Four student guides stand in the gallery with a salon style hang on the wall behind them.

List Visual Arts Center 2019-2020 Student Guides

Join the List Visual Arts Center staff to create inspiring exhibitions, deliver engaging programs, and drive the organization forward. We are a relatively small team who values curiosity, innovation, rigor, diversity, respect, and collaboration. See open positions below. Come work with us!

Open Positions

Assistant Director

Position Overview

The MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, seeks an Assistant Director to assume a senior role at the List Center. The position will perform--with minimal supervision--complex and diverse administrative duties in support of the director of the List Center; prepare annual, project, and long-range budgets; manage all accounts; oversee daily program operations; summarize and implement Institute policies and procedures; advise on personnel matters, including interviewing hiring, and evaluating support staff; anticipate and initiate actions regarding the operation of the List Center; function both as an individual contributor and coordinator of multiple projects; and perform research for and work with members of the MIT community to inform the work of the director.

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To apply, visit the link and enter job id: 23555

Registrar, Permanent Collections

Position Overview

The MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, seeks a Permanent Collections Registrar responsible for overseeing the care and welfare of the Institute’s permanent collections of contemporary and modern art through three distinct, world-class art collections. The MIT List Visual Arts Center oversees all three collections, totaling over 4,000 works, most of which is publicly sited throughout the Institute. This highly independent role entails wide-ranging collections management and registration duties, including managing inventory and active loans in digital collection management database, managing storage and logistics, monitoring conditions and assessing conservation needs, overseeing insurance and updated valuations as needed, and accessioning new works.

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To apply, visit the link and enter job id: 23420

Visitor Services Staff

Position Overview

The MIT List Visual Arts Center seeks part-time visitor services staff to provide a welcoming and positive experience for visitors. Responsibilities will include greeting, assisting, and providing general and exhibition-specific information to visitors; ensuring that visitors adhere to established protocols; safeguarding/protecting artwork; operating technical elements of the exhibition; attending exhibition and customer service trainings and technical walkthroughs; maintaining the gallery and desk areas; tracking information gathered during daily operations; occasional light clerical tasks; and working exhibition openings, special events, Student Loan Art Program events, and other occasional evening events.

Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent; excellent interpersonal communication, customer service, and presentation skills; experience working with the public; technical proficiency with audiovisual equipment and various media; an interest in contemporary art; and ability to maintain a stationary position for prolonged periods.

The schedule for the position is to be determined, but will include working weekends and occasional evenings.

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To apply, visit the link and enter job id: 22907

Tour Guides

Position Description

If you like to work with people, want to learn more about contemporary art, and would like an on-campus job, consider joining the MIT List Visual Art Center Tour Guide Program. Guides will lead tours and facilitate discussions of the List Visual Art Center’s public art collection and at times the temporary exhibitions. Tour Guides are able to learn about the artists, artwork, and issues surrounding public art and contemporary exhibitions first-hand, while helping others make connections, discover, and understand the visual world around them. The program is open to all MIT undergraduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts, as well as eligible MIT community members.

Qualifications

  • Open to undergraduate MIT Students and eligible MIT community members
  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required
  • Comfort with public speaking and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
  • Participate in training and facilitation tours of the public art collection
  • Guides are paid for training, tour preparation, and leading tours. 

How to Apply

Interested MIT community members can apply by submitting a request for an application to cwestj01 [at] mit.edu (Cassidy Westjohn)

Visitor Services Substitute

Position Description

Work in the List Center galleries as a Visitors Services Gallery Attendant and get special exposure to the List Center’s art exhibitions. You should be knowledgeable about art, enjoy interacting with the public, and be able to monitor large galleries while standing for an extended period of time. Your duties will include:

  • Learn about each art exhibition directly from the curator and artists
  • Greet and assist visitors
  • Check coats and bags
  • Record visitor data
  • Monitor the galleries and protect the art
  • Sell catalogues
  • Operate audio-visual technologies that are part of the artworks
  • Represent the List Center with warmth and professionalism

As a substitute, there is no obligation to commit up-front to a set schedule or work dates. You will work occasionally during special events like receptions, or while Permanent Visitors Services staff are on vacation or unavailable. We maintain an ongoing list of Substitute Gallery Attendants who we reach out to on a case-by-case basis to fill empty shifts. Please note that this is not a permanent position and Substitutes are not MIT employees.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and a short note to krisjohn [at] mit.edu (Kristin Johnson) with “Substitute” in the subject line.

Graduate Student Talk Program

Position Description

Contemporary artists often derive inspiration from various fields of study and explore it through artistic methodologies. To expand on artist interests; MIT graduate students and post-docs are invited to share their field research in conjunction with work on view to provide audiences a deeper understanding and prompts for thoughtful conversations.

If you like to share your research and would like the opportunity to present in a Graduate Student Talk, consider submitting a letter of interest. The program is open to all graduate students regardless of their major or experience in the arts.

Qualifications

  • Open to graduate MIT Students
  • No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm about contemporary visual arts is required
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor
  • Graduate students are provided speaker fees.

How to Submit

Interested students can submit a letter of interest to cwestj01 [at] mit.edu (Cassidy Westjohn). And we will set up a time to discuss your research interests and how they could overlap with upcoming exhibitions during your tenure at MIT.