Assistant Curator Jaime DeSimone Interviews Artist Joelle Dietrick
Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.

A creative and fulfilling place to work

There are many opportunities to get involved with MOCA Jacksonville, whether it’s working at the Museum, participating in our internship program, or volunteering in a variety of areas.

MOCA lists all available positions on this website, but applications must be made through the University of North Florida job portal. Please check back for employment opportunities in the future.

Job opportunities will remain posted until positions are filled. Candidates may be contacted for interviews, however, due to the high level of interest in positions, MOCA Jacksonville does not respond to all applicants. Calls and emails are not accepted regarding the status of employment applications.

MOCA Jacksonville is a registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer. UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

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DIRECTOR

The next director will work with an established foundation of stakeholders which includes an engaged and aspirational Board of Trustees, highly dedicated professional staff, and a unique and mutually beneficial relationship with UNF. MOCA Jacksonville is seeking a creative leader who is eager to embrace Jacksonville and the surrounding community, excited by the prospect of connecting the Museum with expanding and diverse audiences, and keen to lead the institution during this period of forward momentum.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The director is responsible for providing overall leadership, vision, and guidance to MOCA and its staff. S/he is charged with ensuring that the Museum is a vibrant and active institution in the local community, partners effectively with colleagues at UNF, and regularly engages with its peers nationally and globally. 

The director serves as the principal ambassador for the Museum to students and faculty, other influential members of the campus community, the Board of Trustees, major supporters and other stakeholders, as well as the larger public. The director is the key driver in creating a cohesive and effective organization and staff, fostering teamwork, and creating an environment in which all staff members work together effectively and efficiently in order to meet institutional goals.

MAJOR PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT DIRECTOR INCLUDE:

  • Serve as a principal leader for all aspects of the Museum’s fundraising, from the support of current operations to the development of future capital and endowment campaigns. Determine short-term and long-term development needs in the context of the Museum’s strategic goals. Proactively cultivate individual and institutional supporters, engaging with and stewarding benefactors and prospective donors, foundations, and other organizations that provide support to MOCA.
  • Collaborate with UNF faculty in Art and Design and across the campus to integrate the work of the Museum into the research, teaching, social, and intellectual life of the University. Through cooperative communication with the UNF President and other university leaders, determine the metrics for a successful relationship between MOCA and UNF.
  • Motivate and mentor MOCA’s team, promoting an institutional culture committed to executing the Museum’s activities at the highest level; develop and promote an environment that values collegiality, creativity, collaboration, accountability, and transparency; and shape the team through critical new hires. Manage and coach staff effectively, communicating clearly and providing professional guidance and support. 

IN ADDITION, THE DIRECTOR WILL ALSO:

  • Ensure that the Museum’s continued growth is sustainable by responsibly managing available resources while at the same time thinking expansively to attract new resources and implement his/her vision in concert with the ambitions and aspirations of the Board of Trustees and Museum staff members. Strengthen the fiscal health of the Museum, actively promoting efforts in all areas to balance the budget and responsibly manage operating costs.
  • Engage with colleagues at UNF, peer cultural organizations, and with stakeholders across the wider Jacksonville and Northeast Florida region to initiate collaborations and build partnerships that enhance MOCA’s ability to serve as a dynamic teaching, learning, and research resource for students, faculty, and a wider public audience. Expand visitor engagement with MOCA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.
  • Oversee all aspects of the management and operations of the Museum, working closely with the deputy director and other team members to develop and implement sound policies and procedures for the care and use of the permanent collection according to the highest professional standards. This includes preservation and conservation, documentation, exhibition, accessibility, interpretation, and the enrichment of MOCA’s collection.
  • Work actively with senior staff to oversee the exhibitions program, acquisitions of works of art, the diverse educational outreach activities and engagement programs, the care and display of collections, research and conservation, publications, and the organization of special programs and events.
  • Serve as MOCA’s “face and voice” to its many and diverse constituents, establishing and nurturing effective collaborations with campus-based, regional, and national partners. Engage Museum staff in fostering a cooperative and ambitious atmosphere with UNF students, faculty, other colleagues, scholars, volunteers, and benefactors.
  • Represent MOCA Jacksonville and UNF locally, nationally, and internationally; initiate and steward fruitful partnerships with other cultural and educational institutions, regionally, nationally, and beyond.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS

MOCA Jacksonville’s next director will be a persuasive and inventive leader who is inspired by the Museum’s mission and can inspire others as well. S/he should possess the intellectual vision as well as emotional intelligence necessary to encourage trust and to galvanize support for the Museum. The successful candidate will be a strategic, visible, and energetic leader who is collaborative, diplomatic, and inspires confidence. Successful candidates will have five to seven years of leadership experience in an art museum, art organization, or analogous setting.

Candidates should possess the following professional expertise, leadership competencies, and personal qualities:

  • The ability to develop a vision for the institution, and be a creative, self-directed team player with entrepreneurial energy to think strategically in order to transform ideas into concrete and high-impact programs. Able to transmit excitement about future possibilities for the organization to team members and other constituents.
  • A successful track record as a relationship builder with a high level of organizational and political sophistication, especially as it relates to fundraising, generating new resources, and building collaborative and strategic partnerships with individuals, foundations, and corporations. The ability to think beyond traditional sources to identify unique funding opportunities.
  • Persistence and patience to navigate the complex structure of relationships connected to the institution. The director will have a high comfort level engaging with diverse constituencies and colleagues in an authentic manner, including members of the Board of Trustees and other Museum supporters; UNF students, faculty, and administrators; and other major donors, volunteers, and members of the community.
  • Financial literacy and good business judgment; experience establishing and achieving budgets.
  • A leadership style characterized by an open-minded and consultative approach; superb listening skills. Approachable, accessible, and open to new ideas.
  • The ability to attract, motivate, and retain a strong team. Skill at empowering staff and encouraging individual initiative, while serving as a model for working collaboratively. Graciousness in recognizing staff accomplishments, as well as promoting accountability and providing constructive feedback concerning performance.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to connect effectively with audiences of varying levels of expertise. This individual will serve as a passionate advocate for MOCA, persuading stakeholders to support and advance the Museum’s mission.
  • A high comfort level operating in the public arena, which includes valuing outward engagement, being at ease with people, and accepting the public demands made upon a leader with visibility in the community.
  • An infectious enthusiasm combined with a calm, self-possessed manner, and an eagerness to lead by example.
  • A balance of confidence and humility, with the ability to get along well with people; maturity, warmth, humor, and authenticity.
  • A reputation for honesty and integrity beyond reproach, and for holding public interest and public trust in the highest regard.

