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Program Associate/Coordinator, Public Programs and Creative Practice
Program Associate/Coordinator, Public Programs and Creative Practice
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Post Date: 16 Nov 2021


About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City – The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

About the Department

The Met’s Department of Education – dedicated to making art meaningful and accessible for everyone – is central to the mission of the museum. The Department is a national and international leader in museum-based education and public programming, pushing boundaries through continuous innovation and experimentation. Programs include high school and college internships that promote career development and diversity; Pre-K-12 educator programs that train teachers to integrate art into curricula across disciplines; performances, concerts, lectures and symposia that feature preeminent artists and scholarship; daily tours in multiple languages, and so much more.


The Met seeks a dynamic person to join the Public Programs and Creative Practice team within the Education Department. The Program Associate/Coordinator will support programs that connect adult museum visitors with creativity, knowledge and ideas. He/she/they will support planning and logistics for art making programs, talks, in-gallery programs, large cultural convenings and classroom-based art making and art history experiences for general, academic and by-invitation audiences. The Program Associate/Coordinator also serves as the primary point person for The Copyist Program, which offers time and space for artists to develop an artwork through intimate study in the Museum’s galleries.

As the liaison for a high volume of education activities, the Program Associate/Coordinator is a key communicator, identifies solutions, and implements tools and processes that increase efficiency and effectiveness. The Program Associate/Coordinator has excellent organizational skills and is able to manage multiple, logistically complex activities simultaneously within a museum setting. The ideal candidate has experience working in a creative and fast-paced environment, is detailed oriented and enjoys collaborating with others. The Program Associate/Coordinator works collaboratively with staff, interns, and volunteers throughout Education and the Museum; they report to the Managing Educator, Public Programs and Creative Practice. This is a permanent, full-time position. Some evening and weekend hours required.


  • Primary organizer and point of contact for both individual and group Copyist program participants, track and facilitate Copyist application process, liaise with curatorial departments to manage artwork permissions and gallery copying time
  • Support in-gallery, classroom, and virtual art making programs in both the ideation process and with logistical support
  • Act as primary point of contact for external speakers, artists, teaching artists, for logistical and administrative aspects of program development
  • Work collaboratively with programming staff to manage internal planning documents and keep abreast of logistical needs
  • Maintain Museum data systems and reporting documents, including monthly statistics
  • Respond to Museum and public inquiries, serving as a key front-line contact for the Public Programs and Creative Practice team
  • Book rooms and coordinate set-ups and logistics for events
  • Purchase materials and art supplies, prepare materials for programs, and help keep equipment in working order
  • Maintain contracts, presenter agreements, and track budgets
  • Build online program listings and help develop other audience facing program materials
  • Assist with the execution of events and represent the Museum with the public as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in administrative, program, project or event support
  • Experience working with artists and makers, and/or in a studio environment, preferred
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills, required
  • High attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to act proactively, required
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, required
  • Special events planning or project management experience, preferred
  • Experience working with artists, scholars and big thinkers a plus
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-based environment

Knowledge and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Background in art, art history, studio art or related fields preferred
  • Full command of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
  • Experience and comfort with databases/information systems (such as Workday, Sitecore, Artifax, and Tessitura), required; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, preferred


Please apply directly through LinkedIn, or by emailing your resume & cover letter to [email protected], with the subject line: “Program Associate/Coordinator, Public Programs and Creative Practice.” Please submit a cover letter expressing your interest in addition to your resume. Applications that are received with the requested cover letter will be given priority.


New York, USA

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