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Director of Access and Community Programs Whitney

Director of Access and Community Programs - Whitney Museum of Art

The Whitney Museum seeks a dynamic educator to fill the position of Director of Access and Community Programs. The Director is responsible for creating policies, programs and outreach initiatives to make the Whitney a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities. This is a key position for the Whitney as the Museum embarks on its fifth year of programming in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. The Director will collaborate with colleagues across the entire Museum as well as manage the Access and Community Programs division within the Department of Education. This senior level position reports directly to the Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education and supervises two full-time staff members.


  • Lead museum-wide efforts to advance access and inclusion across the Museum in collaboration with education staff and other departments, in particular Visitor Experience, Curatorial, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Human Resources.

  • Serve as the Whitney’s in-house advocate and expert on accessibility providing guidance, training and resources for all museum areas and staff.

  • Ensure that the museum’s accessibility policy and guidelines are followed and updated as necessary.

  • Oversee educational programs, policies, and services for diverse audiences including visitors with disabilities, low-income seniors, residents of the nearby NYCHA houses, immigrants, New York City’s indigenous community, and LGBT youth.

  • Develop and implement strategic partnerships with community-based organizations creating opportunities for new audiences to access and make meaningful connections with the art and artists of the Whitney.

  • Expand and deepen existing Community and Access public program offerings such as ASL Tours, Verbal Description Tours, Programs for Families with kids on the Autism Spectrum, and Senior Programs.

  • Facilitate collaborative projects that bring artists and art into local communities to build long-term relationships between the Museum and New York City residents.

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to lead Museum-wide efforts to make the Whitney an intellectual resource, gathering place and good neighbor for our downtown community.

  • Explore how the Whitney can be a convener and a catalyst to bring diverse communities together.

  • Serve on intra-departmental working groups and committees.

  • Contribute to fundraising efforts including grant writing and reporting as well as donor cultivation.

  • Manage budgets, oversee evaluation projects, work with outside consultants, and participate in strategic planning.


  • M.A. or advanced degree in education, disability studies, in art history, museum studies or studio art.

  • 5-7 years of demonstrated experience in community-based arts programming, museum education and gallery teaching as well as knowledge of disability law and regulations, museum access programming and contemporary artistic practice.

  • Experience managing staff and/or freelance educators.

  • Expertise in a foreign language highly preferred (ideally Spanish or Mandarin).

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019

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.