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The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey continually works to enrich, amaze and inspire all who pass through our doors. The Art Center provides an opportunity for employees to deepen their love of art while contributing their skills and talents. Throughout the year a variety of opportunities may become available.

The Art Center provides a competitive benefits package for full-time employees.

Grants Specialist

  • Posted: February 20, 2019

Summary

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey nurtures the capacity for personal expression, expands the creative experience, and fosters stronger communities by empowering people to see, make, and learn about art. Through exhibition, Studio School, and community programs, the Art Center engenders connection, curiosity, and creative risk-taking among its constituents.

This position reports to the Director of Development and Communications. The Grants Specialist is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations, corporations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate VACNJ’s mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grants Coordinator will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.

Responsibilities:

Grant Management & Fundraising

  • Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders
  • Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations
  • Establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  • Ensuring prompt acknowledgment of grant awards
  • Maintaining calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Prioritizing projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines, and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Providing writing support for major donor and individual contributions letters and acknowledgments
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors;
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested by the Director of Development and Communications

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to grants@artcenternj.org. Applications that do not include a writing sample will not be considered.

Summer Camp Counselor

  • Posted: February 1, 2019

Summary
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey offers a high-quality art camp for students ages 5-18. The position of Summer Camp Counselor covers many responsibilities and plays a crucial role in the success of our camp. Applicants must be patient, enjoy working with children, have confidence in their ability to motivate and assist campers, and have an interest in or appreciation for art. A counselor’s role includes being an extra set of hands and eyes for teachers before, during, and after each camp session, as well as being a guardian and guide to the campers in assigned groups. While each teacher will provide direction, the main duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping set up classrooms
  • Gathering and preparing materials before each camp session
  • Assisting students with projects during camp
  • Helping teachers during camp as needed (making copies, getting supplies from other rooms, escorting younger students to restrooms, etc.)
  • Helping students and teacher clean up after each camp session
  • Supervising campers during lunch break and extended care options
  • Making sure supplies are returned to the appropriate place
  • Making sure storage areas are kept well maintained and orderly
  • Serving as a positive role model for students

How to Apply

Download an application here.

Please submit applications to artcampmanager@artcenternj.org no later than 3/8/2019, with “CAMP COUNSELOR 2019” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed after submission deadline; those selected for an interview will be contacted. Our interviews will take place on Friday, 3/29/2019. No phone calls, please. All applicants must submit paperwork and clear a background check before they can be booked for work.

Customer Relations Associate

  • Posted: November 15, 2018
  • Reports to Customer Relations Manager
  • Apply by emailing resume and cover letter to smauro@artcenternj.org

Summary
Under the supervision of the Customer Relations Manager and the Director of the Studio School, the Customer Associate will assist in providing quality services to VACNJ’s diverse audiences. This part-time position is the primary customer interface for visitors, students, and staff. Responsible for the effective organization and operation of the reception desk.

Responsibilities
Greeting the public, processing studio school registration, answering customer questions, answering incoming calls, managing reception desk, data entry, and administrative tasks which include Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and customer service software, and ability to interact with diverse constituencies. Manages the reception area to ensure that routine customer requests are satisfied. Other duties as required.

Qualifications
• Enjoy working with the public, with the ability to interact pleasantly and professionally with local and international visitors, members, and VIPs, and VACNJ staff.
• Proficiency in general computer operations including browser-based apps, Google Apps, Microsoft Office: web forms, word documents, slide shows, spreadsheets, images, and file maintenance.
• Experience using customer service applications: you must be able to do all required transactions for the operation of the Studio School, Museum, and Membership departments. These operations will be specific to your role and training will be provided.
• Excellent communications, interpersonal, computer and office organizational skills required.
• Must be flexible and a detail-oriented team player with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
• Able to take direction and immediately amend approach to tasks based on feedback
• At least three years of customer service work, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
• Experience with customer services principles, practices, and procedures
• Knowledge of arts/culture audiences a plus
• Fluency in Spanish a plus

Job Type: part-time (maximum 24 hours per week). Flexibility with schedule a must.
Salary: $12/hour

Model (Nude and/or Clothed): MUST BE EXPERIENCED

  • Posted: August 14, 2017
  • Reports to the Studio School Coordinators
  • Apply by emailing the Studio School at studioschool@artcenternj.org and be ready to provide a cover letter, your resumé, and 3 work references.
  • Please do not apply if you have no experience, you will not be considered.

Models are an essential part of any live drawing class. If you model for us, you may not work in other areas, but we rely on a strong core group of models to work for all of our classes.

Duties:

  • Pose unclothed or clothed for a variety of art classes including drawing, painting, and sculpture.
  • Take and hold a variety of well-designed and visually interesting poses.
  • Initiate an appropriate pose in conjunction with the instructor’s lecture.
  • Take a series of short poses varying in time from one to ten minutes to enable students to practice capturing quickly the essentials of an action or gesture.
  • Take and hold a pose without moving for twenty to twenty-five minutes; take a five-minute rest and resume the pose; continue for an entire class session or as directed.
  • Remember a pose exactly after rest periods; resume same physical position, angle and facial expression.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Knowledge:

  • Appropriate poses for drawing, painting and sculpture classes.
  • Basic design principles.
  • Well-designed and visually interesting poses.
  • Appearance, coordination and physical capabilities of a model’s body. Our instructors design lessons requiring different body types, so clear communication as to your physical type is essential. All body types are welcome.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Pose in the nude for art classes.
  • Take and hold a pose without moving for up to twenty minutes.
  • Remember and resume poses exactly after rest periods.
  • Initiate appropriate poses in response to instructor’s lesson.
  • Understand the look and capacity of his/her body.
  • Behave in a professional manner throughout all interactions with staff, faculty, and students.
    • Any behavior considered to be threatening or sexual in nature will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Provide own transportation and come to all appointments at the Art Center as scheduled.
    • If you cancel on an appointment without due notice, you will not be considered for further employment unless you have a compelling and provable reason.
  • All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of studio school students and staff.

 

Apply by emailing the Studio School at studioschool@artcenternj.org and be ready to provide a cover letter, your resumé, and 3 work references.