Full-time and Part-time Positions
Many different talents and skills are needed to provide management and support for the museum. The positions listed below are currently open. Applications are accepted only for the position(s) listed.
Our volunteers and interns are critical in our efforts to achieve and maintain the mission of the Menil Collection. While the Menil does not have paid internships, our volunteer program matches individuals with interesting and rewarding positions within all museum departments.
Manager of Membership
The Membership Manager will report to the Director of Individual Giving and will help drive the strategies to attract new members and increase annual support, with special focus on the identification and implementation of new marketing initiatives in support of membership. This position is a critical member of a team responsible for growing the membership base with ambitious associated revenue goals.
1. Manage all aspects of membership recruitment at the entry level up to $10,000, including acquisition, direct marketing, retention, renewal, and programming initiatives.
2. Develop and implement key strategies to grow the membership base and revenue; achieve a high retention rate and upgrades among renewing members.
3. Work with the curatorial department and other relevant museum staff to develop interesting and unique programs and benefits for the Menil’s membership; responsible for positioning programs on the calendar in close coordination with the special events and public programs departments.
4. Provide support and leadership to Menil Contemporaries Steering Committee and Menil Society Committee. Cultivate these leadership groups to be effective Menil volunteers.
5. Oversee all member communications, including printed and electronic materials and website content.
6. Refine and maintain tracking systems to collect and analyze data on membership activity.
7. Monitor and track the onsite membership sales and donations; train and motivate staff to promote and sell memberships.
8. Represent the membership department at member events and within the organization and the community.
9. Attend all membership events and programs; actively participate in development and special events as needed.
10. Supervise one full-time membership coordinator and two full-time visitor/membership associates
11. Manage other projects as assigned by the Director of Individual Giving.
1. Bachelor’s degree and at least five years membership experience in a museum environment.
2. Demonstrated interest in art; creative, flexible, team player; excellent written and verbal communications skills.
3. Superior interpersonal skills.
4. Supervisory experience with volunteers or clerical personnel a plus.
5. Some evening and weekend work is required.
6. Computer fluency in MS Office, Raiser’s Edge, or other donor database software.
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
The Menil Collection is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality and depth of its art collection and for the beautiful building by Renzo Piano which it occupies. The Menil produces stimulating, focused exhibitions and is known for the quality of its scholarly publications. Many consider it one of the greatest private art collections in the United States.
Director of Real Estate
The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and exhibit the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, the Menil Collection houses approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Masterpieces from antiquity, Byzantium and the medieval worlds, the cultures of Africa, Oceania, the American Pacific Northwest and the twentieth century are particularly well represented. Among the highlights of the museum are its Surrealist holdings, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind. The Menil Collection displays selections from its permanent collection and regularly offers special exhibitions and programs to the public. The museum collections buildings are integrated into a 30-acre neighborhood largely owned by the Menil that includes historic bungalows and other low-rise buildings accommodating residential and nonprofit tenants and public open spaces.
With the guidance of a Strategic Plan completed in 2006, the Menil Collection embarked on a comprehensive Master Site Plan with David Chipperfield Architects, completed in 2009. The first capital improvements outlined in that plan are under construction and future campus expansion and changing real estate management structures are planned. The Director of Real Estate will play an integral role in the creation and implementation of new organizations, accounts, reporting and decision making that will be required by implementation of the Master Plan. Candidates should demonstrate their experience with innovation, ability to lead in an organization in transition, and skills at helping non-technical staff and supporters to understand the long-term implications of management decisions.
The Menil Collection has launched a comprehensive preservation and development program for its 30-acre neighborhood. The three-pronged strategy coordinates investment in the museum, landscape, and residential properties to strengthen the campus experience, adding value to the Menil’s assets. The strategy will create new museum spaces, expand and rejuvenate the landscape, restore the historic bungalow properties, and create important new single and multifamily residential buildings. This initiative carries forward more than 25 years of stewardship and design leadership by the Menil. The Menil’s goal is to affirm its campus’s distinction as a contemporary neighborhood of art that contributes to the rich tapestry of urban life.
The Menil now seeks to hire a Director of this new Menil neighborhood preservation and development organization to guide its creation and ongoing success. The Director must demonstrate leadership and vision; an ability to synthesize market-based real estate development and asset management with the social and curatorial values that define the Menil as an institution and the neighborhood’s character; and the capacity to guide and manage multiple, complicated development and operating projects simultaneously.
