Reference Lead - Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection

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Location: New York, NY
Salary: 62,000-66,000
Employment Term: Full time, Exempt 

At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art. 

The Frick requires all employees be fully vaccinated and to have received a booster vaccine against COVID 19.

Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection 

Paid Holidays: All full-time employees are eligible for 14 paid holidays, all federal holidays, plus Lincoln’s birthday, Juneteenth, Election Day, and two floating holidays to be used in the last quarter of the year. 

Sick and Vacation time: All eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick and 12 vacation days their first year of employment. In subsequent years, eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick days and 25 vacation days/year.

Family leave: We provide all eligible employees with bereavement leave and paid parental leave, and we adhere to federal family leave laws.

Health, Dental, and Vision insurance: All eligible full-time employees and their eligible dependents may enroll in employee-sponsored benefit plans. Employees contribute to the cost of health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected.

Short- and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance: The Frick covers the entire cost of these benefits for all eligible full-time employees. The life insurance benefit is up to three times the employee’s annual salary.

Retirement: The Frick supports all employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a Tax Deferred Savings Plan – 403(b) and a defined benefit pension plan. 

Wellness Programs at the Frick include an Employee Assistance Plan, a discount on Citi Bike memberships, and a discount on bike helmets.

Additional benefits include discounted Metro Cards/Transit Checks and flexible spending accounts for health, dependent care, and commuting costs. 


Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums, and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1920, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder. 

The Frick has moved into its temporary home—Frick Madison—in the Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former Whitney Museum), while renovations are underway to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.

Position Summary 
  • Oversee Reference services 
  • Supervise and train Reference Assistants 
  • Design, coordinate, and implement public programs 
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of research guides 
  • Coordinate reading list blog series 
  • Coordinate reference desk coverage 
  • Provide on-site and remote reference services to staff and the public 
  • Provide research introductions for staff and the public 
  • Evaluate collection resources 
  • Create content for social media channels 
  • Participate in professional development and outreach 
  • Participate in cross-departmental and cross-institutional committees and working groups 
  • Assist with library activities, special projects, programs, and events 

The education and/or experience requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to successfully perform the essential duties of this position.  

  • Master’s degree of library and information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree 
  • Additional undergraduate and/or graduate degree in art history 
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Can analyze problems and identify solutions 
  • Can prioritize tasks and projects 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent project and time management skills 
  • Has an attention to detail 
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English preferred 
  • Experience with the ExLibris Alma/Primo VE integrated library system preferred 
Work Schedule and Compensation

This is an exempt/salaried position. The Library and Reading Room serve researchers on Saturdays and during some evening hours, the Reference Lead may be called upon to be present during these opening hours. Salary for this exempt role is commensurate with skills and experience. The annual salary range for this role is $62,000 to $66,000. 

Application Process

To apply: Reference Lead 
Or send resume and cover letter to:
Associate Chief Librarian, Access 
Frick Madison 
30 East 75th Street 
New York, NY 10021