Gallery Assistant

Part-Time Gallery Assistant

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks engaging individuals to join the Visitor Experience team and create a welcoming environment for all visitors. Gallery Assistants are part of the public facing team stationed throughout the Museum galleries. Gallery Assistants respond to visitor needs in a friendly, knowledgeable and professional manner, while also ensuring that visitors adhere to the Museum’s visitor policies and understand what is required of them while onsite. 

The Whitney seeks talented people of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities.

Start Date

  • July 5

Schedules

  • Part-time schedule: 2-4 days per week; up to 25 hours per week

Responsibilities

  • Welcome visitors to the galleries
  • Knowledgeably answer visitor questions regarding way-finding, onsite services and daily programming
  • Maintain the integrity of the Whitney’s galleries by ensuring that visitors understand appropriate onsite conduct and the Museum’s visitor policies
  • Have general knowledge of current and upcoming exhibitions and promote the Whitney’s broader programming
  • Actively respond to visitor needs – initiate conversation if visitors look lost or confused
  • Maintain friendly and professional manner with the Museums’ visitors and staff
  • Provide support for other areas as needed:  Security, Facilities, Volunteers, Visitor Services, Member Services and Retail departments

Requirements

  • Friendly, outgoing, and professional attitude
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to work  holidays, early and evening hours, and at least two of the three following days regularly: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Genuine interest in public facing customer service
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Problem solver who works well under pressure
  • Interest in arts and culture
  • Bi-lingual a plus
  • B.A. preferred but not required

 

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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