Real Estate Development
1. Coordinate and oversee the Menil’s development partner for Phase I large-scale multi-family housing throughout design and construction and in an ongoing joint venture.
2. As needed, negotiate with a development partner for later phase large scale mixed-use development sites.
1. Create a multi-year plan for the capital revitalization of the 25-30 bungalow and neighborhood properties, including business planning and financing, an evaluation of existing conditions, selection of properties on an annual basis, and consideration of preservation of the historic neighborhood and mix of tenants.
2. Lead a group of staff and consultants to execute the plan, including budget management, reporting, and design and construction oversight.
3. Lead a competitive process for infill redevelopment.
4. Manage street, utility, and park construction, including selection of contractors in partnership with the Menil’s selected landscape architect and engineer.
Property Management, Operations and Maintenance
1. Manage Menil-owned real estate assets and, as needed, provide neighborhood security, supported by operations staff and contractors. Create a multi-year plan for ongoing maintenance and operations.
2. Manage Menil-owned parks, including areas devoted to the display of artworks in the landscape, and preserve the unique character of surrounding neighborhood.
3. Lead a group of staff and contractors to execute the plan, including recruiting new staff as required.
4. Coordinate with the City of Houston to facilitate reimbursement of infrastructure costs through a 380 agreement.
5. Communicate effectively with the Director, the Board of Trustees, the Deputy Director, Manager of Museum Buildings and Chief Financial Officer.
6. Communicate effectively with tenants, including long-term non-profits arts organizations.
1. Oversee the demolition of existing real estate assets to allow for implementation of the Master Plan.
2. Coordinate with the Menil COO and CFO in transitioning existing assets, budget, staff and reporting as needed from the current to future organizational structure.
1. A minimum of ten years’ experience in project management and large-scale private development projects.
2. A demonstrable background in real estate finance and budget management at a similar scale institution or organization.
3. Experience negotiating and managing relationships with public and private entities.
4. Property management and development experience for neighborhood/campus environments.
5. A sensitivity to the specific opportunities and challenges of the real estate market in Houston.
6. Strong communications skills.
7. Commitment to the design and environmental standards of the Menil campus.
Qualified applicants please submit your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations to: Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Curatorial Assistant provides research and exhibition support to the Curator and members of the Senior Curatorial Department.
1. Assist and support the Curator and members of the Senior Curatorial Department with research related to the collection and to specific exhibitions.
2. Prepare and disseminate curatorial reports, budget templates, and correspondence.
3. Work cooperatively with other departments including, but not limited to, development, publications, and conservation, to provide exhibition descriptions, essays, and other materials.
4. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives as they relate to installation and exhibition matters and answers related inquiries.
5. Assists in research and preparation for potential acquisitions for the collection, including biographical and bibliographical research, maintains files, and communicates with dealers, galleries, collectors, and artists, as necessary.
6. Assists in the maintenance of the collection and loans, and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, conservation, and preparation work as required in the gallery, study, and storage areas.
7. Assists senior curators with all aspects of exhibition research, planning, organization, and realization.
8. Writes, edits, and assists in the production of Museum publications and exhibition-related materials, including wall texts and extended object labels.
9. Performs exhibition support functions, including bibliographic and checklist research, loan correspondence, publication research and production, website development, and public program planning.
10. Functions as a liaison with outside persons and organizations, and with other departments within the Museum.
11. Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.
1. Master's degree in art, art history, or museum studies with at least 2 years of museum experience.
2. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
3. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
4. Superior research, writing, and editing skills.
5. Ability to prioritize and independently manage workload.
6. Motivated self-starter.
7. Professional appearance and demeanor.
Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectation to: Director of Human Resources, the Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006.
Application materials may also be emailed to: email@example.com.
Contact (By U.S. Post)
Human Resources Department
The Menil Collection
1511 Branard Street
Houston, Texas 77006
Fax (713) 525-9444
How to Apply For a full-time or part-time position or a volunteer opportunity, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary history/expectations (if applicable), as a MS Word document, or send the same by U.S. Post or fax. Resumes are acknowledged by email upon receipt.
No phone calls, please.
The Menil Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values and encourages a diverse workforce.