Learning and Engagement Associate

Application deadline: Open until filled

Full-time position based in New York City


Dia Art Foundation consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three changing exhibition spaces in New York State: Dia Chelsea, in New York City; Dia Beacon, in the Hudson Valley; and Dia 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 is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Since its founding, the organization has undergone several shifts in 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.


Position Summary

Dia Art Foundation seeks a Learning and Engagement Associate based at Dia Chelsea in New York City. The Learning and Engagement Associate provides day-to-day administration and coordination for a range of innovative public programs for adults, youth, and intergenerational audiences in New York City. These include intensive programs for youth and young adults, community-centered practice and partnerships, and public programs for all audiences. This position directly supports Dia’s ongoing work with artists, educators, fellows, interns, K-12 students, organizational partners, external collaborators, and thinking partners. In close collaboration with the rest of the Learning and Engagement team, and with oversight from the Curator of Public Engagement, this person serves as a key thinker, primary support, and on-the-ground lead for programming for audiences of all ages.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides administrative and production support for participatory programs for all audiences and small cohorts in New York City (Chelsea and SoHo)
  • Provides day-to-day program coordination of youth and young adult programs at Dia Chelsea (Dia Teens, fellows, and interns)
  • Supports the development, administration, and implementation of new initiatives and engagement-driven public programs
  • Supports sustained and reciprocal relationships with arts, education, and community leaders and as well as organizational partners across New York City
  • Works in close collaboration with artist educators to develop original programs and participates actively in Dia’s broader learning community
  • Serves as the on-site liaison for artist educators, guest artists, school and agency partners (students, teachers, site providers, school or agency administrators), community partners, and youth and public program audiences
  • Documents and evaluates engagement-driven programs and supports participatory archiving through developing and sharing accessible community-authored materials

Education, Certifications, Experience:  

  • BA in art history, education, museum studies, or related field required
  • 2 years administrative experience, ideally in a non-profit educational or contemporary art organization
  • Experience directly supporting artists and/or educators in the design and delivery of innovative arts-related programming for intergenerational audiences in an educational capacity, either formal (schools) or informal (museums, summer programs, etc.) is essential
  • Experience working with populations diverse in background, age, and learning styles and abilities
  • Experience cultivating collaborative partnerships and creating arts-related curricula for intergenerational audiences preferred
  • Arts advocacy experience is a plus

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate a commitment 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
  • Able to work independently and prioritize and balance short- and long-term goals and 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 (up to 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 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 completing the online Job Application, linked HERE and attaching a resume and letter of interest.

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 emails please.

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