Department: MFA Fine Arts
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Jul 1, 2020
Reports To: Chair, MFA Fine Arts

Position Overview: Oversees departmental exhibitions. Manages talks and studio visits. Manages public communications (web, email, Facebook). Oversees collaborations and partnerships with residencies, museums, etc. Assists the Chair as needed.


Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Organize annual exhibition in Chelsea Gallery, thesis show, and special exhibitions and performances.
  • Hire curators, select exhibition venues and exhibition partners.
  • Supervise curators.
  • Liaise with exhibition venues and partners.
  • Oversee design of promotional materials and exhibition didactics.
  • Promote exhibitions.
  • Organize openings, panels and other events.
  • Hire and supervise student workers.
  • Oversee transport, installation and deinstallation.
  • Oversee documentation and exhibition-related publications.


Talks and Studio Visits

  • Manage schedules, invite and coordinate with visitors, manage release forms and payment documents.
  • Oversee design, printing, and distribute posters for talks.
  • Greet visitors, facilitate visits.
  • Coordinate video recording of talks and online distribution of videos.

Web, Email and Social Media:

  • Manage departmental website and pages on main SVA site.
  • Manage multiple departmental email lists.
  • Schedule, draft and distribute announcements via Art & Education.
  • Manage department’s presence on Facebook.


Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Support student and alumni participation in residency programs.
  • Liaise with museums and other institutions for tours and other programs for students.

Assist the Chair as Needed

  • Edit departmental brochure.
  • Attend graduate portfolio days and other recruiting events.
  • Assist with, attend and/or organize departmental events, including orientation for new students, info sessions, parties, mixers and open studios.
  • Facilitate student and alumni employment, internships and other opportunities.
  • Coordinate with other departments at SVA, such as Health Services and Career Services, to provide workshops and other activities for students.


  • MFA or MA required.
  • 3+ years of experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: collaborative, diplomatic, patient, confidential.
  • Excellent organizational skills: thorough, meticulous, detail-oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: ability to draft and copy-edit external communications with appropriate style and correct grammar, usage and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Expertise in social media and online communication platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.
  • High level of proficiency in administrative software, including OS X, MS Office, Google Apps.

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose. Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to No walk-ins please. 

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.