The No. 12 art museum in the United States is growing its team with the addition of a new “people” leader.
On Monday, The Newark Museum of Art announced Maurice Barrett, who brings more than 15 years of experience in HR, as senior director of human resources.
“We are delighted to welcome Maurice on our team as senior director of human resources,” said Director and Chief Executive Officer Linda Harrison in a prepared statement. “It is an amazing time of transition and growth at The Newark Museum of Art, and Maurice’s extensive knowledge with strategic planning, leadership, and change management will be incredibly valuable as we continue our work at the Museum.”
In the role, Barrett will lead overall human resources programs for the museum and will be responsible for processing payroll, overseeing recruitment strategies, and diversity and inclusion programs.
That latter point will include Barrett’s support of the museum’s initiatives to hire and promote staff from diverse backgrounds – a point of pride according to the institution: Harrison is its first African American CEO, and overall it boasts more women in senior leadership roles than other peer institutions.
Barrett most recently served as chief human resources officer for City Harvest in New York, where the Museum said he developed programs to reduce turnover while leading teams responsible for company culture, leadership training and development, employee engagement, hiring and performance management.