Careers

Above: Curator of Art Margaret Lynne Ausfeld leads a gallery tlak.

Overview

Founded by artists and arts educators in 1930, today’s MMFA staff continues to be a mix of makers, educators, and other museum professionals—a creative collective dedicated to art, visitors, and the design and delivery of engaging experiences that connect the two. 

There are thirty-something of us—some new to the enterprise, others here for decades, and others still have returned to the Museum after moving on and broadening their experiences elsewhere. We leverage this mix of fresh perspectives and deep institutional knowledge—mixed with creativity, command, commitment, and camaraderie—to work from a place of competitive advantage. Our practice is also distinguished by our “good to great” mindset—the drive to learn and grow as we go—with and from each other and ourselves.

We recognize that, like so many other museums, arts organizations, and other workplaces, we have long fallen short of recruiting and retaining staff whose identities and experiences mirror the public we seek to serve. With this in mind, today, we work with urgency to attract top talent whose life experiences deepen our capacity to understand fully the community’s needs and wants and connect meaningfully with those who reside in and visit the River Region. 

The MMFA is a public-private enterprise, supported by both the City of Montgomery and the MMFA Association. While most MMFA staff are employed by the City, others are employed by the Association. Each vacancy posted notes if the position is City or Association and includes links to the appropriate application process for each. 

Current Openings

Museum Director

Date Opened: February 23, 2024
Application Deadline: March 8, 2024

The fundamental reason this position exists is to plan, administer, supervise, build support for, and report on all operations of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The employee acts as the primary manager of the Museum and serves as the liaison to other City departments, outside government agencies, the Montgomery community, and the community of art museums in the United States. This position reports directly to the City of Montgomery Director of Cultural Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • An advanced degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field and
  • At least (5) five years of experience in an art museum, visual arts organization, or arts center as a Director, Assistant Director, Division or Department Head, or Chief Curator. 

Events Coordinator

Date Opened: June 25, 2024
Application Deadline: July 9, 2024

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to plan, coordinate and manage various events to include concerts, cruises, festivals, parades, weddings and other special events for public assembly facilities.  The primary work responsibilities of this position are: solicits, sells and books leases for special events; plans and coordinates events; fosters and maintains sponsorship relationships; performs administrative duties; manages food service operations; supervises temporary and contract workers; and completes other duties as assigned.  The Events Coordinator will assist the Events Manager in executing all City Events departmental programming, and this classification reports to the Museum Deputy Director in executing all Museum departmental programming.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Four years of experience in planning, coordinating, and promoting special events in a large public assembly factory
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, marketing, or a closely-related field may be substituted for 2 years of required experience.

Special Requirements: Must work nights, weekends, and holidays as required. Physical ability to lift equipment and supplies up to 50 pounds as needed to load, unload, and set up for special events.

Compensation Starting Salary: $46,072 / year

Assistant Preparator

Date Opened: May 26, 2023
Application Deadline: Continuous

The Assistant Preparator works together with and follows the direction of the Museum Preparator/Designer in accomplishing the daily tasks of art preparation in the Museum. Primary duties include assisting with moving, hinging, matting, framing, and installing works of art in the Museum galleries. Other duties include creating and installing signage in the form of labels, panels, and applying vinyl lettering. Basic painting, carpentry, and woodworking skills are required. Heavy lifting and working outside in the elements can be expected. The Assistant Preparator needs to have a good foundation of working with their hands and possess basic mechanical knowledge, be meticulous in attention to detail and in exercising care when handling works of art, and open to learning new skills.

Development Assistant

Date Opened: March 26, 2024
Application Deadline: Open until filled
The fundamental reason this position exists is to assist in the development and implementation of a funding and outreach strategy for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  The essential functions of the position are: assists in planning, directing, and implementing a donor relations program to establish and maintain a systematic program for donor recognition, donor communication, donor acknowledgments, and special events;   promotes, staffs, and attends Museum sponsored events; and performs administrative duties.  Supervision is received from the Museum Development Director. 
 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university.
  • One year of experience in professional fundraising, constituent/client relationship management, public relations, or a related area with two years of database management experience

    NOTE
    : Qualifying education, training and experience that provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.

Adult Services Manager

Date Opened: July 18, 2023
Application Deadline: August 1, 2023

The Adult Services Manager is a museum educator position that focuses on docent and adult engagement within the MMFA Learning + Programs Department. The job roles include overseeing tour training, internships, adult programs, and local artist events.

Family + Community Services Coordinator

Date Opened: July 18, 2023
Application Deadline: August 1, 2023

The Family + Community Manager is a museum educator position within the MMFA Learning + Programs Department that focuses on family and community engagement in the MMFA ArtWorks Interactive Gallery and Studios. The job roles include developing studio art workshops, professional development courses, family programs, and community outreach engagements that build long-term relationships with community partners.

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