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Carnegie Museum of Art cuts 7 staff positions in restructuring

| Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 9:05 p.m.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is eliminating seven positions — six full-time and one part-time — and consolidating several others in a restructuring plan.

“We deeply regret that positions of current staff members are being affected,” museum director Lynn Zelevansky said a statement. “We do believe, though, that CMOA will emerge a stronger, healthier institution that is better able to respond to the rapidly changing demands of today's audiences.”

Jonathan Gaugler, the museum's media-relations manager, said the positions could not be specified Thursday because the employees were being informed.

Some of the reorganization also involves moving staffers into new positions — some that haven't existed before, he said. Staffers whose positions were eliminated will be offered a severance package based, in part, on length of service.

The effort was related to a $300,000 deficit in the museum's $10 million budget, Gaugler said. But it also is part of the museum's desire to be make it an efficient, “visitor-centered” site, he said.

The new staffing structure will create a “renewed emphasis on teamwork and interdepartmental collaboration to better support creative and innovative audience engagement initiatives,” the museum's statement said.

“Ultimately, our foremost goal is to enrich people's lives through art,” Zelevansky said. “This will continue, and we'll find new and more effective ways to do it.”

She called the plan “a thoughtful approach to restructuring that builds a strong foundation for future growth.”

She said the reorganization is a fundamental step in ensuring the museum is able to achieve the objectives, which include:

• Increasing museum visitation/usage and making the museum's activities more visible and accessible

• Providing first-class visitor experiences, facilities and services to augment the museum's reputation as a “must-see” destination

• Developing a secure financial structure that takes into account the museum's ambitions and the public's evolving needs and expectations

Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bkarlovits@tribweb.com or 412-320-7852.

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