Employment Opportunities

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.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is accepting applications for an Exhibitions Manager. This position supports the Curator in all aspects of exhibition planning and implementation.

The Exhibitions Manager acts as project manager and registrar for all exhibitions including, but not limited to the following responsibilities:

Maintain long-term exhibition calendar; Develop and oversee work schedule and production timeline for each exhibition; Monitor deadlines for staff, artist(s) and fabricators; Create contracts for artists, designers, curators, writers, and other outside consultants; Organize checklists and lender information; Prepare and maintain loan agreements, incoming/outgoing receipts, insurance forms, and condition reports; Manage incoming and outgoing shipping for all loaned works; Schedule and supervise installation and de-installation, including packing, hiring installers and fabricators, renting equipment and purchasing additional display materials as needed; Manage information for printed exhibition materials, PR, and website, including images and credit information; Develop and manage curatorial department budgets including tracking all exhibition expenses, grant submission and reporting, producing purchase orders, and preparing fiscal reports on curatorial activities; Oversee gallery monitoring and maintenance; Oversee exhibition preparation and storage areas; Maintain installation furnishings and equipment; Coordinate all gallery preparations with maintenance staff; Schedule and coordinate all members and students’ exhibitions both on and offsite.

Additional responsibilities include:

Working with Development department to plan and implement fundraising efforts;  Coordinate installation photography; Manage current exhibitions records; Maintain exhibition archives; Respond to exhibition inquiries; manage curatorial mailing list; Monitor and replenish exhibition and office supplies; Interview, hire, and supervise interns; plan and create projects for interns.

Qualifications

This position requires strong project management skills:  the ability to work well under pressure in a deadline-driven environment, to establish priorities, and to manage multiple projects concurrently.  The successful candidate will possess superior organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and a high level of accuracy.  Excellent communication skills—written, verbal, and interpersonal—are necessary, as is the ability to work independently or with a small team.  Must be able to interact effectively with museum trustees, artists, arts professionals, and the public.  Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook required; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and prior museum or gallery experience required; Master’s degree in Museum Studies or related field preferred.  Must have a thorough understanding of museum standards and practices as well as a working knowledge of contemporary art.

This is a full-time position reporting directly to the Curator. Salary range: $35,000–$40,000

As part of VACNJ’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, we aim to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices. Applicants are encouraged to share if they identify with one or more historically marginalized groups (examples include but are not limited to Immigrant, Indigenous, International, LGBTQIA, Person of Color, Person with a Disability, Person of Size, Socioeconomic Disadvantage). Although not required in the application, VACNJ encourages applicants to share what diversity they would bring to the Art Center. VACNJ is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Review of applications will begin immediately until positions are filled. To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to mbirmingham@artcenternj.org. Those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. All hires are required to successfully pass a background check.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey offers Art Camp Internships for students interested in gaining hands-on experience with an accredited arts organization. The Art Center is the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Comprising a renowned Studio School and thriving exhibitions and programming schedule, the Art Center engages the community in visual learning, interpretive programs, and hands-on art-making experiences.

Each summer, the Art Center offers a variety of Art Camps for kids ages 5–18.  Every camp program teaches knowledge of, and appreciation for, the visual arts through hands-on activities. Kids explore a variety of media, including: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking under the guidance of our highly-qualified instructors. Tweens ages 10–12 and teens ages 13–18 explore specific art media in depth over the course of a week to develop and refine art skills.

Responsibilities of the Art Camp Intern include administrative prep work, checking-in students during arrival, supporting camp counselors and instructors, assisting with camp projects, organizing and restocking art supplies, preparing art materials as needed, supervising lunchtime, assisting with photographing of student work, and compilation of a virtual exhibition, and other administrative duties as assigned. We also offer an online art camp and interns may assist with the assembly and distribution of art kits via curbside pickup.

Applicants must have excellent writing and communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.  Knowledge of or passion for the visual arts and experience working with children is preferred.  Interns are expected to dress appropriately for working with children and art projects. Essential computer skills include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and basic digital photo editing.

The internship schedule is flexible. The Summer Art Camps run from June 21-August 27. The daily schedule of the camp is from 7:45 AM–5:30 PM, including optional early drop-off and late pickup. The internship is unpaid, but hours can be applied towards college credit.

