Employment

The Bruce Museum is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Current Employment Openings:

Curator of Art

Director of Marketing and Communications

 

Curator of Art

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, seeks a Curator of Art to collaborate in creating a bold vision for The New Bruce. A world-class community-based art and science institution, the Bruce has embarked on a transformative expansion and renovation, adding leading-edge galleries and inventive public spaces to educate, entertain, challenge, and delight. Currently, under construction, the expanded Museum will have, for the first time in its nearly 110-year history, five new galleries dedicated to the display of its growing permanent art collection. Doubling the size of the existing Museum from 37,000 to over 80,000 sq. ft., the Bruce will add elegant, flexible new spaces for art exhibitions, triple current space for science exhibitions, create new education and community spaces, and dramatically expand storage capacity (see www.newbruce.org). Key to these plans is the creation of a deeper, richer, and more diverse permanent art collection. The next Curator of Art will be immediately engaged in preparations for the exciting inaugural installations that will mark the Museum’s reopening in the fall of 2022, and join in the historic re-branding of the Museum itself.

The collections and exhibitions of The New Bruce will focus on global art from 1850 to the present. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of American and European modernism, from Impressionism to contemporary art, including global contemporary art. They will be connected to contemporary artists and collectors and excited by current issues. They will have a wide intellectual curiosity and be open to interdisciplinary collaboration, ready for creative engagement with the sciences, humanities, and social topics. They will work collaboratively with the Curator of Science in exploring innovative ways to bring together art and science, creating a new and unique brand for the Museum that extends to the Metro NYC area, nationally, and internationally. Candidates should have a record of generating successful exhibitions at a variety of scales, and of cultivating donors and new gifts of art. The Curator of Art will administer a small department with a potential appointed Curatorial Fellow. With an eye toward engaging the region’s many audiences, the Bruce has made a strong commitment to focusing on Community, Art, Science and Education. The Board and staff are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and invite a new Curator of Art to participate in creating a fresh, collaborative and outward-facing approach.

The eclectic Bruce collection currently numbers about 20,000 objects including fine examples of 19th- and 20th-century American and European painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, exceptional natural history collections, and world-class mineral specimens. The strength of the art collection is in regional painters like Childe Hassam and the Cos Cob Impressionists, and American and European artists of the 19thand 20th centuries including William Merritt Chase, Auguste Rodin, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Museum’s collections of pre-Columbian, Native American, and Asian art enable it to mount exhibitions of rich cultural diversity. The new Curator of Art will be instrumental in helping to expand and reshape the art collection, with a new focus on art in the modernist tradition, from 1850 to the present, and global contemporary art, updating and augmenting areas and artists currently under-represented and working with potential donors to secure gifts. This is a unique opportunity at a historic moment of change, expansion and redefinition.

Prior to the global pandemic and the ongoing construction, the Bruce was attracting about 70,000 visitors a year at the main Museum location and the popular Seaside Center, an environmental education site located on the beach 6 miles away in Greenwich Point Park. In a typical year, the Bruce presented more than a dozen exhibitions in art and science, organized two outdoor festivals featuring work by artists and craftspeople from around the country, and sponsored iCreate, an art exhibition for high school students. The pace of exhibitions will increase in the new building.

The Curator of Art will participate in creating a bold new vision and brand for The New Bruce. The Curator has the chance to create noted exhibitions of major artists and privately-held regional treasures, and to form a new permanent collection for The New Bruce. More than that—this is a unique opportunity to collaborate with curators, designers, and program staff, as well as leadership and the Board, in creating new paradigms for how art and science can be put together in thoughtful, imaginative, and surprising ways. 

Candidates should appreciate teamwork and building relationships across departments and in the community in support of the overall mission. They must be comfortable mingling with board members and donors, leading activities of the Collectors Council, and interacting with affinity groups such as the Museum Council and Bruce Contemporaries. The successful candidate will have a track record of creating innovative exhibitions and publications, proven experience leading formal and informal moments of public engagement and an infectious passion for addressing the important issues of the day. 

 

Opportunities of the Position

The Curator of Art has the exciting opportunity to join a creative, tight-knit group of professionals as they re-envision, reinvent, and rebrand the Bruce Museum and expand into beautiful new galleries, grounds, and community spaces. They will work with others to grow and shape new collections and redefine the Bruce identity, examining the work of important artists and issues of the day, and combining art and science in compelling and innovative ways. 

The Bruce Curator of Art will be expected to:

Have a broad knowledge of and passion for fine art, always looking and learning.

Be an inspiring communicator and excellent writer.

Be motivated by the focus on Community  Art  Science  Education.

Be committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

Create and oversee a dynamic program of art exhibitions in the new 4,500 sf gallery for changing exhibitions and a dedicated works on paper gallery

Coordinate all aspects of exhibition development from conception, research, writing, loans, and installation, through public relations and interpretation.

Have the vision, curiosity, and flexibility to create a wide range of exhibitions and programs – varied, diverse and inclusive.

Bring a network of colleagues and contemporary connections to their work.

Quickly join the team planning and executing the inaugural installations in the first-ever permanent collection galleries at the Bruce.

Project excitement, energy, and empathy for all audiences.

Work hard and flexibly to raise the visibility of the Bruce locally, regionally and nationally.

Cultivate donors and bring in new collections.

Participate in fundraising initiatives to meet the vision.

Administer departmental functions, details, and manage a Fellowship position.

