Jobs & Internships
Throughout the year, the Foundation provides several internship opportunities working on specific projects within the different departments and programs. To inquire about available internships, please send an inquiry inlcuding a letter explaining your area of interest, your desired dates of internship, and an updated resume by email to Toyia Phillips, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All current job and consultant openings will be posted below. Resumes may be submitted for consideration and will be kept on file.
Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road - Director/ New Orleans, LA
The Joan Mitchell Foundation is developing an innovative residency program and arts center for visual artists in New Orleans, Louisiana.
To advance this initiative, the Foundation is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, and creative team leader to serve as the Center Director and oversee all aspects of programming and operations at the Center.
Working closely with Center and Foundation staff, as well as the Board of Directors, the Center Director will have a critical role in the Center’s development. The Director will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director and Deputy Director and will travel to the Foundation’s offices in New York City, as needed.
About the Foundation:
The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society. Further information about the Foundation can be found at http://joanmitchellfoundation.org.
About the Center:
The Joan Mitchell Center is an LLC that is structured as a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Since early 2011, the Joan Mitchell Center has partnered with local and national arts organizations to support innovative programming for visual artists at the Center. In early 2013, the Joan Mitchell Center will be welcoming its first group of artists-in-residence (AIR). Visual artists will have the time and space to pursue their artistic practice, as well as the potential to engage with the diverse arts and cultural communities of New Orleans. An onsite studio building is currently in design for completion in Spring of 2014. In the meantime artists-in-residence will be working in nearby off site studios located in the French Quarter.
About the Position:
The Director will help set the tone, advocate, and achieve the mission and vision for the Center and be responsible for creating a sense of community both for the visiting artists and for the Center within the New Orleans’ arts community.
The Center Director will be responsible for:
• Development of, and adherence to, the Center's budget including all expenditures related to program and operation objectives;
• Oversight and leadership of the team of Senior Staff at the Center, including an AIR Director, Operations Manager and Facilities Managers;
• Oversight of all programs, operations and facilities at the Center;
• Development of the strategy for AIR applications, (whether a nominator process, open call or combination of both) and setting of the policy on the selection process;
• Strategic planning and oversight of program development as it moves forward;
• Regular reporting to Executive Director of the Foundation on the Center’s finances and program activities;
• Representation of the Center at local arts and community events as well as national and international events and conferences, as needed;
• Participation both locally and nationally in the dialogue about support to individual artists and the overall health and concerns of the arts and cultural community;
• Active investigation, participation and outreach in the field of AIR programs locally, nationally and internationally;
• Identifying and connecting with potential AIR partners and sponsors, particularly those outside of the United States;
• Development of evaluation procedures for maintaining ongoing evaluations and recommendations related to the Center’s programs and operations;
• Working as a leader who can move the Center to a professional level of service to artist residents, the New Orleans arts community and the cultural field at large;
• Ongoing development of partnerships locally, nationally and internationally;
• Working with staff to facilitate the Center's local Advisory Committee as a resource for program development and access to the cultural community in New Orleans;
• Working with staff to develop annual public programming reflecting the needs of the New Orleans' visual arts community.
Ideal candidate will have the following:
• High-level of experience managing an artist’s community, or other organization that supports individual visual artists;
• Minimum of ten years of experience working directly with visual artists, and five years of management related experience, particularly in the area of financial oversight and budget development;
• Understanding and respect of the creative process and the needs of a diverse group of practicing artists;
• Experience implementing and leading ambitious, new programs;
• Strong written and oral communication , and organizational skills, including the ability to convey the intangibles of the value of an artist’s residency experience for practicing artists;
• Is a team player and values the contributions of team members;
• Demonstrated ability and experience in leadership roles as well as working collaboratively;
• Knowledge of the different models of both established and experimental artists in residence programs;
• Understanding of, and demonstrated experience in, community engagement practices that support cultural equity for all its members.
Preference will be given to those applicants who can communicate in their cover letter that they have the ability, willingness, and energy to embrace an exciting, challenging and unique opportunity with a flexible, innovative approach, as well as integrity, confidence, a collaborative nature and a sense of humor.
This is a full-time position, with excellent benefits that begins in early 2013. Relocation assistance will be provided for this position if needed.
Deadline for applications: Friday, November 9, 2012, 5pm EST.
Please include a cover letter, CV or resume, and complete the following questions (in a separate document):
Center Director Candidate Questionnaire
(500 total word limit – please)
1. What interests you in most in this opportunity?
2. Briefly describe your most relevant experiences and skills that feel make you the ideal candidate for this position.
3. What should we know about you and/or your background that might not be evident in your CV/resume or cover letter?
The Foundation is accepting applications immediately by email:
email@example.com, and will contact qualified applicants for interviews on a rolling basis as received.
No telephone calls please. Questions about the application process can be directed the above email.