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Current Openings

Director of Development

MASS MoCA seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and persuasively persistent person with 5 to 8 years of development experience. We are looking for a colleague who can think, write, and speak with clarity, passion, and wit. The successful candidate must have the capacity and networking resources to work with the museum's Director and curators to identify, structure, write, and win large, innovative, multi-year grants, as well as major gifts and sponsorships.

Reporting to the Director and the Board of Trustees, the Director of Development will:

  • Manage the Development Department, setting annual revenue goals, evaluating Development staff, and, in general, participating in the institution's leadership circle
  • Serve as a key staff contact for Trustees, former Trustees, Director's Advisory Council members, and other high-level donors, prospects, and partners
  • Work directly with Trustees and Director while managing the Confluence Campaign ($17 million to raise) and major gift solicitation strategies, including coordination of cultivation events, presentation materials, prospect pipeline, and volunteers
  • Work collaboratively with the program team to conceive, write, and win grants
  • Report regularly to the Director on revenue progress, projections, and strategies, as well as campaign activities and briefs on next steps
  • Report quarterly to the Board of Trustees and bi-quarterly to board subcommittees
  • Manage a portfolio of 40-50 campaign prospects
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications on all development-related communications strategies

The individual must also be creative, strategic, and capable of speaking to small audiences, with good social skills; the Director of Development must be able to manage multiple projects with overlapping deadlines. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Experience with volunteer management preferred. Bachelor's degree required. This is a full-time, benefits- eligible position.

To apply, email a résumé and cover letter to Paulette Wein at

MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.

Graphic Designer

MASS MoCA seeks a full-time Graphic Designer who will be responsible for a wide array of projects spanning every department of the museum including Marketing, Visual and Performing Arts, Development, Education, Visitor Services, Operations, and Retail. Projects include, but are not limited to, seasonal program brochures, postcards, posters, exhibition design collateral, catalogues, analog and digital advertisements, vinyl signage (production and application), store products, festival and concert collateral, site way-finding, and more.

The ideal candidate will be a problem-solver with excellent design skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to prioritize.


  • BA or BFA in Graphic Design
  • 3+ years of professional design experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Mac OSX, and MS Word
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work quickly under tight deadlines
  • An eye for detail and brand consistency, and a solid understanding of typography
  • Knowledge of pre-press techniques and file preparation, and experience with vendor management

To apply, email a résumé, cover letter, and a link to an online portfolio (or PDF) to

No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.

Maintenance Staff

MASS MoCA is seeking applicants for a Maintenance Staff position at the museum.
Maintenance staff responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting in preparation for special museum functions by setting up facilities such as tents, stages, concessions, barbeque pits, or special equipment
  • Assisting in repair and construction of cabinets, counters, shelving, and furniture
  • Wall construction including framing, drywall, taping, finishing, and painting
  • Unclogging drains and repairing faucets, sinks, and toilets
  • All aspects of lawn and grounds care
  • All aspects of snow and ice removal including shoveling, sanding, and operating snow blowers and snowplows
  • Performing preventative maintenance, such as lubricating and greasing motors, pumps, and bearings; adjusting and replacing belts; and tightening and lubricating chains
  • Installing, maintaining, inspecting, and repairing equipment, refrigeration and heating units; calibrating equipment to manufacturers’ specifications
  • Soldering and/or welding various materials

Ideal applicants must have knowledge of the types and uses of equipment and materials used in the performance of maintenance work, including skills in using power tools and maintenance machinery. Applicants must be able to follow verbal and written instructions, and be able to read and interpret documents such as plans, blueprints, specifications, and drawings. Applicants must be able to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, staff members, and others at the museum.

Maintenance staff must be able to work indoors and outdoors and may be exposed to adverse weather conditions; must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds or greater; are required to climb ladders and scaffolds; must be OSHA 10 trained or have equivalent demonstrable safety knowledge; and may need to work varied shifts or irregular hours. Ability to work on weekends/holidays is a must. Maintenance staff may be required to operate motor vehicles based on the assignment.

