The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is seeking outgoing and lively individuals to assist the Museum with a variety of evening events in the Museum’s visitor’s center. This position requires a flexible schedule, the ability to stand for long hours, and the capacity to move heavy furniture. Experience with food and beverage handling, as well as an interest in the history and foods of New York City, while not required, are favored. Customer service experience is required.
The Events Staff will be required to participate in the preparation, execution, and break down of events.
I. Preparation for Events
Preparation for these events includes three stages:
First: Walking or taking public transit to numerous restaurants in the Lower East Side to pick up the various foods that will be served;
Second: Setting up of events spaces and food handling devices;
Third: Food preparation, which includes washing, chopping and plating food.
II. Execution of Events
Event execution includes ‘front of house’ and ‘back of house’ staff:
‘Front of house’ includes a bartender – no drink mixing necessary – and staff to sweep the events space, remove used plates and bottles, empty trash when necessary, restock food table to keep a bountiful appearance, and ability to answer any questions that the patrons may have.
‘Back of house’ will make sure that extra or back up plates of food are ready, and clean the kitchen as the event progresses.
*Staff may be asked to plate and pass hors d’oeuvres.
III. Breakdown of Events
Break down includes removal of all dishes and trash, replacing all Museum furniture to its original state, and the proper and sanitary cleaning of all dishes. All per diem staff will be asked to carry tables and wash dishes.
Please send resumes and cover letters to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
The Tenement Museum is will be hiring unpaid interns for our Summer Internship Program. This internship program is focused on museum operations (HR, IT, Finance, Marketing & Communications) and is designed to offer our interns the opportunity to work on meaningful projects with real world learning experiences in the area of their focus. Interns will also receive a comprehensive overview of museum/nonprofit operations during their time with us. Interns will be mentored by museum professionals who will share their knowledge, skills and experience to help them get the most out of their time with us.
Our program lasts 10 weeks and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. During the course of your internship you will participate in brown bag lunches, presentations from department heads and senior leadership, staff meetings and field trips.
Please submit a resume and cover letter via this link indicating which of the following areas you are interested in interning: Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, and Marketing & Communications.
Deadline to apply is April 1st.
Part-Time Educator: Founded in 1988, the Tenement Museum elevates the stories of ordinary people to inspire connections to immigration and migration, past and present. The Museum is currently seeking dynamic and engaged storytellers from all backgrounds and abilities to join our Part-time Educator community.
Position Description: Part-time Educators lead public tours and school group programs for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the Museum’s historic tenement buildings.
Qualifications: Eligible candidates must possess clear and effective communication skills. Tenement Museum Educators should be enthusiastic and engaging storytellers who are interested in the history of immigration and migration, as well as contemporary issues related to immigration. Successful candidates will be committed to visitor engagement, will be flexible and creative in adjusting their tour to meet the needs of visitors, are interested in working with children and teens, and devoted to the museum’s mission.
Applicants fluent in English and one or more of the following languages are strongly encouraged to apply: Cantonese, Fujianese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Individuals with experience in museum or K-12 education, or with ELL teaching experience are encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Applicants with at least a high school diploma, a GED, or relevant experience are preferred.
Candidates must be available to work a set schedule of two weekdays and one weekend day per week, as well as possible evening tours (until 8pm) one day per week. Candidates should also expect to work holiday hours as needed. Newly hired Part-time Educators can expect to work an average of 5 hours of work per day. Generally, after working five months, Educators work an average of 5-6 hours per day. The maximum will average 8 hours per day.
Applicants must feel confident ascending/descending multiple flights of stairs daily. As 97 Orchard Street is a historic space with minimal climate control, applicants must be prepared to work in all weather conditions and feel comfortable standing for long periods of time.
The Tenement Museum is devoted to training and development and all new educators are required to attend a mandatory onboarding program. The mandatory orientation days are April 11th & 12th, 18th and 19th. Please ensure that you are available for these days before you submit your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please let us know where you heard about this position. Starting pay rate for Part-time Educators is $18.00 per hour. Benefits include paid time off commensurate with hours worked, pre-tax transit passes, and matched contributions to the Museum’s pension plan. This position is non-exempt. Application period will end March 16th.
