Full Time Positions
Associate Coordinator of ArtAccess Programs
ArtAccess is a unique program of the Queens Museum designed specifically for visitors with special needs. Exposure to the arts plays an essential role in the lives of all people by promoting self-expression and communication. ArtAccess reaffirms the museum’s commitment to making its services accessible to all visitors, including those with varying physical, emotional and cognitive abilities. Most ArtAccess programs draw inspiration from the museum’s permanent exhibitions – The Panorama of the City of New York, the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Art, the World’s Fair Visible Storage and Gallery, and From Watershed to Faucets, the Marvel of New York City’s Water Supply System – as well as changing exhibitions, allowing teachers and program coordinators the flexibility to design an experience based on the needs of the students or clients. ArtAccess is an award-winning program honored by both the NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of People with Disabilities and VSAarts, an internationally recognized arts organization for people with special needs.
The Role of the ArtAccess Coordinator
The ArtAccess Coordinator will be responsible predominantly for the administrative, and some teaching and mentorship aspects of the ArtAccess and its grant-based programing. The coordinator will also be the lead educator- responsible for training, modeling for and coordinating part time teaching artists, art therapists, and interns, and will process timesheets and payroll for all ArtAccess educators. The coordinator will be working with school administrators in scheduling residencies and museum visits for students with multiple severe disabilities and mental disorders. Based on museum exhibitions, the coordinator will support the development of curriculum that is layered with multisensory experiences.
The candidate must have experience working with individuals with specials needs; and have training in Creative Arts Therapy. The position requires an individual who has had prior experience in a therapy program serving individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (i.e. Applied Behavioral Analysis instruction, Teaching Assistant, internship in Creative Arts Therapy). This individual will be working on implementing programming at the museum and/or offsite locations such as schools, Queens Library branches, and other community centers, s/he will coordinate and support teaching artists and art therapists who will facilitate some residencies and museum visits, or work on special grants based projects. This individual must be willing to travel within the five boroughs to various outreach locations and prep materials for off-site programming. The coordinator will assist in collaborative research and sharing through professional developments and conferences. Maintains the relationships with school partnerships and NYC DOE managing the ArtAccess calendar, which includes staffing, scheduling of part time art therapists, educators and interns, their orientation, professional development and training, booking spaces in the museum for on site and off-site programs and events.
• Coordinating all, and facilitating select ArtAccessadult and school programming for new and previous partner organizations, schools partnerships and 1 off group tour/workshops for district 75 multiple severe disabilities, district 79 alternative schools and programs, and self-contained classes to secure accessible museum programming and education services for individuals with disabilities.
• Working on administrative processes involving service delivery to the New York City Department of Education including submitting work order, filing purchase order and invoicing.
• Responsible for administrative aspects of ArtAccess adult programming, weekend Open Studio and family programs including scheduling, coordinating, creation of fliers, and sending email reminders to program participants.
• Responding to inquiries and scheduling tours and outreach programs for ArtAccess Programs.
• Becoming familiar with ADA standards, and supporting the ArtAccess manager in her collaborations with the museum’s curatorial department to support gallery accessibility, and on advising other departments on accessibility best practices and codes, and, coordinating the production of Braille, large print, video/audio transcription to ensure that the museum is inclusive as possible to people of all abilities.
• Organizing ArtAccess program’s educational curriculum with both studio and gallery-based components related to the museum’s exhibitions for learners of all ages, documenting ArtAccess projects’ processes and outcomes.
• Works with the manager of ArtAccess and school programs to develop and coordinate new partnerships, field trips, workshops, artist residencies, professional development that support special needs students from pre-K-12 schools.
• Support the implementation of programs and workshops through some co-leading, and training of new temporary and contractual educators, art therapists, and teaching artists.
• In collaboration with the manager of ArtAccess and teaching artists of each program or school residency, curates ArtAccess community exhibitions and celebrations of student work.
• Responsible for administrative aspects involving the work of temporary teaching artists, contractual museum educators, graduate interns and volunteers, such as planning, scheduling and support with teaching material.
• Maintains the art studio and orders supplies.
• Attends department and events meetings.
• Works with the ArtAccess team to disseminate the work of ArtAccess through presentations and /or publications.
• Process time sheets and payroll for ArtAccess contractual educators and consultants.
• Graduate degree in creative arts therapy, museum education/access, special education or related field. Experience in museum access or a closely related field and minimum two years of experience with special needs audiences required.
• Very strong administrative, organizational and multi-tasking skills, and excellent communication skills.
• Knowledge of current issues in special education and special education reform and integration, museum access, arts education, and community based art therapy.
• Experience working with people affected by autism is a major plus.
• Background in action research and diverse approaches to evaluation, assessment, and documentation, is preferred.
• Commitment to community-driven, student-centered teaching.
• Team player with a strong track record of collaboration and partnership.
• Self-motivated and effective communicator with public speaking skills.
• Commitment to ongoing personal growth and learning.
• Ability to be resourceful and creative problem solver.
• Able to thrive in culturally diverse settings.
• This position is a 5-day/week schedule and requires regular weekend availability, some evening hours as well, as the ability to travel throughout the borough of Queens.
The museum offers a generous compensation package, including health, dental, vision, and retirement plans. This position is full-time and exempt.
How to apply
Please email a cover letter and resume with “ArtAccess Coordinator” in the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and with your cover letter in the body of the e-mail. Please no calls.