To apply, obtain and complete an application from MASS MoCA's Box Office at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams. You can also email a résumé, and cover letter to

No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.


Security Staff

Enjoy people? Enjoy art? MASS MoCA is hiring temporary seasonal security staff for the Spring & Summer season.
The right candidates will enjoy working in a museum environment and have the ability to communicate clearly and cordially with our guests. A flexible schedule including weekend and holiday work, walking and standing for extended periods of time, and just a touch of patience will be required.

To apply, obtain and complete an application from MASS MoCA's Box Office at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams. You can also email a résumé and cover letter to No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. Retirees encouraged to apply.

Custodial Staff

MASS MoCA is seeking the services of a full-time Custodian. Custodial responsibilities will include:

  • Performing all routine cleaning tasks including sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, washing windows and walls, restocking supplies and other duties assigned using prescribed procedures
  • Trash removal, recycling, and sanitation of waste receptacles
  • Cleaning and supporting special events on the MASS MoCA campus
  • Reporting observed damages or defects in assigned areas
  • Assisting with snow removal and sanding
  • Implementing technical and safety procedures as instructed by his/her supervisor
  • Assuming additional responsibilities as required

Ideal candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds or more on a regular basis. Candidates must demonstrate ample knowledge of cleaning safety procedures and certifications, methods, materials, equipment, and an ability to operate mechanical cleaning equipment. Candidates must be able to function well in a team/community environment, displaying common courtesy and politeness; custodial work involves frequent interaction with patrons, co-workers, and administrators. Candidates must be flexible and willing to work alone as well as in teams, and may be required to work various shifts if needed; ability to work on weekends and holidays is a must.

To apply, obtain and complete an application from MASS MoCA's Box Office at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams. You can also email a résumé and cover letter to

No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. Retirees encouraged to apply.

MASS MoCA Internship Program

Below are available Fall 2015 internships. Please check back after September 1 for the Winter/Spring internship opportunities.

Winter/Spring Internship Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 4
Internship Dates: Monday, January 11 - Sunday, May 22

All applicants must US citizen, over the age of 18 
Most interns MUST have a valid US driver’s license, unless specified.

To apply to MASS MoCA Internship Program: Send this application form (.pdf or .doc), cover letter, resume, and two letters of references, via email @:

or Via Fax @: (413) 664-4519

to: MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Robertson, Company Manager

Development: Intern will be working directly with the Manager of Foundations and Corporate Grants and the Membership Coordinator on all aspects of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, including research, grant-writing, direct mail, special events and database management. Intern will also assist in the preparation for the upcoming New York City Benefit. Interns will be required to work up to 50 hours per week, although some weeks could be longer.  In an average week, you will spend two days working on grants and general development duties and two days on membership, with the remaining day alternating as workload requires. 

Internship Application Deadline: Monday, September 14th
Internship Dates: Monday, October 5th - Sunday, December 20th

Visual Arts Technician Intern:  The intern will assist in the day-to-day operations of the busy visual arts department under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Planning. This position includes assisting with the installation and maintenance of AV equipment and lighting for exhibitions, preparation and fabrication of artworks as necessary, maintenance of works on view, troubleshooting technologies throughout the museum, and performing weekly gallery lighting checks. Additional responsibilities include general administrative and registrar tasks, condition reports, gallery documentation, AV research, maintaining and updating checklists and databases, creating technical user guides, art handling and transports, arranging shipping of artworks, giving public and private museum tours, and assisting other departments as necessary. A successful candidate should have a strong work ethic, an eye for detail, proficient writing and research skills, willing to dedicate additional hours during exhibition installations, and have a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have a driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.

Performing Arts Administration: Intern work directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files. The intern will alternate between the Assistant to the Managing Director and Company Manager with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, assisting with artist services to arranging transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. 

Communications (1): Interns work on all aspects of marketing MASS MoCA's events and exhibitions including postering and flyering for upcoming performing arts events in surrounding areas, writing blogs, Facebook posts, and tweets, researching new forums for publicity, assisting with public outreach by manning booths and tabling at festivals and local colleges, writing press releases and eblasts, assisting with bulk mailings, giving tours of the galleries, and preparing press packets.

