Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement

Studio Museum in Harlem

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The Public Programs & Community Engagement department presents a wide range of free programs that are open to the public and bring the Museum’s culturally-specific mission and world-class exhibitions to life. These adult programs—which include artist talks, panels, performances, hands-on workshops, thematic tours, book clubs, and more demystify artistic practices, elevate creativity as an art form accessible to all, and open the pathways for direct engagement with contemporary art and artists.

As a key member of the Museum’s leadership team, the Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement oversees the development and delivery of adult public programs and the coordination of community engagement initiatives. Serving as point of contact between the department and key internal and external stakeholders, they will be responsible for nurturing strategic cultural partnerships in Harlem and beyond.

  • Research, design, and deliver innovative public programs and community engagement strategies geared towards adult audiences;

  • Cultivate relationships with existing and new audiences;

  • Build relationships with institutional partner organizations;

  • Collaborate with the appropriate Museum departments to create promotional materials across multiple platforms, including web, print, and social media;

  • Manage the department’s junior staff, seasonal fellows and interns;

  • Develop and monitor the department’s budget and resources;

  • Analyze, identify, and develop new and existing content areas for programming in alignment with the Museum’s mission, values, and organizational priorities;

  • Other duties as assigned

  • The Museum seeks to attract candidates with both traditional and non-traditional professional experiences. Master’s degree, preferably in Africana Studies, Arts Administration, Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field. Those with a BA and/or significant work experience and certifications will also be considered.

  • Knowledge of the art field and New York art community with demonstrated experience in community engagement.

  • Shown ability to lead and influence others. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds

  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience in a museum or contemporary arts field with demonstrated experience in program administration, coordination and production.

  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration in an organization and working with external organizations.

  • Excellent computer skills, particularly MS platforms, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Availability nights and weekends as required to facilitate public programs


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement account, and substantial vacation.

How to Apply

The position is open until filled. Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to Please include “Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls or faxes, please.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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Posted on September 19