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
Director of Education

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a full-time Director of Education. Reporting to the Director and serving as a member of the senior staff, the Director of Education leads the Education Department overseeing a team of ten part-time Educators and a full-time Education Assistant. The Education Department actively develops and supports a wide range of participatory programs for audiences of all ages, abilities, and identities. On-site, off-site, virtual, and partnership programs are geared towards local schools, families, teens, adults, and communities interested in the work of Isamu Noguchi. The Education Department prioritizes a co-creation model of programming with diverse communities where culture is dynamic, it belongs to everyone, and cultural choices are shared between the community and the Museum. Programs are inquiry-driven, multimodal, and interdisciplinary to promote participation with Noguchi’s art and the art of others. Educators aim to create connections between Noguchi—including his biracial identity, his wide range of cultural interests, and his artistic production in the twentieth century—and the lived experiences of people today.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and inspire the education team in the facilitation of participatory programs on-site at the Museum, at off-site locations around the community, and virtually.
  • Develop and administer programs and partnerships from start to finish with the primary goal of creating opportunities for individuals to have personally meaningful experiences with Noguchi’s art and the art of others.
  • Teach inquiry-driven interpretive programs in the galleries, art studio, or virtual classroom as necessary.
  • With the education team, grow and maintain relationships with community stakeholders and individuals who have previously been excluded from museums, and to whom Noguchi’s art is and can be most relevant.
  • Reflect with Educators and analyze program statistics, evaluations, and data to improve programs.
  • Create quarterly evaluative reports for the Board of Trustees and to use in grant proposals and reports.
  • Coordinate with colleagues in other departments to ensure successful programs, including Visitor Services, Development, Communications, Collections, and Facilities.
  • Collaborate with the Curatorial Department on interpretive resources and information related to Isamu Noguchi’s art and special exhibitions.
  • Write and distribute promotional and educational materials with the Communications Department, including marketing materials, program brochures, and curriculum guides.
  • Contribute to the Museum’s progress in activating anti-racism institutionally and within the Education Department, prioritizing diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in programming and pedagogy.
  • Formulate and monitor the departmental budget and oversee all department spending and purchasing.
  • Coordinate hiring for the department and facilitate annual Educator evaluations. Design four professional development workshops for Educators each year, to support learning and development.
  • Participate in national and local museum conferences and professional seminars related to interpretive programming, anti-racism, outreach, and visitor connections. 

 

Experience, Skills, and Qualities

  • Interest in the life and work of Isamu Noguchi.
  • 10+ years experience in art museum education, including teaching, administration, and management.
  • Experience training and supervising Educators in leading inquiry-driven, multimodal, and interdisciplinary lessons.
  • Professional or academic experience leading to knowledge in art history, art-making, teaching, and learning theories.
  • Knowledge of culturally conscious pedagogies and a commitment to honoring the lived experiences of the people we connect with and work with at the Museum; especially people of color, people with disabilities, and people who have felt unwelcome in museums.
  • A passion for integrating anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all programs and working procedures.
  • Experience in curriculum design for diverse populations, including students and adults with disabilities.
  • Excellent time-management, problem solving, writing, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage many programs, create visitor evaluations, reflect with Educators, and analyze information for reports and new initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work in a supportive environment with a collaborative team.
  • Knowledge of Asian American and Pacific Islander studies is a plus.
  • Multilingual is a plus. 

 

The Director of Education position is full-time and located in The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens. Hours are 5 days a week, 9 am–5 pm, Monday– Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work. 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. Work for this position will primarily be in-person as we continue to add programs to the calendar. 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 is required to accomplish work objectives. Work is also performed in the art studio and at outdoor events where the employee will be required to lift (up to 25 lbs.), bend, stoop, walk, speak, and stand for up to 7 hours in a day. Salary is $95,000 per year and benefits include a generous health insurance program, including medical, dental, and vision, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match, and paid time off, as well as other benefits.

 

To Apply 

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “Director of Education Search.”

Applications can also be mailed to:

Director of Education Search
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

 

Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a creative and experienced full-time Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement to lead the Museum’s efforts towards excellence across the employee experience and in our continued diversity, equity, access, and inclusion work, promoting and celebrating positive change and growth in the culture, policies, and practices at the Museum. Reporting to the Director and serving as a member of the senior staff, the Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement will oversee the development and implementation of meaningful and process-oriented human resources programs, practices, policies, and services; and will work collaboratively across departments to support employee engagement and people-centered leadership, values, and culture for a community of approximately 70 staff members (30 full-time and 40 part-time). The position works closely with the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer, and is supported by the Accounts Payable and Benefits Coordinator.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following essential duties and responsibilities require the scaffolding and application of DEIA and anti-racist frameworks:

