The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 360,000 books and periodicals, and 100,000 auction catalogs. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world.
Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.
Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Chief of Public Services the Assistant Librarian will provide on-site and remote research services to the public and staff; assists with creating, coordinating, and implementing programs; assists with the evaluation of resources; assists with department scheduling; assists with Public Services activities and special projects. The Library offers weekend hours to visitors and occasionally participates in events that are held on evenings and weekends, the Assistant Librarian may be required to work extended hours to provide support to visitors and at these events.
MLIS, MIS, MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program; academic background in the history of Western art; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong public service orientation; ability to initiate, plan, and implement projects, independently and as a member of a team; familiarity with the digital humanities and reading knowledge of one or more Western European language desirable.
Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection
Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected. Other benefits include: life, short, and long term disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, health savings account with employer seed, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service, 13 paid holidays, accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment, 25 vacation days second year of employment. All employees may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. The Frick provides employees with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and an on-site employee dining service. The Frick offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.
To apply submit résumé, cover letter including salary requirement to:
Chief of Public Servicesjobs@frick.org (Include “Assistant Librarian for Public Services” in subject line of email.) The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street NY, NY 10021
Inquiries without salary requirements will not be considered.
No phone calls please.
Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.