11 Aug 2022


Youth Programs Manager

The Studio Museum in Harlem  New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

The Youth Programs Manager is responsible for developing and managing the implementation of the Studio Museum’s programs designed for teen communities and providing a safe environment for teens to express themselves creatively.
Youth Programs offer students the opportunity to meet and converse with prominent visual artists, express their ideas in discussions, participate in tours and hands-on workshops, learn about museums and career opportunities in the arts, and develop important communication and critical thinking skills.

Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community is an eight-month photography-based program for a select group of students enrolled in a high school or GED program. Participants work with a diverse group of arts professionals to explore issues related to community, history, and culture while learning the basics of photography in a regimen of art workshops, discussion groups, and field excursions. Expanding the Walls uses the work of renowned photographer James Van Der Zee as a catalyst for discussion and art-making. The program culminates with a celebration of the participants’ work.

The Teen Leadership Council is a group of New York City-based teens that foster a fun and safe space for teens to express creative ideas with The Studio Museum in Harlem. Teen Leadership Council members assist with planning and facilitating the Museum’s free programs for teens, including Art Looks and Studio Works, and collaborate with other teen organizations for special programs. Through visits to Museums, talks with arts professionals, and exchanges with their peers, the Teen Leadership Council nurtures creativity and ambition in developing the next generation of cultural programmers.

Teen Programs include Art Looks, a program that brings teens into the studios of contemporary artists, and behind the scenes of arts and cultural institutions, and Studio Works, an intensive art making workshop series designed to give teens an opportunity to work directly with professional artists. Additionally, Art Looks and Studio Works include virtual components, such as online DIYs created by Teen Leadership Council teens, and Teen Talks, an Instagram series in which TLC teens are in conversation with contemporary artists.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the development and implementation of youth programs, including the Museum’s signature youth program, Expanding the Walls, facilitated by the Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator
  • Ensure management of student learning around the following major program components: the Museum; the camera and image making; exposure to various paths and career opportunities in the arts; exhibition planning; community exchange and engagement
  • Supervise and support the Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator as they develop and implement the program; guide participants through all aspects of the program and annual exhibition
  • Recruit, develop, and facilitate the Teen Leadership Council program to facilitate youth engagement and exposure to career opportunities in the arts
  • Develop and implement teen programs, including Art Looks, Studio Works, and other teen-focused programs that introduce teens to contemporary artists, provide opportunities for art making, and build community through engagement with exhibitions and permanent collection
  • Collaborate with the Education Department, other Museum staff and program partners as necessary for various aspects of Expanding the Walls and youth programs.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with community-based organizations, schools, and other supporting institutions in an effort to extend Museum services across communities
  • Supervise and mentor participating youth
  • Support the Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator and Programs Assistant in organizing outreach and recruitment efforts for Expanding the Walls
  • Manage the teen social media account, developing and producing content, and managing workflow with the support of the Communications Department
  • Manage online website presence for youth programs, including program and calendar listings, multimedia content, and participant information
  • Build and plan the annual youth programs budget, in collaboration with the Associate Director of Education
  • Oversee the continual archive of Expanding the Walls photographic works
  • Participate in selection, onboarding, and supervision of Education interns, as needed
  • Manage Expanding the Walls participant and parent engagement for the Museum’s annual Luncheon, with the support of the Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator
  • Conduct program evaluations and maintain statistics, and documentation of programs, with support from the Programs Assistant.
  • Lead group visits for youth program-related groups as needed
  • Write year-end reports
  • Other duties as assigned


Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Number of:

Direct Reports: 1
Indirect Reports: 1

  • Recruitment – Collaborate with the Museum departments and external partners to recruit and select program participants in alignment with program goals
  • Performance Management – Provide clear direction, regular feedback, and appropriate support to program participants for success during program participation
  • Development – Vision, organize, and plan youth programs engagement; provide youth programs participants with appropriate professional development opportunities
  • Engagement – Ensure staff are effectively informed and connected with necessary information and tools for effective participation in teen programs
  • Culture & Environment – Model behaviors and attitudes consistent with The Studio Museum in Harlem’s mission, core values, and desired organizational culture


Key Stakeholders (who this position will interact with regularly):

Internal (excluding direct chain of command):

  • Education Department staff and interns
  • Curatorial Department
  • Communications Department
  • Development Department



  • New York City high school-age youth
  • New York City Department of Education; classroom teachers and program coordinators
  • Harlem community-based organizations; program coordinators


Travel Requirements:    ☒ Yes   ☐ No

Percent travel required: 26–50%

  • Primarily local travel, in Harlem, surrounding areas, and the five boroughs of New York City
  • Position work schedule includes some evening and weekend hours to lead and participate in Museum programs, and to meet job goals and deadlines


Physical Demands: ☒ Yes   ☐ No

Regular packing, lifting, and carrying program supplies



  • Candidates must have a BFA or MFA, background in art, art history, education, African American studies, or related fields
  • Minimum of five years relevant professional experience including work with school, cultural, and/or community spaces with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of programs for youth
  • Working knowledge of museum education pedagogy
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and artists’ practices
  • Experience with developing and implementing multilayered, robust program curricula
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Passion for the dual programmatic goals of achieving artistic and educational excellence through intensive, cohort-driven engagement, and broad audience participation
  • Experience in community outreach and developing relationships with cultural, social, and educational organizations
  • Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of programmatic partnerships
  • Ability to assess and manage multiple competing priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using PCs, MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other related software applications
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and tactfully, to represent the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
  • Flexibility with work schedule occasionally requiring evening and weekend hours


Competencies (Key Behaviors & Essential Abilities):

  • Commitment (Core Value), to the mission and values of The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Collaborative (Core Value), works well with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key external stakeholders (if applicable to the role)
  • Initiative (Core Value), takes self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and/or drive progress and positive change


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time.


Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@studiomuseum.org.
Be sure to include “Youth Programs Manager” in the subject line.
No phone calls or faxes.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.


Full-Time Job in Education:
Youth Programs Manager
The Studio Museum in Harlem
 New York, New York, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts management, education, manager, Programs, recruitment, school, and Youth. States: New York.
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