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JOBS

Free Arts seeks dynamic, passionate individuals to join our team!

Current job openings include:

Internship Program Manager

Teaching Artist Facilitator


Internship Program Manager

Department: Programs
Reports to: Director of Programs
Hours: Full-time
Pay Type: Salary $60,000 – $65,000
FLSA Status: Exempt

The Teen Arts Program (TAP) provides 100+ youth ages 12-23 with the chance to explore the arts academically and professionally with the support of a mentor through three interdependent tracks: Portfolio Development, Creative Lab, Internships, and Learning Pods. Youth participants build visual arts portfolios, visit cultural institutions and artists’ studios, participate in career readiness workshops, and have the opportunity for paid Internships in creative companies. 

The Internship Manager reports directly to the Director of Programs and collaborates with the TAP team. The position also works closely with the Development Department as many Internship and Learning Pod hosts support the organization in multiple ways. 

This position offers an exciting opportunity for an inspiring leader to build on the program’s strong foundation, past success, and newly developed 5-Year Strategic Plan. Internship and Learning Pod hosts include Catbird, Bustle, Mitchell Inness Nash, Mahram, Creative Time, Derek Fordjour Studios, LDG Gallery, Sotheby’s, and Artnoir among others. 

The Internship Manager is responsible for all aspects of the Internship Program and includes significant collaboration with youth, artists, schools, volunteers/mentors, businesses, and Free Arts staff. The TAP team is led by the Program Director and includes the Creative Lab Manager, Portfolio Development Manager, and Program Coordinator. 

Responsibilities:

Program Planning & Recruitment

  • Implement and grow Internships and Learning Pods based on the newly developed Strategic Plan.
  • Secure Internship and Learning Pod placements including businesses, non-profit organizations, and artist studios among others
    • Internship placements: 80-100 annually
  • Work with the placement supervisor to develop a plan for success
  • Build a strong applicant pool of high school and college students from current programs with support from Program Managers
  • Create collateral and applications, run in-person information sessions, screen and interview candidates 
  • Match select interns with host companies based on their interests, education, availability, and skill level
  • Match selected interns with mentors
    • Recruit, screen, and train mentors

Management and Administration (with support from the Program Coordinator)

  • Manage all aspects of the onboarding process including collection for: 
    • W-9 forms, working papers, bill.com, payment requests, reimbursements, 
  • Conduct monthly check-ins with interns and host supervisors through calls, meetings, and emails 
  • Visit interns at sites 1-2 times per placement 
  • Track attendance in Salesforce 
  • Develop and collect evaluation forms from supervisors and interns
  • Compile and share relevant program information for communications and grant reporting 
  • Facilitate monthly workshops focused on career exposure and career readiness with leaders in the field 
  • Support other Free Arts Staff in facilitation for company visits in February & April
  • Conduct and lead other projects, as assigned

Engagement

  •  Maintain and expand relationships with Internship and Learning Pod hosts throughout the year
    • Send invitations to Free Arts events
    • Recognition in communications
    • Recruit employees as mentors
  • Collaborate with the Development team for special opportunities throughout the year 
  • Create opportunities to engage with:
    • Parents to support teen participation 
    • Future internship hosts 
    • Other art organizations/institutions and artists

Skills & Qualifications

  • Masters – or equivalent experience – in Workforce Readiness, Youth Development, or relevant field in High school and/or College Internships
  • Minimum of 3-5+ years of work experience that includes: helping young people build professional development skills;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Team-oriented, flexible ethos, with a track record of successful collaboration
  • Skilled in positive/strengths-based youth development 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about the visual arts arena
  • Strong cultural competence skills
  • Strong public speaking & facilitation skills
  • Social media fluency (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred

Work Environment

Currently, Free Arts is operating with a hybrid of remote and in-office work. Presence in-office is required a minimum of 3 days a week. This role will regularly require in-person attendance at offices across the city. The day-to-day operations of this role require the use of a MacBook Pro, the ability to appear and participate in video conferences, and commute throughout the city to events as needed.

