Curator of Public Engagement

Application deadline: Open until filled

Full-time position based in New York City

Background

Dia Art Foundation consists of eight permanent sites across the US and Germany, as well as three (soon to be four) changing exhibition spaces in New York State; Chelsea, in New York City, Beacon, in the Hudson Valley, and Bridgehampton, on Eastern Long Island. Dia has renovated and expanded its Dia Chelsea site (opened April 2021), has plans to renovate and expand the SoHo sites (opening 2023) and will embark on a major external and internal renovation at Dia Beacon to make accessible the external landscape and improve the internal facility. Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Since its founding, the organization has undergone several shifts in its focus, adding both new artists and sites. Over the last six years, Dia has carefully grown its program, commissions, and collection to reflect a more inclusive and expansive vision for staff, audiences, and the future of the institution.

Summary

Dia Art Foundation seeks a Curator of Public Engagement, based at Dia Chelsea in New York City. The Curator of Public Engagement develops and manages participatory programs for all audiences in New York City and contributes to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all learning initiatives and engagement-driven priorities across Dia Art Foundation.

With direction and oversight from the Director of Learning and Engagement, this role advances the strategic and creative leadership of Dia’s engagement-driven programs, including community partnerships, innovative public programs for all audiences, and intensive programs for youth and young adults designed to promote Dia as a public resource and as a site for multidirectional, transformative learning.

The Curator of Public Engagement manages the organization of all tasks associated with the design, growth, implementation, and evaluation of learning and engagement programs across New York City sites (Chelsea, SoHo), and with, as appropriate, programmatic initiatives at other Dia sites, including Dia Beacon.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contributes leadership to the development of and innovates engagement-driven initiatives, specifically, research for and strategic planning of participatory programs for all audiences and small cohorts in New York City (Chelsea and SoHo).
  • Collaborates cross-departmentally (specifically with Curatorial and Publications) around all public programs, including talks and other live events, exhibition-related programs, and community-centered initiatives.
  • Manages and directly supervises the design, delivery, and evaluation of all New York City–based learning and engagement programs including objectives, schedules, budgets, and outcomes; collaborates with artist educators, guest educators, and community partners; and develops and oversees a growing program of youth and young adult initiatives in New York City including teen programs, fellowships, and internships.
  • Supports the development of and supervises the Assistant Curator of Public Engagement as well as interns and fellows based in New York City by establishing clear benchmarks and expectations related to goals and competencies for team members.
  • Initiates and maintains ongoing relationships with arts, education, and community leaders and supports the development of a community-engagement strategy centering reciprocal relationships with educational, community, and nonprofit partners across New York City.
  • Serves as the on-site liaison for artist educators and guest artists, school and agency partners (students, teachers, site providers, school or agency administrators), community partners, and public program audiences.
  • Documents and evaluates engagement-driven programs through a variety of means and supports participatory archiving through the development and sharing of accessible, community-authored materials.
  • Supports the development of a thriving New York City–centered learning community including the recruitment and hiring of a diverse and inclusive team of Dia educators.
  • Contributes to the training and development of educators and, with oversight from the Director of Learning and Engagement, supports educators in all aspects of research, curriculum design, and program implementation.

Education, Certification, Experience:

  • B.A. in art history, curatorial or museum studies, education, studio art, or related field preferred; other relevant majors/work experience will be considered.
  • 3–5 years administrative experience, ideally in a nonprofit educational, community-based, or contemporary art organization.
  • Experience managing staff and directly coaching artists and/or educators in the design and delivery of innovative programs for youth and the general public, in either art or community-based contexts, is essential.
  • Experience working with populations diverse in background, age, ability, and learning styles.
  • Experience cultivating collaborative partnerships and/or developing emergent or experimental programs strongly desired.
  • Production and/or program management experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Dia Art Foundation as well as to making art accessible to a broad public through dynamic and innovative programs.
  • Interest in and knowledge of both contemporary art and pedagogy.
  • Cultural fluency, empathy, collaborative capacity, and commitment to best practices in arts education and museum education, and specifically, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) is essential.
  • Takes initiative and is a strategic thinker able to synthesize information in support of a purposeful, values-driven program.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and balance short- and long-term goals or projects.
  • Clear communicator, comfortable with public speaking and engagement across audiences.
  • Interested in using educational technologies or web-based media to enhance accessible program development.
  • Understanding of qualitative program evaluation and analysis desired.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity with both Mac and PC platforms.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • This is a full-time position in a hybrid environment, with no fewer than 3 days in the office.
  • Occasional meetings and program implementation at Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York, is required; regularly occurring weekend program support required.
  • Significant computer work, which may require repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting, and sustained visual and mental applications.
  • Occasional lifting, bending, pulling, collating, and filing, some of which could be heavy (>15 lbs) or require the use of carts.

 

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID among our employees, Dia Art Foundation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, a religious belief, or pregnancy.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by emailing a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Curator of Public Engagement” as the subject heading.

Dia provides a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package with significant employer contributions towards the cost of healthcare premiums. The 401(k) plan provides 100% employer match up to 4% of the employee’s deferral and immediate vesting. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, thirteen holidays, and a generous parental leave program. Work-related travel expenses are fully covered. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and supports a neurodiverse workplace. Candidates with nontraditional learning or career paths and/or applicants whose qualifications differ from those listed above are encouraged to apply.

 

No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified please.

Deadline: Open until filled

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