How to apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our career portal: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=dc536cd9-a2b3-4b71-9ed8-5be05e62d998&sid=dGVuZW1lbnQ%3D&jobId=144451&lang=en_US&source=CC2
The Receiving Associate will become well-versed in shop merchandise, both books and gifts, as well as in all museum programs, tours, and events. Splitting his/her time between the back of house and sales floor. He/she will receive merchandise and manage stock spaces, the Sales@tenement.org email and assist in inventory management. He/she will actively engaging customers in the shop and operate both Retail Pro and Altru; this includes ringing up shop sales, selling tickets, collecting donations and selling memberships.
There is potential for the right candidate to take on some management of shop.tenement.org – including writing copy, taking & editing images, and managing orders, promotions & gift guides.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter and a list of your three favorite stores to shop at and why at our career portal.
The Tenement Museum will be hiring three (3) paid undergraduate or graduate students for specific projects for the summer 2018 semester. Our Masters Fellowship program is designed to offer our fellows the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that provide them with real world learning experiences in the area of their focus. Fellows will also receive a comprehensive overview of museum/nonprofit operations during their time with us. Fellows will be mentored by museum professionals who will share their knowledge, skills and experience to help them get the most out of their time with us.
Our program lasts 10 weeks and our fellows are expected to commit to 4 days a week. Our fellows are open to undergraduate and graduate students. During the course of your fellowship you will participate in brown bag lunches, presentations from department heads and senior leadership, staff meetings and field trips. At the end of your fellowship you’ll share what you’ve learned by conducting a short presentation to museum staff.
Fellows will receive an hourly rate of $13.00/hour, a 30% discount in our museum shop, 4 complimentary tickets for your friends or family and a Tenement Museum Id that allows access to NYC museum for free.
The following opportunities are available. Please submit your resume and cover letter via the link to our career portal. Deadline to apply is April 1st.
Research and Exhibit Development Fellowship
The Curatorial Department seeks a fellow to assist its Curatorial and Education Departments with new research on residents of 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the pair of tenements it today interprets as a museum. This research will be used to augment and improve existing tours and programs, as well as serve as a catalyst for the possible creation of new tours and programs.
The fellow will develop exhibit research and planning skills and be exposed to the multiple facets of museum research, project planning, and exhibition design as s/he works with the Curatorial and Education Departments. Tasks will include conducting in-depth historical research in various archives and libraries throughout New York City, assisting the Curatorial and Education Departments team in planning and executing meetings with scholars and stakeholders, and participating in the process of designing tours and programs for Museum visitors where opportunities allow.
The fellowship is a good fit for students in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History or Journalism. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have knowledge of basic museum practices, solid research skills, an eye for detail, and a passion for practicing history in public. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career.
The Collections Department seeks advanced undergraduate or graduate level candidates in the field of collections management to assist with ongoing cataloging and data entry projects. Current anticipated projects include inventorying, scanning, and cataloging photograph collections, as well as sorting, cataloging, and accessioning backlog collections material. As part of processing the collections backlog it will require the fellow to identify fragments of vernacular material culture as well as floral and fauna remains, and some knowledge of standard nomenclature and descriptive terms will be strongly preferred. Other projects could include rehousing cataloged objects, inventorying storage spaces, reconciling object records and data, and monitoring the conditions of the historic tenement building.
Qualified candidates will have some prior experience or knowledge of collections management practices and object handling procedures, including accessioning and inventorying polices, with a keen eye for detail. Prior experience using PastPerfect Museum Software (or other museum database programs) is strongly preferred. Candidates with knowledge of material culture or archaeology standards and descriptions for cataloging also encouraged to apply. The fellow must be able to work independently with excellent interpersonal and communication skills utilizing a proactive approach to projects as assigned. The ability to lift 30lbs and sometimes work in non-climate controlled conditions is also a plus. Preference will be given to students enrolled in graduate level museum studies programs (or similar fields), or those with a serious interest in pursuing a career in collections management or museums.
Development Operations Fellowship
The Development Department raises funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual sources to support the Museum’s annual operating budget. The department seeks a development operations fellow with an interest in museum studies, fundraising, history, and/or arts administration to:
The ideal candidate will possess a friendly and positive demeanor, strong writing skills, and the ability to be discreet when working with sensitive information. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel, is preferred. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn to use Altru, a fundraising and ticketing database, and MailChimp, an email and marketing service.
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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to making all personnel decisions without regard to age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other category protected by law.
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