Joan Mitchell Foundation : Director, Joan Mitchell Center

New Orleans, LA

STATUS: Full-time,exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Artist Programs    

The Joan Mitchell Foundation seeks a creative, dynamic leader and team builder to serve as its next Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The Director will steward a vibrant artist residency center on two-acre site that supports the creative practices of local artists as well as visiting artists from across the country. Working with the Foundation’s New York leadership, the Director will guide and refine the Center’s artist residency program, develop related public programs and special projects to connect artists and communities, oversee the Center’s day-to-day operations, and develop plans for the next phase of capital work for full use of the six-building campus. 

The Director reports to and works closely with the Foundation’s Senior Director of Artist Programs to align an impactful residency program with the Foundation’s mission and core programmatic priorities, while thoughtfully developing the Center’s role in the New Orleans community and the broader arts community—as a resource for artists, a site for strategic convenings and a meaningful arts collaborator. This position oversees a small and dedicated team of program and operations staff on site and coordinates closely with the Foundation’s Senior Director of Finance and Administration to ensure appropriate operational resourcing for the Center, as well as the effective integration of the Foundation’s HR, administrative, and financial policies.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in nonprofit senior management, with a track record of strategically focused leadership and the ability to collaborate internally and externally to maximize program resources and impact. The candidate will be familiar with artists’ needs and committed to their sustainability and be solidly grounded in community engagement and/or social justice work. This individual will have the cultural competence, vision, and necessary skill sets to build and motivate a professional team and to bring the Center into its next phase of maturation as a program and sustainable operating site. The Director will be based on site in New Orleans, but should expect to travel several times each year to the Joan Mitchell Foundation offices in New York as well as nationally to represent our work and to network in the field. 

About Joan Mitchell Foundation and Joan Mitchell Center
The Joan Mitchell Center is a programmatic site of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, which celebrates the life of abstract artist Joan Mitchell by expanding awareness of her pioneering work and fulfilling her wish to support and provide opportunities for visual artists. 

Complementing the Foundation’s grant programs, the Joan Mitchell Center was developed to host artist residencies, providing working and living space on a two-acre campus in the historic and culturally diverse city of New Orleans. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, which welcomes local, national, and international artists, the Center produces public programming for the broader community of New Orleans, and serves as an incubator, conduit, and resource for partnerships in the arts. To learn more, visit

The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s vision and values are rooted in the fact that it was established by an artist for artists. As we celebrate 25 years, we are examining and integrating our programs for artists, with intentionality and ambition, to ensure that we have a unified set of priorities and approaches to making impact. Since our first grants were given in 1994, the Foundation has intentionally worked with a diverse and intergenerational group of artists across the nation. It is essential that our staff reflects the diversity and range of perspectives we see among our artists. Our work is grounded in the stories of more than 1,000 supported artists whose lives demonstrate what it means to maintain a lifetime of creativity. We are committed to our role as advocates for the vital contributions artists make to society. 


Leadership and organizational integration

  • Work closely with Foundation senior management to set priorities and policies that align with the Foundation’s overarching philanthropic goals and to cultivate strategic partners of the Center nationally and internationally
  • Participate in and represent the Center’s work holistically in organization-wide planning efforts; inform and uphold Foundation policies and processes
  • Represent the Foundation and the Center’s work at local, national, and community events; work closely with the Communications team to develop effective messaging 

Artist support and community building

  • Oversee the Center’s cornerstone AIR (Artist-in-Residence) program, ensuring the selection and support of a diverse range of artistic voices locally, nationally, and internationally, and an atmosphere conducive to creativity, connection, and learning 
  • Build relationships with the Center’s neighbors, the local arts and culture field, and communities of greater New Orleans to establish the Center as a place to meet and connect with artists and the creative process
  • Establish regular programming, partnerships, and special projects to facilitate meaningful connections and resources for AIRs while addressing local needs
  • Actively participate and conduct investigations and outreach in the field of AIR programs locally, nationally, and internationally


Administration and team building

  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the Joan Mitchell Center and its campus systems, taking an integrated approach to program, hospitality, property/maintenance, technology, and housekeeping to best support mission and sustainability 
  • Foster an environment of teamwork at the Center and facilitate collaboration with NYC staff as appropriate to maximize resources and expertise
  • Develop and monitor the Center’s annual budget and expenditures related to program and operating objectives; develop and steward long-term capital expenditures to repair and improve the campus
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of and provide regular recommendations and reporting on the Center finances, program activities, and operational needs 
  • Ensure an up-to-date emergency action plan is in place for the Center and that preparedness measures are factored into Center systems
  • Oversee all capital planning and future use of site


  • A direct understanding of artists’ lives and practice and a history of relationship building with artists
  • An entrepreneurial approach to management and strategic planning
  • Minimum five years of leadership or senior programmatic experience in an organization that works with artists or is community-based
  • Ability to think creatively and systemically about operations, sustainability, and partnerships;and to effectively communicate related priorities with staff, board, and community
  • Management experience with a team approach and commitment to mentoring staff
  • A history of working in New Orleans and/ or the South preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice work and grounding in anti-oppression training
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, for a broad range of constituents
  • Experience overseeing budgets and reporting on expenditures; capital project experience a plus
  • Experience identifying and contracting with consultants and vendors, familiarity with bidding processes and facility projects a plus
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to the Joan Mitchel Foundation mission, vision, purpose, and core values with the ability to look at our work consistently through the lens of equity
  • A sense of humor and healthy sense of work/life balance


  • While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 25 lbs., speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time. 
  • Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office settings
  • Requires the ability to travel regionally and periodically nationally, on behalf of the Foundation

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements.


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