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Assistant Performance Coordinator

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks a temporary Assistant Performance Coordinator to support in the coordination of curatorial-led performances, live events, and programs for the Museum. Reporting to the Performance Coordinator, the Assistant Performance Coordinator will work closely with other members of the curatorial and exhibition team and liaise across museum departments to support the scheduling, coordination, and supervision of all performance activity. The duration of the position is through June 2019.


  • Assist in supporting curators and exhibition management staff in the coordination of each performance’s specific pre-production, execution, and post-production requirements in close coordination with the Performance Coordinator
  • Attend, contribute to, and document all production and post-production meetings
  • Assist in researching, ordering, and deploying all required materials and equipment needed for projects
  • Assist in drafting and distributing relevant performance agreements and negotiate terms with artists, managers, and in-house counsel as needed
  • Assist in drafting production schedules, gathering security lists, and managing complimentary tickets for performances
  • Ensure effective and timely communication with performers, schedule and supervise rehearsals and site visits with artists and collaborators, and act as a point person and liaison during rehearsals and performances for artists and museum staff
  • Ensure production materials, props, and equipment are effectively cataloged and tracked during productions
  • Maintain and organize green room supplies and artist hospitality, including the coordination of meals, ground transportation, and last minute incidentals as needed
  • Assist with invoicing, payment processing, and budget tracking
  • Work alongside curatorial staff in the cataloging, archiving and sharing of performance documentation 
  • Maintain relationships with artists and distribute documentation as needed


  • B.A. (Art History or Performing Arts preferred)
  • Minimum of two years’ of experience working in a theater, museum, or similar setting
  • Background and strong knowledge in live performance, exhibitions, and events planning
  • Demonstrated strength in managing time, completing tasks, and remaining adaptive in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced setting
  • Strong ability to maintain composure under pressure and demonstrate exemplary judgment, accountability, and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface with artists of all backgrounds
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive, professional, and proactive demeanor
  • Sensitivity to confidentiality of museum programming
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other standard office procedures and equipment
  • Knowledge in Adobe Suite and working knowledge of video editing software preferred
  • Availability to work weekends and overtime hours during program season or events
  • Occasional physically demanding work, such as lifting and moving equipment will be required


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.

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