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Assistant to Family Programs - Whitney Museum

Assistant to Family Programs - Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum is hiring an Assistant to Family Programs who will provide support in the planning and implementation of all aspects of the Museum’s ongoing Family Programs. Whitney Family Programs offer weekly drop-in art making workshops, interactive tours, special events with artists, and interpretive materials that encourage kids and adults to learn about art together.  

The Assistant will:

Help to make the Whitney a welcoming space that invites families of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the richness and complexity of American art.

Support all Family Programs, including tours, artmaking workshops, artist-led programs, large-scale events, and drop-in Open Studio programs. 

Assist with all administrative tasks related to programs, including but not limited to: program, volunteer, and facilitator scheduling, submitting work orders and calendar requests, processing invoices, maintaining budgets, department files and mailing lists, tracking program statistics, creating reports, updating web pages, writing email newsletters and blog posts, doing outreach and marketing, and managing the online ticketing system. 

Assist with artist-led programs for families.

Communicate with families over the phone, via email, and in person during programs. 

Prepare, organize, and order supplies for programs.

Work closely with other Museum Departments such as Security, Membership, Special Events and Visitor Services, as well as other members of the Education Department, to ensure that programs run smoothly.

Manage volunteers, interns, and Youth Insights teen leaders who assist with Family Programs on weekends.

Assist with outreach for Tours for Immigrant Families and other outreach initiatives

Work across the Education Department on other collaborative projects such as artist residencies, outreach initiatives, or evaluation projects.

Participate in educator training workshops in order to learn about inquiry-based teaching practices, as well as other ongoing professional development initiatives.

Work with the Director of School, Youth, and Family Programs to provide administrative assistance and to help with special projects as needed. 

Requirements:  The successful candidate will hold a BA, or BFA, in Art or Museum Education, Art history, or American studies and will have 2+ years’ experience working and/or teaching in museums or other cultural organizations. The candidate should have excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to multitask. They must be able to work both independently and within a group, as an important member of the School, Youth, and Family Programs team. They should have a solid knowledge of art materials and techniques as well as knowledge of contemporary art and practice. Additionally, it is imperative for candidates to have a demonstrated interest in working with diverse audiences and with families in particular. Proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese is a plus.

The schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday.

The Whitney seeks talented people of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities. Candidates who are POC, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Application Instructions: Please complete an application located on the Museum’s website:  https://whitney.org/About/JobPostings

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement   

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.