Associate Director of Residency Programs

Associate Director of Residency Programs

Studio in a School NYC, LLC (Studio) seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, empathetic and collaborative arts educator to join our program team as the Associate Director of Residency Programs (the Associate Director). The Associate Director will coordinate, oversee, and support visual art instruction delivered by professional artist instructors in public schools and community-based organizations throughout New York City. The Associate Director will join a passionate, talented team in a dynamic and well-respected art education organization, while taking initiatives in implementing a diverse portfolio of residency programs.

The Associate Director will report to the Senior Director. This position is an exempt, full-time position, and supervises one Registrar and one Program Coordinator, and a team of Artist Instructors.

About Studio in a School Association

Studio in a School Association is comprised of two LLCs: Studio in a School NYC and Studio Institute. Studio NYC engages over 30,000 public school students in all five boroughs each year and aims to ensure that New York City public school students receive standards-based, quality instruction in the visual arts regardless of socio-economic status. Studio Institute provides programs and creates new partnerships with communities and cultural organizations nationwide. Studio Institute is currently working with partners in Boston, Cleveland, Memphis, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Realize the mission of Studio in a School NYC includes managing classroom-based art instruction, professional development of artists and educators, and events or workshops for parents.
  •  Manage artist residencies typically ranging from six to fourteen weeks in public schools and community-based organizations, primarily serving low-income communities throughout the five boroughs.
  •  Collaborate with the leadership to set program goals, evaluate existing programming, and develop and implement new initiatives.
  •  Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and artist instructors to develop goals and strategies for each residency.
  •  Market programs to new partners.
  •  Cultivate strong relationships with school leadership and school communities through ongoing communication and listening. Meet with school leaders to align programs with the needs of their schools.
  •  Oversee program start-up and implementation, support artists in all aspects of the residency planning including facilitating planning meetings and communication with schools in coordination with the Registrar/Scheduler.
  •  Collaborate with the Director of Teaching and Learning in selecting, training, and supervising professional artist instructors with the goal of providing the highest quality visual arts experiences to young people.
  •  Provide support to artists and sites. Troubleshoot teaching issues and solve problems that arise during residencies.
  •  Observe and evaluate programs and sites, providing support and feedback to artists, and check-ins with teachers and site administrators, to ensure fidelity to program models.
  •  Design and implement events and workshops for parents and the school community.
  •  Supervise contracts, budgets, documentation, and scheduling of the programs.
  •  Collaborate with the Director of Teaching and Learning to plan and implement training and workshops in Residency Programs to address areas of need.
  •  Collaborate with the leadership to design evaluation and documentation instruments to collect and analyze program outcomes, using results as a tool for program development.
  •  Write reports on programs for internal and external use. Support the Development Team with proposals and reports.
  •  Attend exhibition/networking/community events, as necessary.
  •  Spend between one to three days per week in the field at program sites.
  •  Actively participate in Studio’s performance evaluation system.
  •  Other duties and ad-hoc projects as assigned.

Desired Skills and Background

Education and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Master’s degree in Visual Art, Arts Administration, or Art Education preferred.
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience in a related field.
  •  Prior experience working with young people, curriculum development, supervision, outcomes-based program design, management and reporting.
  •  Familiarity with the NYC public school system.
  •  Familiarity with teaching students with disabilities and/or English Language Learners is a plus.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  •  Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management. Strong business acumen.
  •  High proficiency in using Microsoft Suites.

Personal Qualities and Habits of Work

  •  Commitment to the mission of Studio in a School NYC.
  •  Understand current educational issues and follow industry trends.
  •  Ability to collaborate within a team environment and interact with diverse staff members and populations.
  •  Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Adaptive and thoughtful in a fast-paced environment.
  •  Ability to delegate and prioritize departmental objectives and goals.
  •  Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities and manage projects simultaneously, oversee and track work details and respond flexibly to changes.
  •  Strong problem-solving and strategic-thinking skills, ethical decision making and sound discretionary judgment.
  •  Strong work ethic with an appreciation for deadlines. Adherence to project plans and following through.
  •  Able to complete NYC Department of Education Fingerprint and Background Check Clearance upon employment.


We are currently working on a hybrid schedule. The Associate Director of Residency Programs will be asked to work at least 2 days per week in our office at 75 West End Avenue, New York, NY, though this schedule may shift and evolve.


Generous paid time off, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Pre-tax Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Commuter Benefits, 403b Retirement Plan, AFLAC supplemental benefits, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Vaccination Requirement

Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including boosters. Studio in a School NYC, LLC requires new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start date.


Salary is commensurate with experience. We welcome an open discussion with all interested candidates about the full compensation package.

To apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Write “Associate Director of Residency Programs” in the subject line. No applications will be accepted without a cover letter. No phone calls, please.

If much of this job description describes you, please apply for this role. Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet all the qualifications. We recognize this and encourage those with relevant skills and experience to apply.

Studio in a School is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to hire staff members who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Studio in a School are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, employment status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.