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Employment Opportunities

Current Employment Opportunities: 

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

The New York Studio School, founded in 1964 by artists for artists and located in the historic Greenwich Village building that served as the original home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, is currently seeking an experienced, thoughtful, and effective Director of Development to join a small, dedicated staff at a time of exciting growth.

The Director of Development is a full-time, externally facing position that plays a critical role in advancing a culture of philanthropy to support increased revenue and the School’s organizational and programmatic expansion. The position is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing NYSS fundraising efforts, including strategic communications, institutional and corporate giving, donor relations and engagement, annual campaigns, and special events. The Director of Development will serve as a thought partner for the institution, reporting to the Dean and the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and working closely and collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, Development Officer, Bursar, and other staff.

The New York Studio School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation. The School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as main point of contact for donors and ambassador for the organization
  • Work with board and key staff to lead and execute long- and short-term strategic fundraising plans, and to articulate compelling, authentic cases for support
  • Build and implement effective prospect research and cultivation plan
  • Oversee planning and execution of annual benefit and other events
  • Conceive a holistic development-related communications plan
  • Oversee calendar of grant deadlines and related reporting
  • Oversee preparation of grant proposals and associated reports
  • Lead development of alumni engagement initiatives and appeal campaigns

Qualifications/Competencies:

  • A minimum of five years results-oriented development experience, ideally within the arts, culture, or educational fields
  • Proven track record in implementing fundraising campaigns, securing major gifts, and cultivating individual donors
  • Ability to articulate the vision and mission of the New York Studio School
  • Diplomatic, collaborative, and solutions-driven
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including proofreading
  • Experience managing deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Passion for art and creative thinking
  • Demonstrated professional demeanor and ability to handle confidential information
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM, and with Excel

Compensation:

This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of $75,000 – $90,000, dependent on experience, with room for growth. It includes NYSS’s full benefits package.

Additional Information:

This job description is not designed to cover all duties or responsibilities connected to this role. NYSS hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, with some evening work and travel. The offices are located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, in a historic building that does not meet ADA compliant standards. The staff is presently working both onsite and remotely.

About NYSS:

The New York Studio School emphasizes perception and drawing, providing its students with the means to develop a language for expression of a personal artistic vision. This education is a preamble to a lifetime’s engagement in drawing, painting, or sculpture. Students are encouraged to think independently and work with dedication. From its National Historic Landmark home on West 8th Street in New York City, the Studio School offers a range of courses and educational programs including a three-year Certificate program, two-year Master of Fine Arts, its signature one- and two-week immersive Marathon workshops, and Evening & Weekend courses. A twice-weekly Lecture Series and a Gallery for short-term exhibitions, both open to the public free of charge, bring together prominent figures of the art world to share perspectives about contemporary art.

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Studio School swiftly brought its programs online and achieved success with its pilot virtual programming. Since the 2020 Summer Session, the School has steadily expanded its virtual offerings, including launching a new Virtual Certificate Program, allowing aspiring artists across the globe to experience its unique pedagogical approach. A safe and healthy work environment is the School’s utmost priority, and NYSS is proud to have kept all staff on payroll throughout the pandemic.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume, including contact information for three references, as one PDF document to humanresources@nyss.org. Please put “Your Name – Director of Development” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Two rounds of interviews are anticipated, to take place in early 2022.


REGISTRAR

The New York Studio School, founded in 1964 by artists for artists offers a variety of studio-centric academic programs including a two-year MFA degree, a three-year Certificate, a three-year Virtual Certificate, intensive two-week Marathons, Virtual Intersession Marathons and a range of Evening & Weekend classes. Located in the historic Greenwich Village building that served as the original home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the School is currently seeking an articulate, kind, collaborative and exceedingly organized Registrar to join a small, dedicated staff in furthering the School’s mission and supporting its students.

The Registrar is involved with all aspects of student admissions and student experience at the School. This dynamic hands-on position interacts with artists of all ages and backgrounds within the School’s vibrant community. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally detail-oriented, sensitive to student concerns, discreet, hardworking, patient, and fair and will be able to prioritize tasks, communicate clearly and effectively, be solution-oriented and a team player within the School’s staff. 

