Full- and Part-Time Positions

Human Resources Manager
Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné
Curatorial and Catalogue Raisonné Interns


Human Resources Manager

REPORTING TO: Chief Operating Officer
DEPARTMENT: Administration
LOCATION: New York City
STATUS: Full Time

OVERVIEW

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (“Foundation”) expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through ongoing research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. The Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

RRF has a long history of hiring engaged, productive employees, and we’re looking for a human resources (HR) manager to continue this tradition. The ideal candidate will have experience in HR or employee recruitment, with a thorough understanding of HR policies and procedures. The bulk of the role will involve employee orientations, benefits administration, compensation, rewards, and conflict resolution, and there is great opportunity for developing and refining systems. We’re eager to find a human resources manager who connects easily with people and has a detail-oriented mindset for handling the dynamic nature of today’s workforce. The HR Manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer and is an important member of the administrative team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Oversee and refine employee standards and procedures, using existing HR systems as well as identify and recommend improvements to internal standard operating procedures, including team restructuring and morale building, where necessary.
  • Serve as primary contact for all payroll related matters and retirement contributions for employees.
  • Process payroll for up to 50 staff members.
  • Be the primary intermediary between external PEO and employees.
  • Prepare and review year end compensation reports from external PEO.
  • Implement recruitment and onboarding processes that perform with a high standard for quality and in alignment with current standard business practices, including establishing and conducting orientation and training programs so that employees understand how they can best support the Foundation’s mission.
  • Maintain and enhance employee benefits programs, including compensation, health insurance, leave, and vacation.
  • Develop, deliver, and maintain management guidelines that support departments’ human-resources policies and procedures and reinforce the Foundation’s overall business direction and mission.
  • Plan, monitor, and appraise HR activities in compliance with national and local HR regulations by scheduling management conferences, resolving employee grievances, training managers in how to coach and discipline, and counseling employees and supervisors.
  • Build strong relationships with external suppliers, fostering trust and promoting collaboration.
  • Collect Conflict of Interest Forms from staff, board, advisory councils, and vendors.
  • Handle confidential matters with discretion.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in human resources or employee recruitment.
  • Experience working with non-for-profit businesses an advantage.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in business, arts administration, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively prioritize and manage time, juggle multiple duties, and meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and an ethical mindset.
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Strong understanding of national laws related to HR, specifically looking at NY and Florida state laws.
  • Ability to maintain a highly professional, positive, and flexible demeanor with rapid and shifting priorities.
  • Proven organizational ability, analytical skills, and attention to detail.
  • Works well within a small dynamic team in a progressive environment.

Please note that the Foundation has instituted protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes onsite, including a requirement that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, other than accommodations required by law for religious or disability objections.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS

  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings.
  • The ability to traverse stairs.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is expected to be between $165,000 and $175,000, commensurate with experience. Competitive benefit package.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE

Please email letters of interest, including salary expectations, along with your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Please indicate “Application for HR Manager” in the subject of your email.


Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné

REPORTING TO: Project Manager, Catalogue Raisonné
DEPARTMENT: Catalogue Raisonné
LOCATION: New York City
STATUS: Full Time Permanent, exempt

OVERVIEW

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (“Foundation”) expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through ongoing research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. The Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Researcher will focus on conducting bibliographic and exhibition research that will be published in the Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné. The first release covering the years 1948 to 1953 will be published digitally in October 2025. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • consulting bibliographic sources to verify, update, and add records in the Foundation’s database, including inputting and cleaning data and linking records
  • communicating with museums and galleries to update exhibition histories as needed
  • conducting research at libraries and archives as necessary
  • scanning and filing back-up documentation for bibliographic, exhibition, and provenance records 
  • as necessary, summarizing research findings and decisions in memos
  • following CR Style Guide for all data entry; proofreading all work and the work of other members of the CR team
  • persistent, self-motivated follow-up until tasks are completed
  • perform any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate has an advanced degree in art history and experience doing catalogue raisonné research, and possesses the following aptitudes and qualities:

  • experience researching bibliographies, exhibition histories, and provenance
  • familiarity with scholarly standards for research and documentation
  • experience entering data into a catalogue raisonné or collection database
  • meticulous attention to detail; able to manage and document large amounts of data with   precision and consistency
  • superb administrative and communication skills (oral and written)
  • works well independently as well as collaboratively
  • excellent time management skills; able to plan and independently manage workload to meet short- and long-term project deadlines
  • discretion (must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement)
  • proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, scanning software and hardware, and Adobe Photoshop
  • knowledgeable about or interested in the work of Robert Rauschenberg

Please note that the Rauschenberg Foundation has instituted protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes onsite, including a requirement that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, other than accommodations required by law for religious or disability objections.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS

  • While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 50 lbs, as well as speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is expected to be between $65,000–$75,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a competitive benefit package.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Please indicate “Application for CR Researcher” in the subject of your email. 

