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9 Nov 2023

Full-Time Programs Assistant

nadadmin – Posted by nadadmin New York, New York, United States

Job Description


Founded in 1825, the National Academy of Design promotes art and architecture in America. As the leading honorary society for visual artists and architects in the United States, we advocate for the arts as a tool for education, celebrate the role of artists and architects in public life, and serve as a catalyst for cultural conversations that propel society forward.

As it looks ahead to its 200th anniversary in 2025, the National Academy of Design is at an especially exciting moment of reinvention and possibility. Following the sale of its buildings on New York’s Museum Mile, and the subsequent creation of a board-restricted endowment, the National Academy is refocusing on the artists and architects who are at the core of its mission and developing an exciting breadth of programmatic offerings that builds on the Academy’s extraordinary history to explore critical issues in contemporary art, architecture, and culture. As of Fall 2023, the National Academy operates a new 7800-sf space in Chelsea that hosts its busy schedule of exhibitions, public programs, and events.


The National Academy of Design seeks an energetic, creative, and thoughtful Programs Assistant to join its small, experienced team during an exciting moment in its history. The Programs Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Director of Programs to research, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programming to redefine and reestablish the Academy’s presence among peer institutions, as well as the greater arts and cultural landscape of both New York City and nationally. This is a full-time position. 


  • Assist the Director of Programs with the production of visual art and architecture. program  offerings for both National Academicians and external audiences; for example, digital programs and podcasts, lectures and dialogues, workshops and performances, convenings and symposia.
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding programs and events.
  • Research and aggregate ideas for the improvement to program offerings, including understanding new technologies in virtual programming, compiling performance metrics, and best practices for program accessibility.
  • Keep complete and organized files of communications with National Academicians, program materials, program data, and other important documents. 
  • With the Director of Programs and Communications Manager with brainstorming ideas for the design and implementation of programmatic social media campaigns.
  • Assist with the production of interpretive materials accompanying programs, both in-print and digital forms.
  • Coordinate and schedule the travel needs of Academicians and other program participants.
  • Assist the Director of Programs with all administrative aspects of the department.
  • Must be available to attend in-person events and programs, including evenings and weekends, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit programming, arts and cultural organizations, adult education, or other related experience.
  • Exceptional project management and event coordination skills.
  • A genuine interest in public programming, the arts, and lifelong learning.
  • Ability to adapt to an evolving department and organization. 
  • Discretion, tact, and a can-do attitude. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Full-time employees of the National Academy are required to work in our offices at 519 W 26th St at least three days per week and are required to attend in-person staff meetings.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $65,000, depending on experience, and includes an excellent, comprehensive benefits package.

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How to Apply

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Please submit a résumé and one-page cover letter, combined in one PDF titled “Last Name_PROGRAMS ASSISTANT,” via email to careers@nationalacademy.org. Please include Programs Assistant in the subject line. No phone calls please. HIRING STATEMENT The National Academy of Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, and gender-nonconforming candidates to apply. The National Academy of Design 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.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Art non-profits, Events, Museums, and programs. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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