Career Opportunities

Director of Cultural Programs and Internships

Full-Time Salaried Position
Position Open: March 1, 2018
Apply before Friday, February 2, 2018

The Director of Cultural Programs, a leadership position at the Museum at Eldridge Street, plans and conducts arts and heritage programs and events including concerts, festivals, walking tours, lectures and literary events, and adult education courses. The candidate will manage the strategic, creative, and logistical aspects of the Museum’s year-long public programming. The position also coordinates the Museum’s college internship program. The Museum’s programs focus on Jewish culture, Lower East Side immigrant history, and architectural preservation.  A passion and understanding of Jewish culture is important.  For more information about the Museum at Eldridge Street, please visit


For cultural programs and festivals

  • Designs, plans, coordinates and promotes community arts and heritage programs and events, and adult education program courses
  • Coordinates events at the Museum at Eldridge Street in consultation with Museum staff and the institutional calendar and budget
  • Negotiates and produces contracts for individuals participating in the events
  • Designs, plans, coordinators, secures volunteers, and handles all logistics for the Museum’s summer Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival, the Museum’s signature event
  • Oversees cultural program events as they take place at the Museum and organizes additional volunteers and staff as needed to volunteer at the events
  • Coordinates with senior staff to market, and promote the cultural events
  • Develop program partnerships with other arts and community organizations to build audiences and increase earned income
  • Oversees cultural program equipment, including sound system, theatrical lights, film screens, etc.
  • Coordinates with Director of Marketing on public ticket sales, reservations, and audience check-in
  • Coordinates with Director of Visitor Services for point-of-sale coding, EventBrite and other ticketing services for Cultural Program events
  • Creates Cultural Program and Festival budgets; evaluates income vs. expense for each event
  • Researches and updates current cultural and heritage program resources and interest areas for discussions on future programming
  • Provides cultural program department and event descriptions, project audience size, and provide cultural program/event budgets to assist Vice President for Institutional Development on grants applications and reporting.
  • Keep accurate records and prepare comprehensive reports on impact and effectiveness of cultural program events and program overall

For Internship Program

  • Creates, with staff assistance, internship job descriptions
  • Promotes internship program to the broad community
  • Coordinates internship stipends with participating colleges and universities
  • Interviews prospective interns
  • Oversees and assists interns during their time at the Museum
  • Coordinates and leads orientation session for each semester’s interns
  • Evaluates interns and provides evaluation reports on the interns for the Museum and the universities
  • Maintains database of past interns and keeps them informed about Museum events and keeps the Museum informed of their future activities


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience – Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Program Arts Administration or a closely related field plus three (3) years professional experience in Cultural Program Arts Administration at a public or private arts agency or organization, or equivalent combination of experience.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of

  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently and proactively
  • Ability to analyze and think strategically about programming and internship initiatives
  • Basic knowledge of talent contracts
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to program details
  • Ability to create and manage short-term program budgets
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Budget planning, development and control
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Working knowledge of EventBrite and point-of-sale systems, as well as Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with the local and national arts and culture arena, with preferred experience in the world of Jewish culture

To apply for the position, please send cover letter with salary requirements, and attach a  resume in an email to  Please include “Director of Cultural Programs and Internships” within the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is an equal opportunity employer.  As such, the Museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws. The Museum at Eldridge Street is a 501-c-3 tax-exempt organization.