Caretaker, Dia Bridgehampton

Application deadline: Open until filled

Part-time position based in Bridgehampton, New York

Background

Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 for the purpose of collecting, commissioning, and presenting major works of art made in the 1960s onward. Today it consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three changing exhibition spaces in New York State: Dia Chelsea in New York City, Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley, and Dia Bridgehampton on Long Island. Dia is taken from the Greek word for “through” and conveys the foundation’s role as a facilitator of meaningful artistic experiences that can be encountered in single and repeated visits. 


Position Summary:

Dia Bridgehampton is one of Dia Art Foundation’s eleven locations and sites. Dia Bridgehampton was designed to permanently house an installation of Dan Flavin’s works alongside a program of temporary exhibitions. With Dia’s support, Flavin renovated this turn-of-the-century firehouse and later church, converting its vestibule and second floor to a permanent display of his signature works. Today, Dia continues to maintain Flavin’s permanent installation of nine works in fluorescent light in the Dan Flavin Art Institute on the second floor and present yearly exhibitions by artists primarily residing or working on Long Island in the first-floor gallery.

The Caretaker ensures that the exhibitions and facility are well-maintained and welcoming to visitors. The Caretaker safeguards the artwork and develops a deep understanding of the gallery and exhibition history, passing along their knowledge to visitors. The Caretaker works closely with Dia’s facilities staff on the building’s repairs and maintenance, handles day-to-day operations, and trains part-time gallery attendants.

Candidates must be available for work at least two of the three open days (Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, 11:30 am–6 pm), have the flexibility to occasionally cover shifts for colleague, open the gallery for VIP tours on closed days, assist with facility issues, and attend staff meetings and trainings.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:


Responsibilities include:

  • Greet visitors to Dia Bridgehampton and ensure they have positive experiences while at the site; as needed, provide information about the collection, as well as Dia’s history, mission, and sites
  • Train and schedule part-time gallery attendants
  • Respond to visitor queries
  • Sell items from a small inventory of books and merchandise
  • Monitor all safety regulations, assist in case of an emergency such as fire or security-system issues, and ready the building for inclement weather
  • Regularly inspect the buildings and exhibitions for maintenance and repair issues
  • Communicate regularly with Facilities of needed repairs to building/grounds; escalate other issues that need their input
  • Perform light maintenance of the building and grounds prior to, during, and after public hours; this may include sweeping and vacuuming, cleaning and stocking the bathrooms, dusting, picking up trash in the yard, shoveling snow, weeding, and changing fluorescent bulbs
  • Assist the Development team with special events and with VIP visits, as needed
  • Provide private tours, as needed; tours may sometimes fall on days when the museum is closed


General/Other Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Participate in Visitor Services trainings and cross-site meetings
  • Coordinate cleaning for staff and artists staying at the adjacent Dia-owned house  


Education, Certification, Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Training in or knowledge of contemporary art preferred
  • Experience in customer-facing role
  • Experience with light building maintenance


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 

  • Must have excellent customer service and communication skills to assist with visitor questions and provide tours when needed
  • Must be proficient in digital communications (email, virtual conferencing, etc.) and possess an ability to use computer-based sales software (Square)
  • As the sole attendant in the gallery, must be comfortable working alone and independently
  • Must be able to respond to building or gallery needs during off-hours
  • Knowledge of the Dia Bridgehampton collection and special exhibitions, as well as Dia’s history and collection
  • Knowledge of Bridgehampton area community, points of interest, and arts and cultural institutions


Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
 

  • Will work indoors mostly, but will have work outdoors in varying temperatures
  • Must be comfortable working alone in the gallery space
  • Must be able to lift, carry, or move up to 30 lbs.
  • Must be capable of performing light maintenance, as listed in above duties

 

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID among our employees, Dia Art Foundation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, a religious belief, or pregnancy.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by emailing a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Caretaker” as the subject heading.

Part-time employees are eligible for paid sick days, paid time off in lieu of holidays worked, and participation in the 401(k) savings program with company match. Employees have the opportunity to learn about the collections through presentations by curators, artists, writers, and historians. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and supports a neurodiverse workplace.

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