Employment Opportunities


Curatorial Assistant

Part Time (20-25 hours per week)

The Everson Museum of Art seeks a resourceful, motivated, and skilled museum professional to undertake the position of Curatorial Assistant. The successful candidate will be a vital team member at an institution with a rich and varied permanent collection and an active calendar of temporary exhibitions.

The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for various curatorial and administrative tasks that include:

  • Serve as first point of contact for Curatorial Department
  • Assisting the Executive Director, adjunct, and guest curators in coordinating details for exhibitions and collection;
  • Create and manage temporary exhibition schedule of permanent collection objects, traveling exhibitions and community exhibitions;
  • Create exhibition checklists;
  • Create artists contracts and exhibition contracts;
  • Create and manage Curatorial department budget;
  • Prepare invoices and purchase orders;
  • Oversee production of exhibition publications, including writing content for gallery guides, bulletin, exhibition didactics and exhibition labels;
  • Research gift offers and loan recommendations;
  • Serve as staff liaison to Collections Committee;
  • Help design gallery installations;
  • Aid in grant writing;
  • Work closely with Registrar and Education Department staff;
  • Coordinate curatorial and artist travel;
  • Supervise curatorial interns;
  • Maintain files and generate correspondence with artists, gallerists, donors, and others;
  • Conduct research on the permanent collection and for upcoming exhibitions
  • Respond to inquired from general public
  • Occasionally lead tours

Reports to the Executive Director.

Requirements: Master’s degree in art history and/or museum studies; Minimum 2 years museum curatorial experience; Strong background in museum best practices, history of western art, and/or knowledge of the history of ceramics; Ability to work with a variety of objects and materials; Excellent writing, verbal, organizational and computer skills; Ability to climb ladders, to bend, stoop, and to lift up to 50 pounds. Deadline oriented. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro a benefit, but not required.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, three references (including names, telephone numbers, emails and addresses), and a writing sample via email to employment@everson.org. The Everson is an equal opportunity employer. Open to US Residents only. Position available immediately.  No phone calls please. Only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

The Everson Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. 



Job Title:       Development Associate

Department:  Development Department

Reports To:   Chief Development Officer

Status:          Full-Time Exempt

GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB.  The Development Associate provides strategic support with fund raising, research and stewardship activities for a wide range of projects associated with the Museum’s Development Department, including Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Grants, Foundations, Corporate partnerships, and Membership. The Development Associate helps to provide support and acts as administrative assistant and project manager to the Chief Development Officer and provides support, resources, coordination and project management to every operating area in the Museum.


  1. Assists Director with all development activities, fund-raising events, rentals, and Board development. Serves as liaison to Members Council and Trip Committee.
  2. Assists Chief Development Officer in scheduling appointments, preparing background information, talking points, solicitation materials and follow up.
  3. Implements and manages the execution of several projects in the Development Department, such as Museum event programs and partnerships and corporate or outside vendor partnerships and rentals.  This involves coordinating with all members of the Museum staff and Members Council volunteers.
  4. Communicate directly with donors, board, volunteers and staff in response to specific inquiries and reporting needs. Ensure timely reporting for all projects and partnerships
  5. Maintain a close working relationship internally with Museum staff as well as with Board Members, Members Council volunteers, outside contacts, vendors and donors to ensure maximum results from all aspects of partnerships and programs.
  6. Create, coordinate and adhere to a comprehensive calendar of activities within the Museum.
  7. Ensure that the very highest levels of customer service are engaged when special needs and requests of donors are presented to include address corrections, answering questions and providing specific information.
  8. Prepare materials for meetings and attend key meetings - take minutes as needed. Maintains files and reporting as needed.Compose correspondence for multiple audiences, including minutes, agendas, work plans, as well as acknowledgement letters.
  9. Act as primary point person in maintaining a comprehensive, integrated, relational database system; assist with individualized acknowledgement phone calls and letters; assist in maintaining data integrity and adding new data to the database; assist with creating reports; provide regular database notes/comment entries for use in donor development.


