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Portfolio Development Manager

The Portfolio Development Manager oversees all aspects of the Portfolio Development Program to deliver quality mentorship and diverse opportunities to teens interested in building a visual arts portfolio for high school and college submission. This role reports to the Director of Programs, organizes and supports the TAP Team in Studio Visits, Digital Literacy workshops, and Portfolio Reviews. The Portfolio Manager cultivates and engages diverse artists, cultural institutions, schools, and other community based organizations for partnerships.  

Program Planning and Recruitment:

  • Co-develop with the Director of Programs, and implement strategic plans for annual program cycles for Portfolio Development and with clear goals and timelines.
  • In collaboration with the TAP team screen, train, and match all TAP mentors.
  • Develop and support execution of teen opportunities, events and resources.
  • Support TAP Team in outreach activities designed to recruit/screen teens and mentors.
  • Co-facilitate a Youth Development Training for volunteers biannually.

Management and Administration:

  • Manage all program activities for Portfolio Development:
  • Oversee mentors through lesson planning in support of the high school and college application process.
  • Manage 30-35 pairs (mentors/teens) through regular check ins, workshops, and roundtables.
    • Develop 4 to 6 yearly opportunities focusing on : digital literacy, portfolio review, and studio time.
    • Track all relevant programmatic data in Salesforce and manage the yearly budget.
    • Regularly document TAP programs via social media, photography, video, etc. 
  • Support and collaborate with TAP team on the following:
  • Midwinter/Spring Break Creative Career Exploration Intensive 

Community Outreach and Engagement 

  • Lead efforts in collaborations between the Teen Arts Program and Development opportunities.
  • Co- lead and facilitate Studio Time in collaboration with the Development team on a monthly basis.
  • Collaborate with the Development team where relevant – on grants, events, newsletters, etc.
  • Build and maintains relationships with:
    • Parents to support their teens’ participation (events, check in calls, etc.).
    • Arts high schools and college programs to support Portfolio Mentorship.
    • Other art organizations/institutions and resources for TAP youth.


  • BFA strongly preferred
  • M.A. in Art Education, Fine Arts or other related field, or equivalent experience preferred
  • 5+ years of work history that includes two of the following three types of experience:
    • Helping teens develop a visual arts portfolio/apply to arts high schools & art colleges;
    • Training adults to engage and support teens as mentors
    • Developing  programs that directly engage with external partnerships in the arts and/or post- secondary education
  • Organizational and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Teamwork-oriented, ability to maintain a flexible mindset in relation to work, with a track record of successful collaboration
  • Skilled at positive/strengths-based youth development with a strong equity lens
  • Cultural competence skills
  • Public speaking
  • Proficiency in  in working with Adobe Photoshop, canvas, and imovie
  • Social media fluency (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Spanish speaking preferred


Free Arts NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to seeking a diverse staff with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bilingual in Spanish and English are strongly encouraged to apply.

Office: Currently the job is hybrid and will require 2 days in office, 3 days working remotely beginning on or about October 11th. Candidates must be available to work evenings and weekends as programming requires.

Physical Demands: The day-to-day operations of this role require the use of a MacBook Pro, the ability to appear and participate in video conferences. This role requires the employee to report to the office or, occasionally, an event location and sit, walk and stand as well as use hands repetitively to handle or operate standard office equipment and lift up to 50lbs.

This job description is not designed to cover or constrain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, generally the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.  

Hours: Full-time, monthly weekends and nights (flex time offered accordingly) 

Benefits: Vacation, Personal/Sick Days, Flex-time, Health Insurance, Professional Development

Salary: Starting at $55,000 or commensurate with experience.    

Start Date: Immediate

Please send a Cover Letter and resume addressed to Brandy Bajalia along with salary requirements to Jobs@freeartsnyc.org. Deadline by September 12th, 2021.



Thank you for your interest! We do not currently have internship openings for Fall 2021.