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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.
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.
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.
Drawing Study Center
Photography by Arnold Kirschner.
Master Drawings: Subscription Manager/Assistant to the Administrator
Responsibilities and Duties: The Subscription Manager will join a small editorial team that is responsible for producing a written publication, Master Drawings, on a quarterly basis. He/she will provide nuts and bolts support for the editorial function; including: maintaining the subscription database; preparing mailings; satisfying claims; logging in new manuscripts; and performing such other journal-related duties as may be required from time to time.
Qualifications: BFA or BA in humanities, art history, fine art, or arts administration; Interest in art history/visual arts, art criticism and small non-profits; Highly detail-oriented, organized individual; Knowledge of database functions and data entry desired; Publications experience helpful; Excellent written and verbal communication and problem solving skills; Ability to accurately multi-task while paying close attention to detail; Pleasant and professional phone manner; Discrete; and Excellent ability to work unsupervised and within deadlines. Must be able to work either Monday, Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Management Information Services: Information Systems Volunteer
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. Computer literacy and enthusiasm about technology are vital. Qualifications: Knowledge of desktop and server operating systems, network protocols and network security principles a plus.
Registrar's Office: Registrar's Office Associate
The Registrar's Office is seeking a volunteer with significant Registrarial experience to assist in organizing and implementing the Morgan's exhibition and out-going loan program, as well as the acquisition process. Duties include preparing incoming and out-going loan requests, installing and coordinating packing/unpacking schedules, and making transportation arrangements for incoming and out-going loans and new acquisitions. Qualifications: B.A. or M.A. in art history, fine arts or museum studies; a minimum of one year (preferably two years) experience in a museum required; skill with Microsoft Office (especially Access); detail oriented; well organized; ability to handle numerous projects simultaneously and under tight deadlines; and ability to work with a diverse staff, private lenders, and with staff of other institutions. A working knowledge of one European language is desirable.
Visitor Services: Information/Membership Desk Representative
This volunteer 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. Available positions are for Wednesdays and Sunday mornings only.
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.