Organization Description:

Founded in 2005, Salem Art Works (SAW) is a contemporary arts center located on a 119-acre former dairy farm in rural upstate New York. SAW’s mission is to support both established and emerging artists in the creation of new and progressive work, and to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region. Managed and operated almost entirely by professional artists, SAW's unique place among rural residency centers arises from its commitment to collaboration, skill-sharing, and artistic freedom, paired with excellent technical support and superb facilities. SAW serves as a training center and studio facility open to all who wish to develop skills or complete creative and/or practical projects in metal fabrication, glass, blacksmithing, woodworking, stone carving, screen printing, painting, and ceramics.

Job Description:

The Youth Programs Coordinator is responsible for the successful planning and administration of all youth programs presented by Salem Art Works. These include Art 101, Art 201, Lunch, Learn & Play (a partnership with the Salem Courthouse), and other demos, workshops, and classes—including off-site workshops and events—geared toward youth and families.


  • Oversee all aspects of existing youth programs at SAW (i.e. Art 101 & Art 201)

  • Recruit and register participating schools and individuals for Art 101 and Art 201

  • Manage schedule for Spring, Fall, and Summer sessions, including pre- and post-session work days

  • Coordinate with Program Director to staff all programs and recruit new teachers as needed

  • Manage teacher schedules, contracts, curriculum planning, and exit reporting

  • Liaison between students/schools/parents, SAW instructors, and shop directors

  • Coordinate (with Shop Directors) to purchase all materials and supplies for classes and

  • workshops

  • Collect data, evaluations, and documentation on programs for grant and funding support/reporting

  • Develop and oversee registration systems for all youth programs, incl. permission forms and waivers

  • Directly supervise class and workshop registrations, billing, and payment (with Dir. of Finance)

  • Deliver artworks and materials after classes are completed (i.e. Art 101 glassworks)

  • Oversee youth program events such as exhibitions of student art work, special meetings, etc

  • Participate in promotional and outreach activities, incl. development of new initiatives

  • Support office staff with press/web copy, program updates, registration details, etc as needed

  • Spearhead and manage off-site demos, workshops, and youth activities by SAW


  • Familiarity and interest in contemporary art

  • Bachelors Degree

  • 2-3 years of experience with youth programs, arts education, arts administration, or similar

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Competency with computer software, including web-based and mobile apps, social media, etc

Salary and Benefits:

The Youth Programs Coordinator is a full-time, twelve-month position. The salary is $25,000.00 to $31,200.00 for the contract period March 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020.

To Apply:

Please send the requested information below via email to Jenny Hillenbrand, Director of Artist Programs, via email to by January 31st, 2019.

Required information includes:
Label each document with your ‘last name.first name.document title’ and format as .doc or .pdf

  • 2 Letters of recommendation
    Recommendation instructions: Reference to email their letter to Jenny (email above) by February 4th, 2019 and include applicant’s name and job title in subject line

  • C.V. or resume

  • Cover letter

Hiring Timeline:

January 31, 2019: Application deadline
February 18, 2019: Notification of acceptance
March 4, 2019: Start date

Equal Opportunity:

Salem Art Works provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In addition, Salem Art Works will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.