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Volunteer Opportunities at The Morgan Library & Museum

The volunteer program works to match the Morgan's needs with the skills of qualified candidates. Volunteer opportunities are available in many departments. Unless otherwise indicated, volunteer positions occur during business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Communications and Marketing: Communications & Marketing Volunteer
Responsibilities and Duties: Proof/edit communications and marketing materials; organize press kits; assist with production of print materials; produce content for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and other projects as assigned.

Qualifications: Background in journalism/communications and/or art history required. Proficiency with computer applications such as Word, Excel and Adobe Photoshop. Experience with Google Adwords a plus. Internet research skills important as well as an ability to interact with the press. The Communications Office is a very fast-paced environment; therefore, the ability to work independently and efficiently, with attention to detail, is desired.

Education: Usher/Public Program Volunteer
Responsibilities and Duties: The Morgan is seeking an outgoing, people-oriented, highly energetic individual with an interest in art and music in general and the Morgan in particular to provide quality service as an usher at events open to the public. He/she must to be able to assist patrons with special needs in an auditorium with steep steps, escort visitors to their seats when appropriate, and climb stairs and stand for long periods of time. He/she must also be able to engage in a dialogue with visitors about the event being offered in a courteous, friendly manner, yet also be able to demonstrate firm crowd control abilities when warranted.

Qualifications: Previous customer service experience, especially in museum or attraction setting; Excellent communication skills, pleasant demeanor; Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends; Knowledge of classical music and of the performing arts; Ability to maintain calm in busy times; High school diploma or the equivalent required; college degree preferred; and Ability to move easily up and down stairs and to stand for long periods of time.

Finance Department: Finance Assistant
Responsibilities and duties: Assisting members of Finance Department in filing and retrieving documents and invoices; entering journal entries; reconciling bank statements using excel spreadsheets; performing investigation and clearing operations; posting to general ledger; and other finance-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must have accounting degree; must know excel, be detail-oriented and precise and able to work independently with minimal supervision. Mondays and/or Fridays are required.

Management Information Services (MIS): Information Systems Volunteer
Responsibilities and Duties: Assist MIS department staff maintain the computer network, servers, and applications, as well as support users as appropriate. Specifically, the Information Systems Volunteer will be asked to: help maintain the network; assist with new workstation rollouts and/or system rebuilds; handle user trouble calls; assist with new application rollouts by installing and uninstalling software on user workstations and training users.

Qualifications: Computer literacy and enthusiasm about technology are vital. Knowledge of desktop and server operating systems, network protocols, and network security principles a plus.

The Morgan Shop: Assistant
This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in merchandising and retail sales. Volunteers will work in the Morgan's Shop in four-hour shifts Saturdays or Sundays. They will maintain stock levels and displays and work directly with the public by answering questions and handling sales. Qualifications: Previous experience operating a POS/inventory system; sales experience and excellent interpersonal skills are required. Applicants should be comfortable standing for extended periods of time and be able to lift objects of up to 20 pounds. Shop volunteers must be willing to comply with a simple background check.

Visitor Services: Information/Membership Desk Assistant Coordinator
Responsibilities and Duties: The Visitor Services Department seeks an individual to assist the Information/Membership Desk Supervisor in coordinating the activities of the department's Desk Volunteers. Duties of the position include: acting as liaison between the Visitor Services Department, the Information/Membership Desk Supervisor, and the Information/Membership Desk Volunteer staff; regularly participating in Information/Membership Desk Volunteer duties both as a learning tool and to resolve concerns of Information/Membership Desk Volunteers, if any; assisting in the regular updating of the Information/Membership Desk Manual, under the direction of the Information/Membership Desk Supervisor; other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and a hands-on, collaborative management style. He/she will be extremely well organized, detail-oriented, flexible, willing to pitch in when scheduling conflicts develop. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel) is required. College degree required. Volunteer management experience and interest in fine arts, museums, and cultural institutions highly desirable.

Visitor Services: Information/Membership Desk Representative
Responsibilities and Duties: Volunteers will join a team of people who help enhance the visitor experience by providing information about the Morgan, its collections and exhibitions, and by answering questions related to membership. Desk representatives also distribute complimentary audio guides to visitors and instruct them in the usage of the guides.

Qualifications: A strong interest in the Morgan and its collections and museum settings in general; willingness to learn and share information about the Morgan and its collections. Must have a friendly, outgoing personality and possess excellent verbal communication skills. Must have basic PC computer skills.

The following shifts are available: Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and afternoon, and Sunday afternoon.

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Please note: The amount of time a volunteer will work per week varies with the particular position. Most positions require an average of one day per week. All volunteer positions require a minimum time commitment of one year.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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