Career Opportunities

Program and Volunteer Coordinator

The Norton Museum of Art is seeking a highly organized, motivated individual to manage the Museum Volunteers and support the Education Department.  The successful applicant will have a hand in re-organizing the Volunteer program as the New Norton prepares to open in early 2019.  Requirements include 3 years of applicable experience, preferably in a non-profit organization. This full-time position reports to the Associate Curator of Education.

Essential Functions
Manage Museum Volunteer Program:

Responsibilities include the recruitment, training and placement of volunteers and interns to meet the needs of the Museum:

  • Recruit, screen, and train new volunteers;
  • design and manage volunteer program schedule with museum departments;
  • manage the volunteer/docent database;
  • manage the volunteer budget;
  • coordinate and host one luncheon and one reception for volunteers per year.

Manage Tour and Program Scheduling:

  • Process tour reservations for diverse adult and college tour groups and schedule using Microsoft Outlook, Volgistics and Altru software. Handle related correspondence via email, phone, fax and written correspondence. Attend regular coordination meetings regarding tours and scheduling with appropriate staff. Assist educators annually in determining tour themes related to exhibitions and collection.  Work with designer to develop a tour brochure each year. Assist educators to identify and contact potential adult and college tour groups.
  • Gather docent availability through Volgistics and prepare the monthly docent tour schedule. Manage the docent webpage and assist with production of docent newsletters and schedules.
  • Maintain calendar of events for the Education Department on Outlook, Altru and Volgistics; participate in weekly Operations meeting representing Education Department, as well as Education Department staff meetings.
  • Work with staff to maintain assessments and evaluations for Education Department programs. Collect and process names and addresses of education program attendees for addition to Museum database. 

Assist with programming as needed, particularly those that require significant volunteer presence.

Some Saturdays (6-8 times per year) and some Thursday evenings will be required.

Education:  BA required.

Knowledge, skills, abilities:
Required: A team player with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate, motivate, lead and relate effectively to a wide variety of individuals. Some public speaking required. Excellent organizational, computer, and database management skills a must; will use MS Office suite, Altru, Volgistics. Experience with Altru is a plus.

Preferred: Candidate with proven interest in art museums and their roles in the community.


Please send cover letter, resume and three references to

Graduate Fellowship

For a one-year, full-time, non-exempt position providing research and administrative support for the Curator of American Art. 

Job Relationship
Reports to the Curator of American Art

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the Curator of American Art with research on the permanent collection and for exhibitions and publications.
  • Draft object labels.
  • Perform administrative tasks including organizing files, drafting expense reports, and requesting images and permissions.
  • Interact professionally with the public regarding general inquiries of a curatorial nature.
  • Utilize Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Microsoft Outlook.
  • Learn The Museum System (TMS) collection database software.
  • Answer the Curator of American Art’s phone lines, in her absence.
  • Interact with museum departments as liaison from the Curator of American Art.
  • Execute all duties with a high level of tact, confidentiality, professionalism, trust and efficiency. 
  • Carry out other reasonable duties as requested.

Job Specifications
BA in Art History required.  MA preferred.
Must be Computer literate, organized, detail-oriented, and have a knowledge of art historical research methods and the ability to write clearly. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the capability to work independently will also be crucial for the candidate’s success.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to


Art Handler/Preparator

The Museum is seeking an Art Handler/Preparator, reporting to the Head of Installation.  This position is a non-exempt, full time with benefits, position.

The Art Handler/Preparator should demonstrate knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices. The Art Handler/Preparator is part of a team that is responsible for both the preparation of gallery spaces and the installation, handling, packing, crating and care of artworks in the permanent collection and for temporary exhibitions.

Installation and movement of all works of art in the Norton Museum of Art with knowledge and experience in handling a variety of fine art mediums.

Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with the installation team, museum staff, vendors and visitors.

Assist in the packing and crating/ unpacking and receiving of artwork in accordance with professional museum standards. This includes the loading and unloading of trucks to ensure safe transit.

Prepare galleries for exhibition, including but not limited to painting gallery walls, building temporary walls, fabricating museum display and casework. Experience and knowledge of construction methods and safe use of power tools.

Regular maintenance of galleries including cleaning of display cases and upkeep of the general appearance of exhibitions. Assist with shop maintenance and the organization of work spaces occupied by Installation team.

Ensure proper lighting in galleries consistent to the design of the exhibition and in accordance to museum best practices.

Work hours flexible to meet the needs of installation schedules and the exhibition calendar.

Other reasonable requests by the Director, Deputy Director, Curators, and Registrar

Bachelor’s degree in fine art is desirable.  3- 5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Ability to perform labor intensive work including frequent lifting, pulling and pushing of 65lbs.  


Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to

The Norton Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.