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.
Director of Community Engagement
The Director of Community Engagement is responsible for the creation, implementation, and management of the Menil Collection’s community engagement activities, which include public programs and education. With the input and involvement of colleagues and community leaders, the Director of Community Engagement identifies and implements opportunities for involvement between the Menil and its surrounding communities and other constituencies without excluding its role in the larger, international context
1. Implement and manage the creation of new community-based programs, partnerships, and other engagement in initiatives. Expand, through new initiatives, efforts that already exist.
2. Identify opportunities for engaging new target communities, evaluate strategic benefits, and determine resource allocation.
3. Collaborate with the Director of Public Programs to integrate audience and community engagement initiatives.
4. Implement ways to communicate with and receive feedback from the community about the Menil and its initiatives.
5. Attend community meetings on behalf of the Menil to hear community concerns, provide information about community engagement, and advocate for participation.
6. Attend non-Menil programs, events, and relevant festivals to better understand community interests and activities.
7. Identify prospects, and create target lists for contacts and outreach opportunities; develop an action plan and implement accordingly.
8. Manage community-engagement partner relationships, including list exchanges, co-branded programming, including, but not limited to, consulates, interest groups, churches, performing-arts groups, and other community nonprofits.
9. Create mechanisms for internal and external evaluation of engagement initiatives.
10. Distribute information to the community and broader publics through multiple channels.
11. Work with the Menil’s Membership, Development, and Communications Departments to strategize on methods and analyze results of audience research, visitor demographics, and the monitoring of the public’s perception and experience at the Menil.
12. Collaborate with Visitor Desk and Gallery Attendants to ensure the best front-line experience for visitors.
13. Collaborate with the Chief Advancement Officer in developing funding proposals in support of new outreach initiatives.
1. Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of community organizing or other related experience.
2. 3-5 years’ leadership experience in developing community programs.
3. Ability to interact with diverse audiences in terms of age, economic status, and cultural background.
4. Excellent planning and organizational skills.
5. Ability to work collaboratively with other museum staff and constituents.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
7. Familiarity with Houston Experience in online organizing/social media, online communication, and/or nonprofit web strategy.
8. Understanding of how to engage audiences and the general public with a welcoming, accessible approach.
9. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with tight deadlines concurrently.
10. Exceptional strategy development, project management, and communication skills.
11. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
12. Excellent interpersonal skills.
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.
Volunteer - Special Events
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 and its conservation department. Many consider it one of the greatest private art collections in the United States. The museum is surrounded by art buildings as well as a number of residences and offices.
The special events department seeks a responsible individual interested in assisting, on a volunteer basis, within the department. The qualified applicant will have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and will be able to work independently on tasks such as data entry, compilation of event materials, and mailings. The qualified applicant will also be comfortable interacting with the public and making phone calls, as needed. The applicant must retain confidentiality of all donor information. The important volunteer opportunity serves a pivotal organizational role in that it helps sustain an increased awareness and understanding of the Menil Collection by supporting special programs and member events.
The volunteer will be able to maintain a flexible schedule, working approximately 5 to 10 hours per week Monday through Friday and will have the opportunity to assist with evening events periodically.
• Excellent organizational skills
• The ability to work collegially and complete tasks in a self-directed manner is required
• A professional and discreet comport
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
Send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com.
Control Room Monitor
This position is part of a team of four monitors who operate the control room 24/7. While shifts can sometimes vary, and may include holidays, the successful candidate will generally work
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
1. Monitor and operate the following building systems including: fire alarm, fire suppression, motor overheat, air conditioning controls, security, closed circuit TV, and lighting system computer. Inform the appropriate person(s) of any events or malfunctions.
2. Monitor the remote security systems of foundation offices, bookstore, Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Richmond Hall, Rothko Chapel, and the Menil House at 3363 San Felipe.
3. Monitor the remote air conditioning systems of the, Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Rothko Chapel, and the Menil House at 3363 San Felipe.
4. Maintain radio contact and coordination with the Menil outside patrol officers (off-duty HPD officers) for emergency response.
5. Operate the museum door lock and intercom system as required for routine staff use.
6. Check all galleries and storage areas for leaks during rainy periods.
7. Maintain the control room logbook. Log all abnormal operations, events, or activities and inform the appropriate person(s).
8. Monitor loading dock shipping and receiving and operate the loading dock door.
9. Make calls to appropriate staff, and supervisor in response to problems or malfunctions.
1. Position requires flexibility, reliability, and attention to detail.
2. Must be able to work standing, and walking, and lift up to 30 lbs. (able to lift a fire extinguisher).
3. Must have excellent verbal communication skills.
4. Must be observant in order to detect and report unusual behavior or circumstances.
5. Reliable transportation required.
6. If hired, must be able to obtain a state-issued non-commissioned security officer license.
Interested individuals are invited to visit the Menil Wednesday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to complete an application.
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.