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    Previously installed exhibitions and special projects

Director of Special Events (Full-Time)

The Director of Special Events will design and execute a comprehensive special events strategy to support a major portion of the Museum’s earned income goal, relating to the Museum rentals, special events: Art Ball, and other major donors/prospects/members/volunteers cultivation and stewardship events. The position will lead the growth and promote use of the Museum to outside organizations.

This position has an annual salary range of $100,000-$110,000 and a comprehensive benefits package including medical plan, dental plan, life insurance, pension, 401K retirement, and generous paid time off.Currently, the Director of Special Events position is a hybrid onsite/remote position, with three days required onsite. In January 2023, all NMOA employees will work fully onsite.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create business strategy and events calendar aligned with revenue and cultivation goals.
  • Budget-prepare event budgets and financial reports
  • Manage and coach a Special Events Assistant Manager
  • Overall responsibility for successful execution of the Annual Gala, and cultivation and stewardship events
  • Manage all earned income rental events, from weddings to corporate off-sites held at the Museum
  • Overall management of invitation strategy and implementation for all major events, provide direction to compile invitation lists, work with marketing and advancement to develop invitations, create event programs, and prepare event program scripts, briefings, and participant remarks (as needed)
  •  Monitor and analyze donor and prospect participation in events, including ROI (for fundraising and stewardship events)
  • Manage a series of content rich events that educate and engage current and prospective donors in conjunction with the advancement team
  • Design event program/content, schedule, and coach event speakers, oversee and approve communication and marketing materials, and event-follow up to achieve desired outcomes
  • Coordinate with advancement regarding event objectives and details
  • Develop and institute a plan to thank and recognize hosts, speakers, volunteers
  • Consistently maintain a professional image and demeanor
  • Move initiatives forward without all the answers upfront


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in special events or related food service
  •  environment demonstrating success in planning, producing, and managing events.
  • Knowledge of fundraising cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques
  • General marketing experience, as it relates to promoting weddings, corporate events and special events is preferred
  • Outstanding organizational and writing skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to make presentations to senior-level groups as well as to build one-on-one relationships with members of diverse constituencies at all levels of authority
  • Knowledge of and ability to prepare and manage budgets
  • Ability to work independently on aspects of several events simultaneously
  • Relevant experience to oversee external catering partner
  • Strong problem-solving skills to resolve complex and competing issues quickly

Salary: $100,000-$110,000 annually

Due to the high volume of submissions, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


About The Newark Museum of Art:

We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.

We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware, upon which The Newark Museum of Art resides.

Founded in 1909 and located in New Jersey, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is the state’s largest museum and ranks twelfth nationally in terms of collection size. Global and diasporic, the collection includes more than 100,000 artworks, as well as significant holdings of science and natural history. From the classical world to the art of today, the NMOA boasts exceptional examples and depth in the Arts of Global Africa, Arts of Global Asia, Arts of the Americas, including Native American art, Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean, and Decorative Arts. The American collection features works by major artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Sam Gilliam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Carmen Herrera, Jeffrey Gibson, and Mickalene Thomas.

The NMOA’s visitor- and community-centric approach responds to the evolving needs and interests of the diverse audiences it serves by offering exhibitions, programming, a research library, paid internships, and local and global partnerships. A four-acre campus comprises the 1885 Ballantine House, a National Historic Landmark; the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden; and Horizon Plaza. Under the leadership of Director/CEO Linda C. Harrison, the NMOA has launched an era of transformation to create an engaged citizenry by reimagining the role of the art museum for the 21st century.

The Newark Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition, we aspire to make the Museum and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Newark and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from our BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ communities as they must be centered in the work we do.