Welcome to the MWPAI Human Resources Employment Opportunities section. The following information will assist you in applying for open positions at MWPAI.

Human Resources is located at 1212 State St. (corner of State Street and Kirkland Street). Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We can be contacted at (315) 797-0000, ext. 2108 or 2141, by fax at (315) 797-7509 or by email to hrjobs@mwpai.org.

Application and Selection Process

Human Resources coordinates employment searches for open positions at MWPAI via internal and external employment announcements.  Human Resources receive application information and an acknowledgement card is sent to each applicant.  Application material is then forwarded to the hiring department for review. Candidate interviewing and selection is made by the hiring department with assistance from the Human Resources Office.

The application materials required for each open position vary and are described in the body of the position announcement. Please include all required information for consideration.

MWPAI performs a thorough background check, reference check, degree verification (when applicable), and medical exam (for certain positions) on the selected candidate post-offer, pre-hire and complies with all relevant state and federal laws on non-discrimination.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmation Action Employer – MWPAI will not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and equal pay), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran or military status, disability, age or any other protected status under applicable law


Human Resources Office Assistant

Provide assistance in busy HR office in recruitment/retention, staff benefits, employee event coordination, records retention, and payroll administration. AAS degree or certification and 1 to 3 years office experience. Previous experience in human resources or payroll preferred. Regular part time (20 hours per week), hiring rate of $12.54. Microsoft Office, and ability to work accurately with spreadsheets required.

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to:
HR Office Assistant Search
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13502
(315)797-0000 ext. 2108
Fax: (315) 797-7509
Email: hrjobs@mwpai.org

EOE


Retail Operations Associate (Part time hours)

Provide exceptional customer service to students of the School of Art Campus Store, and patrons of the Museum Shop at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Assist in the day to day store operations by:

  • Become familiar with MWPAI classes, exhibitions, events, performances to best serve customer needs
  • Greet and assist customers in a timely manner. Being responsive to customer’s needs
  • Operate POS cash register for sales, returns, credits and voids, and ticket sales
  • Perform open/close duties and process and pricing of merchandise as per departmental procedures
  • Maintain retail displays, store inventory levels and shop appearance to ensure positive customer experience
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Ability to engage patrons and students in a friendly and enthusiastic manner. Two years experience in a retail setting, preferably a specialty art, bookstore or museum. Art background especially critical to assist students with selection of paints, brushes, and other materials. Physical requirements include lifting, bending, standing, carrying merchandise and occasionally move heavy cartons.

Hiring rate: $10.40 hourly. Hours vary to provide coverage during academic year and summer session in Campus Store with some additional hours to cover some evening or weekend events. Peak periods for retail operations include holiday shopping season, summer arts festival, PrattMWP student orientation and events, and other MWPAI events.

Call for (315) 797-0000, extension 2242 for employment application
or
Send resume/cover letter to:

Retail Operations Search
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
Fax: (315) 797-7509
Email: hrjobs@mwpai.org

EOE


Security Guards (Relief)

Relief (scheduled as needed) must be available to work all shifts, especially nights, weekends and holidays. Our security staff is required to respond in a professional and courteous manner to all interactions and to respond quickly with professional judgment during emergencies.

Security Guard III (Relief) - Perform campus patrol and dispatch responsibilities during each shift with inside and outside rounds of campus and buildings. Alternating at dispatch desk. Must be able to react appropriately and quickly in emergency situations. Investigate accidents and incidents and submit timely reports. Excellent interpersonal and telephone skills required. Must be able to operate communications equipment such as two-way radio, CCTV and security alarms. Ability to effectively communicate with staff, students, faculty and visitors an integral part of position. Previous experience as radio dispatcher/telephone operator preferred.

Qualifications – NYS Guard licensure required. Previous experience and familiarity with security equipment preferred but will train successful candidate. AAS degree in security related field desired.

Send resume/cover letter to:

Security Guard Search
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
Fax: (315) 797-7509
Email: hrjobs@mwpai.org

EOE


Residence Life Assistant Coordinator

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is seeking to fill the position of Residence Life Assistant Coordinator (RLAC).  The RLAC is a 12-month, live-on position assigned to one of two residential areas that assist Student Life in the day-to-day administration of the residence hall(s) and also assists with Student Activities.  This position includes evening and weekend hours, as well as participation in the professional staff on-call rotation.  The RLAC directly supervises the Residence Assistants assigned to the residence hall(s), attends and leads meetings, upholds hall rules and regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook, responds/handles crisis management situations, performs departmental responsibilities, and assists with programming.  Please visit www.mwpai.org  for more information about the Institute, and www.mwpai.edu for more information about PrattMWP School of Art and Design.

Education and Experience:

Required:  Bachelor’s degree and previous experience as an RA or employment in Residence Life
Preferred:  Master Degree in Education, College Student Personnel Administration, Counseling or related field.

