MIT List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames Street E15-109
Cambridge, MA 02139

Date Posted:
June 15, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Collections and Public Art Manager


MIT’s art collection is threefold: the Public Art Collection, the Student Lending Art Collection and the Campus Loan Collection. The Collections and Public Art Manager, under the supervision of the List’s Curator and Director, is the key administrator for all three aspects of MIT’s art collection, with a special emphasis on the Public Art commissioning process (Percent-for-Art). The position, in working with the Public Programs Manager, also implements public programs to complement the List’s collections. The position requires strong organizational, administrative, budgeting, writing, and oral communication skills. The ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate their various teams in a fast-paced work environment is essential. Candidates must have 3+ years experience in arts-related project management, and proven experience meeting budgets and deadlines.

Key Responsibilities

Percent-for-Art Program

  • Project manage and coordinate all aspects of the Public Art commissioning process from inception to installation as the primary contact with artist(s)/gallery(s)/fabricator(s); work with MIT General Counsel on artist’s contracts; oversee art project budget;
  • Ensure installation timing and requirements are met; arrange, with Registrar, for shipping; serve as primary contact with MIT Facilities and art installers; communicate with building architects as needed;
  • Under the supervision of the Director and Curator, research and propose potential artists to Committees for Percent-for-Art commissions and support curator in creation of presentations;
  • Under the supervision of the Director, Curator and other curatorial staff members, produce or oversee creation of extended texts and didactics relating to the public art projects.


  • Work with Registrar on managing conservation projects;
  • Work with MIT Faculty, Staff, and Students on selecting objects from the List’s Campus Loan Collection and/or Student Lending Collection to be placed public space on campus;
  • Under supervision of the Curator, install artworks from the Campus Loan and Student Lending Collections in various campus-wide public spaces;
  • Research collection items and new acquisitions and, on occasion, prepare texts and presentations on new acquisitions or works included in select campus installations

Public Programs

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Public Programs, develop public programs related to the collection; and lead public art tours on occasion.

Additional responsibilities

  • Aid with donor and other public tours of the collections and special exhibitions
  • Aid with institutional editing and proofreading
  • 3+ years of arts-related project management experience
  • Strong organizational, administrative skills
  • Ability to manage complex, multi-year budgets and to meet deadlines
  • Background in art history, curatorial studies, museum studies, or arts administration preferred
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and museum practices is preferred
  • Ability to foster and maintain collegial, professional interactions between List Director, Staff, and larger MIT community
  • Ability to self manage and problem solve
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; experienced in Photoshop, Adobe suite, and Excel
How To Apply:
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Apply by:
August 10, 2021
$58,000 - $65,000
About this Organization:
The List Visual Arts Center is the contemporary art museum at MIT and is world renowned for its exhibitions, educational programs and scholarly publications. In addition, the List Center is the steward of MIT’s 3500+ permanent art collection and commissions new works through the MIT Percent-for-Art program, a collection of more than 60 site-specific major artworks throughout the campus.