Judd Foundation: Artist Guide Positions
Artist Guide Positions
Judd Foundation, New York seeks temporary, part-time guides for the guided visits of artist Donald Judd’s home and studio at 101 Spring Street, New York. As Judd Foundation’s first point-of-contact with the public, guides will lead guided visits through 101 Spring Street for adult, academic, professional, and VIP audiences. This is a unique opportunity to access 101 Spring Street, Judd’s collection and writings, as well as gaining professional training in interpretation. Guides will work closely with programming staff and report to the Visitor Services Manager. Competitive rates and paid training are offered.
Practicing artists, as well as individuals who have subject knowledge in art, architecture, historic preservation, and design are invited to apply to become part of a community of guides, engaged with Judd’s legacy in art, architecture, and design. Ideal candidates will be comfortable in contributing to a supportive and engaged community of guides.
A training program will be held between November 2019 and January 2020. Session topics include Judd’s studio practice and writings, SoHo history, the historic preservation of 101 Spring Street, and collections and emergency protocols. Upon successful completion of this program, Guides will be contracted from January to July 11, 2020. A typical shift will be approximately 1.5 hours long. Successful candidates should be available to work four to six shifts a week from March 1 – July 11, 2020. Occasional special event and evening shifts may also be available.
Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)
Lead guided visits that provide context to Judd’s collection and spaces.
Welcome and orientate visitors to the site and communicate collection security and safety policies to visitors.
Work with Judd Foundation staff in complying with safety policies for the collection, the building, and visitors.
Trouble-shoot any complaints or problems; report any issues to supervisor.
Assist programming staff during special events.
Contribute to the guide community and participate in training.
Qualifications and requirements
Practicing artist (B.F.A. or M.F.A. preferred), or an individual with subject knowledge in art, architecture, historic preservation, or design with an appropriate degree in a related field.
Exceptional oral communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills; fluent English skills.
Polite, courteous and warm manner; ability and confidence to positively interact with a wide range of people.
Strong knowledge of 20th century art.
Ability to attend weekly evening training sessions.
Ability to work a flexible weekday and weekend schedule by agreement.
Physical requirements: ability to climb multiple flights of stairs, stand for long periods of time, and speak to groups of people.
Experience in museum education, teaching, or guiding tours and groups, preferably in a contemporary art or museum environment.
Customer service experience.
Fluency in more than one language.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. No phone calls please. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Due to the number of submissions only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Judd Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Artist Guide” in the subject line.