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Career Opportunities

Title: Manager of Adult Public Programs
Department: Education
Reports to: Director of Education

The Manager of Adult Public Programs at the American Folk Art Museum oversees all
Adult Public Programs and, through the process of working with the Curatorial
Department and Director of Education, aligns their content with the Museum’s mission
and exhibition themes and topics. Collaborates with Director of Education to generate
respective long and short term department goals.

Responsibilities of the Position:


  • Researches and develops concepts for public programs and identifies speakers, artists,
    and instructors, shaping a vision and strategy for public programs that promotes the
    mission of AFAM while growing new audiences.
  • Organizes a diverse range of interactive programs including lectures, workshops, and
    symposia for both broad-based and specialized demographics.
  • Manages two weekly music programs, Jazz Wednesdays and Free Music Fridays.
  • Coordinates two annual programs, the Visionary Award Ceremony and the Anne Hill
    Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture.
  • Works collaboratively with Museum staff to strategically plan and manage programs
    that position AFAM as a lively forum and center for public engagement, connection,
    and exchange.
  • Partners with external organizations to conduct co-sponsored programs and engage in


  • Conducts outreach for all exhibition-related programs.
  • Designs and administers program evaluation instruments and analyzes data.
  • Manages annual public programs budget and consistently reports data to the Director of
  • Consults with the Museum's Publication Department to develop program brochures and
    other printed matter, and drafts all printed and web copy descriptions for public
  • Manages all administrative details related to execution of Public Programs, including
    seeking bids and hiring contractors.
  • Manages documentation of Public Programs, creating a full and accurate archive for
    departmental, public access, and institutional history purposes.
  • Strategizes with Social Media Manager and Director of Communications and Marketing
    to determine best use of media, including web, social media, and print, for presenting
    public programs appropriately for different audiences.
  • Liaises with Board of Trustees as a member of Education Committee.
  • Collaborates with Development staff to fundraise for public programs.
  • Keeps informed of and participates in relevant areas of art history, art education,
    museum education, and digital media. Contributes to learning theory for the Museum
    and art education, gaining recognition for this work through professional contacts,
    publications, and associations.
  • Maintains contact with the broader network of museum professionals through
    participating in conferences and symposia as a recognized leader in museum education.
  • Supervises intern in the spring as part of the Museum Careers Internship Program in
    partnership with LaGuardia Community College.


  • Conversant in the fields of traditional folk art and contemporary self-taught art from the United
    States and abroad. It is essential that applicants have a genuine interest in and dedication to this
    material, or are highly motivated to learn about artists and topics related to this exciting and
    growing field.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a background in art history, American studies, or museum education.
  • 2-3 years experience designing adult public programming and learning experiences that engage
    a broad public at a cultural institution.
  • Proven record of intentional thinking, creative visioning, and leadership.
  • Solid understanding of art history, educational theory and practice.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a
    variety of audiences.

Excellent interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor, and the ability to work well both
independently and in close collaboration with colleagues and within the community.

Please send resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square in midtown Manhattan. The
administrative office for the museum is in Long Island City, Queens.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The American Folk Art Museum provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin,
ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital
status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status,
gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all
employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training
and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and
termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the American Folk Art Museum! Volunteers are vital to the success of the museum, contributing countless hours to visitor services, education projects, administrative assignments, and special events. The museum is always seeking energetic and committed volunteers interested in folk art and self-taught artists. While each opportunity requires specific skill sets, every qualified candidate must be dedicated, communicate effectively, possess basic computer skills—including familiarity with the internet—and have a valid email address.

To apply: Please complete the volunteer application form here.

If your skills and qualifications meet our immediate needs, you will be contacted for an interview. If not, your application will be kept on file and you will be contacted if an appropriate position becomes available. Only individuals authorized to work for the museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program. The museum will consider expressions of interest in providing volunteer services to the museum from non-work authorized individuals.


The museum offers internships for college and university students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The goal of an internship is to provide practical experience as well as a general understanding of the role of an individual department within a larger museum setting. Academic internships are by semester or full year. For general internship queries, send a résumé and cover letter to, stating the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department.


Visit the Fellowship page to learn about current opportunities.


Log Cabin Quilt, Courthouse Steps Variation
Samuel Steinberger (1865–c. 1934)


Crewelwork Picture
Artist unidentified


The Kander Valley in the Bernese Oberland (Das Kander-Thal im Berner Ober-land)
Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930)