We are seeking a dynamic and professional team-member to work in a collaborative and creative office to oversee and execute all of the Wassaic Project’s public programs, special events and exhibitions.
This position has previously encompassed our Summer Exhibition, Last Saturday Programs, and Summer Festival as well as occasional additional programs. In the next few years, we expect our summer programming to
grow rapidly with creative input from the Programs and Exhibitions Manager.
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional project manager with experience in the arts who has an awesome rapport with their co-workers. Special consideration will be given to those with experience in exhibitions and/or programming.
This is a year-round position, following this schedule:
October - April: part-time in NYC or Wassaic, TBD depending on the candidate
May - September: full-time in Wassaic
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 16th
A connector and team player: someone who is comfortable working closely with a wide variety of people and finding ways for them to collaborate and communicate
- An excellent manager who can assess the skills of others and assign tasks accordingly
- Terrific organizational skills; You should be ruthlessly efficient and accurate with a to-do list, while being able to imagine a larger future and brainstorm ways to get there
- Flexible working style and ability to remain calm in an active and decentralized office
- Energetic and positive, with a good sense of humor and passion for improving the lives of others through the arts
- An interest in joining the Wassaic Project community
- Oversee annual summer exhibition proposal process from creating the proposal form to informing artists of acceptance to fielding artist’s questions working closely with the curators (the co-directors)
- Oversee the physical install and de-install of the work of over 60 emerging artists
- Manage the daily operation of the summer exhibition and sales of artwork
- Coordinate programming and onsite logistics for an annual summer festival attended by 3,500+ people. The festival programming includes 25 bands, 5 film screenings, 3 dance performances, 10 artist talks and more.
- Coordinate Last Saturday programs as well as other special programs TBD developed by the Co-Directors and senior staff team
- Hire and train seasonal interns, and supervise their projects in New York and Wassaic
- Organize group task list including adjusting timelines and incorporating feedback
- Assist Co-Directors coordinating Winter Benefit and Summer Benefit including both lead up and follow up as well as the associated Editions Program print
- Coordinate Annual Appeal mailing and follow-up
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- 2+ years administration experience including project management and experience with public programming- Fluency in Adobe Create Suite, Google Docs, social media/wordpress, and basic HTML
- Basic competence with tools. Building skills a plus.
Programs and Exhibitions Manager reports to the Co-Directors and works collaboratively with other staff members.
COMPENSATION / WORK HOURS:
Start date: September 1st 2014 - full or part-time in Wassaic in September expected
- 24 hours / week, three days / week
- $1,500 / month on contract
May - September in WASSAIC:
- 5 full days / week in Wassaic, flexible hours, weekend work days required
- availability and attendance at all public events including weekends
- housing and studio to be discussed (have been provided in the past)
- $1,200 / month on contract
Winter - location flexible - Brooklyn and Wassaic both possible. Health Insurance is not offered. Reimbursement for the cost of a private plan negotiable.
Interested candidates should send send a single PDF that includes in the following order, each on a single page: cover letter, resume/cv, three professional references, to: email@example.com
Please put “Programs and Exhibitions Application” in the subject line for filtering.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 16th, 2014.
The Wassaic Project is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.
The Wassaic Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization, exists to provide a genuine and intimate context for art making and strengthening local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art.
The Wassaic Project programs music, art, dance and film at a level of excellence seldom available as such an intimate experience. The buildings that the project occupies, a converted grain elevator turned exhibition space, and an auction barn turned studio and workshop, are unique and historic.
Since 2008 the Wassaic Project has grown in annual attendance from 500 to over 5,000; developed the exhibitions program to include 3 or more exhibitions per year in over 8,000 square feet of gallery space; launched the guest curator program which has worked with 21 curators; developed the education program and started collaborating with local
school systems; and seamlessly integrated the Wassaic Project into the community and architecture of Wassaic, NY. The Wassaic Project has created collaborative programming with MASS MoCA, Recession Arts, the Invisible Dog, Galapagos Art Space, New Amsterdam Records, The Aldrich Museum, Allegra Laviola Gallery, Columbia University, and the New School.
In addition to producing excellent cultural programming, the Wassaic Project has become a constant economic stimulus in the Wassaic and Dutchess County region. The artists and staff increase the downtown population by 10%, and exhibitions and events bring a steady stream of visitors to the hamlet while the Wassaic Project sustains a deep
commitment to the history of our buildings and townspeople, and the beauty of our location.
The culture of the Wassaic Project’s team is one of high performance, transparency and flexibility. The staff works cooperatively as a team and is respectful of each other, the volunteer board that guides our work, and the donors and organizations with whom we work.