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 Openings
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

Customer Experience Associate

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks an enthusiastic full-time Customer Experience Associate for its Akari light sculpture retail operation. This position focuses primarily on customer service via email and phone, with a secondary focus on administrative office work and occasional packing, shipping, and light manual labor. The Customer Experience Associate will keep an up-to-date knowledge on the extensive inventory of light sculptures and all related user information. They will act as the main point of contact for all retail and trade customers, maintaining correspondence through the ordering and shipping process. They will also help with pulling regular sales reports and processing other data, updating website content, writing mailing list updates, doing cycle counts of product, breaking down incoming shipments, and generally helping to keep the warehouse and office space organized. This position reports directly to the Akari & Design Operations Manager and works closely with all Museum retail staff.

The ideal candidate combines a background in customer service and administrative work with an interest in arts and design retail. The Customer Experience Associate should be familiar with the use of ecommerce platforms, Word, and Excel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Acts as main point of contact for all customer correspondence via email and phone, maintaining communication through delivery of orders.
  • Generates quotes and communicates timelines for orders from interior design and architecture trade clients.
  • Receives and processes returned orders, inspects for damage and processes refunds.
  • Maintains awareness of open orders and inquiries, as well as stock availability and incoming shipments.
  • Generates regular sales reports and other data as requested, including processing spreadsheets and packing lists.
  • Assists with keeping product content and stock updated on the web store and with generating content for the customer mailing list updates.
  • Assists with warehouse tasks as needed, including general cleanliness and organization, cycle counts, packing, unpacking, and year-end inventory.

Requirements

  • Two years customer service or administrative experience.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in ecommerce platforms, Word, Excel, and Google Suite (Drive, Sheets, Docs). Experience with Shopify and/or Quickbooks a plus.
  • Knowledge of lighting design and electrical components a plus.
  • Possess the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Possess accuracy, attention to detail and organization, the ability to prioritize and follow-through.
  • Team player who is willing to pitch in on all levels as necessary.
  • Can lift 20 to 30 pounds.

The Customer Experience Associate is a full-time position (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) located in the warehouse office 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. Benefits include a generous health insurance program, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with company match, and paid time off, as well as other benefits.

To Apply
Please email cover letter and résumé to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “Customer Experience Associate.” Applications can also be mailed to:

The Noguchi Museum
Customer Experience Associate Position
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106