As part of VACNJ’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, we aim to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices. Applicants are encouraged to share if they identify with one or more historically marginalized groups (examples include but are not limited to Immigrant, Indigenous, International, LGBTQIA, Person of Color, Person with a Disability, Person of Size, Socioeconomic Disadvantage). Although not required in the application, VACNJ encourages applicants to share what diversity they would bring to the Art Center. VACNJ is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please submit applications to by completing this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1am5CP1zvCEca98IlB8AcoLC1godokDAlFhhTkLMOjPo/edit and send a letter of interest and resume to dbanaag@artcenternj.org by April 1. No phone calls, please. Candidates offered a position must submit paperwork and clear a background check before beginning work.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is accepting applications for energetic art instructors for our kids (ages 5–9), tween (ages 10–12), and teen (ages 13–18) In-Person Summer Art Camps. Our art camps provide campers the opportunity to learn about art and create individual projects. We are currently seeking instructors with education, training, or experience in the visual arts who have a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The top candidates will love teaching, enjoy working with students, and be comfortable interacting with parents. He or she will be creative, flexible, able to manage a busy classroom, and problem-solve. We are looking for instructors who are understanding, patient and will strive to help our students learn about art. These camps are taking place in-person and follow all Covid-19 safety protocols and applicants must be willing to teach in-person. Hours are 9:15 AM-3:30 PM daily.

Kid Instructors
Lessons will be provided and will include the following art media: ceramics, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, pastel, colored pencil, mixed media, and markers. Camps run June 21–August 27, and various dates are available. The maximum group size is 12 kids and instructors will have a counselor to assist. New instructors must commit to full-weeks (Monday–Friday), and be available for at least 2 weeks of teaching.

Tween and Teen Instructors
We are seeking instructors for the camps listed below. Dates, times, and subject matter are NOT flexible, and only candidates who can teach according to this schedule should apply.  Tween and teen instructors will design and teach morning and afternoon art classes (2 hours and 15 minutes (M-F). They will write and teach the curriculum for their camp and ensure that campers complete their projects throughout the week.

  • Assemblage (August 16–20, Teens): Teens will transform everyday items into expressive, personal sculptures! Imagine all the artistic possibilities in combining materials such as paper, plastic, clay, and wire with found objects. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, teens will learn various techniques to manipulate the materials and create one-of-a-kind sculptures.
  • Painting with Pastels (August 16–20, Teen): Pastelstraddles the line between painting and drawing. During this camp, teens will be introduced to the essentials needed to draw and paint using pastels. This will include fundamentals such as drawing, light and shadow, composition, color theory, and basic perspective. Both still life and landscape will be incorporated to create finished works of art.
  • Fashion Design Illustration (August 23–27, Teen): Learn how to bring your fashion dreams to life through illustration! Learn the basics of fashion illustration such as drawing proportion figures, garment illustration techniques, and fabric rendering. Students will learn how to create a collection of fashion illustrations employing drawing skills learned during the class and from their own creative design ideas.
  • Photography and Digital Photo Editing (July 12–16, Tweens 10 AM–12:15 PM, Teens-12:45–3PM and August 2–6­, Tweens, 10 AM–12:15 PM, Teens, August 2–6, 12:45–3 PM)

Capture and edit images to create expressive photographs. Tweens will learn the basic concepts of photography, experimenting with light, composition, depth of field, and more. Tweens will gain an understanding of how to use a digital camera and will spend time in the digital lab editing their photographs. Students will need to bring a digital camera or smartphone with a camera for this course. Students must also have a portable storage device, such as a thumb drive, as a backup for saving their progress in class. 

Responsibilities for all Instructors:

  • Communicate regularly with Summer Camp Manager and Studio School administration about students, supplies, and any matters of interest
  • Be a positive role model for the campers and summer camp staff
  • Help to promote the best quality art experience possible in an upbeat, positive, and inclusive environment
  • Follow and enforce all Covid-19 safety protocols

As part of VACNJ’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, we aim to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices. Applicants are encouraged to share if they identify with one or more historically marginalized groups (examples include but are not limited to Immigrant, Indigenous, International, LGBTQIA, Person of Color, Person with a Disability, Person of Size, Socioeconomic Disadvantage). Although not required in the application, VACNJ encourages applicants to share what diversity they would bring to the Art Center. VACNJ is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Review of applications will begin immediately until positions are filled. To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter, as well as examples of your work to cdemski@artcenternj.org. Those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. All hires are required to successfully pass a background check.

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