Two visitors explore Saburo Hasegawa's drawings in the exhibition ‘Changing and Unchanging Things'
Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. Photo: Don Stahl. ©INFGM / ARS

The Noguchi Museum—chartered as Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum—was founded and designed by acclaimed artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) for the display of his life’s work. Opened in 1985 and located in Long Island City, Queens, in a converted industrial building with a serene outdoor sculpture garden, the Museum is considered to be one of Noguchi’s greatest achievements. Today, the mission of the Museum is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Noguchi’s art and legacy. It manages the world’s most extensive collection of Noguchi’s sculptures, works on paper, architectural models, and designs, in addition to his complete archives. The Museum is also home to the Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné. Through its rich collection, exhibitions, and programming, the Museum facilitates scholarship and learning for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Jobs

Full-time employees may be eligible for benefits including a generous health insurance program including medical, dental, and vision, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with company match, paid time off, and other benefits.

To Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter in PDF format by the appropriate deadline to jobs@noguchi.org unless otherwise stated.

The email subject line should be the name of the position desired. Questions can also be directed to the same address. Please no calls or written applications.

Internships

The Noguchi Museum offers a wide variety of internships for students interested in the work of Isamu Noguchi or those looking to gain experience working for a museum or in a nonprofit arts organization. Internships at The Noguchi Museum are available for the catalogue raisonné project, in the curatorial and collections department, as well as in the administration and archives departments. While interns will often find themselves involved in a variety of tasks associated with multiple functions of the museum, please express any specific interests in your cover letter. The Museum offers fall, spring, and summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recently graduated college students. Internships are typically 1-2 days per week for twelve weeks.

Please submit a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to internships@noguchi.org.

For information about additional programs at the Museum for high school students, please visit our Teen programs, or email education@noguchi.org.

Please note: International candidates must secure and be in possession of a valid U.S. work visa for the entire internship period.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for The Noguchi Museum, please contact us at volunteer@noguchi.org or call 718.204.7088 ext 205.

Please note, the Museum is only able to accept applications from candidates 18 years of age or older.  For information about the Teen Advisory Board and other opportunities for teens, please view our Teen programs, or email education@noguchi.org.

The Noguchi Museum is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its employment policy. Please be advised that we may only be able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our employment needs.

Current Job Opportunities
Chief Financial Officer

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to the Director and working closely with the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, the CFO oversees and maintains the financial operations of the Museum; provides the Museum’s leadership with reports and analysis of the Museum’s activities; and develops procedures and standards to maintain the fiscal health of the Museum. A member of the senior leadership team, the CFO is responsible for balancing the Museum’s mission and financial sustainability, and is critical to developing and implementing the Museum strategic plan. The CFO oversees a budget analyst and a staff accountant and works closely with all Museum departments as well as several outside consultants.

Duties and Responsibilities

General

  • Manage the Museum’s institutional budget of $6 million and its investment portfolio of $40 million, as well as the capital and endowment campaign budget of $13 million and its financial framework.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Museum’s finances including accounting, tax filings, investment management, audits, risk management, and financial planning and analysis.
  • Work closely with the Museum’s Board of Trustees, and act as the primary staff contact to the Finance and Investment Committee and Audit Committee.

Investment Management

  • Serve as liaison with investment firm to oversee investment portfolio. Review and update investment policy, disclosures, and market risks on a timely basis.
  • Maintain a healthy level of working capital by utilizing cash flow from revenue and purchase cycles.

Retail Operation Management

The Museum is the North American distributor of Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures and manages the distribution of Akari worldwide. The retail operation has annual revenue of approximately $2 million. Additionally, the Museum receives royalty income on several of Noguchi’s designs in production.

  • Work with Director, Deputy Director, and merchandising department to create annual projections and provide guidance on best business practices.
  • Track and process international income and expenses related to the Museum’s merchandise operations and royalties, which requires basic understanding of international currencies and exchange rates and oversee merchant banking and other online transactions to ensure completeness and accuracy.

Financial Management and Controls

  • Oversee governance strategy and financial compliance, including ensuring timely issuance of audited financial statements and filing of various tax forms including Forms 990 and 990T.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with Museum’s accounting firm.
  • Complete monthly, quarterly, and annual closing on a timely basis. Prepare regular financial reports for review by and in discussion with the Museum’s management and Board of Trustees.
  • Work closely with the Development department to manage grants and contributions, and assist in related budgets and expenditure reports.
  • Develop and track capital project budgets with Facilities and Development departments, and maintain financial framework for the campaign.

Payroll, Administration, and Human Resources

  • Supervise all aspects of the Museum’s payroll, the implementation of health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, commuter, FSA and HRA plans and the museum’s IT strategy.
  • Work with Deputy Director on human resources issues from finance and compliance perspectives.

Requirements

  • A master’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience is required. While a CPA is not necessary, knowledge of accounting principles are essential.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a leadership role in a finance department, preferably in arts organization or other nonprofit and/or in a retail environment, is required.
  • Knowledge of accounting rules and regulations including: USGAAP, USGAAS, IRS regulations, and other finance and compliance requirements is required, including knowledge of Accounting Section Codification (ASC) 958 Not for Profit Entities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Team player with a collaborative ethos and strong supervisory skills

The Chief Financial Officer is a full-time position located in the administrative offices of The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens. Work is typically performed in an office environment; prolonged periods of sitting, use of computers and standard office equipment required to accomplish work objectives. The Noguchi Museum offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package.

To Apply
Please email cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “Chief Financial Officer Position.” Applications can also be mailed to:

Chief Financial Officer Search
The Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

Current Internships
AAMD Internship in Museum Education

This opportunity is generously supported by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Paid College Internship Program. AAMD’s program is designed to engage college students from underrepresented backgrounds, to encourage and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field—while providing the financial support necessary to make participation in an internship possible.

The twelve-week internship begins June 1, 2020, and ends August 21, 2020, and the intern will work 35 hours per week, including weekends. The selected intern will receive a stipend of $6,300.

About the Education Department
The Museum’s Education Department supports visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities as they establish meaningful relationships with the art, life, and vision of Isamu Noguchi. Programs are intimate, focused, and inquiry-based; encourage openness, exploration and experimentation; and emphasize the creative potential of the individual.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend weekly education department meetings
  • Assist in the development, outreach, and implementation of weekend family programs at The Noguchi Museum with a focus on targeting the Museum’s local Hispanic and Latin American community
  • Collaborate with teaching artists and develop program content in both Spanish and English
  • Document and evaluate the effectiveness of programs through interviews and generate reports

Qualifications

  • This opportunity is only available to undergraduate students enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • Must have the ability to travel to two out-of-state professional development conferences, including the AAMD conference in San Francisco from May 17–20, 2020. Students will not be responsible for travel or conference costs
  • An interest in the life and work of Isamu Noguchi, and the field of museum education
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish and English is strongly preferred
  • Background in studio art, art history, education, or a related field

To Apply
Please email cover letter and résumé to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “AAMD Summer Internship in Museum Education.” Applications can also be mailed to:

The Noguchi Museum
AAMD Summer Internship in Museum Education
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

The deadline for submitting applications is March 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Selected candidates will be interviewed in late March and all applicants will be notified following selection.