Artist Programs Associate

The Joan Mitchell Foundation

New York, NY 10001




Jan 21, 2020

The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. Through grants, residencies, and related initiatives, the Foundation advances the work of today’s artists and amplifies their essential contributions to communities around the world.

The Artist Programs Associate (APA) provides administrative support and coordination for the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s artist-centered programs, which support contemporary visual artists. These include but are not limited to: grantmaking, professional development, artist legacy and early career artist programs; departmental initiatives, meetings, and related events. The APA works closely with program managers in the Artist Programs department in the Foundation’s New York City office, and reports to the Senior Director of Artist Programs.

Serve as point of contact for artists and for program inquiries

Create and maintain central calendar of departmental events, programs and projects

Support the development and dissemination of JMF program information and materials via print, web, eblasts, newsletters and social media channels

Support the administration of application cycles for artist programs, including outreach efforts, nominations and invitations to apply, online applications, technical assistance to applicants, review and selection processes, notification, intake and compliance

Coordinate logistical and technical aspects of professional development consultations and workshops for artists including registration, confirmation, troubleshooting, and evaluation

Coordinate travel and lodging for artists, jurors and other external guests

Support the Foundation’s alumni artist relations, including network development, information gathering and tracking, and engagement activities

Track, record and maintain programmatic recordkeeping systems, including but not limited to: digital files on the JMF server, hard copy files as needed, application and reporting materials on online platforms and the Foundation’s database

Gather and synthesize data and feedback for program research, evaluation and reporting

Schedule, circulate agendas and take notes for departmental meetings and convenings

Support the logistics and on-site needs for meetings, convenings and public events arrange catering as necessary

Coordinate with staff at the Joan Mitchell Center (JMC) in New Orleans as needed to ensure that administrative protocols are being implemented consistently across the NYC and New Orleans offices, and to build a working culture of communication, collaboration and support

Other duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree in arts or humanities field or equivalent work experience

Minimum three years working in an administrative capacity, preferably in an arts or nonprofit setting

Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and a level of comfort with-public speaking

Familiarity and ease with Mac-based computer systems

Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Experience working with database systems (Salesforce), online form builders and application platforms (Submittable) preferred

Proactive, detail-oriented and solution-driven approach

History of relationship building with artists

High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic

Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team

Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation mission, vision, purpose and core values

Flexible schedule (availability to work some evenings and/or weekends)

(Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)

While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 25 lbs, speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time

Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings

Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally, on behalf of the Foundation

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to with the Subject Line: JMF - Artist Program Associate NYC




Experience Level

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