The Foundation Jobs & Internships

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.





Joan Mitchell Center Artist Centered Programs Associate

New Orleans, LA

Established in 1993, The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. 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.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is currently seeking an Artist-Centered Programs Associate for their Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.  Reporting to the Artist Center Program Manager, the Artist Centered Programs Associate (ACPA) provides administration for technical and on the ground support of programs, grants, and related events developed and administered by the Foundation to support contemporary artists at the Joan Mitchell Center.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Administration and Programming

  • Coordinate, schedule and organize the day to day activities of the AIRs, guests, professional development consultants and general public
  • Track, record and maintain all internal programmatic filing systems including but not limited to the Master AIR document, databases, resource spreadsheets.
  • Support promotions and marketing of JMC programming via print and social media channels as well as industry specific publications
  • Oversee calendar of events, programs and projects
  • Manage the digital media lab and offer support to AIRs
  • Manage weekly newsletter and correspondence with AIRs
  • Coordinate with the programs team for all JMC events
  • Coordinate all off site field trips as well as professional development schedules for workshops, one on one visits and seminars.
  • Schedule all intakes, exit interviews and meetings with the AIRs for the programs team
  • Coordinate travel with all internal deadlines on budget
  • Oversee intern activities, as needed
  • Provide evening and weekend support as first responder for artist on site
  • Organize all artist materials with the program team at JMC
  • Provide general support to the JMC Director on various daily and ad hoc activities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
General

  • Participate in staff meetings and regular communications with the Senior administration and/or other staff to plan and evaluate overall programming
  • Participate in program team meetings led by Senior Director of Programs
  • Travel as needed, locally (NOLA), statewide and nationally to evaluate programs/procedures and provide feedback and recommendations for improvements.
  • Attend work-related conferences and workshops

 

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree in an arts or humanities field or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum three years working in an administrative capacity
  • Familiarity and ease with Mac based computer systems
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and public speaking
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Proactive and solution driven
  • Flexible schedule (evenings and/or weekends)
  • History of relationship building with artists
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation mission, vision, purpose, and core values
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@joanmitchellfoundation.org with the Subject Line: JMC – Artist Center Programs Associate

Joan Mitchell Center Artist Centered Program Manager

New Orleans, LA

Established in 1993, The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. 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.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is currently seeking an Artist-Centered Program Manager for their Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.  Reporting to the Joan Mitchell Center Director, the Artist Centered Programs Manager (ACPM) provides administrative and event support for all JMC residency and public programming and manages the programmatic team under the direction of the Joan Mitchell Center Director’s strategic vision. 

The ideal candidate has 5+ years previous experience, 3+ years managerial experience, and a demonstrated ability to track project management and budgets.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Artist-in-Residence Program

  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of the AIR program, Guest Stay program and Site Use Grant under the direction of the JMC Director
  • Manage the program team at the JMC
  • Administer the operating budget including approval for and control of expenditures. 
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager to ensure smooth and efficient management of the AIR program and all Center programming.
  • Research and document current contemporary arts administrative systems for programming and residencies
  • Provide on-going reporting of the AIR program to the JMC Director
  • Support promotions and marketing of JMC programming via print and social media channels as well as industry specific publications with the JMC Director and collaborate with the Communications Manager
  • Oversee institutional memberships and subscriptions
  • Oversee the annual JMC calendar of events
  • Manage the production of all public programs at JMC
  • Provide general support to the JMC Director on various daily and ad hoc activities
  • Assist with the planning and scheduling of panels and jury for artist programs
  • Research and coordinate professional development opportunities for artists
  • Maintain artist contracts, insurance forms and related documents
  • Maintain the documentation of all JMC programming, including NOLA, AIR, and public Center events

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
General

  • Administer the operating budget including approval for and control of expenditures. 
  • Prepare recommendations on budgetary needs as related to programming, including fiscal justification
  • Participate in staff meetings and regular communications with the Senior administration and/or other staff to plan and evaluate overall programming
  • Participate in program team meetings as needed led by Senior Director of Programs
  • Travel as needed, locally (NOLA), statewide and nationally to evaluate programs/procedures and provide feedback and recommendations for improvements. Attend work-related conferences and workshops

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED

  • Minimum five years working in an organization that works with artists
  • Minimum three years managerial experience and working with collaborative teams
  • Experience overseeing a budget
  • Familiarity and ease with Mac based computer systems
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and public speaking
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Proactive and solution driven
  • Flexible schedule (evenings and/or weekends, if necessary)
  • History of relationship building with artists
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation mission, vision, purpose, and core values
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@joanmitchellcenter.org with the subject line: JMC – Program Manager

Provenance Researcher

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné
New York, NY

Established in 1993, The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. The Foundation includes the promotion and preservation of Joan Mitchell’s legacy as part of its mission; one way in which it does this is through its support of the Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné.

The Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné is presently researching Joan Mitchell’s paintings in preparation of a catalogue raisonné. This will be a scholarly publication documenting all of the artist’s painted work, including entries for each painting with complete descriptive information and detailed histories of ownership, exhibitions, and literature.

The Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné is currently seeking a Provenance Researcher.  Reporting to the Project Director, the Provenance Researcher aids with the collection of information about Joan Mitchell’s paintings, in the aim of establishing a chronology of ownership history for every known painting by the artist. This person sources provenance information from archival, bibliographic, and digital resources. With the Project Director, the Provenance Researcher undertakes outreach to private collectors and museums in order to gather artwork information and to corroborate chains of painting ownership, as well as the establish catalogue details for each painting. The Researcher helps to acquire or arrange for photography of paintings, and assists in maintaining the digital database of images accrued.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Researches within archives and libraries to locate materials relating to Joan Mitchell’s painted works
  • Cultivates relationships with private collectors and museums in order to gain their cooperation with the catalogue raisonné project
  • Maintains internal files for all paintings and collectors
  • Maintains the digital archive of images, and coordinates new photography
  • Examines and documents paintings in private and public collections through precise measuring; identifying artwork medium and materials; capturing images of recto and verso details
  • Updates database (FileMaker) with all information obtained through research and visual examination of paintings
  • Other duties as assigned




QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History and 3+ years of work experience required; Master’s degree in Art History is preferred
  • Reading proficiency in French
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with close attention to detail
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to identify painting materials, as well as a high level of comfort with examining artworks in person
  • Extensive experience researching within libraries and archives
  • Experience working with private collectors, galleries, and museums
  • High level of comfort with relational databases
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Capacity to execute tasks with accuracy, consistency, efficiency, and attention to detail
  • Pleasant demeanor, a sense of humor, and professional work style
  • Ability to organize, prioritize workload, and handle multiple tasks under pressure
  • Honesty, integrity, and confidentiality

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to hr@joanmitchellcr.org with the subject line: JMCR – Provenance Researcher

Collections Manager

New York, NY
 

The Collections Manager is responsible for managing the Foundation's artwork collection. He/she oversees storage, documentation, conservation, and appraisal of all objects in the collection, as well as coordinating access to the collection for scholars and curators and overseeing all aspects of loans and consignments (domestic and international). The Collections Manager creates and implements policies and procedures to ensure proper care and stewardship of the collection (which includes paintings, works on paper, prints, and a variety of other mediums). In addition, the Collections Manager is responsible for day-to-day registrar responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Collections Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Inventory Management:  Maintain accurate and up-to-date visual and written documentation of each artwork in the Foundation’s collections management database and its hard-copy object files. Maintain accurate and current inventory of the collection and all object locations. Participate in annual audit and facilitate periodic spot checks.
     
  • Storage: Monitor art storage and exhibition spaces for temperature/humidity, environmental hazards, safety, cleanliness, and ongoing maintenance concerns. Ensure that objects are housed in accordance with professional standards, consulting with a conservator when needed. Participate in planning for long-term care and storage of collection, overseeing any potential relocation to new storage facility.
     
  • Conservation: Monitor the condition of each object in the collection and arrange conservation treatment when necessary. Maintain conservation reports and monitor conservation treatments, prioritizing treatments as needed. Work with conservators to create individualized exhibition guidelines for each object in the collection. Maintain written and visual condition reports for objects prior to loan or consignment, and upon return.
     
  • Handling and Transportation: Arrange for the safe handling, crating, transportation, framing, and installation of objects from the collection. Coordinate all transit arrangements, including courier transit, ground transit, hotel accommodations, and per diem. Occasionally act as domestic and international courier for artworks on loan or consignment. Schedule and oversee artwork viewings for scholars and curators.
     
  • Appraisals and Insurance: In concert with the Foundation’s CEO and Legacy Committee, ensure that the collection is properly valued. Coordinate insurance valuations when needed and update recorded values accordingly, keeping the Foundation’s insurance broker apprised of changes. Work with insurance broker to ensure that the collection is properly protected, reviewing and approving policy coverage as needed. Review potential borrowers’ and consignees’ facility reports and insurance policies to confirm their full compliance with Foundation standards as defined by the Foundation’s attorneys and insurance agent, negotiating terms as needed.
     
