Jobs + Internships

The Honolulu Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse, qualified workforce. The Museum strives to maintain a staff that works together to maintain its mission:

The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai'i's ethnically diverse community.

Museum career opportunities include positions in administration, curatorial, development, education, finance, museum services, operations, security, and other professional areas. Available positions may require a variety of levels of training, education, and experience.

The Honolulu Museum of Art only considers applications for positions that are currently available. Résumés received that do not specify an open position will not be considered, and unsolicited materials will be discarded. All materials submitted become the property of the Museum and will not be returned.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Honolulu Museum of Art.

To apply to listings below, please submit cover letter, resumé, and salary requirements to:


Junior Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant

Job summary:
Assist the Art Director by overseeing design projects and printing jobs, also handle some marketing initiatives and serve in support capacity to members of the Communications Department.

Minimum qualifications:
• BA or BFA in Graphic Design.
• 1+ years of professional design experience.
• Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.) and Mac OSX.

Desired qualifications:
• Understanding of Honolulu Museum of Art’s established identity and dedication to maintaining it
• Excellent typography skills and a strong attention to detail.
• Possess creative flair, versatility, conceptual/visual ability and originality.
• Proven track record in excellence in the stages of the design process, including design exploration, idea presentation, revisions, and finalization.
• Knowledge of video editing software a plus.
• Knowledge of CMS and HTML a plus.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills Excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to multitask and produce accurate materials under deadlines
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with the Communications, Advancement, Development, Curatorial, and Installation teams
• Personal accountability—embraces his/her own capacity to be answerable for professional decisions and personal actions.
• Resiliency—continues design projects in the face of difficulty or adversity and can quickly move past unforeseen obstacles without unnecessary delay.
• Teamwork—respects team members and appreciates their individual perspectives, has the ability to effectively deal with conflict, and makes team mission and objectives a priority Knowledge of art and art history a plus. Editing and proofreading skills a plus.

Traits and characteristics:
The successful Junior Graphic Designer will be creative and deadline-oriented with an empathetic disposition and ability to work in a team and take direction from the Art Director, Communications Director, and other stakeholders on design projects. He/she will expend considerable energy understanding the design needs of departments and translate that into collateral that successfully communicates the museum’s many programs. The successful candidate should demonstrate an ability to initiate and sustain momentum without close supervision. Exhibiting a polished presence, diplomacy, discretion and a deep respect and understanding of the museum and its brand.

Essential duties:
• Perform exhibition and program-related design projects and printing jobs such as event invitations, direct mail campaigns, advertisement design, pre-press, poster pre-press and reprint jobs such as museum visitor guides and family passes.
• Assist with exhibition design, which includes design exploration, vinyl layout and graphics pre-press.
• Produce theater program collateral such as postcards, festival calendars and posters using existing templates.
• Produce innovative social media graphics for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as needed for campaigns, museum events, holidays, and other special occasions. Other platforms may be added to the museum’s social media program. Usage of graphics interchange format, video, and animation. Knowledge of output for social media content, including web or short videos.
• Conceptualize, design and produce digital advertisements and banners. Point person for business-card database management. • Works with Development and Events departments to determine accurate print quantities to save costs in printing and delivery. • Manage advertisement production schedule, tracking ad production and delivering final creative.
• Researches advertising venues and works with Communications Director on ad buys.
• Works with Development Officer, Corporate, on fulfilling ad space acquired through media sponsorships.
• Researches, develops and implements distribution channels for marketing collateral.
• Responsible for maintaining the communications collateral inventory.
• Assist with press visits and location shoots.
• Contribute articles to weekly enewsletter; cover enewsletter production in absence of Social Media Associate.
• Fill in for web content manager updating website as needed. Additional duties as assigned.

