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.

 

Jump to current open positions: 

New York: 
Artist Programs Assistant
Researcher/Catalogue Raisonné Project Intern

New Orleans: 
Director, Joan Mitchell Center
Operations Manager


Artist Programs Assistant

New York, NY

STATUS:  Part-time, Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Artist Programs 

POSITION SUMMARY
The Artist Programs Assistant (APA) works closely with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s program team to provide administrative support and coordination for its artist-centered programs which support contemporary artists. These include but are not limited to: grantmaking programs, professional development and early career artist programs. The APA will also provide administrative support for departmental meetings and initiatives; and for related events. The APA works closely with three Artist Program Managers and reports to the Senior Director of Artist Programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Serve as point of contact for artists and program inquiries, redirect queries as needed 
  • Support the development and dissemination of program information, support distribution of list-based correspondence to constituents 
  • Coordinate logistical and technical aspects of a monthly roster of one-on-one professional development consultations and workshops including registration, confirmation, arranging/troubleshooting in-person or virtual meetings, and evaluation
  • Support the administration of program application cycles, including online applications, jury review processes, notification and compliance
  • Coordinate travel and lodging for program jurors and other external guests
  • Create and maintain accurate program records in areas of responsibility on the JMF server and in hard copy as needed
  • Enter, update and transfer program data into JMF database
  • Circulate agendas and take notes for departmental meetings
  • Support the set up and breakdown of meetings, convenings and public events; arrange catering as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned 

 

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED 

  • 2-3 years experience working in an administrative capacity, preferably arts related
  • Familiarity and ease with Mac based computer systems
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with working with databases and application platforms like Submittable preferred
  • Proactive and solution driven
  • High level of personal and professional integrity, trustworthiness, strong work ethic
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation mission, vision, purpose and core values 
  • Flexible schedule (availability to work some evenings and/or weekends if needed)

SALARY
This is a part-time, hourly position that includes occasional evening or weekend hours. The pay rate is $20 per hour, 15 hours per week.

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, 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. 

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@joanmitchellfoundation.org with the Subject Line: JMF-Artist Programs Assistant

Researcher/Catalogue Raisonné Project Intern

New York, NY

POSITION SUMMARY

The Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné project 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 JMCR is seeking a part-time Research Intern to aid with the collection of information about exhibitions and published materials pertaining to Joan Mitchell’s paintings, as well as assisting with painting provenance research. This internship will provide exposure to the operations of a Catalogue Raisonné project and the opportunity to perform in-depth research on a single artist’s body of work. This is a paid internship which will last from early June through mid-August.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support JMCR research staff by obtaining copies of exhibition catalogues and brochures, periodical articles (journals, newspapers, etc.), historic gallery checklists, and other materials from local libraries and archives
  • Incorporate collected materials into the JMCR paper and digital filing systems
  • Aid with provenance research as needed
  • Provide administrative support as needed
  • Work alongside JMCR team to learn the operations of a Catalogue Raisonné project
  • Commitment of 3 days a week

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED

  • Art history undergraduate or graduate student
  • Experience performing research in art libraries and archives
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently with close attention to detail
  • Professional and friendly demeanor

ADA SPECIFICATIONS

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@joanmitchellcr.org. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, April 18, 2019. No phone calls or visits please.

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.

Director, Joan Mitchell Center

New Orleans, LA

STATUS: Full-time,exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Artist Programs    

POSITION SUMMARY
The Joan Mitchell Foundation seeks a creative, dynamic leader and team builder to serve as its next Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The Director will steward a vibrant artist residency center on two-acre site that supports the creative practices of local artists as well as visiting artists from across the country. Working with the Foundation’s New York leadership, the Director will guide and refine the Center’s artist residency program, develop related public programs and special projects to connect artists and communities, oversee the Center’s day-to-day operations, and develop plans for the next phase of capital work for full use of the six-building campus. 