Bachelor’s degree or extensive college coursework with equivalent experience, with a minimum of one year professional experience in a mature Development department with a track record of increasing responsibilities and good breadth of familiarity with various fund raising disciplines. Must be committed to and embrace the mission of Museum and must have a passion for the role of development in furthering that mission. Must be an excellent writer and researcher, able to effectively articulate a compelling case (proposals) and results (reports). A strong grasp of the specific disciplines within development is a plus. Must be able to effectively multi-task within deadlines and think, plan and follow through consistently at a strategic level. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to relate effectively, reliably and professionally with professionals and leaders in the community as well as with key leadership and stakeholders at The Everson. Must be well-organized, proactive, and excellent at follow-up. Must demonstrate good judgment, and work well as part of a development team, and be able to work effectively and in harmony with Museum staff, Board and volunteers.  Must be computer proficient, able to easily and effectively use Microsoft Office applications and learn the donor management software.

Minimum Requirement:  Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university and three to five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  1. Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Raisers Edge - donor database application
  2. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  3. Attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and success in managing multiple projects
  4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  5. Valid Driver’s License
  6. Previous experience in fundraising helpful

The Everson Museum of Art offers excellent benefits with health, dental, life and 403(b).

The Everson Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital or veteran status.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Mary Jo Barnello, Chief Development Officer: mjbarnello@everson.org. No phone calls please.


For a rewarding volunteer experience in a beautiful setting, become a volunteer at the Everson Museum of Art, one of Central New York's most treasured cultural organizations.

Volunteer opportunities abound at the Everson. Positions include staffing the Museum Shop; greeting visitors at the Welcome Desk; working in the administrative office answering phones and assisting with mailings and other projects; and serving on committees organized by Members' Council, such as the Everson Trip Committee and Festival of Trees.

To volunteer at the Everson Museum, e-mail everson@everson.org or call (315) 474 6064.


Thousands of people are offered informative and educational tours through the Everson Museum's galleries each year - thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called "docents". Everson Museum Docents welcome visitors, conduct museum tours for school groups, clubs and organizations, and present outreach programs. Docent led tours and programs can be customized for a particular curricular focus or age group, and are also available in French and Spanish.

While just a few of our docents have a degree in art, they all appreciate art, learning and teaching, and are energized by the enthusiasm of students and adults responding to works of art in the museum.

Docent education begins in September with continuous education two Monday afternoons per month through May. Candidates also participate in an intensive three-day workshop held in November. Upon graduation, docents continue to meet two Mondays per month and volunteer at least one day a week. This may include mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends.

Contact Kimberly Griffiths at (315) 474 6064 x310 for more information on how to become an Everson docent.


Everson internships have an experiential learning focus by design. Students work closely with museum staff and volunteers. Internships are project-based and support current museum initiatives. Matching student interests with museum initiatives helps ensure the internship will be a skill building opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Curatorial Intern:

Work closely with the curatorial team and assist all curatorial duties including research on permanent collection, exhibitions, publications, loans, art handling, database management and object inventories.

Development Intern:

Gain a broad understanding of the business operations of a museum and fundraising. Focus is on revenue generation including marketing, special events, grant writing and retail sales.

Education Intern:

Develop gallery guides, research exhibitions and organize workshops for children and families. Oversee programming for the Children's Interactive Gallery; create educational and promotional literature; and participate in general educational programming and departmental operations.

Public Relations Intern:

Develop promotional campaigns in support of Everson exhibitions, programs and special events. Hands on opportunity to create PR and marketing plans; develop press releases; write articles and Website copy; pitch coverage opportunities; coordinate coverage with the media; and design support pieces.

To apply for an internship, send your resume and cover letter to everson@everson.org, and indicate which internship(s) you wish to be considered for. If an interview needs to be arranged you will be contacted directly.


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