Arts Administration Professional Development Coordinator

Teachers College, Columbia University

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The Arts Administration program (ARAD) is seeking an entrepreneurially-minded, motivated part-time Professional Development Coordinator (PDC) to advance its professional development program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the PDC is responsible for the implementation of the required internship for the M.A. degree, which includes organizing professional development events for students in collaboration with internal and external arts and culture professionals.


In addition, the PDC advises students on areas of individual interest, as well as navigating the application process, registration, and the internship experience. The PDC also creates and maintains systems to track and evaluate program effectiveness.


The PDC is responsible for advocating for the students’ professional growth in line with Department of Labor guidelines and ensuring the applicability of the field experience to ARAD academics. While the program does not place students in internships, the PDC develops and maintains ongoing communications with organizations and alumni to facilitate potential opportunities. To that end, the PDC organizes and executes an annual arts administration internship fair, as well as the Distinguished Speakers Series and Microcourses.

About the Arts Administration program at Teachers College Columbia University

The Arts Administration (ARAD) graduate program at Teachers College, Columbia University offers a Masters in Arts Administration encompassing the visual and performing arts. It is a comprehensive, two-year, 60-credit program informed by both research and professional practice. Through a highly selective and holistic review process, each ARAD cohort includes students with experience from all art traditions and sectors, backgrounds, and geographies. These students are training for careers in for- and non-profit organizations and across areas including management, advocacy/policy, assessment, development, entrepreneurship, education and marketing both in the U.S. and abroad.


1) Internship Program

  • Collaborate with students to strategize internship placements and career pursuits

  • Advise students on developing strong internship/job application materials (resume, cover letter, etc.) and guide them through the interview process

  • Facilitate the internship registration process

  • Monitor internships through established tracking systems

  • Manage the internship database

  • Conduct site visits with students and host organizations

  • Compile weekly opportunities listings for students

  • Organize the annual Arts Administration Internship Fair and other related professional development events

  • Create and maintain internship program evaluation systems

  • Provide guidance regarding CPT and OPT for international students

  • At students’ request, provide professional assessments of internship fit and readiness (e.g., recommendation letters)


2) Relationship Building

  • Under the guidance of faculty and the program manager, develop a robust pipeline of internship and programmatic opportunities with targeted arts organizations

  • Be an active member in the art administration/internship community, attend related events, etc.

  • Build relationships and collaborate with Career Services and include their participation in programming where appropriate

  • Build relationships and collaborate with Alumni Relations where appropriate

  • Post opportunities on the ARAD Alumni LinkedIn group

3) Other projects as assigned



  • BA RequiredExcellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Event planning experience

  • Familiarity with NYC and regional, national and international arts and culture institutions 

  • Entrepreneurial outlook and desire to continuously improve the internship program experience

  • Proficiency in the Google suite of applications (Docs, Slides, Sheets) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



  • Experience providing professional development for undergraduate or graduate level students

  • Knowledge of higher education environment

  • Knowledge of international student visa issues (CPT/OPT)

  • Network of contacts at NYC and regional cultural institutions

  • Experience developing professional development programs

  • MA in Arts related field

How to Apply

Please apply through the application link with a cover letter and resume. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. NOTE: Review of applications begins immediately and a hire will be made as soon as possible.

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Posted on July 11