Working conditions and atmosphere:
Work is usually performed indoors in an air conditioned environment, including office, photography studio basement, and storeroom or gallery space. Able to use stairs and elevators, sit for extended periods of time at a computer, walk, kneel, stoop, bend, and occasionally climb a ladder or step stool.  Able to reach with arms and lift, push, pull and carry up to 50 pounds.  Ability to use hands and fingers to feel and move various kinds of paper, manipulate small objects and use a computer keyboard.  Vision requirements are the ability to see close up and at a distance: use a computer, distinguish fine gradations of color, and read small inscriptions.  Able to hear conversation in person and on the telephone.

This position works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis.

Kress Interpretive Fellow

Job Summary:
The Kress Interpretive Fellow at Honolulu Museum of Art will contribute to in-depth research on the museum’s European and Arts of the Philippines collections, with a focus on identifying and describing connections between these two areas of the museum’s collections. S/he shall help to increase the museum’s capacity for education and outreach by developing programming that increases access to underserved groups in the community; by integrating interactive, hands-on teaching approaches to tours, curricula, and didactic materials; by contributing to docent and teacher training programs; and by teaching in the galleries. The Fellow shall also foster connections and broaden access to the collections among the local Filipino, Catholic, and museum communities.

This is a full time, temporary position with benefits; the salary is $30,000. There are no relocation expenses provided.
Date: August 1, 2015 – July 30, 2016 one year temporary position 

Minimum qualifications:

• B.A. in art history, art education, studio art, or museum studies
• Interest in graduate study or professional placement in the above or related fields
• Research experience
• Experience working with audiences of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

Desired qualifications:

• M.A. or Ph.D.
• Knowledge or working experience in video technology

Essential duties:

• Perform scholarly research on the European and Arts of the Philippines collections;
• Determine and describe connections, relationships and continuities between Honolulu Museum of Art’s European and Philippine collection in general, and in specific works;
• Identify Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings that engage biblical themes and narratives that resonate with the largely Catholic Filipino population in Hawaii;
• Develop interpretive materials for the museum’s permanent collections of European and Philippines art, which may include supporting text for works on display in the galleries, online content, brochures and/or other material;
• Develop programming to increase museum capacity for education and outreach in European Art and Arts of the Philippines;
• Integrate hands-on and engaging approaches for school tours curricula and didactic materials;
• Contribute to docent and teacher training programs;
• Help to create educational videos such as docent training videos, Smarthistory or TED-Ed videos;
• Teach in the galleries or lecture in Doris Duke Theatre;
• Assists with visitor engagement; and
• Establish relationships with relevant constituencies (Filipino Community Center, Catholic Churches and organizations, Title 1 schools, University of Hawai‘i, etc.).
• Work closely with a collaborative team of curators, educators, and administrators, including the Curator of European and American Art, Curator of Asian Art, Director of Communications, and Teacher Liaison

Working conditions and atmosphere:
This position works collaboratively with education and curatorial as well as community leaders. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work may be necessary.

Department: Education
Supervisor: Curator of Education
FLSA Status: Exempt 


Security Officer, Part-time/ Part-time On-call

As a security department team member under the supervision of the Chief of Security, this position will assist in ensuring the safety and security of the museum and visitors. Duties include monitoring the galleries, walkways, buildings, grounds, and entry/exit points. Guards are expected to respond courteously to staff and visitors while remaining alert and vigilant. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief of Security or supervisors.


  • High School diploma or GED
  • CPR-AED, First Aid, currently certified preferred.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication, customer service, and public relations. Ability to interact with diverse museum staff and visitors in a courteous and helpful manner
  • Able to work as a team member and to understand and follow operational policies and procedures.
  • Able to react calmly and effectively to emergency situations, and to interact well with law enforcement, Fire and EMS personnel.
  • Must be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • The work environment includes both inside air conditioned galleries and out of doors in open courtyards and walkways, uneven surfaces, and stairs. Ability to push, pull, lift and carry up to 50 pounds; bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, run, turn head and neck. Vision and hearing requirements: able to see up close and at a distance, and to hear full range of normal sounds in person and through a hand-held radio.

If interested, please apply in person at the main entrance of the museum between 10am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, and ask for the Chief of Security.

Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96814