Assistant to Access Programs and Initiatives

New York, NY
Full Time
Entry Level
The Whitney Museum, the defining museum of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, seeks an Assistant to Access Programs and Initiatives.  

The Assistant to Access Programs and Initiatives reports to the Associate Manager of Access Programs and Initiatives. They will also work closely with the Associate Manager of Interpretation and Research.
The Whitney’s Access division builds pathways for visitors with a wide range of disabilities to engage with the richness and complexity of American art. Through regular programs like Whitney Signs, Verbal Description and Touch Tours, and Quieter Hours for Neurodivergent Visitors, we work to build community and create space for multi-modal conversations about art. The Access team is dedicated to ensuring that access isn’t just a checklist but instead a method of creating a welcoming space for diverse groups of disabled people. Working collaboratively with departments like Interpretation and Research, Curatorial, Exhibitions, and Visitor Services, the Access team develops and distributes a wide range of access materials that disabled and non-disabled visitors can utilize to facilitate and/or deepen their engagement to Whitney exhibitions and programs. The Access Programs division is a part of the Social Impact area; Social Impact lives within the Whitney’s Education department.

The Interpretation and Research division is responsible for collaborations with digital media (web content and videos), interpretation materials (wall labels, audio, and multimedia guides), and research for exhibitions. This division also lives within the Education department.

  • Assisting with the production of select Access content for the Whitney’s mobile guide. Working with departments such as Digital Content and Curatorial to ensure access components for appropriate artworks on view
  • Assisting with the production and maintenance of access materials including but not limited to: Large Print Guides, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), induction loops, social narratives, image descriptions, etc.
  • Assisting with all aspects of the Whitney’s in-person and virtual Access Programs including Whitney Signs, Verbal Description and Touch Tours, Quieter Hours for Neurodivergent Visitors, and other programs designed for people with disabilities
  • Maintaining consistent and clear communication with Access educators to coordinate monthly programs
  • Consistently responding to messages received through the Access Feedback email and phone line
  • Conducting outreach to diverse disability communities through various modes including email marketing, in-person off site visits to community organizations, and the production of accessible fliers and posters; distributing accessible surveys and assisting with cohort-based feedback with access and disability communities
  • Performing a wide variety of administrative functions to help day-to-day management of Access and Interpretation
  • Learning cultural competency with diverse disabled groups/disability etiquette
  • Assisting the Interpretation and Research team with audio guide quality assessment
  • Working closely with various departments including Visitor Services, Facilities, Security, Special Events, Marketing, AV and other Museum departments to ensure that Access programs run smoothly
  • Documenting program sessions and public events while organizing files in respective systems
  • Conducting research as needed for Access and Interpretation teams, assisting with other tasks as needed

  • B.A./B.F.A. with a background in education, museum studies, disability studies, studio art, art history, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in research and writing
  • Strong administrative and communication skills
  • Knowledge of modern and contemporary art history and practice
  • Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities and a commitment to social justice
  • Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in working with diverse disability communities, a desire to learn more about contemporary art, and knowledge of art making practices.
  • Proficiency in ASL or Spanish a plus
  • Expertise in writing or facilitating image description a plus as well
  • Some weekend work required

Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation range of $55,000 - $57,000
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(B) elections
  • Generous Paid Time off benefits
  • Commuter benefits - parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike
  • This position is covered under UAW Local 2110
The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

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 and boosted 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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