­About the position:

Recess seeks an experienced, dedicated individual to partner with the Executive Director to manage the ongoing programs of the organization. This individual should be poised to spearhead new initiatives, streamline existing structures, and monitor multiple program areas simultaneously. The Program Director is a senior position, managing administration and programming, including, but not limited to: Session, our public workspace; Analog, our online residency; Critical Writing, our writing commissions; Interventions, our partnership program; and Assembly, our arts-based diversion program and public gallery at our Brooklyn satellite space. The Program Director is also responsible for fiscal management of all programs including oversight of bookkeeping and budgeting.


Recess is a nonprofit art space formed in 2009 to support artists who boldly reimagine an inclusive public for art. By envisioning our public as participants, we challenge common distinctions between process and product and maker and consumer. For more information visit recessactivities.org.

The Program Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Work with staff to plan, budget, facilitate, and manage all artist projects and programs
  • Maintain communications with program participants throughout all program phases
  • Draft and edit program-related documents and press releases
  • Proactively plan future projects and conduct outreach to artists, collaborators, and audiences
  • Act as the interface between the artist, staff, visiting groups, and public
  • Oversee and develop program evaluations to measure program impact
  • Administer annual open call for applications to Session
  • Assist in production of commissioned editions & maintain inventory of artworks
  • Manage participation in art fairs


  • Represent Recess offsite in networking and working groups
  • Research and cultivate external partnerships to expand programming into other strategic venues


  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Manager of Communications & Development to review grant research and edit submission
  • Assist with planning and execution of membership and annual benefit events
  • Support Manager of Communications & Development to hone program communications


  • Help create and manage budgets based on overall Recess priorities
  • With bookkeeper oversees financial data management including expense tracking, Quickbooks maintenance, end-of-year financial reporting, and Recess’s Culture Data Project profile
  • Process contracts/agreements/invoices as needed


  • Along with staff, maintain upkeep of project and office space
  • Explore and manage short and long term physical improvements to the space
  • Monitor and respond to general email, phone, and walk-in inquiries


  • With Executive Director, support and supervise all Recess staff and contractors
  • Assist with hiring process for seasonal interns and supervise selected candidates


• B.A. or B.S.; MA in related field a plus;
• Passion for the arts and innovative program development;
• Demonstrated ability to work well with artists, arts groups, and key stakeholders (e.g. Board members, donors, community leaders, etc.);

  • At least 3 years arts administration and/or non-profit experience; familiarity with New York City arts community a plus;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Flexibility and strong ability to work independently;
    • Financial management experience a plus;
  • Grant writing and development experience a plus;
    • Computer and online literacy and strong working skills in Microsoft Office, WordPress, and working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite;
    • Flexible schedule (Full time, Tuesday through Saturday and occasional evenings and/or weekends as related to events and programs);

Reports to Executive Director 
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Includes health benefits, paid vacation time.
Position start date: August 2017
Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 & Thursday 1-8; occasional events and programs outside regular hours
Application Instructions: Submit a cover letter, cv, and three references as a combined pdf by email to employment@recessart.org with the subject line “Program Director at Recess”

Recess is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.