The Menil Collection
Assistant to the Director
The Menil Collection seeks an assistant to the director. The assistant to the director is a highly visible and influential position, responsible for all aspects of administrative support to the director and the Board of Trustees of the Menil Foundation, Inc. The assistant is responsible for the effective coordination of the director’s activities, for positively representing the director internally and externally, and for handling details of a highly confidential and critical nature.
Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, strategically planning and coordinating the director’s schedule including staff meetings, board and board committee meetings, prospect and governance events, and other internal and external commitments, and coordinating complex national and international travel arrangements. The assistant, who has strong editorial, writing, and research skills, prepares, proofreads, and edits all correspondence issued by the director and works closely and collegially with staff on behalf of the director, including project coordination or assuming responsibility for specific projects. The assistant must function proactively and effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection houses approximately seventeen thousand paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, Byzantium and the medieval period, the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century, including significant surrealist holdings, are particularly well represented.
Required qualifications include an exceptional capacity for diplomacy and discretion, excellent inter-personal skills, professional poise, and a courteous and approachable demeanor. Ability to works proactively, anticipating needs, conflicts, and opportunities, essential. Excellent writing and editing skills, required. Must have strong verbal communication skills and precise attention to detail. Must be technologically savvy and skilled in the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and the internet and have a working knowledge of social media. Applicants with a degree in art history or a related field and/or experience as an executive assistant in a museum environment, preferred. Multi-lingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to: Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org