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Teen Programs Coordinator - Whitney

Teen Programs Coordinator - Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum is hiring a Coordinator of Teen Programs. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and dedicated educator with a deep knowledge of contemporary art, experience collaborating with artists, and a passion for working with NYC teens. The Coordinator will oversee all Youth Insights Programs, including Youth Insights Artists, Leaders, Introductions, Arts Careers, and Open Studio drop-in art workshops. The Coordinator will also work with the Teen Leaders to create teen-organized programs and large-scale events. 

 Responsibilities include:

  • The design, management, and teaching of all aspects of the Whitney’s after school programs for NYC high school students, including the semester-long Youth Insights Artists, Leaders, a year-long paid internship, Summer Arts Careers, and the YI Introductions Program for English Language Learners

  • Overseeing weekly Open Studio drop-in art workshops

  • The design and management (with our Teen Leaders) of large-scale public programs and smaller-scale, drop-in artist workshops

  • Collaborating with Whitney artists and freelance museum educators to create and teach curriculum for programs and events

  • Developing relationships with teachers from NYC high schools and staff at community-based organizations, with the goal of doing targeted outreach to teen populations who are traditionally underserved by museums

  • Inquiry-based teaching in the galleries

  • The training and supervision of junior staff, interns, and freelance museum educators

  • Coordination and tracking of evaluation projects

  • Management of budgets for current and future teen programming

  • Working closely with other members of the School, Youth, and Family and Community and Access Programs teams, as well as other colleagues across the Museum

  • The oversight and management of the Museum’s teen web pages and social media related to teen programming

  • Writing grants and grant reports

  • Meeting and communicating with foundations and donors

  • Contributing to the museum community through publications and conference presentations

Requirements: B.A. (Master’s Degree or MFA preferred); background in art history, fine art, and/or museum education; 3-5 years professional experience.  The successful candidate will have had prior teaching experience with adolescents in museums, community organizations, or visual art settings, and will possess knowledge of contemporary art practice, as well as of art materials and techniques. Applicants should also have experience collaborating with artists. They should have strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to problem solve and think independently and creatively, and a willingness to work as part of a team. Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated commitment to social justice are also vital for this position.

This position requires travel throughout NYC and extended hours for program implementation during the week and on weekends. 

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 individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.