  • Work as a partner with the Director, Board of Trustees, and staff to collaboratively develop and implement strategic change and growth initiatives that advance HR practices and institutional culture and values.
  • Participate as an active member of the Museum’s Board and staff committee on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives, helping to facilitate the integration of goals in senior staff discussions and work and through employee programs, policies and practices.
  • Lead and oversee efforts to establish stronger recruitment strategies, meaningful and effective onboarding, and employee retention initiatives.
  • Create, maintain, and oversee processes related to hiring, training, supervision, professional development, internships, performance management, and staff relations.
  • Ensure all HR policies, programs, and practices reflect the Museum’s values, and adhere to state and federal employment law, requirements, and regulations. Review the personnel manual and all Museum policies on an annual basis or as updates are disseminated.
  • Communicate and oversee all reporting policies and procedures, including harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower policies, and oversee all conflict management and resolution.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of annual programs such as performance reviews, employee compensation standards and benchmarking, and employee benefits communication.
  • With the Museum’s Director, Deputy Director, and Chief Financial Officer, annually review the Museum’s benefit offerings, including health insurance, 403(b) retirement plans, and other benefits.
  • Oversee all benefits vendors and benefits compliance, with the support of the Accounts Payable and Benefits Coordinator. (The Museum’s HR vendors are Justworks for PEO, Clarity for its HRA program, and Principal for 403(b) retirement plan.)
  • Oversee all COVID-19 communications to employees, and updates to policies and protocols remaining up-to-date with federal, state, and local guidance.


Experience, Skills, and Qualities

  • A proactive, strategic, and solutions-focused professional with 5–7 years of experience in human resources, preferably museums or nonprofits.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and have a strong track record of intentionally shaping a positive work culture that centers people first, and fosters joy and community building.
  • Possess exceptional skills in constructive communication; thoughtful, fair, uses discretion, sound judgment, clarity, and transparency.
  • Experience in successfully leading and guiding change management, anti-racism, and transformation practices.
  • Strong ability to build, develop, and influence internal relationships and communities, across departments, to support individual employee and organizational growth.
  • A strong track record in developing strong trusting relationships with employees and leadership, helping to build empathy, accountability, respect, and initiative across the Museum.
  • Engaged with professional networks and resources and possesses informed understanding of current thinking and best practices in the field.
  • Experience working with and in support of diverse communities.
  • Skilled in setting agendas and leading collaborative meetings.
  • An interest in the life, work, and vision of Isamu Noguchi.

 

The Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement is full-time and located in The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens. Hours are 5 days a week, 9 am–5 pm, Monday– Friday. 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. Salary is $110,000 per year and benefits include a generous health insurance program, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match, and paid time off, as well as other benefits.

 

To Apply 

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement Search.”

Applications can also be mailed to:

Director of Human Resources and Employee Engagement Search
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

 

Custodian (Part-Time)

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a part-time Custodian. Reporting to the Facilities Director, this position involves performing regular cleaning, and related duties for all public and non-public areas of the Museum and nearby warehouse space. The ideal candidate should be able to work carefully in a museum environment and have an ability to perform a variety of tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The position requires a person capable of working comfortably as part of a three-person janitorial team and in tandem with others at the museum, as well as working responsibly on their own. They must be able to work conscientiously, be self-motivated, and be able to reliably complete numerous tasks with minimum oversight. This position requires an attention to detail, and proactive communication. The ideal candidate is energetic, focused, and responsive to the needs of the Museum’s activities and other employees.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform hands-on housekeeping tasks, including daily cleaning of both public and non-public museum spaces, e.g., bathrooms, galleries, kitchen, shop, classroom, offices, meeting spaces, garden walks, sidewalks, and nearby warehouse space. The physical demands are moderate, consisting primarily of trash pickup, sweeping, dusting, mopping, vacuuming, glass cleaning, and bathroom cleaning.
  • Proactively monitor and maintain cleanliness of the building throughout the day, routinely checking all areas for dust, debris, etc. Check for and remove litter from the building’s exterior.
  • Organize and maintain cleaning supplies in the maintenance room. Keep inventory of and notify Facilities Director of any items that need to be replenished or replaced.
  • Respond promptly to emergency cleanups.
  • Work independently and with other Facilities Department employees on a day-to-day basis performing regular museum upkeep.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


Experience, Skills, and Qualities

  • Three years janitorial / housekeeping experience
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds, and lift 5 to 10 pounds regularly and repeatedly
  • Ability to bend, stoop, stand, walk, reach, and climb for extended periods of time
  • Demonstrated understanding of the care, caution, and vigilance that must be exercised around delicate artworks and artifacts

 

The Custodian position is part-time and located in The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, and its nearby warehouses. This position is anticipated to work 24 hours per week, with additional hours not to exceed 30 hours per week, possible. The hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. The hourly wage is $20. Part-time employees also receive pre-tax commuter benefits, as well as paid time off based on tenure, starting with three days per year. 

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. 

 

To Apply 

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@noguchi.org with the subject line “Part-Time Custodian Position.”

Applications can also be mailed to:

Custodian Position
The Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, New York  11106