The Director reports to and works closely with the Foundation’s Senior Director of Artist Programs to align an impactful residency program with the Foundation’s mission and core programmatic priorities, while thoughtfully developing the Center’s role in the New Orleans community and the broader arts community—as a resource for artists, a site for strategic convenings and a meaningful arts collaborator. This position oversees a small and dedicated team of program and operations staff on site and coordinates closely with the Foundation’s Senior Director of Finance and Administration to ensure appropriate operational resourcing for the Center, as well as the effective integration of the Foundation’s HR, administrative, and financial policies.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in nonprofit senior management, with a track record of strategically focused leadership and the ability to collaborate internally and externally to maximize program resources and impact. The candidate will be familiar with artists’ needs and committed to their sustainability and be solidly grounded in community engagement and/or social justice work. This individual will have the cultural competence, vision, and necessary skill sets to build and motivate a professional team and to bring the Center into its next phase of maturation as a program and sustainable operating site. The Director will be based on site in New Orleans, but should expect to travel several times each year to the Joan Mitchell Foundation offices in New York as well as nationally to represent our work and to network in the field. 

About Joan Mitchell Foundation and Joan Mitchell Center
The Joan Mitchell Center is a programmatic site of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. 

Complementing the Foundation's grant programs, the Joan Mitchell Center was developed to host artist residencies, providing working and living space on a two-acre campus in the historic and culturally diverse city of New Orleans. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, which welcomes local, national, and international artists, the Center produces public programming for the broader community of New Orleans, and serves as an incubator, conduit, and resource for partnerships in the arts. To learn more, visit joanmitchellfoundation.org.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s vision and values are rooted in the fact that it was established by an artist for artists. As we celebrate 25 years, we are examining and integrating our programs for artists, with intentionality and ambition, to ensure that we have a unified set of priorities and approaches to making impact. Since our first grants were given in 1994, the Foundation has intentionally worked with a diverse and intergenerational group of artists across the nation. It is essential that our staff reflects the diversity and range of perspectives we see among our artists. Our work is grounded in the stories of more than 1,000 supported artists whose lives demonstrate what it means to maintain a lifetime of creativity. We are committed to our role as advocates for the vital contributions artists make to society. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership and organizational integration

  • Work closely with Foundation senior management to set priorities and policies that align with the Foundation’s overarching philanthropic goals and to cultivate strategic partners of the Center nationally and internationally
  • Participate in and represent the Center’s work holistically in organization-wide planning efforts; inform and uphold Foundation policies and processes
  • Represent the Foundation and the Center’s work at local, national, and community events; work closely with the Communications team to develop effective messaging 

Artist support and community building

  • Oversee the Center’s cornerstone AIR (Artist-in-Residence) program, ensuring the selection and support of a diverse range of artistic voices locally, nationally, and internationally, and an atmosphere conducive to creativity, connection, and learning 
  • Build relationships with the Center’s neighbors, the local arts and culture field, and communities of greater New Orleans to establish the Center as a place to meet and connect with artists and the creative process
  • Establish regular programming, partnerships, and special projects to facilitate meaningful connections and resources for AIRs while addressing local needs
  • Actively participate and conduct investigations and outreach in the field of AIR programs locally, nationally, and internationally

 


Administration and team building

  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the Joan Mitchell Center and its campus systems, taking an integrated approach to program, hospitality, property/maintenance, technology, and housekeeping to best support mission and sustainability 
  • Foster an environment of teamwork at the Center and facilitate collaboration with NYC staff as appropriate to maximize resources and expertise
  • Develop and monitor the Center's annual budget and expenditures related to program and operating objectives; develop and steward long-term capital expenditures to repair and improve the campus
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of and provide regular recommendations and reporting on the Center finances, program activities, and operational needs 
  • Ensure an up-to-date emergency action plan is in place for the Center and that preparedness measures are factored into Center systems
  • Oversee all capital planning and future use of site

