Senior Engagement Manager: Center Programs

Department: Abrons Arts Center
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Organization Overview: Henry Street Settlement was founded in 1983 by Lillian Wald to open doors of opportunity to enrich lives and enhance human progress for Lower East Side residents and New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. For over 124 years, Henry Street has helped all individuals and families who enter our doors reach their full potential through innovative, inclusive, integrated, and high-impact programs and services. We currently operate seventeen sites across the Lower East side—and offer education, mental health, and arts programming within dozens of New York City public schools—serving over 60,000 people each year. Henry Street serves the community through four main program areas: Health and Wellness, Education and Employment, Transitional and Supportive Housing, and Visual and Performing Arts.

Position Overview: Abrons Arts Center supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary artwork; cultivates artists in all stages of creative development through educational programs and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers.

Abrons’ Engagement Program offers progressive, experiential learning opportunities for young makers of all levels of artistic development. We are a place to take risks, be bold, experiment, and embrace curiosity. We are seeking a Senior Engagement Manager who would oversee on-site multidisciplinary classes/workshops/private lessons and co-manage Abrons’ Summer Arts Camp. A successful candidate will have a strong interest in arts education, socially engaged artistic practice, and the ability to collaboratively construct radical learning experiences.

Abrons’ year-round, sequential arts curriculum includes 100-150 affordable individual, group, and advanced ensemble classes in dance, theater, music, and visual arts that advance the development of artistic skills and creative growth for over 1,000 students of all ages and skills levels. Our classes are highly subsidized and among the most affordable arts education in New York City. Further, approximately 30% of students receive additional tuition assistance based on demonstrated need. This is calculated by a newly formed 3-tiered pricing model that bases class fees on participant’s household income, allowing everyone to see themselves within our fee-based structure. That being said, even with this new registration model, Abrons will not turn anyone away who cannot afford our classes. In addition to these workshops, Abrons also provides a series of free public programs with forums, lectures, and symposiums that bring social workers, artists, political leaders, and others from all walks of life together to create unity and discuss the issues that we face together as human beings.

Abrons Arts Camp offers 6-weeks of transformational arts learning experiences and cultural excursions for ages 5-13. Campers will become drummers, choreographers, puppeteers, and podcast hosts, learning about the world through their art, and sharing their art with the world. This playful environment blends artistic skill building alongside professional artist educators, outdoor garden and park recreational time, weekly water activities, and field trip excursions to internationally acclaimed cultural hubs. This position reports to the Director of Engagement and Visual Arts, supervises an Engagement Program Coordinator, and co-manages the arts camp during the summer with the Senior Engagement Manager overseeing school-based and integrated


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Art Education/Arts Administration/Museum Education/Fine Arts/or related field preferred
  • 3-5 years of arts education/administration experience
  • Experience working with summer camp programming preferred
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art and arts education
  • Passion for supporting artists and young audiences in a community-based institution
  • Ability to think critically, creatively, and problem solve
  • Commitment to high program quality and innovation
  • Well organized, flexible, and social
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a dynamic small staff
  • Strong computer, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends
  • Certifications new hire is required to complete before camp begins:
    • American Red Cross Advanced First Aid & CPR for Professional Rescuer
    • American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies


  • Manage multidisciplinary arts classes, workshops, and private lessons for youth/adults and summer arts camp
  • Support the design of arts curriculum for dance, music, theater, and visual arts offerings
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise artist faculty and camp staff
  • Facilitate professional development workshops for artist faculty and staff
  • Facilitate annual camp family orientation
  • Coordinate student culminating events including performances, exhibitions, and Department of Education District One Arts Festival
  • Regularly observe programming and provide constructive feedback
  • Schedule field trips, arrange transportation, and chaperone
  • Co-manage camp food delivery and oversee handling
  • Collect program data including video/photo documentation and student/parent/artist/staff reflections
  • Annually supports the Department of Health summer camp license renewal process
  • Oversee the ordering of program supplies including arts materials, medical kits, and camp t-shirts
  • Maintain studio facilities including supply inventory, storage systems, technology, and safety materials
  • Collaborate with leadership and development staff in crafting grant applications and report narrative
  • Staff public engagement experiences that will deepen the participation of Abrons diverse audience ranging from families, students, adults, and seniors (i.e. lectures, workshops, gallery experiences, open houses)
  • Contribute to Abrons marketing effort through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram
  • Assist with biweekly faculty/staff payroll
  • Facilitate weekly check-in’s with Engagement Coordinator
  • Attend weekly check-in’s with Director of Engagement, weekly Engagement Program team meetings, & quarterly Henry Street Settlement all-team meetings
  • Participate in Abrons internship program that allows NYC students opportunities for mentorship with artists, arts administrators, and arts educators
  • Work closely with leadership staff to build and present innovative programming aligned with Abrons institutional goals and vision
  • Continue developing professionally regarding artistic and pedagogical practices

To Apply: E-mail resume to Please indicate “Senior Engagement Manager: Center Programs”in the subject line AND the website the position was found.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement is an equal opportunity employer/program.

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