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Senior Manager, Administration and Operations - European Paintings

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY, USA
Full time - permanent position
Closing date
29 January 2024
Posted on
18 January 2024

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the audiences we engage. Our staff members are art lovers who are passionate about working toward a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world.

At The Met, every staff member – from security officers to researchers to scientists and beyond – lives by our core values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration, excellence, and integrity. Respect: Engage one another with collegiality, empathy, and kindness, always.
Inclusivity: Ensure that all are and feel welcome and valued. Collaboration: Reach across boundaries to exchange ideas and work together toward our shared mission. Excellence: Lead the cultural world in quality and expertise—and inspire curiosity and creativity.
Integrity: Hold ourselves to the highest moral standards, admit when we fall short, and then evolve.


The Department of European Paintings is one of The Met’s most active curatorial departments with a curatorial, collections, and administrative staff responsible for studying, caring for, and providing access to the museum’s renowned European Paintings collection. Working in partnership with the Curator in Charge, the (Senior Manager) oversees strategic initiatives and projects and manages the day-to-day operations of the department. This position has supervisory, collections, financial, facility, fundraising and communications responsibilities, and plays an integral role in capital project planning and execution. Excellent project and team management, communication, negotiation and leadership skills are required. This position currently has seven direct reports, with administrative oversight over the full department.


Management and Administration
• Serves as partner and thought leader to Curator in Charge to manage priorities, ensure thoughtful execution of any strategic plans
• Manages the Department’s workflow and project manage department initiatives, work cross departmentally to align milestones and deliverables; communicate plans to museum-wide key stakeholders
• Manages administrator who oversees purchasing, office management, curatorial travel, facility maintenance, gallery installations, timekeeping, IS&T, and the day-to-day operations of the Department
• Oversee the renovation of the European Paintings office renovation, including fundraising initiative, redesign, refurbishment, and staff move back to the offices. This project also includes the re-cataloging of the departmental library, including overseeing vendors and working on a long-term solution for library operations.
• Manages coordinator who oversees department membership program, department communications, events, and acts as executive assistant to Curator in Charge
• Coordinates Fellows, interns and short-term affliliates.
• Manages two collection managers who oversee the department’s loan program, installations, accessioning and deaccessioning, storage, and collection information and access, and renovation/collection projects.
• Manages three union technicians (art handlers) responsible for the care, movement, installation, inventory, and storage of the collection and exhibition furniture
• Oversees Human Resources on behalf of the Department, including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, annual merit increases, conflict resolution and separation
• Establishes plans and systems to ensure collaboration, efficiency, structure, and accountability
• Acts as the department problem solver, negotiating and configuring action plans to overcome obstacles
• Oversees departmental meetings, including managing agenda, presentations, and interdepartmental memos
• Manages the renovation of European Paintings departmental offices and refurbishment of departmental library

Finance and Donor Management
• Oversees Department operating and project budgets, donor funds and gifts, acquisition funds, and travel budgets
• Oversees Friends of European Paintings membership program and budget
• Manages department Visiting Committee meetings, partnering on strategy, agenda items, logistics, and communication
• Drafts/reviews departmental contracts and agreements, approves all spending and timekeeping
• Manages donor file archive and communication plans
• Assists with fundraising communications and strategies, including the fundraising campaign for office renovations and staff salaries
• Oversees all departmental events
• Works closely with key donors on long-term financial planning and budget analysis
• Reviews donor agreements and communication to ensure accuracies and align messaging

Collections and Curatorial Projects
• Manages the skylight project, including working with teams across the institution to renovate and reinstall over 31,000 square feet of skylights to ensure the safety and security of staff and art
• Manages the reopening of the pre-19th century paintings collection, including the refurbishment and reinstallation of 45 galleries and 1,000+ works of art; oversees installation schedule, and works with Collections Manager to coordinate collection movement, collections teams, construction footprint, external vendors, weekly project meetings with cross-departmental stakeholders, and communication to larger museum
• Oversees and coordinates with Collections Manager collection move from temporary storage to permanent storage in FY24
• Department interface with Retail Operations
• Department liaison with other key administrative departments
• Oversees 74,000+ square feet of gallery space, including partnership with security, facilities, and construction to ensure safekeeping of the art and manage emergency response

• Masters degree in museum studies or related field or equivalent years of experience
• Extensive knowledge of best practices in museum administration and collections management
• 8-10 years of experience leading and facilitating teams
• Exceptional project management experience within a large institution, preferred
• Excellent organization, communication and problem-solving skills
• 3-4 years administrative and collections management experience, required
• Experience in museum setting, working especially with curators and conservators, and supporters and donors
• Familiarity with TMS

Compensation Range:
• Pay Rate: $95,000.00 – $110,000.00
• The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Location Requirements

At time of employment, employees are expected to be located within commuting distance of the Museum. “Commuting distance” means that they are located in one of following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania (the “Tri-state and PA” areas), and be able to commute to and from the Museum in a single day.

Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.
• Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
• 403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
• Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
• Long-term disability coverage
• Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
• Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
• Free financial-planning services
• Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
• 25% discount for staff in Museum shops
• A subsidized staff cafeteria
• Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

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