The Registrar reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean and works closely with the Recruitment & Public Outreach Officer, the Bursar/Accounts Manager, along with all members of the School’s faculty and staff as their roles pertain to student life. This position is a key position within the School and its full-time hours are typically Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. The School located in a historic building that does not meet ADA compliant standards. Staff members are presently working both onsite and remotely.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Admissions: Receive and process applications across all academic offerings (full-time and part-time); update and maintain Slideroom for application processing; schedule and conduct full-time applicant interviews; receive, process and ensure completion of all applications and related correspondence; collaborate closely on recruitment efforts and strategies; maintain student exchange programs with international and national schools.
  • Registration and records: [ACCESS is the School’s primary database for student records]; Maintain accurate student records; maintain relationships toward transfer credit agreements with accredited institutions; distribute, process & track grades for all MFA students; provide academic transcripts; certify the awarding of Degrees and Certificates; provide current and projected enrollment statistics to appropriate staff members; distribute and maintain student course evaluation forms across all programs.
  • Compliance: Serve as the School’s Title IX Coordinator and maintain all corresponding standards; collect immunization forms as per NY State Regulations; report to the NY State Department of Education in compliance with MFA standards Act as the compliance officer for the NY State Veterans Administration Bureau; generate detailed state, system & federal reports to meet reporting deadlines.
  • Student Services: Advise students on academic, professional and personal concerns; generate a weekly email newsletter for students; meet regularly with student representatives; update and receive financial aid applications and appeals; allocate Tuition Remission roles and oversee Tuition Remission program; organize and conduct tri-annual new student Orientations; address all matters concerning academic standards and progress; oversee the upkeep and enforcement of Student Handbook and general codes of Student Conduct.
  • International Student Services: Serve as the Primary Designated School Officer (PDSO – training provided) to assist students with and prepare I-20 forms for M-1 and F-1 student visas and in filing OPT applications; oversee and complete SEVIS recertification process (every three years).
  • Additional other duties as assigned

 Ideal Qualifications

  • Diplomacy, exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Versatility and solution-oriented mindset
  • Bachelors degree required / Masters degree preferred
  • Administrative experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience working with international students and SEVIS
  • Background and/or aptitude for working with numbers and record keeping
  • Excellent organizational skills and an affinity for data systems
  • Independent professional judgment and dedication of a team player
  • Creative problem-solving skills and compassion in dealing with complex student issues
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Access and web applications

Compensation

This is a full-time position with a starting salary of approximately $60,000 – $70,000 with growth opportunity. NYSS offers a benefits package that includes health care coverage.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please send as a single pdf: Cover Letter; Resume; names and contact details of at least three references to: humanresources@nyss.org No phone calls please.  Please include in the subject line “Your Name – Registrar application”

The New York Studio School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.

Interviews will begin in 2022 and continue until the position is filled.


EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS OFFICER

The New York Studio School, founded in 1964 by artists for artists and located in the historic Greenwich Village building that served as the original home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, is currently seeking a collaborative, thoughtful, and organized Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer to join a small, dedicated staff in supporting its mission and realizing its public programming.

The Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer is a full-time position that plays a critical role in advancing the organization’s primary public-facing activities: the Evening Lecture Series and the Gallery Exhibitions. Working in close collaboration with the Dean, the Dean’s Assistant, and other thought partners, the position is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the annual slate of exhibitions in the NYSS Gallery and both seasons each year (Fall and Spring) of the Evening Lecture Series.

For over fifty years, the Gallery Exhibitions and the Evening Lecture Series have been an essential component of the School’s pedagogical program. Free and open to the public, they are also a contributing element of the cultural landscape of New York and a wider arts community. The School seeks to build on the strong history and caliber of these programs, to reach new audiences, foster dialogue among presenters, and to bring timely subjects and dynamic, engaging voices to the School community and beyond.

The NYSS Gallery typically hosts eight to ten exhibitions per year, often focusing attention on unsung historical figures or lesser-seen bodies of work from well-known artists. The annual calendar also includes Certificate and MFA Thesis exhibitions, as well as an annual Alumni Exhibition.

The Evening Lecture Series typically encompasses around 30 lectures per year, involving between 40 and 50 speakers. The roster includes a diverse representation of emerging and established artists, curators, critics, art historians, and other cultural workers. Tuesdays showcase contemporary artists discussing their practice; Wednesdays feature curators discussing new museum exhibitions, authors and critics discussing new books, and scholars sharing research. The Evening Lecture Series is presented with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by a number of foundations and individuals.

Recent speakers have included Carmen Baumbach, Cecily Brown, Derek Fordjour, William Kentridge, Martin Puryear, Amy Sherald, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Lisa Yuskavage.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Series has been conducted virtually over Zoom webinar and YouTube Live. Lectures are subsequently archived and, with the permission of the speakers, made accessible online via the School’s YouTube channel. Prior to the pandemic, the in-person Series was an essential aspect of the School community experience, with a reception for all participants and an intimate dinner in the Whitney Studio for the speakers and select guests following most programs. We hope to return in future to hosting in-person gatherings as well as continuing the livestreaming of programs to as wide an audience as possible.

