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MASS MoCA Jobs/Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

Current Openings

 Development Associate

Reports to: Director of Development

MASS MoCA is looking for an enthusiastic, detail-oriented team player to join a lively, fast-paced development team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Associate will manage a portfolio of grantmakers and individual prospects, and he/she will be responsible for managing day-to-day development operations, including donor relations support, data entry and list fulfillment, gift acknowledgements, maintaining physical and electronic files, and providing administrative support to the development team. Also, he/she will work closely with the team on Annual Fund and grant writing projects. Tasks may include prospect research, briefing materials, occasional writing and reporting, and various communication initiatives. This full-time position requires some flexibility on evenings/ weekends. 

This is a great opportunity for someone to join an exciting cultural organization as we begin a capital campaign. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, diplomatic, and communications skills and be able to work in an energetic environment. Attention to detail is essential, as are proofreading, writing, and online research skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications and experience with database management are essential. Previous fundraising experience and a working knowledge of Tessitura is an advantage, as is appreciation of contemporary visual and performing arts.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to No phone calls please. MASS MoCA is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.

 Master Electrician/ Stage Crew

Start Date: ASAP
Full Time

Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, MASS MoCA is one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. MASS MoCA presents approximately 65 events per year and operates a 10,000 sq/ft black box theater, a 200- seat club space year round, two outdoor venues in the summer months, plus one to three outdoor summer music festivals per year. Responsibilities include: work with directors and guest directors on lighting for all productions, lighting design for in-house productions and spaces, maintain lighting equipment, serve as light board operator, and set up and strike for all productions.

Although all crew members have their own focused area of expertise, the crew operates as a team and each person assists in all areas of production including stage and riser builds, sound, lights, A/V.

Requirements: BA /BFA or equivalent professional experience, familiar with traditional and conventional practices of theatre stagecraft. Should have experience with executing lighting plots for dance, concerts and theatre productions, as well as ability to adapt to untraditional venues, such as galleries, outdoor stages and street events. Knowledge of ETC ION lighting console preferred.

We work with a wide range of artists and change venues frequently, including off-site and in-gallery productions. We are looking for a master electrician who enjoys being fast on their feet, and likes getting involved in all phases of production from creation to finished product. We also require a person who looks forward to providing excellent service and ideas to visiting artists-in-residence.

Send resumé to: ATT: Master Electrician. No phone calls please.

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

MASS MoCA Internship Program

MASS MoCA seeks full-time interns for various departments. Spend any season in the culturally rich, naturally beautiful Berkshires, while gaining invaluable professional experience in the arts. Paid interns are given $100/week stipend and free housing within a block of the complex (cable, internet, and utilities included). Each applicant may apply to a maximum of 2 departments.

Winter/Spring Application deadline:  Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Internship Dates: Monday, Jan 5, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015

Performing Arts Production Interns (2): Interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of music -in all sizes from club and festival setup/strike, technical theatre and film. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas - carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew.

Photography/Archive Database Management (1): Intern will work in cooperation with several departments to introduce a practical framework for MASS MoCA's collection of  archival media. The candidate will consist of 50% content creation and 50% archiving through our Digital Management system. Applicants should submit a formal portfolio of still images and videos. The portfolio consists of 90% of your application. In addition to your CV, cover letter, and letters of recommendation please include any relevant links: your blog, twitter, tumblr, a favorite blog, website, flickr, etc.

Performing Arts Administration (2): Intern works 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, and arranging transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. Applicant must have a valid US driver's license, as this internship includes a fair amount of driving.

Education (1): The intern works as part of the team in the Education Department, with primary responsibilities devoted to leading interpretive public and group tours of current exhibitions and interacting with museum visitors at the museum's information desk. Additional responsibilities may be to assist in Kidspace to oversee public hours, help visitors explore the It's Only Human exhibition and create their own works of art. The intern assists the Education Department with: upcoming events and gallery activities, family guides and curriculum activities, grant research, and with some office duties as needed. Weekend hours required. This is a great opportunity for a student (especially education and arts majors) to learn how to make contemporary art accessible to the public through educational programming, and a successful candidate is one who is outgoing, enjoys public speaking, and has a genuine interest in working with people of all abilities. Should also have strong writing skills.

Development and Special Events (1): : 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. 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 foundations and corporate grants and two days on membership, with the remaining day alternating as workload requires.

TO APPLY: Send application, cover letter, resume, and 2 reference letters to: MASS MoCA, c/o Meghan Robertson, Intern Coordinator, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, email, or fax (413) 664-4519.


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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