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Programming Manager | Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)

Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Organization Overview: Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side. As a multifaceted not-for-profit, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 17 locations throughout the Lower East Side. Building upon its legacy for innovation and effective programming, Henry Street has grown to offer more than 50 different programs, currently making it one of the most comprehensive settlement house in New York City, as well as one of the City’s largest social service agencies. Henry Street is governed by a 45-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

Abrons Arts Center is the interdisciplinary arts center of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative artistic practices work on the Lower East Side; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers.

The Programming Manager supports the administration of the Abrons Arts Center seasonal interdisciplinary artistic programming. Reporting directly to the Programming Director, the Programming Manager is responsible for a range of administrative and producorial tasks related to visual arts exhibitions, live dance, music, and theatrical performance, discursive events, and AIRspace Residency programs; managing correspondence between the Arts Center commissioned artists, resident artists, guest curators, Production and Front of House personnel; co-develop and implement production deadlines and outcomes for exhibitions and live programming; collating and ensuring accuracy of programming-related copy for web and print collateral; and assisting with the coordination of AIRspace Residency programs such as studio visits, end-of-residency public presentations and application processes. The Programming Manager must have strong commitment and experience in visual and performing arts and a demonstrated track record of success in live programming production and/or visual art exhibition. In addition to exhibiting advanced project management capacities, leadership, and collaboration skills, the ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to Abrons’ mission of political and cultural equity.


  • Exhibited interest in performing and visual arts; commitment to and interest in attending Abrons-produced programming, as well as exhibitions and live programming hosted by local presenters as requested for research purposes
  • At least four years of demonstrated experience live programming production and/or curation in visual and/or performing arts
  • Confident and skilled in establishing work priorities, coordinating multiple projects simultaneously, implementing and meeting deadlines.
  • Strong written communication and copy editing skills
  • Strong oral communication skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Experience with drafting Letters of Agreement
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • High attention to detail for accuracy of Letters of Agreement, production timelines, deadlines, digital and print copy
  • Experience with managing project budgets
  • Capacity to take initiative with projects and work independently, as well as closely with a small team
  • Flexible and versatile approach to co-creating a hospitable and positive experience with/for commissioned artists, staff, and visitors
  • Warm, friendly, open demeanor and ability to remain composed under pressure



  • Assists Director with drafting Letters of Agreement for presenting artists, AIRspace artists, guest curators, and independent contractors like Art Handlers
  • Coordinates and manages installation and deinstallation timelines in partnership with artists, Production Team, Art Handler, and Director
  • Collates and edits information for exhibition descriptions and didactic materials for website and seasonal brochure, with the assistance of the Marketing Manager
  • Ensures accuracy of programming information, including dates and copy, in print and online
  • Works with Director in implementation logistical and administrative support for AIRspace residency program and exhibition opening receptions
  • Coordinates photo documentation of exhibitions
  • Assists with processing honoraria, reimbursements, and any event-related logistics

Live Programming

  • Assists Director with drafting contracts for commissioned live programming artists, guest curators, and independent contractors
  • Manages production deadlines for performances and public programs in partnership with artists, Production Team and Director of Programming
  • Collates and organizes logistical information about live programming dates, event times, and seating capacity, and closely ensures accuracy of this information across internally circulated, as well as online and in print.
  • Gathers program descriptions for website and seasonal brochure, with the assistance of the Marketing Manager, and ensures accuracy of live programming information on Abrons website, in print and online
  • Communicates live programming logistical information to Front of House and Production teams
  • Coordinates video and photo documentation of live programming as requested
  • Coordinates of hospitality needs for presenting artists, including arranging honoraria, travel, lodging, meals, etc.

To Apply: email Cover Letter and Resume to In the subject line, please indicate “Programming Manager” AND the website where the position was found.

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

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.