Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement

The Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement, is based in the Foundation’s New York office and serves as a member of the Artist Programs Team, planning, managing, executing, and evaluating the Foundation’s engagement offerings for artists.

Job Location

Joan Mitchell Foundation
New York, NY


Full-time, Exempt

Reports To

Director of Artist Programs

Hiring Salary Range


Position Summary

The Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement, is based in the Foundation’s New York office and serves as a member of the Artist Programs Team, planning, managing, executing, and evaluating the Foundation’s engagement offerings for artists. They are invested in exploring, understanding, and supporting a lifetime of creativity for artists, building a strong and dynamic peer learning community, designing and administering skill building activities, and offering connecting, supporting, and amplifying opportunities to artists. The position will also actively participate in departmental and strategic planning, and organizational development initiatives.

The position is responsible for the design and implementation of artist skill building programming in the form of virtual and in-person trainings, workshops, consultations, convenings, exchange sessions, resources and/or information, and for strengthening the professional networks of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s artist community. The Artist Programs Manager, Artist Engagement will also support the management and development of a rich and compelling alumni program, which allows the Foundation to continue being relevant, resonant and supportive to a large community of artists across the country.

The position reports to the Director of Artist Programs and works closely with other Artist Programs managers to integrate artist engagement into all Foundation programs, to engage artist alumni and to create informational resources for artists and the broader arts field.

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week. The hiring salary range is $80,000–$85,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick days), fully covered health insurance with optional dental and vision, and a 403b with matching contributions. We are accepting applications through February 15.

Key Responsibilities Will Include

Artist Engagement

  • Designs and implements programs and activities that convene and support relationship and skill building among, as well as amplification and visibility of artists within the JMF community
  • Develops and manages, in partnership with artists and experts, skill building programming with a focus on Financial Literacy and Planning, Legacy Planning, and Artist Self-Advocacy. Spearheads skill-building policies and scheduling; consultant preparation, contracting and payment; timelines, project checklists, production schedules
  • Designs and manages evaluation tools and reporting systems, as needed
  • Works closely with Artist Programs staff to tailor content for recipient artists in key Foundation programs and for alumni; placing special emphasis on access, equity, and diverse representation in the visual arts
  • Gathers information and assesses artist needs as well as trends in the field, remaining abreast of emergent and effective approaches to professional development and community building support for visual artists and related gaps in the field to inform program strategy and development
  • Facilitates artist community-building to foster awareness, dialogue and meaningful relationships with other artists, curators, arts organizations, and artist-centered resources and services nationwide
  • Manages the content and production of program materials for artist participants
  • Works closely with the Director of Artist Programs to develop relevant partnerships and to assess and align program offerings with the Foundation’s strategic mission and goals


  • Prepares budgetary recommendations and monitors expenditures in areas of responsibility; ensures alignment with financial guidelines and responsible use of program dollars
  • Travels as needed to represent the Foundation, attends work-related conferences and workshops, develop programs and activities around the country as needed
  • Works with the Communications team to document programs; develop and disseminate program information including listings, registration, press releases, web and newsletter content
  • Represents the Foundation’s programs at convenings and events as assigned
  • Guides the work of support staff and supervises interns in areas of responsibility
  • Actively participates in Foundation-wide and departmental planning and initiatives, develops program workplans, recordkeeping, database and other administrative systems in areas of responsibility
  • Other responsibilities as needed

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; knowledge of and familiarity with the field of artist support, both locally and nationally
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated experience supervising staff
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Ability to work on various projects at any given time, in various stages of development, in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Outstanding communication (written and verbal) and negotiation skills; diplomatic attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to problem solve
  • Familiarity and ease with Mac based computer systems
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and public speaking for a broad range of constituents
  • Proactive and solution driven, detail oriented, proven multitasker
  • High level of personal and professional integrity, 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 (evenings and/or weekends, if necessary)


  • Experience working in grantmaking programs, museums, archives or arts-related legal issues;
  • Experience in strategic planning


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Current COVID-19 protocol and policies will be shared with candidates as part of interview process.

How to Apply

All applications should submit resume and a separate cover letter inclusive of salary requirements to [email protected] with the position title in the subject.

About Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation cultivates the study and appreciation of artist Joan Mitchell’s life and work, while fulfilling her wish to provide resources and opportunities for visual artists. Through its work, the Foundation affirms and amplifies artists’ essential contributions to society.