The New York Studio School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation. The School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work closely and collaboratively with Dean, Dean’s Assistant, and other thought partners to identify compelling and innovative future exhibition and lecture subjects, as well as ideas for speakers and guest curators, potential institutional partners, and funding sources
  • Plan and manage calendar of exhibitions, including annual thesis and alumni exhibitions and related communications with students, and calendar of Evening Lecture Series
  • Foster engaged and professional working relationships with all partners and collaborators
  • Prepare and manage all loan and other exhibition-related paperwork, including checklists and press releases
  • Oversee and participate in the install and de-install of all Gallery exhibitions; help to train students hanging their own works in best practices
  • Prepare and manage all Lecture Series-related paperwork, including speaker agreements and releases, and print and web publicity
  • Monitor and maintain environmental conditions in the Gallery
  • Provide lecture- and exhibition-related content for social and other communications
  • Collaborate with Development department to cultivate a circle of supporters for the Gallery and the Evening Lecture Series
  • Oversee and populate the School’s Artsy account
  • Manage the School’s internal inventory of art

Qualifications:

  • Experience managing arts/cultural public programming; previous experience at a visual arts nonprofit or educational institution is a plus
  • Knowledge of contemporary art, and ideally having relationships with artists, gallerists, museum workers, art historians, and others
  • Collaborative, creative, and organized
  • Ability to articulate the vision and mission of the New York Studio School and possessing the strong desire to further this mission
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including proofreading
  • Experience managing deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Passion for art and creative thinking

Compensation:

This is a full-time position with a starting salary of approximately $55,000. NYSS offers a benefits package that includes health care coverage.

Additional Information:

This job description is not designed to cover all duties or responsibilities connected to this role. Standard NYSS hours are Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm; the Evening Lecture Series begins at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 11 weeks each semester, and during this time the hours of this position will be adjusted. The offices are located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, in a historic building that does not meet ADA compliant standards. The staff is presently working both onsite and remotely.

About NYSS:

The New York Studio School emphasizes perception and drawing, providing its students with the means to develop a language for expression of a personal artistic vision. This education is a preamble to a lifetime’s engagement in drawing, painting, or sculpture. Students are encouraged to think independently and work with dedication. From its home in eight landmark brownstones on West 8th Street in New York City, the Studio School offers a range of courses and educational programs including a three-year Certificate program, two-year Master of Fine Arts, its signature one- and two-week immersive Marathon workshops, and Evening & Weekend courses. A twice-weekly Lecture Series and a Gallery for short-term exhibitions, both open to the public free of charge, bring together prominent figures of the art world to share perspectives about contemporary art. In March 2020, in response to the COVID emergency, the Studio School swiftly brought its programs online and achieved success with pilot Virtual Programs, beginning with the 2020 Summer Session. The School is presently expanding its virtual offerings, including a Virtual Certificate Program, on a national and international scale, allowing aspiring artists everywhere to participate in its unique New York-based experience.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume, including contact information for three references, as one PDF document to humanresources@nyss.org. Please put “Your Name – Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Two rounds of interviews are anticipated, to take place in early 2022.


ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN

The New York Studio School seeks a part-time weekend Assistant Custodian. This position is responsible for the routine cleaning of the building. The Assistant Custodian will coordinate with the Custodian, and report to the Facilities Manager. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning of the entrance, offices, hallways, sidewalks, and other areas as needed
  • Daily detailed cleaning and restocking of bathrooms
  • Sanitizing touch surfaces
  • Trash removal
  • Sweeping and mopping floors
  • Snow shoveling and salt spreading
  • Inspection of building and reporting of necessary maintenance along with safety, sanitary or fire hazards
  • Move or rearrange chairs, tables, desks, furniture, and other equipment as directed
  • Other duties as assigned

Starting pay: $16.00/hr
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm
Flexibility of schedule and availability to work additional hours when needed is a plus.

Requirements:

  • Able to speak, read, and write in the English language.
  • Able to interpret and follow labeled uses of cleaning products
  • Able to take direction and work as part of a team, as well as independently
  • Able to lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Able to perform frequent bending, lifting and walking, including climbing and descending stairs frequently
  • Able to use ladders safely
  • Able to clear a background checkAble to work legally in the United States
  • Able to prioritize and complete work in a timely fashion
  • Able to work professionally and courteously

Must have a minimum 2 years custodial experience.
Experience in a historic building and/or working around art is preferred.

Interested candidates may apply here.

 

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