Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator

The Studio Museum in Harlem is looking for a highly motivated, energetic museum education professional to be responsible for the coordination of the Studio Museum’s signature Expanding the Walls Program.

Youth Programs at the Studio Museum provide a safe environment for teens to express themselves creatively. Programs offer students the opportunity to meet and converse with prominent visual artists, express their ideas in discussions, participate in tours and hands-on workshops, and develop important communication and critical thinking skills.

The Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator facilitates all aspects of Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community, a multi-faceted, intergenerational program that uses the James Van Der Zee Archive as the point of entry for people of all ages to share experiences and perspectives on community, identity, United States history, and culture. At the core of Expanding the Walls is a group of high school-age students selected for an eight-month photography-based experience. Participants engage in a regimen of discussion groups, art workshops, and field excursions while learning the basics of digital photography to investigate connections between history, community, and identity through the lens of a camera. Expanding the Walls provides participants with an opportunity to curate an exhibition of their work in partnership with Studio Museum education staff and curators. Participants receive extensive training on inquiry-based discussion methods to work effectively with youth, families, and older adults, building an intergenerational dialogue around the ever-evolving notion of community.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Youth Programs Manager, this role will assist in the development and implementation of Expanding the Walls program curricula, which facilitates student learning around the following major program components: the Studio Museum, the camera, and image-making; exposure to various paths and career opportunities in the arts; exhibition planning; community exchange and engagement
  • Guide participants through all aspects of the Expanding the Walls exhibition, including image selection, artist statements, and didactics
  • Collaborate with the Education Department, internal Museum staff, and program partners as necessary for various aspects of the Expanding the Walls program
  • Organize outreach and recruitment efforts for Expanding the Walls; facilitate application and selection process annually
  • Facilitate opportunities for meaningful exchange between teens, families, seniors, and community organizations in Harlem and the Museum
  • Build and foster relationships with community-based organizations, schools, and other supporting institutions in an effort to extend Museum services to a wider community.
  • Perform administrative duties for Expanding the Walls, including ordering supplies, tracking participation, documentation, program evaluation, and year-end reporting
  • Organize gatherings, excursions, and other engagement opportunities for Expanding the Walls current cohort and alumni
  • Supervise and mentor participating youth
  • Teach and/or participate in youth-related aspects of Education programs, as needed
  • Participate in the selection and supervision of Youth Programs interns, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned



To be successful in this role, the team member must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  • Experience with developing multi-layered, robust program curricula; experience teaching photography to youth preferred
  • Passion for working with a teen audience and familiarity with youth development best practices
  • Knowledge and experience with museum education and inquiry-based teaching practice
  • Passion for the dual programmatic mission of achieving artistic and educational excellence and community-building
  • Ability to organize and administer all aspects of an intergenerational program
  • Experience in community outreach and developing relationships with cultural, social, and educational organizations
  • Ability to assess and manage multiple competing priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability pay close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent computer skills, MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and related applications is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and tactfully, represent the Studio Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to Studio Museum policies, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner


Education and Experience:

  • BA/BFA or MA/MFA in art, art history, education, African American Studies, or related fields
  • At least three years of relevant experience in youth/adult/community programming with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of educational programs
  • Minimum three years of experience working with high school youth in a structured learning environment


Core Values:

  • Commitment (Core Value) — A commitment to the mission and values of Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Collaboration (Core Value) — Works well with others at all levels of the organization as well as with key external stakeholders (if applicable to the role)
  • Initiative (Core Value) — Takes self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and/or drive progress and positive change


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • Position work schedule includes evening and weekend hours, leading and participating in Museum programs, and meeting job goals and deadlines
  • The position requires primarily local travel in and around Harlem and the five boroughs of New York City
  • Expanding the Walls program sessions take place in indoor and outdoor spaces, requiring walking and travel by mass transit
  • Position requires close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus, regular review, and discussion of participant images
  • Regular packing, lifting, and carrying program supplies up to fifteen pounds


Work Environment:

  • This position is an exempt position and may require working in excess of forty hours during a work week
  • Fast-paced environment with varying levels of program participants, guests, and employees present
  • Office locations are wheelchair accessible, with elevators in the building. Other accessibility accommodations can be further discussed
  • Office desks include acrylic partitions, and the Museum adheres to COVID-19 safety guidelines as mandated by New York City and State



Salary range is competitive and is commensurate with experience. The Studio Museum in Harlem also provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time.



Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@studiomuseum.org. Be sure to include "Expanding the Walls Program Coordinator" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes.

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best fit the requirements of the position.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this JD describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences, and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.

The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.