School & Community Partnership Manager

The School & Community Partnership Manager is responsible for developing and managing the implementation of programs and partnerships that deepen and maintain participation of school and community audiences in Museum activities, with a focus on increasing the level of school and community connections to the Museum’s mission, collection, and exhibitions through collaborative partnerships.   

School Programs, including in-school residencies, partnerships, and artist visits, reflect Studio's investment in making the Museum a natural extension of the classroom, and serve as a resource for teachers and students to explore art and culture. Forming creative partnerships with schools and community-based organizations serving pre-K through 12th grade students is at the core of the Museum’s school and community programs. School Programs works collaboratively to enhance curricula and encourage innovative teaching practices in and outside of classroom spaces. 

Community Partnerships at the Studio Museum acknowledges communal space as a site for dynamic exchange, with the Museum in the forefront as a resource for the community in which it resides. These programs provide opportunities for positive impact on the lives and learning of communities of color. Community Partnerships reflect the Museum’s commitment to engage youth and adults beyond the traditional classroom and museum visit through experiences and interdisciplinary approaches to programs that foster both personal and collective connections through art.  

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • ​Develop new relationships and deepen existing connections with community organizations, teachers, school administrators, and the wider New York City school community in an effort to increase the Museum’s school programs in Harlem and the surrounding area  
  • Manage all aspects of multi-session school partnerships with New York City schools serving PreK–12th grade students, including planning meetings, in-class sessions, parent/family workshops, and evaluations, working closely with artist educators in creating curricula 
  • Manage all aspects of Community Partnerships with New York City organizations, including but not limited to serving returned citizens, justice-involved youth, youth facing houselessness, LGBTQIA+ youth, and other social justice frameworks  
  • Deepen engagement with the Museum’s permanent collection and with inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs in our neighborhood 
  • Manage the Education Department’s participation in the Find Art Here permanent collection reproduction initiative, in collaboration with various community stakeholders, with support of the Associate Director of Education and appropriate departments
  • Liaise between school and community partners, artist educators, and the Museum as necessary 
  • Develop and manage online and printed education resources in collaboration with Studio Museum artist educators and interns as necessary, including lesson plans and resource guides, that introduce key ideas behind works in the collection and exhibitions, and address core subject areas in school curriculum
  • Collaborate with appropriate departments to create social media content and promotional materials for School & Community Partnerships 
  • Contribute to the Museum community through publications, conference presentations, and the facilitation of professional development sessions at other museums and cultural institutions  
  • Liaise with department leadership to provide perspective and input on School & Community Partnership goals, vision and growth  
  • Participate in annual budget planning for School & Community Partnerships 
  • Collaborate with Education Department staff to interview, select, and supervise artist educators and Education Interns as needed  
  • Organize, plan, and facilitate biannual professional developments for Studio Museum per diem artist educators  
  • Conduct program evaluation, maintain statistics, and documentation of programs, with support from the Programs Assistant  
  • Lead group visits for school, community, or educator groups as needed  
  • Write year-end reports  
  • Other duties as assigned


Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities:    

  • Managerial / supervisory scope –  Indirect reports: 8-10 
  • Recruitment – collaborate as needed with the Associate Director on recruiting and vetting per diem artist educators  
  • Performance Management – Provide regular feedback and appropriate support to per diem artist educators as needed, to ensure high performance across partnerships 
  • Development – Organize, plan, and facilitate per diem artist educator training sessions as needed  
  • Engagement – Ensure appropriate per diem artist educators are connected with and informed about school and community partnerships, including activities and opportunities for growth and development  
  • Culture & Environment – Model behaviors and attitudes consistent with The Studio Museum in Harlem’s mission, core values, and desired organizational culture 


Key Stakeholders: 


  • Education Department staff and interns 
  • Curatorial Department  
  • Communications Department  
  • Development Department 



  • New York City Department of Education; school administration, classroom teachers and program coordinators  
  • ​Harlem community-based organizations; program coordinators


Travel Requirements:    ☒ Yes   ☐ No   

  • Percent travel required: 26 - 50% 
  • Primarily local travel, in Harlem, surrounding areas, and the five boroughs of New York City.  
  • Position work schedule includes some evening and weekend hours, to lead and participate in Museum programs, and to meet job goals and deadlines. 


Physical Demands: ☒ Yes   ☐ No 

  • Regular packing, lifting, and carrying program supplies 




  • B.A/M.A in art, art history, art education, arts administration, or related fields 
  • Minimum of five years relevant professional experience including work with school and community spaces with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of programs 
  • Experience with community outreach and developing relationships with cultural, educational, and social organizations 
  • Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of school and community partnerships 
  • Working knowledge of museum education pedagogy  
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and artists’ practice  
  • Solid understanding of the New York State Learning Standards for Visual Arts, the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts, and the Common Core Learning Standards    
  • Experience working in partnership with the New York City Department of Education a plus    
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work with close attention to detail 
  • Proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other related software applications 
  • Flexible, collaborative, and skilled at managing multiple projects simultaneously 



  • Commitment (Core Value), to the mission and values of The Studio Museum in Harlem 
  • Collaborative (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  



Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a small not-for-profit. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, a retirement account, and substantial vacation time.  



Please send your resume and cover letter to Be sure to include "School & Community Partnership Manager " 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. 

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.