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Assistant to Teen Programs

The Whitney Museum is hiring an Assistant to Teen Programs. The Assistant will provide support in the planning and implementation of all aspects of the Museum’s Youth Insights (YI) teen programs, events, and other initiatives.

Youth Insights (YI) is an after school program that engages a diverse group of New York City high school students with the Whitney’s art and artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art inspired by the exchange.

Semester-long YI Artists programs connect artists and teens and serve as an introduction to the Museum. Graduates of these programs are invited to participate in Leaders, a paid year-long internship that enables teens to plan events and tours for their peers. Offered in the summer, Youth Insights Arts Careers introduces teens to arts careers and practical job skills, and Youth Insights Introductions provides experiences at the Whitney for high school students who are English Language Learners and recent immigrants. Large-scale and drop-in teen programs, including teen openings, workshops, and artist-led events, reach additional New York City teens.

When programs are in session the hours will be Mondays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm.

Responsibilities 

  • Assisting with all aspects of the Whitney’s after school programs for high school students, including Youth Insights Artists, Leaders, Arts Careers, and Introductions 
  • Assisting with Open Studio for Teens on Friday afternoons, a free drop-in artmaking program for NYC Teens 
  • Assisting with all aspects of large-scale public programs and smaller-scale, drop-in artist workshops for NYC teens
  • Performing a wide variety of administrative functions to help with the day to day management of Teen Programs, including but not limited to: processing invoices, maintaining budgets and department files, tracking program statistics, creating reports, submitting work orders and calendar requests, and managing the mailing list
  • Helping to do outreach to diverse communities of NYC teens
  • Working closely with Visitor Services, Facilities, Security, Special Events, and other Museum Departments to ensure that programs run smoothly
  • Assisting with data collection and program evaluation
  • Maintaining and organizing the studio space and supplies and purchasing and organizing art materials
  • Documenting program sessions and public events
  • Assisting as needed in other areas of the Education Department

Requirements: BA or BFA. 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. They will have strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to problem solve and think independently and creatively, and a desire to learn more about museum education. Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated commitment to social justice is also important for this position.

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 people 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.

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