Associate Director, Independent Study Program

New York, NY
Full Time
Whitney Museum

The Independent Study Program (ISP) of the Whitney Museum of American Art is soliciting applications for the newly created role of Associate Director. Reporting to the Director of the ISP, the incumbent will be an active partner in shaping the intellectual content of the program and maintaining and enhancing the pedagogical and scholarly range of the ISP. The Associate Director as a faculty member will share a rigorous teaching schedule with the Director and support them in the general administration of the program.



  • Maintain the high intellectual and artistic standards of the program.
  • With the Director, lead weekly seminars with visiting artist and scholars.
  • Lead a series of theory seminars.
  • Meet individually with participants in all three parts of the program: Studio, Critical Studies, and Curatorial.
  • Oversee capstone events curatorial exhibition particularly as well as, studio exhibition and critical studies symposium
  • Support the general administration of the program
  • Oversee approximately 25 students a year.
  • Liaise with universities, art schools and other academic and cultural institutions, in addition to
  • various departments of the Whitney Museum, including Curatorial, Communications, Education, and Publications.



  • MA in art history or MFA required; PhD in art history preferred. Equivalents to degrees in terms of career experience considered.
  • Highly developed knowledge of contemporary cultural theory and criticism and the history of modern and contemporary art practices.
  • Capacity to work with advanced students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines and with professional artists, curators, theorists, and art historians.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • 5 years of teaching experience.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, or multilingual preferred, but not required.


Application: Please submit a current CV, a cover letter of intent, salary requirements and contact information for two references.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is estimated at $120,000–$140,000, commensurate with experience. 

The Whitney offers an excellent benefits package, including comprehensive health coverage (medical/dental/vision), retirement contributions, and generous paid time off, along with a variety of other ancillary benefits.

The advertised pay rate 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 only to 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 work 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.


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 requires 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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