EDUCATION

A master’s degree in visual art, design, art history, or in museum and arts management is required; a PhD is a plus, as is equivalent professional and leadership experience in a comparable setting.

COMPENSATION

A comprehensive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.

Please apply here.  


Art Installer, Seasonal 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of curatorial staff, responsible for assisting in the installation of exhibitions presented in the museum, ensuring that the vision of the artist and curator is fulfilled. 
Tasks include:

  • Installation and de-installation of exhibitions 
  • Preparation of artwork for exhibition and/or shipment/storage 
  • Installation of technology such as media players and monitors 
  • Safe and efficient crating, packing and transportation of artwork 
  • Efficiently and neatly painting gallery walls 
  • Maintenance of workspaces, tools and environment 
  • Working in a team environment with curatorial department  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Knowledge of contemporary art.
    • Experience in the hands-on installation and de-installation of complex exhibitions.
    • Familiarity with presentation technology such as media players and digital programming display.
    • Proficiency in interior painting, drywall installation, taping, carpentry, etc.
    • Able to work as part of a team with have excellent communication skills.
    • On occasion be willing to work late evening and weekend hours.
    • Demonstrated practical experience in construction, fabrication and painting of exhibition assets, and appropriate work methods for utilizing necessary power tools.
    • Ability to work in physically demanding situations, including heavy lifting and working at heights, and flexibility to work out of hours where required.  

    Please apply here


    Guest relations

    Responsibilities

    • Actively work to ensure the highest level of Museum visitor experience in the Museum Shop and at the admissions/information desk.
    • Be fully competent in selling all Museum products (retail, admissions, and memberships). 
    • Provide excellent customer service to all Museum visitors and greet and engage visitors in conversation for the purposes of sharing information about museum shop merchandise and museum services, programs, collections and exhibits.
    • Operate a computerized point of sale cash register and inventory management system: including the accurate entering of sales information, receiving payment for merchandise, processing credit card transactions, making correct change, processing refunds, exchanges and voids, and selling gift certificates.
    • Reconcile daily sales/admissions and prepare deposits and end of day reports for management.
    • Actively engage customers in conversation and actively assist in the understanding, demonstration, description and selection of merchandise.
    • Answer all incoming calls with a professional greeting and transfer calls to the proper museum department if necessary.
    • Actively execute the daily operation and day to day goals and priorities assigned by MOCA management.
    • Track Museum attendance.
    • Assist with annual physical inventory: including but not limited to mock or pre-inventory planning.
    • Assist with special projects as needed. Provide other departmental assistance as needed. Attend occasional departmental meetings after-hours, and participate in training opportunities.
    • Must support and display a dedication to MOCA Jacksonville and its mission.
    • Communicate daily shift information: issues, concerns, tasks.
    • Work to ensure teamwork, superior customer service, exceptional communication, and professionalism are displayed at all times.

    Required Qualifications

    • High school diploma
    • Minimum of six months of retail and/or customer service environment with a working knowledge of cashiering and receipt processing.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Excel.

    Please apply here.  


    Part-time Security Guard

    Responsiblities

    • Ensure the safety of employees and visitors and the protection of MOCA Jacksonville property and artwork.
    • Secure various posts on a rotational basis including galleries, access ramps, elevators, and other areas as assigned. 
    • Inspect bags of visitors entering the Museum and staff leaving the Museum when necessary. 
    • Inform visitors and staff of Museum policies and enforce them appropriately. 
    • Monitor and maintain the flow of visitors in all galleries. 
    • Report to chief of security and assist with documenting any incidents related to visitors, staff, or artwork. 
    • Identify safety hazards, suspicious behavior, and potential problems and report to the chief of security and deputy director. 
    • Assist with emergency evacuations. 
    • Provide security at special events. 
    • Perform fireguard duties as qualified. 
    • Read departmental memos and remain aware of all policy revisions. 
    • Conduct periodic security tours of the Museum store. 
    • Perform other duties as assigned. 
    • Ensure the safety of artwork by patrolling galleries and reminding visitors not to touch works of art.
    • Perform opening and closing procedures, including locking all doors, checking all floors to ensure that no one is in the building, and arming/disarming the alarm.
    • Monitor the behavior of visitors at events and during Museum hours in an effort to provide a safe environment for staff and the public. 
    • Report all incidents to supervisor immediately and keep a record of all incidents.
    • Handle some receptionist duties prior to the opening of the Museum, including monitoring front door, assisting guests, answering telephone, and monitoring deliveries.  

    Required qualifications

    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • One to two years of security-related experience, preferably in a customer service-oriented environment.
    • Class D security license.
    • Ability to stand for multiple hours.
    • Good communication skills and ability to interact professionally and respectfully with staff and visitors to enforce Museum policies.
    • Good computer skills.
    • Ability to remain alert at all times.
    • Professional, attentive, and reliable.
    • Must be available to work weekends.
    • Punctuality is essential.

    Please apply here.