Job Openings

Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles

Reporting to the Curator of Special Projects/Curatorial, the Assistant Curator of Costumes and Textiles assists with and provides curatorial care, research, cataloguing, management, and interpretation of a collection of about 2,500 textile objects and 5,000 costumes and accessories, ranging in time from Coptic to Contemporary, in size from thimbles to tapestries, and representing every continent. The primary focus of the position will be to inventory, catalogue, assess, and when possible re-house the collection, working in concert with conservation and a part-time consulting curator.  In addition, the Assistant will plan collection-based exhibitions and installations, assist in public programs, and field public inquiries and gift offers. This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal up to three years. Learn more.

Associate Director of Development

The Associate Director of Development is responsible for the management of the museum’s major gifts program (including corporate and foundation relations) and will support the Director of Development in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the development office including the database and gift processing systems and grants. The Associate Director will develop and manage the annual fund campaigns in cooperation with the Membership Manager throughout the year, cultivate new premier members and oversee the premier member renewal process.  Drawing on their skills in relationship building, the Associate Director will manage a portfolio of annual giving donors and support in the qualification and cultivation of major gift prospects from within the existing donor population while soliciting and stewarding annual giving donors including individuals that support the museum’s auxiliary groups. Learn more.

Custodial Services

This job consists of routine work to maintain the cleanliness of the facility and grounds.  Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of cleaning and light maintenance duties in and around museum facilities; responds to calls for service; implements setup and takedown for museum and rental events; works closely with staff to meet the custodial needs of the museum. Learn more.

Development Database Specialist

The Development Database Specialist is a member of the Wadsworth’s development team reporting to the department director. S/he is responsible for supporting major gift, membership, grant solicitation, and other fundraising activities that raise $4 – $5 million each year from individuals, corporations, and foundations. This position is responsible for the integrity and accuracy of the Tessitura database in support of development activities throughout the museum. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Director of Marketing and Communications

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the development and execution of brand management, communications, and marketing strategies that drive community engagement, build institutional identity, advance visibility, and increase revenue. Working in close partnership with colleagues across the museum, the Director of Marketing manages the Wadsworth’s media relations, advertising, promotions, and digital engagement efforts. The successful candidate will be creative, collaborative, data driven, and forward-thinking. The work of the Director of Marketing and Communications will be guided by the museum’s, mission, values, and strategic plan and by the principles of, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. They will lead and coordinate the institution-wide approach to growing the museum’s audience and will actively participate in the overall management of the institution by serving on the senior management team. Learn more.

General Facilities Tech

The General Facilities Tech will independently perform a broad spectrum of facilities and systems maintenance functions or may back up other team members on complex assignments. Learn more.

Governance Coordinator

The Governance Coordinator is a member of the office of the CEO’s team and responsible for the overall administration of the governance of the organization and the board of trustees and committees of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. He/she is accountable to the CEO and works with the other members of the office of the CEO, the Senior leadership team of the museum and members and officers of the board of trustees. Learn more.

Head of Visitor Experience and Services

The Head of Visitor Experience and Services ensures a positive visitor experience with a goal of fostering a desire for further engagement with the museum on multiple levels. As a member of the Senior Leadership team, acts as the leading visitor experience champion across the organization, collaborating and enlisting the active support of staff throughout the institution. Advocate for visitors with diverse interests, abilities, and needs. Learn more.

Marsted Curatorial Fellow

The Marsted Fellow will support the Department of Contemporary Art with research into the permanent collection, installations of the collection, and supporting acquisitions and donations as well as planning for a dynamic program of special exhibitions, including the Wadsworth’s signature MATRIX exhibitions. 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.

Visitor Services Gallery Attendant Supervisor

The Visitor Services Gallery Attendant Supervisor’s primary role is to manage the Wadsworth’s Gallery Attendant (GA) program while supporting the museum’s mission to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and able to participate in the arts and cultural experiences offered by the museum. This position requires exceptional communication and customer service skills. Weekends are required. Learn more.