Career Opportunities

Art Bridges Fellowship

Full-time, three-year position within the Registration Department to support registration and collections management of the new Art Bridges Initiative with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and its four museum partners across the American South. The Art Bridges Fellow at the Wadsworth will be part of the inaugural cohort of the Art Bridges Fellows Program, serving an instrumental role in how this multi-year partnership will expand access to American art through collaborative exhibitions; make significant works of art accessible to new audiences; develop innovative narratives that expand the stories told by and about American art; and explore shared themes that speak both to our nation’s history and its diverse regional identities. Learn more and apply by May 9, 2022.

Director of Development

Reporting to the Director & CEO, the Director of Development (DoD) will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the museum’s fundraising and philanthropic programs and will serve as a key member of the leadership team. The DoD will be responsible for conceiving, planning, and executing the museum’s fundraising strategy and engaging donors in the new strategic direction and mission while fostering a vibrant culture of philanthropy. The DoD will work closely with the Director & CEO, board, senior staff, volunteers, museum partners, and community to cultivate new donors while energizing the donor base. The DoD will identify and secure six-figure major gifts, corporate partnerships, and institutional grants. They will also conceive and implement new fundraising campaigns, energize and grow membership, reinvigorate special fundraising events, and expand the legacy gift program. The DoD will be responsible for leading the division team and directing the activities of the Head of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Membership Manager, Data Analyst, Development Assistant, and Major Gifts Officer to achieve fundraising goals of more than $5 million annually. Learn more.

External Events Manager

Responsibilities include growing and managing the museum’s private rental event business including, but not limited to non-profit gatherings, weddings, and corporate events. The External Events Manager will identify prospects, create contracts, oversee logistics, interface with internal caterer, and assure seamless execution of the event. In addition, the External Events Manager will provide support for the museum’s premier public events (Festival of Trees & Traditions and Fine Art & Flowers), as well as programming sponsored by the museum’s auxiliary groups. This position may be called upon to assist with the annual gala, exhibition openings, and membership events as needed. Learn more. Learn more.

Gallery Attendant

Gallery Attendants (GA) are stewards of the visitor’s experience at the Wadsworth. They serve as an enthusiastic, welcoming, and approachable presence throughout the museum as they support wayfinding, access to resources, promote public programs and events, provide general information about the collections and special exhibitions, help keep the art safe from damage, assist in ensuring the safety of museum visitors, and share information that provides the best possible experience at the museum for all audiences. GA’s receive comprehensive training to support the experience of visitors of all ages, fostering positive connections between visitors and the museum as a place in the city of Hartford. Learn more.

Hartford Healthcare Curatorial Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to provide an emerging museum professional with practical experience in the fundamentals of curatorial practice including object research, collections management, collection installation, and exhibition development, as well as broader conceptual thinking around the display of the permanent collection, the creation of curatorial narratives, and the development of new forms of interpretation. The fellow works under the oversight and mentorship of the Chief Curator to undertake both independent and collaborative projects to learn how to plan and execute curatorial projects, undertake object research, develop collection installations, of collections and small exhibitions, and also to develop public programs. The fellow will create projects that build connections between the Wadsworth’s collections from a variety of global cultures to challenge traditional boundaries, rethink conventional narratives, and redeploy underused objects. In addition to hands-on experience, this fellowship is intended to provide mentorship from experienced museum staff from a range departments, as well as professional development opportunities to encourage a deep understanding of, and future involvement in, the museum field. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal up to three years. Learn more.

Membership Manager

The Membership Manager oversees all aspects of the museum’s membership program to ensure that exceptional membership services and benefits are provided.  Serving as the primary advocate and liaison between the museum and its members, corporations, and the community, the Membership Manager is responsible for the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation for membership and annual donors. Learn more.

Museum Director

The Museum Director is the senior artistic executive at the Wadsworth. His/her/their role will focus on bringing a 21st-century perspective to the task of defining the museum’s scope and direction of exhibitions, programming, and collections management. This leader will oversee the care and display of the museum’s collections and lead the curatorial, exhibition, conservation, education, publications, and programming functions in support of the museum’s mission.  In partnership with the CEO, the Director will work with his/her/their staff, curators, cross functional leaders and management to develop, implement and oversee the artistic, curatorial and interpretive strategies of the Museum.  The Museum Director is by virtue of the position an executive of the institution and will be an ExOfficio member of the Wadsworth Atheneum Board of Trustees. Learn more.