Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement

Joan Mitchell Foundation

137 W. 25th Street, 2nd Floor
NY 10001




Jun 29, 2023

Position Summary:
The Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement, is a key member of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Artist Programs team. They spearhead the design, planning, management, execution, and evaluation of the Foundation’s artist development offerings, particularly in the context of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship—a five-year, unrestricted granting program awarded to fifteen artists annually. Alongside the funds, the Foundation provides dedicated resources and opportunities—from financial and legacy planning training, to building a peer learning community and organizing an in-person yearly convening.

The Artist Program Manager, Artist Engagement, is based out of the Foundation’s New York office, reports to the Director of Artist Programs, and works closely with other members of the Artist Programs team and larger Foundation, actively participating in strategic planning and collaborating in continuous learning and innovation. This position is invested in exploring, understanding, and supporting a lifetime of creativity for artists.


-Compensation: $90,000 - $95,000 per annum
-Medical, Dental, Vision, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance
-401k + Employer match
-Generous PTO, Sick and Floating Holidays
-Commuter benefits (parking and mass transit)
-Pet insurance, group accident insurance, MetLife Auto and Home Insurance, Legal Insurance
-Behavioral Health Employee Assistance Program

Note: The salary range is based on the Foundation’s approach and commitment to providing competitive and equitable compensation. The range shared is a guideline for the salary offered, which will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, special licensing or qualifications, unique skillsets, and other factors which will impact their contribution to the role and Foundation as a whole. In addition, the Foundation completes regular compensation analysis which aligns with our equitable compensation philosophy.

Key Responsibilities Will Include

Artist Engagement:

-Advances artist engagement, community building, and career support strategy, policies, and content in close collaboration with Artist Programs staff, and in alignment with the Foundation’s mission, values, and goals—placing special emphasis on access and equity
-Gathers information and assesses artists’ needs as well as trends and gaps in the field, remaining abreast of emergent and effective approaches
-Designs and implements skill-building programs for artists in the forms of training workshops, consultations, convenings, resource sharing and/or information exchanges. Current focus is on Financial literacy and planning, Legacy planning and management, and Artist self-advocacy
-Runs administration in area of responsibility:
–spearheads consultant research and identification, preparation, contracting, and payment coordinates schedules and calendars, puts together workplans, timelines, checklists, production schedules, and runs of show
–is responsible for recordkeeping, and database updating and reporting
–is the main point person/host of all artist engagement/development activities
designs and manages evaluation tools, reporting systems, and continuous learning/improvement proposals
-Prepares budgetary recommendations and monitors expenditures in areas of responsibility; ensures alignment with financial guidelines and responsible use of program dollars
-Works closely with the DDAP to develop relevant partnerships


-Works with Communications team to document programs, develop and disseminate program information
-Represents the Foundation’s programs at convenings and events as assigned (Travels as needed)
-Guides the work of support staff in areas of responsibility
-Actively participates in departmental and Foundation-wide planning and initiatives
-Additional responsibilities as assigned by manager


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skill Required

-Minimum five years’ experience working in the visual arts in an administrative and/or project management capacity
-Experience working with artists required, in the field of artist support preferred
-Broad understanding of artists’ needs and processes
-Ability to network and make professional connections
-Experience with event and meeting coordination
-Demonstrated commitment to social justice work and grounding in anti-oppression training
-Experience managing a budget
-Proactive and solution driven, detail oriented
-Ability to work on various projects at any given time, in various stages of development, in a fast-paced environment, both independently and collaboratively with a team
-Outstanding communication (written and verbal, public speaking)
Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
-High level of personal and professional integrity, trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
-Flexible schedule (can work evenings and/or weekends, if necessary)
-Familiarity with strategic planning

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in our organizational culture and our hiring practices. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis 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 Foundation believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all help create a climate that is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas.

The Foundation proactively seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the best candidates to join the team. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply even if not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications. Employment decisions are made based on an individual’s qualifications to contribute to meeting the Foundation’s objectives and its organizational needs. This description and potential offer shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment as the Foundation recognizes employment is at will.

Although the above statements are robust and intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) hired into to this role, they are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. The Foundation reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, the Foundation will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals in all aspects of the employment process. If accommodations are needed for the role, they can be submitted to