About MoMA PS1
PS1 was born out of New York’s alternative space movement in the 1970s, transforming an abandoned nineteenth Century schoolhouse in Long Island City, Western Queens, into a space for artists and their collaborators to generate ideas and present work.
Located in what was once an industrial enclave, the institution has now become a creative landmark in the fastest growing residential neighborhood in the country. Continuously responsive to the potential for collective impact, in 1976 PS1 was registered as an independent non-profit in a City-owned building. In 1982 it became the first Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) that focused on contemporary art as part of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Then, in 2000 PS1 also established an affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art and in 2010 it became known as MoMA PS1.
In 2021-22 we have a budget of approximately $8MM and are a team of around 47, led by an independent Board of Directors. Embracing that we are by, for, and with artists, we are focusing on collective action to reach our local and global community in our programming. Working with an evolving constellation of practitioners, neighbors, and partners, we are committed to the critical work of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. It is through these lenses that we examine and build our programs, relationships, and organizational culture.
We champion how artists are at the intersection of the social, cultural, and political issues of their time. We center equity in how we work and what we do.
PS1 is seeking a dedicated Project Manager to support the production and facilitation of wide-ranging, artist-led, public activations. We are looking for someone who has a passion for working at the intersection of art and social justice, and who embraces an environment where questions of what art is and who decides are central to daily practice. This is a new position located within the dynamic PS1 Programs team, who together facilitate all the details that make possible the realization of the creative work we do with artists, neighbors, and partners.
Working in collaboration with the Curatorial, Strategic Partnerships, Finance, External Affairs, Visitor Engagement, Operations, and Security teams, the Project Manager for Activations will facilitate stakeholders who develop projects with participatory engagement in the indoor and outdoor spaces at PS1, as well as in the neighborhood. These include Community Allyship programs; Homeroom activations; PS1 Intercom activations onsite and offsite (our new, mobile video production platform); live Strategic Partnership Programs; and live Courtyard and Plaza initiatives, as well the management of PS1’s studio spaces.
This position reports to the Director of Programs and will supervise seasonal interns and fellows. The Program production team consists of the Project Manager for Exhibitions, Project Manager for Performance and Events, Project Manager for Activations, Project Manager for Learning, and Production Coordinator.
● Manage the planning, facilitation, and implementation of community-engaged, public activations of museum and neighborhood spaces in collaboration with the Curatorial and Program production team
● Gather detailed technical and production information from artists and participants to create production schedules from start to finish
● Liaise directly with stakeholders to facilitate their participation, from coordination of schedules, travel, and sustenance, to an understanding of their commitment in how they are engaging with the programs that they are active within
● Logistically maintain ongoing collaborations with community groups and individuals, artists, and partnership organizations
● Prepare and implement timelines for projects, guiding the planning process for on- and off-site programs and events in development
● Coordinate programs in relation to the Master Calendar
● Oversee project budgets by tracking expenses and processing invoices related to each project; assist in the creation of budgets
● Oversee all aspects of administration and tracking for supply ordering, contracting, budget itemization, catering, transportation, and third-party vendors
● Support the Director of Programs in drafting and tracking necessary legal agreements, such as contracts and waivers
● Liaise and collaborate effectively with the Curatorial, Programs, Finance, External Affairs, Visitor Engagement, Security, Operations, and all other necessary personnel to ensure timely circulation of information on programming established through collaborative partnerships
● Work with Director, Curators, and Director of Programs to ensure activations align with greater institutional goals, and are embedded responsibly in the workflow of all programs
● Work closely with the Curatorial and Communications teams to coordinate and support all web, print, social media, video, and photography of community-engaged activations. Must be comfortable arranging translation of materials with a strong understanding of multiple languages
● Foster interdepartmental collaboration and understanding of coordination within the Program production team
● Perform other duties reasonably related to the functions described above
● May oversee tasks assigned to seasonal intern
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function to a high professional standard. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:
● 2–3 years of project management experience
● 2–3 years of experience building strategic community partnerships, with organizations of different scales and focus. An understanding of community organizing and experience working with grassroots organizations
● Knowledge and interest in current social justice standards and alternative educational models
● Experience working with internal and external stakeholders and fostering internal cross-team relationships and collaborative initiatives, including at the leadership level
● Proven diplomatic problem-solving capabilities
● Self-starter with the ability to work in a fast-paced, team-driven environment, managing several projects simultaneously
● Able to work autonomously with a high degree of motivation to achieve goals
● Strong critical and strategic thinker
● Strong written and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively at multiple levels, across internal teams, and with various PS1 partners, communities, audiences, and stakeholders
● Excellent organizational abilities, analytical skills, and attention to detail
● Excellent judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
● Ability to work evenings and weekends, to accommodate the activation schedule
About MoMA PS1
PS1 was born out of New York’s alternative space movement in the 1970s, transforming an abandoned nineteenth Century schoolhouse in Long Island City, Western Queens, into a space for artists and their collaborators to…
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Project Manager: Activations” in the subject line. For more information about PS1, please visit www.MoMAPS1.org.
PS1 is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at PS1.
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