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • A direct understanding of artists’ lives and practice and a history of relationship building with artists
  • An entrepreneurial approach to management and strategic planning
  • Minimum five years of leadership or senior programmatic experience in an organization that works with artists or is community-based
  • Ability to think creatively and systemically about operations, sustainability, and partnerships;and to effectively communicate related priorities with staff, board, and community
  • Management experience with a team approach and commitment to mentoring staff
  • A history of working in New Orleans and/ or the South preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice work and grounding in anti-oppression training
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, for a broad range of constituents
  • Experience overseeing budgets and reporting on expenditures; capital project experience a plus
  • Experience identifying and contracting with consultants and vendors, familiarity with bidding processes and facility projects a plus
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchell Foundation mission, vision, purpose, and core values with the ability to look at our work consistently through the lens of equity
  • A sense of humor and healthy sense of work/life balance

ADA SPECIFICATIONS

  • While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 25 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, 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.

HOW TO APPLY

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

Operations Manager, Joan Mitchell Center

New Orleans, LA

STATUS:  Full-time, Exempt
REPORTS TO: JMC Director

POSITION OVERVIEW
Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center’s mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists. The Center, a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, is an artist residency center developed to offer both time and space for artists to create work in a contemplative environment. In addition to the Artists in Residence program, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts.

The Operations Manager is responsible for the creation, maintenance, assessment, and oversight of the Joan Mitchell Center’s property and operational systems as a program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The Manager will work to create clear and transparent roles and responsibilities for staff, including: Center protocols and procedures; maintenance and evaluation of the operations of the property and facilities; and assessment of integration of administration and programmatic components.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

Facilities and Property Systems

  • Ensure the smooth operations and ongoing maintenance and upkeep of all JMC property, grounds and facilities
  • Develop short- and long-term maintenance/renovation strategy/plans for all properties, in collaboration with the JMC Director, that align with appropriate Center and Foundation priorities
  • Manage the grounds, housekeeping and cooking staff; work with them to develop ongoing systems to ensure smooth operations of the facilities
  • Liaise with JMC Director and NYC-based Director of Facilities on relevant projects, processes and protocols
  • Act as Point Person for consultants and vendors relating to facilities and operations
  • Oversee security of property and emergency preparedness planning and execution
  • Coordinate strategic and operational planning with hospitality and property teams
  • Oversee special projects outside of traditional residency-related activities

Operational Systems

  • Manage major contracts with the JMC Director and JMF Senior Management Team as needed
  • Shape systems of accountability with clear policies and procedures
  • Compile, assess and keep up-to-date an internal operations manual for continuity of systems, which includes protocols and procedures for facility, property and office
  • Manage administrative systems for implementation relating to property use by artists, organizations, guests and staff
  • Standardize internal and external materials for staff use
  • Research and compile relevant AIR program documents
  • Recommend, engage and manage consultants and contractors for specific needs
  • Maintain a public space for computer/printer use
  • Create an orientation for guests in coordination with Program Director (to include special events) and oversee its application by staff 
     

 


Financial Coordination

  • Uphold JMC/JMF financial systems of accountability and work with Senior Director of Finance to implement/develop financial policies unique to JMC
  • Provide financial reports for Center Director and senior management as needed 
  • Maintain and review expense reports, departmental and/or project spending plans and budgets with staff 

Technology Oversight 

  • Oversee and manage work plan for IT support (in coordination with NYC Operations) including: software updates and needs; hardware maintenance and updates; organizing JMC server; operations and purchasing of devices; maintenance of phones, internet, and website services and equipment
  • Ensure creation of IT guide for staff reference
  • Organize regular professional development opportunities for staff in the area of technology, communication and computer use

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent Operations experience, no less than 5 years
  • Demonstrated success managing a team, preferably in a similar role
  • Ability to network and make professional connections
  • Ability to work with city and state agencies regarding physical property
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strategic planning around capital projects
  • Facilities and/or property management experience
  • Experience overseeing a budget
  • Experience with Mac based computer systems and intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Sense of humor
  • Proactive and solution driven
  • Flexible schedule (evenings and/or weekends, if necessary)
  • Flexibility to travel out of town for work-related events, as necessary
  • 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

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 20lbs, 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, on behalf of the Foundation

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@joanmitchellfoundation.org with the Subject Line: JMC-Operations Manager