 

Education & Experience Desired 

The Bruce believes there are many pathways to learning. No specific degrees are required, but a deep knowledge of art, passion, curiosity, and the ability to communicate these are essential. A broad understanding and appreciation of world art history and culture and familiarity with global contemporary art are also expected.

At least five or more years of robust experience desired, including a track record of successful exhibition and catalogue production.

Must have experience and be comfortable engaging with the public and have persuasive communication skills both oral and written.

Desired Personal Characteristics

Intelligent, respectful, flexible.

Enthusiastic and amiable.

Collaborative team player.

Open-minded with a strength of purpose.

Appreciation for and patience with building and funding a new vision.

Hard-working, with a sense of balance and humor.

At ease with both the general public and major donors.

Ability to balance many projects at once.

Highly organized, a capable administrator.                 

 

Compensation

$80,000 - $100,000 per annum (commensurate with experience).

Full benefit coverage includes medical, dental, 401K plan, and paid time off.

 

Nominations are welcome.  

To apply in confidence, email 1) a letter expressing interest in this particular position and giving brief examples of past related experience; 2) a resume; 3) names of three references with contact information. Submit application by May 31, 2021, to retained search firm: Lora Urbanelli, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. 

For additional information visit: http://museum-search.com/open-searches/.

 

The Bruce Museum is committed to fair and accessible employment practices, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this search. 

Short-listed candidates subsequently may be asked to provide publication or work samples.


Director of Marketing and Communications

 

The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, seeks a Director of Marketing and Communications to join its growing team during an exciting time of transition.

A world-class community-based art and science institution, the Bruce has embarked on a transformative expansion and renovation, adding new galleries and inventive public spaces to educate, entertain, challenge, and delight. Currently, under construction, the expanded “New Bruce” will have, for the first time in its nearly 110-year history, five new galleries dedicated to the display of its growing permanent art collection. Doubling the size of the existing Museum from 37,000 to over 80,000 sq. ft., the Bruce will add elegant, flexible new spaces for art exhibitions, triple current space for science exhibitions, create new education and community spaces, and dramatically expand storage capacity (see www.newbruce.org).

 

The Director of Marketing and Communications will lead the development and distribution of a bold new vision and brand for the New Bruce. The Director of Marketing and Communications has the chance to shape the New Bruce message, strategically plan for New Bruce marketing campaigns, and drive the Museum’s transition from local to regional and national reach.  A creative, data-driven professional, the Director of Marketing and Communications will develop, plan and implement the New Bruce Museum’s strategic communication/marketing initiatives, including positioning, identity, and brand loyalty/membership.  The successful candidate will be a creative, risk-taker who understands and uses data to inform decision-making, and finds new ways to engage diverse audiences.  The Director of Marketing and Communications is a senior staff position reporting to the Executive Director, with dotted-line reporting to the Chief Operating Officer.

 

Candidates should appreciate teamwork and building relationships across departments and in the community in support of the overall mission. They must be as comfortable interacting with board members, volunteer leaders, and donors, as they are with the press, social media influencers, and advertising representatives. The successful candidate will have a track record of creating unique and innovative ad campaigns, expanding audiences through a variety of media platforms, and acting as the face of an organization.

 

The Bruce Director of Marketing and Communications will be expected to:

Have a broad knowledge of and passion for fine art and/or science (particularly natural history).

Be an excellent writer and innovative storyteller.

Be motivated by the focus on Community, Art, Science, Education (CASE).

Be committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

Meet strategic priorities, broaden visibility, engage key audiences/stakeholders, and demonstrate impact.

Develop the New Bruce voice, uniformly across all platforms.

Project excitement, energy, and empathy for all audiences.

Pitch a variety of stories to a broad spectrum of media – from new scientific research to specials events and human-interest stories.

Demonstrate mastery of the digital and virtual world daily, keeping up with trends and latest applications.  

Oversee strategic management of core communications platforms including websites, e-blasts, social media, and newsletters

 

Education & Experience Desired

The Bruce believes there are many pathways to learning. No specific degrees are required, but demonstrable successes in growing target audiences, building brand loyalty, and identifying new/unique ways to reach a like-minded community is necessary.

Candidates must have a head for strategy.

Demonstrated success in the creation and management of a strategic marketing and communications plan, replete with benchmarks and indicators of success for multiple campaigns on multiple platforms, running simultaneously, is required.

Candidates need to understand the impact and importance of relationship building, and pitching a story. 

Experience using data to drive decision-making.

Must have demonstrated success in meeting goals via digital media and social platforms.

At least five or more years of robust experience preferred.

 

Desired Personal Characteristics

LEADERSHIP – an expert in their field; we follow their lead;

CREATIVE – an exceptional writer; a problem solver; strong visual sense; ability to assume voice to targeted audience/communicate from multiple perspectives; sees opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional approaches;

STRATEGIC – forward-thinking planner; each action will be grounded on anticipated ROI and follow up analysis will drive next steps; 

PASSION – interest and/or experience in art/science is a must; 

MANAGER – oversee and delegate vision and instruction to direct reports and consultants.

Compensation

$80,000 - $100,000 per annum (commensurate with experience). Full benefit coverage includes medical, dental, 401K plan, and paid time off.

 To apply in confidence, email a letter expressing interest in this position and examples of past related experience and a resume to marketing@brucemuseum.org.

The Bruce Museum is committed to fair and accessible employment practices, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this search. 

Short-listed candidates subsequently will be asked to provide a writing sample and/or respond to a short hypothetical exercise, as well as provide professional references.