The application deadline is May 28, 2024.


Curatorial and Catalogue Raisonné Interns

LOCATION: New York City, in person 
STATUS:
Part time
COMPENSATION: Paid

OVERVIEW

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work. The Foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

October 22, 2025 marks the centenary of Robert Rauschenberg’s birth, a celebratory cause for the launch of the first volume of the artist’s Catalogue Raisonné—published digitally and free-of-charge—and for increased exhibition programming in museums and galleries worldwide. The Foundation seeks two interns to support the Curatorial and Catalogue Raisonné teams with research and preparatory projects for the Catalogue Raisonné, exhibitions, and programming for the hundredth-birthday celebration.

The Foundation as a whole focuses on three major areas: 1) increasing public access to and scholarship of Rauschenberg’s artwork; 2) cultivating emerging and established artists through a residency program at a 20-acre campus in Captiva, Florida, formerly the artist's home and studio; and 3) supporting philanthropic initiatives that connect art, culture, and creativity.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Curatorial Intern

The Curatorial Intern will assist the art team in preparing exhibition, archival, and collection-based research that strategically engages the public with the breadth and depth of the artist’s career. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help track communications, timelines, and internal action items related to forthcoming Centennial programming and initiatives 
  • Draft artwork “talking points” for museums, galleries, auction houses, and collectors that include exhibition history, bibliography, provenance, art historical analysis, and source imagery investigation
  • Track contemporary press mentions of the artist and synthesize noteworthy articles for filing, research, and Board presentations
  • Locate, research, and digitize archival artwork images to update and maintain the Foundation’s artwork database in Filemaker Pro
  • Review accuracy of transcriptions of recorded conversations for the Foundation’s Stories Project initiative and bibliographic citations for historical artist statements
  • Record the artist’s ongoing exhibition history and help maintain the Foundation’s library with the collection of new and relevant catalogues
  • Digitize and organize Foundation files and artwork exams from 1954 to the present (outside of the scope of volume one of the Catalogue Raisonné)
  • Help execute event logistics such as setting up tables, recording and researching guest lists, assisting with crowd flow, and answering questions
  • Assist the curatorial team with various tasks related to artwork and exhibition research 

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Catalogue Raisonné Intern

The Catalogue Raisonné Intern will assist the Catalogue Raisonné (CR) team in preparing and organizing exhibition, bibliographic, and archival research.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Verify bibliographic materials for the Catalogue Raisonné, including scanning and filing necessary back-up 
  • Locate, digitize, and organize Foundation artwork and exhibition files and archival materials related to the Catalogue Raisonné
  • Enter data related to CR records into FileMaker Pro 
  • Review accuracy of transcriptions of recorded conversations from CR exams and events 
  • Assist the CR team with various research and organizational tasks as needed

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS

  • Excellent time management skills; ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Fastidious attention to detail
  • Familiarity and ease with Mac OS, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office suite; experience with FileMaker Pro or similar relational database and Adobe Photoshop a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication, research, and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated, with a strong enthusiasm for working with the Curatorial and Catalogue Raisonné teams
  • Interest and ideally experience in digital media production and/or digital humanities
  • Graduate students or undergraduate students who are juniors and seniors majoring in art history are preferred
  • Familiarity with post-war art history

The Foundation encourages all candidates to apply who believe that they would succeed in this role even if they do not meet 100% of the desired qualifications indicated here. 

TERM AND COMPENSATION

  • June–August (Summer), 30 hours per week in-person, with the option to extend into fall by mutual agreement (September–December) 
  • $20–$25 per hour commensurate with experience

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, short writing sample, and two references to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Applicants must indicate “Summer 2024: Curatorial and CR Internship” in the email subject to ensure proper processing and review. All applicants will be considered for both internship roles, but are encouraged to specify their preferred position in their cover letter. 

The application deadline is Tuesday May 28, 2024. 

As the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is located in a historic building, entrance to the office requires the ability to walk up 13 steps. 

As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.