Associate Manager of Access and Inclusion

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Experienced

The Whitney Museum seeks an Associate Manager of Access and Inclusion to manage the Museum’s programs for people with disabilities and advise on accessible practices across the institution. The Associate Manager works with staff from various departments and serves as the Whitney’s in-house advocate and expert on accessibility providing guidance, training, and resources for all museum areas and staff. The Associate Manager will work closely with the Director of Social Impact to make the Whitney a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment for disabled and non-disabled people of all backgrounds. This position reports directly to the Director of Social Impact.


●    Coordinate 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.
●    Contribute to broad institutional efforts to position the Museum as a welcoming, relevant, and accessible resource for people who have traditionally experienced barriers to participation in cultural institutions.
●    Work with the Director of Social Impact and colleagues across the Education department to generate and develop accessible and inclusive programming that explores the richness and complexity of American Art.
●    Manage development, coordination, and implementation of accessible virtual and in-person educational programs on and off-site for diverse audiences with physical, sensory, developmental, and cognitive disabilities.
●    Expand and deepen existing public offerings for visitors with disabilities such as Family Fun for Kids on the Autism Spectrum, Verbal Description and Touch Tours, and Whitney Signs.
●    Mentor, evaluate, and support the Access Programs team of educators, interns, and volunteers.
●    Work in collaboration with the Director of Social Impact to manage departmental budgets, reporting, program evaluation, planning, and marketing efforts.
●    Work collaboratively across departments to ensure institutional ADA and Section 504 compliance for the Whitney’s programs, collection, exhibitions, facilities, and website.
●    Oversee the production of accessible materials and accommodations for Whitney exhibitions and digital media projects, including large print materials, transcripts, captioning, sound descriptions, and more.
●    Foster strong relationships within the local community and contribute to audience outreach initiatives.
●    Maintain email communications with our audiences and communities through the development of e-blasts advertising upcoming programs, and by regularly replying to inquiries that come to the AccessFeedback mailbox.
●    Maintain assistive equipment, such as assistive listening devices, on-site at the Museum.
●    Manage partnerships with community-based organizations, develop a network of key stakeholders in the disability community and serve as a liaison to the Whitney Education Community Advisory Network (WECAN).
●    Grow and maintain good relationships with Whitney Community and Senior Partner organizations.


●    B.A./M.A. degree in disability studies, education, museum studies, studio art, art history, or a related field. Or equivalent experience. 
●    At least two 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.
●    3-4 years working within and among communities, especially disability communities, in personal and/or professional settings.
●    Experience in research, outreach, accessibility, and/or community arts education.
●    Fluency or proficiency in ASL is a plus. 
●    Working knowledge of the ADA and Section 504 compliance; experience in best practices of universal design.
●    Proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


This is a regular full-time exempt position.  The Whitney offers a full 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.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet 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 take 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.

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.

COVID guidelines

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring 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.

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