Associate Director

Social Practice CUNY

START DATE: Feb. 1, 2024

Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY) is seeking an experienced cultural producer to lead and manage public programming as the Associate Director. The position delivers all aspects of the administration and coordination of SPCUNY public programs, including but not limited to public talks, workshops, conversations with Fellows, and more.

Working under project co-directors, and alongside the SPCUNY team — the ideal candidate is highly motivated, comfortable in the public sphere, and able to actively research, cultivate, and coordinate for events/programs. This candidate cares deeply about social justice issues, is familiar with the working methodologies of socially engaged or public-facing art (visual, performative, and otherwise), is keen to interrogate and develop publicly aligned pedagogy, and is dedicated to equitable practices and aligned with SPCUNY mission, vision, and values. Knowledge of academic institutions is a plus, although not a requirement.

Based at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and developed out of the Social Practice Queens (SPQ) program at Queens College, SPCUNY’s theory of educational transformation fosters structures and resources for diverse creative leaders who will empower New York City as an inclusive, justice-driven cultural landscape. In addition to its goal of initiating interdisciplinary projects within the CUNY network, SPCUNY has also partnered with Tate Modern, Middlesex University London, and Queens Museum to explore how the teaching of social practice can be improved for arts practitioners through partnerships between cultural and higher education institutions. Learn more:

  • Research, plan, design, develop, and implement interdisciplinary public programming

  • Coordinate public programs throughout the year, in person and/or online, including but not limited to liaising with speakers, presenters, and venues

  • Work closely with the SPCUNY team and manager the programming budget

  • Track and keep updated files of contracts and MOU’s for all programming participants

  • Serve as a liaison for SPCUNY Fellows, external collaborators, and other stakeholders

  • Oversee and manage the tracking of program RSVPs

  • Coordinate the photo and video documentation of programming and events

  • Organize both online and in-person events that uphold accessibility standards

  • Work with the SPCUNY team to ensure wide outreach, coordinate audience building efforts from outreach to follow-up correspondence, and ensure the documentation and archiving of each event

  • Coordinating SPCUNY personnel, including managing CUNY Cultural Corps intern(s)

  • Communicating with SPCUNY’s student and faculty fellows and actionists

  • Speaking for SPCUNY at external events

  • Project management both within SPCUNY staff, and for student and faculty fellows and actionists: ensuring that tasks are completed on time and done well, maintaining a clear workflow, anticipating future opportunities, tasks, and needs, coordinating documentation

  • Monitoring existing finances, strategizing for additional support as needed (including identification of possible future funders, assistance with grant applications, and communication with existing financial stakeholders)

  • 3+ years of experience leading relevant community programming in a nonprofit setting, preferably within the arts and culture field

  • Working knowledge of the arts field and a strong interest in socially engaged topics are preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to develop compelling programs and build strong community partnerships

  • Excellent interpersonal, and written and spoken communication skills and strong presentation and public speaking skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a dynamic, flexible environment with forward-thinking mindset

  • Ability to manage SPCUNY’s employees, students, and faculty fellows in an organized manner

  • Ability to work weekends and evenings, as well as off-site as needed

How to Apply

Please email your resume and a short, thoughtful statement describing your interest, relevant experience, and qualifications to with the subject line Associate Director Application: [Your Full Name]. Application materials must be compiled in one PDF document titled as follows: YourLastName_SPCUNY-AD.pdf.

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Posted on November 20