Chief of Staff

The Jewish Museum seeks a bright, entrepreneurial Chief of Staff to support the Director, enabling her to work most effectively with internal and external stakeholders and to fulfill her commitments to the Jewish Museum Board of Directors, staff, funders and constituents. This is a highly strategic and facilitative role that requires emotional intelligence, self-motivation, flexibility, strong analytical skills, and exemplary written and verbal communications.

The Chief of Staff will have privileged access to the inner workings of the Jewish Museum and to highly sensitive information. The successful candidate will be discrete, proactive, a direct communicator, a highly-organized project manager, and committed to the vision and values of the Jewish Museum.

Department: Office of the Director
Reports to: Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
Date posted: December 19, 2019
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full Time

Responsibilities:

​​​​​​The job duties of this position are fluid and evolving, but generally encompass the following primary responsibilities:

  • Preparing and facilitating critical path meetings. These include face-to-face meetings and calls with Trustees, donors, the senior leadership team, and other internal and external stakeholders. The Chief of Staff is responsible for ensuring the Director’s time is leveraged effectively, by engaging the right participants, setting the agenda, and ensuring the Director is well prepared. 
  • Proactively identifying issues and supporting effective communication.  The Chief elevates issues about which the Director should be aware, and, conversely, represents the Director’s position to constituents throughout the Museum. By keeping both the Director and senior leaders informed of issues and initiatives, the Chief of Staff plays a critical role in the efficient flow of information across the Museum. 
  • Facilitating special Director-initiated projects. While the vast majority of Director-initiated projects will find homes among the division leaders and their staffs, others will more appropriately reside within the office of the Director and be facilitated by the Chief of Staff. Projects may range from overseeing a Board retreat to convening thought leaders on various topics.
  • Drafting communications on behalf of the Director. The Chief of Staff must be a skilled and efficient writer who can emulate the director’s “voice” for a large volume of communications, including remarks at special events, meeting talking points, and materials for various speaking engagements involving internal and external audiences.  
  • Serving as Board Liaison and Secretary.  Working with the Director’s Executive assistant, the Chief of Staff oversees the Board calendar, ensuring that all meetings are scheduled and properly attended, managing agendas, content, and materials for Board of Trustees and Board committee meetings.

Requirements:

  • MBA or other advanced degree required; Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience, ideally in a nonprofit or cultural organization 
  • Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal), with an ability to work effectively with a highly visual thinker
  • Ability to successfully navigate multiple priorities within a fast-paced environment
  • Unquestionable ethics, integrity, and trust
  • A good sense of humor and a calm demeanor under pressure
  • Knowledge of the art world is desirable but not essential

Send Resume with Cover Letter To:

Associate Director, Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128

212.423.3232

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.