Bronx River Art Center, Inc (BRAC) seeks a passionate arts administrator/educator to oversee our out-of-school time art education program at a critical moment in BRAC’s 34-year history. The successful candidate will oversee our renowned interdisciplinary art and environmental studies program in our recently restored 18,000 sq. ft. facility, and the program’s fulfillment of the needs of our community. He/she will work as part of a team of program managers of our exhibitions, artist studios, performances and Makerspace programs. This position requires the candidate to be committed to arts-based community activism and environmental justice, be ready and willing to work independently and as part of a team on interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts production, and be prepared to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
This is a full-time position, Tuesday - Saturday, which includes management of Saturday classes from 10:00am-6:00pm. And some evening and weekend assignments in the community. After a 4-month probation period and showing evidence of successful fulfillment of performance expectations, this position will become permanent and qualify for benefits. We are seeking a candidate who is willing to commit to a long-term engagement.
ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
Oversee the implementation of our interdisciplinary arts and environmental studies curricula throughout all facets of our education programs.
Prepare contracts and bi-weekly payroll for 10 – 12 teaching artists for each of four semesters annually.
Maintain Eventbrite class fee payment site, update Education page on BRAC website, prepare press releases and post regularly to our social media pages.
Oversee and maintain a file of regular photographic documentation of classes, workshops and events.
Provide teacher support and assessment tools to track program development, and post regular updates to BRAC’s unique Art and Environmental Studies Teachers’ Handbook.
Oversee teaching artists’ performance, proper registration with DOE background checks and curriculum development.
Train support staff and interns in office and classroom assistant duties.
Monitor digital data systems for student tracking, including attendance records, pre and post student evaluations, surveys, and academic records obtained from schools and/or parents.
Maintain classrooms, studios, materials and equipment in good supply and clean working order.
Work with the Executive Director to develop long-term goals for the Education Program and design strategies for reaching them.
Manage registration process for both in-center and off-site classes, including organization and design of class brochures and their distribution throughout the community and The Bronx
Field inquiries for contracts from schools and other CBOs.
Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, including monitoring of our programs and teachers at off-site schools and CBO’s.
Prepare contracts and curriculum materials for bookings of workshops and gallery tours for school groups and CBOs.
Work with the Executive Director and staff on research, development, write/edit program announcements, correspondence, budgets and narratives for grants and reports.
Provide program records for monthly, quarterly, or annual reporting to funders.
Coordinate BRAC students’ participation in community events including street and/or river festivals.
Oversee production of 2 - 3 student exhibitions annually in our gallery, including design and distribution of exhibition announcements, installation, organizing reception and awards celebration.
Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts, arts administration, art history or related fields required. Master’s Degree preferred.
Minimum 4+ years experience in arts-based primary and secondary arts education and non-profit administration (references required).
Excellent verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills (conversant in Spanish a plus).
Resourceful and flexible and able to work independently or as part of a team.
Excellent time manager and able to multi-task projects and programs.
Computer literate on Mac computers, MS Office applications and digital art programs including Adobe Creative Suite design software.
Interest in ecological concerns for natural and urban environments.
Familiarity with Bronx cultural and community institutions and schools.
Knowledge of the New York City Department of Education contracting a plus.
Full-Time with benefits package after probation period.
Reports to the Executive Director.
Supervises teaching artists, program assistants, interns and volunteers.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Be prepared to manage the ongoing fluctuations of COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Please submit your resume with a cover letter, up to five examples of your personal work, and/or a link to your website, and samples of programs or projects produced in an arts education setting, by August 16, 2021 to: Jobs@bronxriverart.org. No phone calls please. Professional references will be requested of final candidates. Position open until filled.
The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is a 34-year-old community-based, multi-arts organization located in the heart of The Bronx at the major transportation hub of West Farms Square, three blocks south of the Bronx Zoo. Because of our unique location next to our namesake — the Bronx River — an important natural resource in the heart of the Bronx, we were one of the first interdisciplinary art and environmental studies organizations in the country to incorporate environmental concerns and urban design into our visual arts curriculum. In our recently restored, 18,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility we offer four interlocking programs: after-school and weekend visual arts classes for both youth and adults, a ground floor, 2,000 sq. ft. gallery featuring professionally curated contemporary art exhibitions, artist studios, a co-working space for emerging and mid-career creative entrepreneurs; and a multi-purpose event space featuring an array of performing arts and cultural events. BRAC meets the cultural needs and artistic opportunities of a multi-ethnic community in the south-central Bronx, as well as for the larger cultural community of New York City.
BRAC is conveniently located at a transportation hub one block east of the East Tremont/West Farms Square stop on the #s 2 and 5 subway lines. Our area is also accessed by six bus lines and three highways.