Archive / Photography (1): The intern will be managing MASS MoCA’s digital assets by sorting, indexing, and uploading materials of visual and performing arts.  You will be documenting work in both MASS MoCA performing and visual arts, including artist interviews and work-in-progress rehearsals.  You will be digitizing all of MASS MoCA’s archives, art fabrication and installation and producing short videos for utilization on MASS MoCA’s website and other outlets.  You will be using Final Cut Pro X, and will be working in cooperation with Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Information Technology to manage MASS MoCA’s large video works, both video archival and new material, in our Digital Asset Management system - Resource Space. You are not required to have a driver’s license. 


Q: How do I apply via email?
A: We encourage you to apply via email. You may submit application materials (this application, cover letter, resume, and two reference letters) in the text of an email or as Microsoft Word attachments. Reference letters may be submitted separately by the person writing the letter. Please ask reference to include contact information in their letter. Submit all applications to Meghan Robertson.

Q: May reference letters be submitted via email?
A: Yes. Two reference letters may be submitted via email with your application or separately. Please ask letter-writers to include contact information.

Q: May I apply via regular mail?
A: Yes. Please address mailed applications to Meghan Robertson, Company Manager, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.

Q: Are MASS MoCA internships open to international applicants?
A: MASS MoCA can only accept applications from applicants who already have US citizenship or a work visa for work in the USA. Unfortunately we are unable to be a host organization for an international applicant.


Q: How much is the stipend and which departments offer stipend and housing?
A: All departments offer each intern $100/week stipend plus housing for the duration of the internship in that department.

Q: What is housing like?
A: Located within walking distance from MASS MoCA, intern housing is furnished with basic furniture, pots and pans, and silverware. Interns share a bedroom (usually 2 interns per bedroom) and common areas with fellow interns. Interns are responsible for their own meals.

Q: Are pets permitted in intern housing?
A: No. Pets are not permitted in intern housing. Please find alternate pet care for the full duration of your internship.


Q: How many hours do interns work?
A: Full time Interns will work 50+ hours per week. This is the best way to experience the inner workings of each department. Days off are determined by each department according to its needs.

Q: Are interns allowed to leave for several days at a time?
A: If you have a wedding or some other brief (2–3 days) event to attend that has been planned in advance, please inform us ASAP if you are selected for an interview. If you would need to leave the internship for one week or more, please do not apply now. Consider applying in the future when your schedule is more flexible. We are looking for people who can work continuously for the duration of an internship.


Q: Will there be any sort of intern education outside of working in the departments?
A: Yes. Once a week interns will meet for a presentation and discussion by department heads and/or visiting artists. During the summer season, we also plan all-intern excursions to other regional cultural institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jacob's Pillow and more.

Q: Who covers travel expenses?
A: Each intern is responsible for his or her own travel expenses.

Q: More questions?
A: Please email Meghan Robertson.

 Volunteer Opportunities

Event Staff/Ushers work at live events and gallery openings to help assist patrons. Volunteers need to be able to stand for at least an hour at a time (possibly more, depending on event) and communicate clearly and comfortably with the public.

Administrative helpers work with the development department as needed on mailings and other tasks. Participants must have fine motor skills and be very organized. An ability to copy-edit is also desirable.

Kidspace volunteers staff public hours in the Kidspace gallery, encouraging and assisting children in art-making. They can be responsible for clean-up and locking the facilities at the end of their shift. Kidspace volunteers must be able to work unsupervised and have a demonstrated interest in working with children. Kidspace volunteers must be willing to work alone, learn about the works on view, and offer a welcoming presence to visitors.

Gallery sitters We assist Down Street Art in finding staff for temporary downtown galleries during the summer and fall. Gallery sitters must be willing to work alone, learn about the works on view, and offer a welcoming presence to the public.

Other opportunities Past volunteers have assisted with art installation, maintained live art exhibits (plants/animals/etc.), assisted with Free Day and other community activities, and participated in residencies and live performances. To add your name to our list of volunteer contacts, please contact Catherine at 413.664.4481 ext.8109.

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