  • Loans and Consignments: Facilitate and process loans and consignments, negotiating terms as needed. Review facility reports and schedules provided by potential borrowers/consignees and engage the Foundation's attorneys and insurance agent in preparation of loan/consignment agreements. Enlist and schedule the services of art handlers, framers, crate fabricators, and shippers as needed. Ensure that contracts are adhered to at all times, including monitoring climate readings. Maintain accurate exhibition and loan files, containing all legal agreements, checklists, floor plans, exhibition budgets, and relevant correspondence.
     
  • Sales: Work with the Foundation’s CEO to monitor the sale of artworks from the collection through the Foundation’s sales agent(s). Ensure that sales are properly approved and necessary paperwork is received. Maintain records of invoices and payment advisements, and enter sales information in database.
     
  • Budget Oversight: Work with the Senior Director of Finance to maintain an annual budget accommodating all costs related to collection care and exhibition expenses.

     

     

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Fine Arts, or Museum Studies, or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree preferred
     
  • Minimum five years practical experience in museum or private collection registration and collections management, with a thorough knowledge of best practices in object storage, conservation, insurance, handling, and documentation, including condition reports
     
  • Experience overseeing national and international art transport, and strong working knowledge of best practices in art handling, packing and shipping
     
  • Experience creating and implementing policies related to collection care and stewardship
     
  • Extensive experience with collections management software, preferably FileMaker Pro
     
  • Prior experience rehousing or moving a collection is particularly valued
     
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to manage multiple long-term projects simultaneously   
     
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic
     
  • Ability to communicate clearly and with professionalism within the Foundation’s team and externally
     
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
     
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s mission, vision, purpose, and core values
     
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
     

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 settings
     
  • Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally and/or internationally, 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 jobs@joanmitchellfoundation.org with the subject line, “Collections Manager.”

Office Administrator

Joan Mitchell Center
New Orleans, LA

Established in 1993, The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. 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.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation is currently seeking an Office Administrator for their Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Office Administrator is typically the first person that visitors or Artists in Residence encounter when working with the Center.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years hands-on office management experience, a demonstrated ability to help maintain the operations of an office and the demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of people from visitors, artists to internal staff.
 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide general reception duties, including (but not limited to) answering office phone lines, meeting and greeting visitors, distributing mail, maintain general calendars, Artists In Residence participants, and guests
  • •Participate in the orientation of guests coming to stay at the Joan Mitchell Center
  • Purchase and oversee regular upkeep of office supplies, equipment, software and furniture
  • Work in collaboration with the Operations Manager and tech support to provide on-site tech support to staff including coordinating trainings, purchasing supplies, equipment, software and furniture
  • •Support the Operations Manager in maintaining and updating the Joan Mitchell Center Operations Manual and Emergency Action Plan
  • Update and maintain files stored on the Foundation server, Google Drive, Constant Contact, and contacts database
  • Oversee the coordination and preparation of meetings and events, including but not limited to preparing and distributing invitations, managing guest lists and RSVPs, preparing agendas and related materials, ordering catering, providing tech and AV support, and setting up and breaking down meeting spaces; as well as establishing event planning systems for efficiency
  • Coordinate travel schedules and arrangements for staff, artists, and visitors as necessary
  • Maintain Center’s general invoices and receipts and import for payment/documentation through the Foundation expense system
  • Provide administrative support to the Center Director, Center’s artist residency, and public programs as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
     

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED

  • College level degree and/or 2-5 years of work experience in an administrative capacity
  • Proficiency with Windows and Mac based operating systems, Google Apps, and competency with media (AV).
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills preferred, as well as basic–intermediate computer software knowledge (Mac and PC).
  • Ability to work closely with IT Professionals, and convey technical information or process in layman’s terms
  • Driver’s license with an excellent driving record, and willingness to operate the company minivan to run errands or transport staff/guests, as needed
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Capacity to execute tasks with accuracy, consistency, efficiency, and attention to detail
  • Pleasant demeanor, a sense of humor, and professional work style
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organize, prioritize workload, and handle multiple tasks under pressure
  • Honesty, integrity, and confidentiality

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@joanmitchellfoundation.org with the Subject Line: JMC – Office Administrator