Manager of K-12 Initiatives & Youth Learning

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Experienced


Reporting to the Director of Social Impact, the Manager of K-12 Initiatives & Youth Learning leads all in and out of school programs geared to K-12 students and educators, family-centered learning, and the Whitney's signature teen program Youth Insights (YI). Working closely with the School and Educator Programs, the Family Programs and Teen Programs teams, the Manager of K-12 I & YL establishes the youth art education program's scope, sequence, focus, and content, develops its curriculum and manages faculty. Manager fosters relationships with NYC public schools, youth services agencies, and college and university teaching programs. Centering Social Impact and Civic Engagement, the Manager works closely with programmers and artists to empower youth to become civic-focused creatives.


  • Manages the Coordinator of School and Educator Programs to innovate in K-12 School and Educator Programs and mentors the Teen Programs Assistant;
  • Supervises, trains, and mentors three full-time employees, interns, freelance educators, and teen leaders.
  • Develops and imparts inquiry-based tours and professional development workshops for staff, teachers, and students and creates curricula for guided visits.
  • Trains and evaluates museum educators, solicit teacher feedback and conducts program evaluation as appropriate.

In partnership with the School and Educator programs team:

  • Maintains the Museum’s robust Guided Visits Program, which serves over 15-20,000 students each year;
  • Sustains and expands the School Partnership program, a multi-year partnership program with 9 NYC schools. Each school participates in programming for administrators, teachers, students, and families, including in-school and in-gallery work, family events, workshops with artists, and professional development for teachers.
  • Directs programs for Educators, including Teacher Exchange, a year-long paid professional development program for teachers, and ongoing professional development workshops and meetings;
  • Liaise with the NYC Department of Education and set up opportunities for collaboration.

In partnership with the Teen Programs team:

  • Oversees the Museum's free, award-winning after-school and summer programs for NYC teens, including Youth Insights (YI) Introductions program for English Language Learners, YI Artists semester-long art-making programs, Leaders, a paid year-long internship program, Arts Careers summer program, and Open Studio drop-in art classes;
  • Collaborates with YI artists-in-residence to develop dynamic programs and events
  • ,Foster a safe environment for a diverse group of teens to be in the community and create and discuss art
  • Designs programs that center youth civic engagement and artistic expression

In partnership with the Director of Social Impact:

  • Assesses and identifies areas of growth within the School, Youth, and Educator program areas
  • Contributes to cross-departmental initiatives and meets strategic goals
  • Works with Advancement to write grant proposals, create grant reports, cultivate prospective donors, maintain relationships, host site visits, and more.
  • Work with the Curatorial team on unique artists' projects as necessary.
  • Collaborates with the Education Department to enrich learning experiences for all audiences.


  • Master's Degree in Museum Education, Art History, Non-profit Management; transferable skills in another area of study is welcomed.
  • 3+ years’ experience
  • Knowledge of NYC K-12 audiences. Experience developing and evaluating museum programs, knowledge of inquiry-based teaching and best practices in museum education, experience supervising and training staff, knowledge of grant reporting and budgeting.
  • Administrative experience, knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Trumba, Wufoo, Concur, HRIS
  • Strong written and oral communication, intrapersonal, teaching, and organizational skills

This is a regular full-time, exempt position.  The Whitney offers a complete benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision care.  Other benefits include a 403B with employer contribution, transportation benefits, and free admission to most Museums nationally.

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.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they fulfill an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you're new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


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.


COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum requires all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

""Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 10th "" 

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