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Jobs & Internships

Throughout the year, the Foundation provides several internship opportunities working on specific projects within the different departments and programs.

Any internship openings, jobs or other opportunities will be posted below. Résumés may be submitted for consideration and will be kept on file.



Communications Manager

The mission of the Joan Mitchell Foundation is to increase recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell, and grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To further achieve this mission the Foundation is hiring for the new position of Communications Manager, who will have the opportunity to shape the Foundation’s digital storytelling and public communications.

The Communications Manager will write and/or edit public relations materials, social media postings, and other communications in the field, and coordinate the general production and distribution of Foundation materials (e.g. program narratives, website content, press releases, educational materials, email blasts, and more). The Communications Manager will work with all departments and programs across the Foundation to plan and implement communications projects that support the mission, vision, and values of the Foundation. At a time in this country where the value of the arts is being questioned, this role will work to provide the Foundation with a platform for advocating for the value of artists. The ideal candidate will use their editorial and creative writing capacity to set a consistent language, tone, and voice of the Foundation’s public written materials, and act as the point person in media relations for both the New York and New Orleans offices. Working with various project teams and the Design & Media Manager, the Communications Manager will work collaboratively to produce compelling and consistent content that communicates the identity, work, and vision of the Foundation clearly to the public.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties that occupy a major portion of time and importance in the job)

  • Establish strategy, message, and posting calendar for social media. Coordinate with Design & Media Manager in sharing graphics and designed publications.
  • Write and/or edit and distribute (or approve for distribution) all public written content including media statements, press releases, media kits, and general announcements and narrative content.
  • Write audience-focused content for the web, through both the Foundation’s website, and social media. Coordinate with other staff to ensure information is relevant and current.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement public and media relations efforts to promote the Foundation’s programs. Increases awareness of work and programs, and disseminates information to the public.
  • Coordinate email communications, including contacts list management, distribution, tracking, and reporting.
  • Develop and implement a public relations strategy, drawing from the tenets of the Foundation’s Strategic plan. Coordinate with an external PR firm if necessary for major initiatives or location-specific projects.
  • Respond to public and media inquiries for information and serve as the contact for media representatives. Identify and report opportunities to relevant staff, and advise on message and strategy.
  • Monitor news coverage of Foundation’s activities, Joan Mitchell, and our artist recipients. Monitor broadcast, electronic, social media, and print stories, and provide media reports.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED (Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately)

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, English or related field.
  • 2-4 years full-time professional experience in communications or marketing, preferably with experience in arts, non-profit and/or politics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of constituencies both internal and external.
  • Fluency with Mac operating systems, Microsoft Office; experience with InDesign is a plus.
  • Experience working in various content management systems (Expression Engine and Wordpress ideally) and social media posting. Knowledge of basic HTML will be a plus.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS (Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)

  • While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 20 lbs, speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office sittings
  • Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally, on behalf of the Foundation

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation offers an exceptional benefits plan that includes generous paid time off, medical and dental/vision, life/disability coverage, FSA, a 401k match program and the opportunity to chart your own professional course!

Tell us about you and why you’d like to be a part of our team. Send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to with the subject line, “Communications Manager.”