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 artworks in addition to his complete archives and Catalogue Raisonné. Through its rich collection, exhibitions, and programming, the Museum facilitates scholarship and learning for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

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. The Museum considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to the success of its mission.

Full-time employees are 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.

Part-time employees receive pre-tax commuter benefits, as well as paid time off based on tenure, starting with three days per year.

Available Positions
Manager of Building Operations

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a full-time Manager of Building Operations. The Manager of Building Operations will support, work in tandem with, and report to the Facilities Director, and will become completely familiar with the operations of the Museum and the full complex of building systems and equipment within the roughly 45,000 square-foot Museum campus. The position oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Museum’s physical plant, which is open seven days a week and includes a 24,000-square-foot museum building with indoor and outdoor galleries and garden space, offices, an education space, and storage spaces; a 4,000-square-foot offsite warehouse; Isamu Noguchi’s Studio, a 4,000-square-foot industrial building located across the street from the Museum, which will soon undergo renovation to be open to the public; and adjacent properties owned by the Museum. The work of the position is supported by two full-time Facilities Coordinators and a part-time Custodian. The ideal candidate is energetic, focused, and responsive to the needs of the Museum’s campus and buildings, its programs and activities, and other employees.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Oversee the maintenance and management of all buildings and related building system operations for the Museum campus, including the offices, warehouses, studios, storage areas, lobbies, and galleries, gardens and other open spaces. (Building systems include Burglar Alarm Systems, CCTV Systems, Central Station Communications, PA system, Key control, Timer Controls, HVAC, Fire Systems, Smoke Detectors, BMS, Access Control, Sprinklers, Grounds maintenance, Irrigation Systems, De-Water Systems, Generators, Emergency Lighting, Backup Battery, Electrical Systems, and Elevators)

• Coordinate service visits from various building vendors, inspectors, contractors, and technicians, including requesting quotes and scheduling appointments

• Liaise with IT technicians to troubleshoot and ensure smooth functioning of the Museum’s technology infrastructure, including its network, software, hardware, printers, phones and other tools

• Assist with maintenance and safe operation of snowblowers, pressure washer, forklifts, leaf blowers, cargo van, and other equipment and machinery

• Conduct regular space walk-throughs and check-ups to ensure cleanliness and appropriate and safe usage of all of the Museum’s spaces and equipment

• Maintain compliance for all applicable building safety codes, manage and coordinate all required inspections for all facilities life safety equipment and operating systems as per City, State and Federal regulatory agencies

• Oversee, manage, and schedule a team of full-time and part-time staff, contract security guards, and contracted cleaners on the completion of campus cleaning, daily operational tasks, and special projects

• Special event operational management including A/V set up, basic electrical, furniture delivery, catering set up

• Supervising location buildouts and infrastructural repairs as needed

• Update and maintain the Museum’s Emergency Preparedness Plan and assist with disaster readiness

• Operational budget tracking and expense reporting

• Assists in drafting quarterly reports on facilities department projects and updates for the Board of Trustees


Experience, Skills, and Qualities

• At least 3–5 years of managing operations as super or porter at commercial or non-profit building or campus

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a strong sense of initiative, ability to manage people

• The position requires a person capable of working responsibly on their own and also as part of a team

• Technical skills in the areas of mechanical and electrical, plant operations and building systems are required

• Proficient with power tools including drills, chop-saws, table saws, jig-saws, hammer drills

• Mathematical skills related to construction: square footage, linear feet, standard/metric measuring, angles, material quantity/cost estimation, labor rate estimation

• Ability to work conscientiously, be self-motivated, and be able to reliably complete numerous tasks with minimum oversight

• Demonstrated ability to function as a highly effective manager and problem solver in a fast paced, ever-changing work environment

• Effective communication skills with a positive solution-oriented approach to remediating problems

• Valid driver’s license and is comfortable driving a van

• Ability to operate a forklift and other similar powered industrial equipment

• Ability to read architectural plans and proficiency in AutoCad

• An understanding of blueprints, construction documents, and operations/maintenance manuals

• Basic proficiency in IT and following computer software: Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Google Workspace including Gmail, Google Calendar

• Basic understanding of work safety and OSHA rules and ensuring best practices for safety practices are maintained within the department through consistent compliance

• Strong attention to detail

• Proven organizational, multitasking, and problem-solving skills

The Manager of Building Operations position is full-time and located in The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens. Regular hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm. This position requires on-call availability to respond to emergencies at the Museum 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Compensation

Salary is $75,000 annually, and benefits include a generous health insurance program including medical, dental, and vision, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with company contribution and match, paid time off, and other benefits.


Work Environment

Work is performed inside and outside in all weather conditions, and requires frequent and/or sustained movement within and between buildings, as well as in an office setting. Work may require climbing ladders, using rooftop catwalks, and hatches, and occasional lifting and carrying up to fifty pounds as necessary for moving materials and equipment.

The health and safety of our community is our first priority. As such, and in accordance with New York City requirements, The Noguchi Museum requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

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. The Museum considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to the success of its mission.


To Apply

Please send a résumé and cover letter as a single PDF to jobs@noguchi.org with “Manager of Building Operations Position” in the subject line.

Applications can also be mailed to:

The Noguchi Museum
Manager of Building Operations Position
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

Development Assistant (Part-Time)

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is seeking a part-time Development Assistant. The Development Assistant plays a key role in supporting the Director of Individual Giving and Events and the membership department. Primary responsibilities include assisting with maintaining and growing the membership programs through implementation of membership acquisition and renewal campaigns; responding to membership inquiries via telephone, written, and email communication; maintaining Museum database, entering and acknowledging membership gifts, distributing digital membership cards; and assisting with in-person and virtual members’ events and exhibition openings, along with maintaining guest lists.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Drafts membership acquisition and renewal letters and emails for various campaigns, in addition to other correspondence, and assists with coordination of mailings

• Maintains constituent records and enters membership gifts into Museum’s database (Neon)

• Acknowledges membership gifts and handles membership fulfillment

• Assists with in-person and virtual members’ events and exhibition openings, and maintains guest lists

• Communicates with members and responds to membership inquiries

• Other tasks as assigned


Requirements

• Must have a bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in museums or administration, preferably development

• Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

• Interest in modern and contemporary art; a familiarity with New York arts community and its institutions

• Must be a strategic thinker and self-starter

• Possess the ability to work independently and collaboratively

• Possess accuracy, attention to detail, the ability to prioritize and follow-through

• Team player who is willing to pitch in as necessary

• Proficient in database management and Microsoft Office Suite

• Working knowledge of MailChimp

• An interest in the life, work, and vision of Isamu Noguchi

The Development Assistant position is part-time and located in The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens. This position is anticipated to work 16 hours per week, which can be divided over two to three days. The office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm. The hourly wage is $23. Part-time employees also receive pre-tax commuter benefits, as well as paid time off based on tenure, starting with three days per year. Employees also receive accrued paid sick days and employee discounts on merchandise for sale at the Museum, among other benefits.

Currently, the Museum is operating on a flexible work schedule between remote and in-person at the Museum as we continue to assess the risk and impact of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our first priority. As such, and in accordance with New York City requirements, The Noguchi Museum requires all staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Hours outside of the scheduled times are an occasional requirement of the position. Work is often performed in an office environment; prolonged periods of sitting, use of computers and standard office equipment required to accomplish work objectives.

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. The Museum considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.


To Apply

Please send a résumé and cover letter as a single PDF to jobs@noguchi.org with subject line “Development Assistant Position”.