Other

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 have working proficiency, or more, in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proof of vaccination and a successful background check are required for employment. 

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. 

How to Apply

Please address resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Brandy Bajalia, Director of Programs at [email protected] with the subject Internship Manager. Applications are due on Friday, September 29, 2023.


Teaching Artist Facilitator

Department: Programs
Reports to: Program Manager & Development Manager
Rate: $25/hour
Pay Type: Contract (Annual Term: thru Dec. 31st, Renewable)

About Free Arts Days

Free Arts Days (FAD) pair 25-100 elementary age youth 1:1 with volunteers for an afternoon of art making and “mini mentoring.”sponsored by a corporation or individual together the pair rotate through a series of 2-3 art projects together that explore a single creative theme  – giving them the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art materials and connect with someone they might not otherwise meet.  Free Arts Days take place at community centers, schools and corporate offices.

About Art Parties

An Art Party is a volunteer-only employee engagement event for 25-100  that supports our Free Arts Day program. Volunteers hand paint bags; prep art materials; pack art kits; and other projects reflective of the season and our needs. Art Parties take place at corporate offices and the Free Arts office.  

About the Position

Teaching Artist Facilitators will support both the Free Arts Days and the Art parties and report to both the  Free Arts Day Program Manager and Development Manager.  in preparing for and leading program events. This includes assisting with preparation and day-of logistics ; supporting and guiding positive engagement with volunteers during Art Parties and between volunteer mentors and kids throughout FADs;  upholding Free Arts NYC’s philosophy and being an ambassador for the organization at events.

For Art Parties

  • Set up and break down and clean up event spaces based on activity
  • Set up and deliver video/powerpoint/music presentation as needed
  • Introduce Free Arts and lead orientation based on script
  • Greet and direct volunteers throughout event 

For Free Arts Day

  • Assist in setting up event space
  • Greet volunteers and youth at check in
  • Oversee art activities, pass out supplies, facilitate conversation between youth and volunteers, make suggestions, replenish supplies.
  • Assist with serving lunch
  • Clean up and reset the space

Availability Requirements

  • Flexible hours, weekdays, weekends and evenings 
  • 3 to 6 hours per event
  • Facilitators offered a minimum of 2-5 event opportunities per month in the spring and fall; and 10-20 event opportunities during the summer months.
  • Facilitators required to work at least ⅓ of offers per month. 
  • Dates and times change each week/month with the busiest times in July, August and December. 

Requirements for this position

  • Assertive and confident  public speakers who can lead large groups of both adults and youth in art making activities
  • Comfortable coaching and directing adults to work with youth 
  • Clear and open communicators, both verbally and in writing
  • Patient and attentive to participants (or, good client-service skills)
  • An adept multitasker 

In addition, we prefer candidates to have

  • BA/BFA or be a current undergraduate / graduate student in Art Education, Studio/Fine Arts, Social Work, or a related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Experience facilitating visual arts programs for youth in underserved communities – in school, community center and/or social service agency settings – that includes:
    • Team teaching/collaborative teaching
    • Working with a wide variety of art materials and techniques
    • Exceptional classroom management skills
    • An asset-based approach to youth development
    • A genuine passion for engaging youth via the arts
    • Experience with special needs youth and/or in inclusion settings

Physical Demands

This role requires the employee to report to the office or an event location regularly. The employee will be required to sit, walk, stand for long periods of time, bend, pack and unpack inventory, use hands repetitively to handle or operate office equipment including dollies, and lift up to 50lbs.

Other

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 have working proficiency, or more, in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proof of vaccination and a successful background check are required for employment. 

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.

How to Apply

Please address resume and cover letter to Jen May ([email protected]) with the subject Teaching Artist Facilitator position.


INTERNSHIPS

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