The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse population, as well as demonstrated experience and skill related to program development and student development.

Furnished campus apartment with basic utilities, internet and cable and full meal plan when PrattMWP student dining is offered.

About MWPAI and PrattMWP:

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) is an internationally prominent fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions - Museum of Art, School of Art and Design and Performing Arts.  The Institute was founded in 1919 and provides some 600 events annually with more than 180,000 patrons enjoying the many exhibitions, performances, art classes and family-oriented activities.

The Museum of Art is renowned for its art collection and Phillip Johnson designed building.  The School of Art and Design offers a large community arts education program in art and the nationally accredited college art program affiliated with Pratt Institute of Art and Design (PrattMWP). PrattMWP is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Middle States Association, and New York State Education Department. PrattMWP students spend the first two years of their bachelor of fine arts degree program at our campus in Utica, New York before they complete their studies at Pratt's main campus in Brooklyn.  MWPAI’s Performing Arts offers a wide-ranging, year-round programming of artistically excellent and divers arts and cinema presentations.  MWPAI is located in the heart of New York State, foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and centrally located with easy travel to Cooperstown, Albany, Syracuse and a few hours from Boston, NYC, Lake Placid and Montreal.  Please visit us at www.mwpai.org.

Application and Selection process:
Applications will be reviewed as received. 
Send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to: 

Jeanette R. Breish, Human Resources Director
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13502
(315) 797-0000 ext. 2108
Fax: (315) 797-7509
Email: hrjobs@mwpai.org

EOR

Selected candidates will be required to successfully complete a post-offer criminal history background check.


Curator of 19th-Century American Art

Job Description
The Museum of Art, Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica, New York, seeks a dynamic and imaginative Curator of 19th-century American Art who has a commitment to scholarship and public engagement.

The Curator, who will direct the development of the 19th-century art collection, will organize collection-based exhibitions with corresponding writing for all types of related publications. The Curator will contribute to the development of creative programming and strategies for visitor engagement related to the collection, and oversee incoming loan exhibitions and outgoing traveling exhibitions.

The position reports to the director and is a member of a collaborative senior leadership team. The work of the Curator will foster regional and national recognition of the collection and inspire museum visitors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute exhibitions based on the permanent collection
  • Oversee the installation and related activities of incoming loan exhibitions
  • Develop exhibitions based on original research
  • Strategize for collections development; research and propose acquisitions and deaccessions; identify conservation needs and work with an outside conservation laboratory
  • Oversee and conduct research on the collection
  • Collaborate with registrarial staff on collection management
  • Collaborate with education staff to develop public programs and innovative interpretation for visitor engagement
  • Write and edit texts that appeal to a broad range of Museum visitors and appear in various Museum publications
  • Develop and implement approved departmental and curatorial project budgets
  • Present gallery talks, formal lectures, contribute to docent training, and represent the Museum to the public and press
  • Work with development staff on fundraising and grant writing; actively cultivate relationships with museum patrons and potential donors, sponsors, and collectors

Job Requirements:
The Curator will work closely and collaboratively with the Director, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum education staff, and other leading staff members.

  • Master’s degree in art history or related humanities discipline is required. Ph.D. is preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in 19th-century American painting; additional background in 19th-centry American decorative arts is preferred
  • Five years minimum of progressively responsible experience in an art museum or other appropriate arts institution, including exhibition development
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement, including original research
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement complex tasks with attention to detail, meet targeted goals, and work within strict deadlines
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, with a variety of audiences

Chartered in 1919 and opened in 1936, MWPAI is named for its founding family. MWPAI has three divisions—Museum of Art, School of Art (including community classes and the PrattMWP program associated with Pratt Institute, Brooklyn), and Performing Arts. The Museum is one of only four in the U.S. associated with a nationally accredited art school.

The 19th-century American painting collection has great strengths in artists of the Hudson River School and is known for the original series of four allegorical paintings, The Voyage of Life, by Thomas Cole. The collection also features stellar paintings by John S. Copley, Gilbert Stuart, James and Raphael Peale, John F. Quidor, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, William Harnett, William Merritt Chase, Sanford Gifford, Childe Hassam, and many others. Regional scenes in the collection include works by Thomas Hicks, Tompkins H. Matteson, M.E.D. Brown, Alexander Wyant, Arthur F. Tait, Thomas Doughty, Louis R. Mignot, and others. The decorative arts collection is recognized for its objects by prominent cabinetmakers and silversmiths such as Anthony Quervelle, John Henry Belter, Herter Brothers, Daniel Pabst, Louis C. Tiffany, and Tiffany & Co.

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to:
Jeanette R. Breish, Human Resources Director
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13502
(315)797-0000 ext. 2108
Fax: (315) 797-7509
Email: hrjobs@mwpai.org

EOE