Advocacy Associate

Job Type

Part Time




266 West 37th Street
North Tower, 9th Floor
New York
New York
United States


Mission: The Center for Arts Education, CAE, is committed to ensuring that all New York City public school students receive quality arts instruction as part of their pre-K – 12 education. 


About The Center for Arts Education: Founded in 1996, CAE is a NYC arts education organization with a unique, comprehensive and rigorous approach to ensuring that all NYC public school students receive the arts in education they deserve and are entitled to. This goal is realized through a suite of programs: direct arts in education services for students and their families - in and out of school time; professional development for educators, teaching artists and school leaders; conducting and sharing results of multi-year research projects and model programs; and implementation of advocacy and public engagement initiatives.  


Located near Penn Station, CAE has an operating budget of approximately $2.3M. It is supported by 14 full and part-time staff, a roster of 100 staff teaching artists, and a 20-member Board of Directors. Please visit or follow us @centerforartsed to learn more.  


CAE is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 


Job Title: Advocacy Associate 

Status: 17.5 hours / 50% FTE. Flexible on workdays; occasional weekend and evening work. 

Compensation: $20 to $22 per hour dependent on experience 

Benefits: prorated paid holidays, vacation and sick time, transit check, retirement program, flexible spending account 

Reporting to: Director of Advocacy 

Supervising: Interns and Volunteers as required 

Start Date: Immediately 


Education/Experience Requirements: This position requires a minimum of one year of relevant work experience and a Bachelor’s degree; prior work with review and organization of large data sets; excellent verbal and writing skills; strong time management and organizational skills; interest in pre-K-12 arts education, social justice, government affairs, policy and legislation. Very strong keyboard skills and experience with MS Office, CRMs, online research, and social media. Bilingual Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, or Arabic in speaking, reading, and writing is preferred. 



  • Assist in the preparation of analyses, media posts, and other materials for the ArtsEdMap, an online tool launching in summer 2018.
  • Support development of research, data analysis and dissemination reports from school level data for 1,900+ NYC public schools.  
  • Assist with arts education research projects: compiling literature reviews, archival research and data analysis. 
  • Assist in drafting and proofreading communications from the Advocacy Department.
  • Assist in researching policy positions. 
  • Assist in developing and executing advocacy strategies to engage elected officials and other decision-makers.
  • Assist in public awareness and engagement strategies, campaigns and activities, including social media and e-advocacy communications press events, and distribution of publicity materials. 
  • Maintain reports and files of department contact information, resources, event details and statistics, budget figures, and more. 
  • Work with the CAE team to support CAE’s comprehensive arts education programs. 
  • Work with other CAE departments, identifying program, advocacy, and public engagement needs, challenges and opportunities. 
  • Work with interns, Board committee members, and volunteers as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

All inquiries and application materials will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please email and attach one file with 1) a substantive and original cover letter summarizing why this job interests you, 2) resume, 3) three writing samples, and 4) url links to any relevant projects or initiatives.

Please include Advocacy Associate in the email subject line. CAE will only contact candidates we plan to interview.