Community Engagement Educator

American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum is seeking an innovative professional whose passion it is to build relationships with communities, develop responsive programming, brings experience in managing collaborations in a multicultural setting and has established relationships or knowledge of Tri-State area community and arts-based organizations that serve diverse audiences.

The Community Engagement Educator (CEE) is tasked with managing and growing existing partner-based initiatives, mapping and identifying geographic areas of focus and potential community partnerships, supporting and leveraging the Museum’s community focused partnerships and collaborations across other departments, and works closely with Learning and Engagement and Curatorial teams to align and mobilize the critical stakeholder relationships that support the mutually beneficial needs, goal and priorities of both the community partners and the Museum.

This position has great flexibility. The role is partially remote, but the ideal candidate must be based in the NYC metro area. Relationship building and face to face interactions are central to this role. This role is new for AFAM so we will work with the ideal candidate to determine the weekly hours commitment; with flexibility ranging from part time to full time.

Salary: $50,000 + benefits which include health, dental and vision.

The American Folk Art Museum is committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff, while working to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The American Folk Art Museum provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Community Engagement & Partnership

  • Build community engagement capacity, expertise, and outreach in the department.

  • Establish and nurture reciprocal collaborations and partnerships with a host of external partners to further the Museum’s mission, serve its communities, and extend the impact of programming, especially to new audiences.

  • Create a partnership of trust, open dialogue, and accountability with local communities (Long Island City, Upper West Side, and across the five boroughs) by centering audiences, communities, and their input.

Core Responsibilities

  • Is a key external representative of AFAM and engages in best practices in supporting the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

  • Represents the Museum and engages with audiences across all boroughs of New York City, and liaises with a variety of organizations serving diverse populations.

  • Brings the voices representing community interests, needs and priorities to the Museum to inform its program and exhibit planning and implementation.

  • Identifies partnering organizations and advisors for programs, projects, and exhibits.

  • Develops programs that address the learning goals of community partners and bring the artwork of AFAM collections and exhibitions to partner sites.

  • Supports colleagues in developing and implementing best practices in community engagement, and establishing meaningful co-created partnerships.

  • Oversees requests from outside organizations for Museum participation in community related activities.

  • Collaborates with colleagues in grant writing and reports as required.

  • Experience building strong relationships with community-based organizations serving diverse populations.

  • Experience working in collaboration with social service agencies.

  • A passion for teaching all ages and developing innovative programming that includes art-making.

  • Experience in either a formal or informal education setting, developing and implementing programs across audiences.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally with a range of audiences both within and outside the Museum.

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, a supervisor, and a mentor.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Fluency in another language a plus.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.

  • Ability to work independently, pay attention to detail and meet established deadlines.

  • A great sense of humor.

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to, with “Community Engagement Educator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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Posted on November 10