decorative Arts and the Curatorial team to shape curatorial direction and museum policy
- Responsibility for the care, display, and interpretation of the museum’s permanent collection of Modern and Contemporary art
- Generate and facilitate exhibitions, permanent collection displays, and commissions of Modern and Contemporary art
- Generate original research
- Build and maintain relationships with curators, artists, community stakeholders, collectors, donors, and art world professionals
- Contribute to the curatorial vision and planning for the museum’s new facility Downtown
- Participate in activities pertaining to Curatorial committees, advisory groups and donor groups
- Lead and participate in public programs and other events as needed
- Mentor the Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellow in African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, and any other junior staff that join the curatorial department
- Train and mentor interns, volunteers, and docents
- Ensure that diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are primary considerations across all work
- Open rank, salary commensurate with experience
- MA in Art History or related field
- Minimum 5 years art museum experience or other arts non-profit in relevant capacity
- Demonstrable knowledge of and involvement in international contemporary art, with an established network of contacts in the field
- Experience in generating and staging art exhibitions, displays and related events
- Record of publications in the field
- Demonstrable interest in developing authentic community relationships
- Record of work showing interest in creating a more equitable museum and/or a demonstrable interest in social justice and/or demonstrable knowledge of critical theories including but not limited to race, class, ability, gender, and sexuality
- Excellent planning, scheduling, and administrative skills, with the ability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines
- Excellent written and spoken communication, with the ability to adapt to multiple types of audience
- The ability to engage adeptly with a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to staff, visitors, trustees, artists, community partners, donors, funders, and academic institutions
- The ability to work collaboratively across departments since the museum prioritizes an amicable working environment
- Experience supervising or managing staff is a plus, but willingness to learn best practices in collaboration, mentorship, and staff development is essential
- Ability and willingness to attend out-of-hours functions as necessary
- Some travel required
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by emailing a letter and a cv to [email protected] with “Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art” as the subject line.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Family and School Programs
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, with the largest and only collection of world art in Tennessee and the Mid-South area, seeks an Associate Director of Education to develop, implement, and evaluate family and school programs that enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the Brooks Museum’s unique permanent collection and special traveling exhibitions. Under general direction of the Director of Education and Interpretation, develops and implements school, family, and community programs for regional audiences of all ages and backgrounds. S/he plans and organizes engaging family events and programs; oversees Inside Art, the museum’s interactive gallery for families; works with teachers, students, and volunteers to coordinate the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards student art competition; oversees the implementation of Summer Art Camp; acts as a liaison between the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and local school and community groups; and serves as a member of the dynamic Education Department team. Occasional weekend and evening work required.
- Master’s degree in Art Education, Art History, or Museum Studies recommended.
- A minimum of three years experience in museum education preferred.
- Ability to develop programs and activities for a variety of audiences.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within and beyond the institution.
- Excellent organizational skills, follow-through, and attention to detail, including ability to work on multiple programs and deadlines simultaneously.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to tailor speech and writing to a variety of audiences and purposes.
- Demonstrable ability to anticipate and problem-solve independently.
- High degree of professionalism and a team spirit.
- Ability to be firm and flexible as the situation requires.
- Command of Microsoft Office Suite.
- Knowledge of regional and local communities and audiences helpful.
Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 12.
The Associate Director of Education is full-time and includes benefits. Send cover letter and resume (as a Word attachment) to: [email protected] with “Associate Director of Education” in the subject line,
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or marital or veteran status. We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for open positions.