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Lead Engineer (Full-Time)

Under the direction of the Director of Building Services, the Lead Engineer coordinates technical staff, other skilled trades and contractors to meet facility and operations requirements. The Lead Engineer is responsible for keeping the facility, including its mechanical and electrical systems, in good working order including preventive maintenance, field inspections, equipment evaluations, and steam plant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Technicians, skilled trades and other Museum staff.
  • Ensures that the Director of Building Services is kept informed of all aspects of technical operations of the Museum.
  • Coordinates the day-to-day activities of technicians including (distribution) allocation of work assignments and provides technical status reports.
  • Ensures that technicians are aware of the responsibilities of their position. Develops and assists in the practical training of Museum technical staff.
  • Manages the operation of the computerized energy management and climate control systems.
  • Responsible for monitoring HVAC repairs, building maintenance and preventative maintenance. Works with Museum Technicians to construct necessary items for gallery exhibitions.
  • Attends planning meetings involving work related to the technicians and/or Museum facility
  • Coordinates the technical aspects of the renovation and/or installation of galleries, including coordination between the A-Technicians (and), B-Technicians and other skilled trades.
  • Oversees and coordinates the carpentry functions related to the production and installation of gallery exhibitions.
  • Responsible for HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other repairs to building systems, equipment, fixtures and the facility.
  • Performs carpentry, maintenance and repair work at the Museum.
  • Makes recommendations and places orders for materials and equipment to maintain necessary stock, spare parts, and complete repairs.
  • Supervises and assists outside contractors in preparing proposals, making repairs and performing contract requirements.
  • Available for flexible schedule including some weekends and some evenings as required by projects and maintenance schedules.
  • Attends training identified by the Museum to maintain or improve general or specialized technical skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

This position requires a proactive, hands-on approach, and we are seeking an individual who has a desire to make a huge impact as a strategic leadership professional.

  • High school degree plus specialized training certifications.
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of various trades including, HVAC systems, steam boiler operation, air handlers, (and) chillers, electrical distribution, plumbing distribution and carpentry.
  • 10 years maintenance experience in an institutional setting and at least 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer proficiency and demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Detailed understanding of building electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Working knowledge of building architectural and mechanical plans
  • Knowledge of repair and maintenance procedures for building structures, mechanical equipment, utility systems, and temperature control.
  • Black Seal High Pressure Boiler License
  • Blue Seal Refrigeration License
  • Additional Technical Certifications a plus.
  • NJ Drivers License

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Salary: $65-75k annually

This is a Full-Time on-site position.

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.