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Education Associate - Dia

Education Associate - Dia Art Foundation

Dia Art Foundation seeks an experienced Education Associate, based at Dia:Chelsea in New York City. Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Dia fulfills its mission by commissioning new projects, organizing temporary exhibitions, displaying its collection of art from the 1960s and 1970s, and presenting programs of public engagement. 

The Education Associate is responsible for the day-to-day management of administrative and programmatic tasks associated with education programs at Dia:Chelsea and Dia’s New York City-based sites.  

Additionally, this position is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with educational and nonprofit partners across the city in alignment with Dia’s institutional priorities.

With oversight from the Director of Education, the Education Associate serves as a programming project lead for a wide range of audiences and contributes intelligence to the development, implementation, and evaluation for all education programs at Dia with focus on Dia:Chelsea. This is a 40-hour-per-week, full-time position based at Dia:Chelsea starting July 1, 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain the organizational flow of all tasks associated with education programs at Dia:Chelsea and support the Education Department in the design and delivery of a range of discrete education programs for K–12 audiences, teens, families, and the public designed to promote Dia as a resource for learning

  • Provide day-to-day management and administrative coordination of Dia:Chelsea’s youth initiatives for teens and young adults, including maintaining the program calendar; organizing participant recruitment and retention; corresponding with participants and programmatic partners; reporting and documentation; and program implementation at a range of sites across New York City

  • Serve as Dia:Chelsea’s on-site liaison for community partners, educators, interns, program audiences, and school partners; and develop and advance partnerships and collaborative relationships with organizations and schools and represent Dia within the greater New York City educational community and at meetings or events related to youth and families, school visits, or presentations, etc.  

  • Prepare learning spaces for programming, including the preparation of supplies and tools; maintain the organization and upkeep of Dia’s program and storage space by organizing and tracking quantities of materials and classroom furniture; and coordinate in a timely manner with other departments for program setup, breakdown, and pre- and post-program housekeeping needs

  • Coordinate with Dia educators and the Visitor Experience team to support K–12, collegiate, and adult tours of Dia:Chelsea and New York City sites as appropriate, directly supporting group visits as directed

  • Coordinate and offer logistical support for educational program internships based at Dia:Chelsea

  • Support a thriving educator-centered learning community including providing logistical and administrative support for all aspects of the hiring of Dia educators; contributing to the training of educators; and with direction and oversight from the Director of Education, supporting educators in the design and delivery of original curricula through one-on-one coaching and the provision of resources

  • Assist the Director of Education in the research, development, and expansion of Dia’s educational and public engagement initiatives in New York City as required


  • BA in art history, education, museum studies, studio art, or related field required

  • 3–5 years of administrative experience, ideally in a nonprofit educational or contemporary art organization

  • Experience directly supporting the design and delivery of innovative arts-related programming for youth and young adult populations (ages 15–25) diverse in background, age, learning styles, and ability; demonstrated commitment to prioritizing equity and access for a broad and diverse public through dynamic, learner-centered educational programming for learners of all ages

  • Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, particularly the artists represented in Dia’s exhibitions and program history, as well as an understanding of best practices in the fields of arts/museum education and the youth-centered programmatic landscape in New York City

  • Must be a creative, critical, and strategic thinker who is strongly committed both to prioritizing Dia’s mission and cultivating inclusive learning environments with educators and young people; active listening skills, intellectual curiosity, empathy, high emotional intelligence, and comfort with open-ended or experimental working processes required

  • Well-organized, takes initiative, and able to work independently in support of self-articulated goals; able to prioritize individual tasks in support of long-term projects; able to synthesize session content and larger learning goals in support of thoughtfully scaffolded programs

  • Efficient in research, planning, reporting, and implementation processes; firm understanding of qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and analysis

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, comfortable with public speaking in a variety of settings and able to communicate considerately and effectively with wide-ranging audiences and stakeholders

  • Arts advocacy, awareness of youth development principles and practices, and outreach experience strongly desired

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with both Mac and PC platforms

This is a full-time position based at Dia:Chelsea in New York City beginning July 1, 2019. Regular working hours are Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–5:30 pm, with occasional weekend work required through August 2020. This position’s regular schedule will shift to align with Dia:Chelsea’s public hours in fall 2020.

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a letter of interest and resume to, with “Education Associate, Dia:Chelsea” as the e-mail subject heading. No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified. Dia will review all applications and contact applicants who are most qualified for the position. Employment references will be requested, and an offer of employment is subject to a background check. 

Dia provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance plans, a 401(k) plan with company match, and paid time off. 

Deadline: open until filled

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.