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.
Dia Bridgehampton is one of Dia’s eleven sites in New York State and the western United States. The site was designed to permanently house an installation of works by Dan Flavin alongside a program of temporary exhibitions. With Dia’s support, Flavin renovated this turn-of-the-century firehouse, then church, converting its vestibule and second floor to a permanent display of his signature works, nine sculptures in fluorescent light (1963–81). Today, Dia continues to maintain the Dan Flavin Art Institute and presents yearly exhibitions by artists primarily residing or working on Long Island in the ground-floor gallery.
The Part Time Gallery Attendant position provides a positive experience for visitors, safeguards the artwork, and is a local presence to assist with the facility’s maintenance.
Candidates must be available for work Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm and have flexibility to occasionally cover shifts for colleagues, and live in the Bridgehampton area.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Greet visitors to Dia Bridgehampton, respond to their queries, and ensure they have a positive visitor experience while at the site; provide information about the collection as well as Dia’s history, mission, and sites
- Monitor all safety regulations and demonstrate the ability to assist in case of an emergency
- Assist the Caretaker with special events and VIP visits as needed
- 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
- Provide private tours, as needed; tours may sometimes fall on days when the museum is closed
- Inform supervisors of necessary repairs to the building and grounds; call attention to other issues and questions as appropriate
- Act as back-up for Caretaker as needed
General/Other Responsibilities and Duties:
- Participate in Visitor Services department trainings and other cross-site meetings
Education, Certification, Experience:
- High School diploma required; training in or knowledge of contemporary art preferred
- Experience in a 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
- As the sole attendant in the gallery, must be comfortable working independently
- Must be able to respond to building and gallery needs during off-hours
- Knowledge of Dia Bridgehampton’s collection and special exhibitions, as well as Dia’s history and collection
Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
- Work will take place primarily indoors, with occasional outside tasks 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 able to perform 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, religious belief, or pregnancy.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by emailing a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bridgehampton Gallery Attendant” as the subject heading.
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.