After several years of amazing work as the Programs Manager at Visual AIDS, Ted Kerr will be stepping down from his positition to continue his studies at Union Theological Seminary in NYC. It's with the greatest gratitude that we say goodbye for now (though we know we will continue to work together in new capacities.) We wish him the best!

Meanwhile, Visual AIDS is looking to welcome a new Programs Manager who is dedicated and enthusiastic about using contemporary art to promote dialogues around issues of HIV/AIDS.

See details below and please share widely:

Employment Opportunity: Programs Manager, Visual AIDS

Visual AIDS is a leading New York-based nonprofit arts organization which uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV-positive artists, and preserving the legacy of visual artists lost to AIDS. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual arts projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS.

About the Opportunity:

Visual AIDS is looking for a Programs Manager who is deeply committed to using contemporary art to develop integral dialogues around issues of HIV/AIDS and social justice. The Programs Manager works with the Executive Director and Associate Director to implement programs to achieve the organization’s vision, mission, and goals, and is an essential part of the organization.


● Develop and manage new and rotating programs that work towards the organization’s mission and values.

● Oversee all aspects of public programming, including exhibitions and events, publications and artist projects, community and artists outreach, deadlines, program budgets, press releases, and long-term planning.

● Manage and update Visual AIDS online presence, including our website, blog, event calendar, web galleries, facebook, twitter, instagram and other social media sites.

● Support and cultivate all aspects of the Visual AIDS Artist Registry.

● Develop relationships and work with artists, art institutions, HIV/AIDS organizations and other related groups to determine the needs of the community.

● Maintain the organization’s culture of inclusion, openness, and respect with donors, board members, volunteers, artists, and audiences

Job Duties:

Program Development & Management– The Programs Manager produces new and ongoing programs, and works with existing partners while developing new relationships with artists and organizations, to help plan and execute annual exhibitions, public programs, publications, online features, and artist projects. The Visual AIDS Artist Registry serves as the core to all programming. The Program Manager works with the staff and organizing partners to arrange all elements of exhibitions, events, and publications including identifying and contacting artists, curators, panelist, designers, editors, printers, shippers, contract workers, and tech crew to insure smooth and timely operations of all events and projects.Management duties also include shipping, receiving, and installation of artworks for exhibitions; arranging venues, panelist, and recording of all public events; coordinating the production of publications and printed materials; developing time-lines and efficient scheduling for programs; and completing budget reports and invoices.The Programs Manger is responsible for the evaluation of all programs and reports back to the Executive Director.

Communications and Social Media - The Programs Manager uses social media to communicate the vision and work of Visual AIDS.This includes but is not limited to the following platforms: Visual AIDS website, emails, blog, event calendar, web galleries, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. The Programs Manager produces and coordinates content for the Visual AIDS blog including interviews, guest writers and other posts. This work also includes using social media to promote and highlight the work of artist members such as upcoming exhibitions, artist talks, and related news.The Program Manager also invites and schedules individuals to guest curate monthly web galleries.The Programs Manager works with the Associate Director to write press releases and eblasts for all programs and runs press and communications by the Executive Director to ensure that all messages are on point.

Community Relations- The Programs Manager works to build connections between Visual AIDS and other related Arts and AIDS Service organizations through programming, communications and media. The Programs Manager assists curators, researchers, art historians and educators conducting research in the Archive Project & Artists Registry; reaches out to Visual AIDS artist members regarding program needs, and supports the Associate Director regarding any additional needs related to the Archive Project and Artist Registry, including the Materials Grant program.

Staff Management & Intern Recruitment – The Programs Manager supports the Associate Director in the management of part-time and contract staff including interns, volunteers, project managers, curators, and crew. The Programs Manager helps organize and schedule a rotating team of event and office volunteers, and regulates compliance with universities for student internships.


The candidate must be a highly motivated individual who is a team player and enjoys the challenge of working on multiple projects simultaneously.They must be skilled at balancing long-term projects with day-to-day work, and be able to meet tight deadlines.The candidate must be a flexible, highly organized, have excellent communication and writing skills, and have a track record of managing successful programs and/or events. A strong network of NYC and national artists and/or HIV activists that can be drawn into the service of Visual AIDS mission is a plus. The successful candidate will combine these qualities with a commitment to the ideas expressed by Visual AIDS mission and program structure.

Knowledge and Education:

Bachelor’s degree or 3-4 years of professional experience in related fields required

Experience within a nonprofit arts organization preferred

Background in Art History or Studio Arts preferred

Knowledge and understanding of current issues around HIV/AIDS preferred

Salary Range:

$32,000 - $36,000 (commensurate with experience) + comprehensive health benefits.

Visual AIDS Statement of Values:

In the fight against AIDS, Visual AIDS believes: Effective AIDS advocacy seeks to address the underlying and related issues that contribute to and exacerbate the pandemic, such as poverty, homophobia and racism; HIV/AIDS prevention is about harm reduction that is guided by science, not ideology; Our work affirms the visibility, dignity and rights of people living with HIV and AIDS; Visual AIDS promotes art that is public, inclusive and accessible; We draw from the deep history of art activism; Art that takes risks promotes and encourages reflection, dialogue and action; Art is our weapon of choice.

A not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), Visual AIDS for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities; PLWHA; people of color; women; and lesbian, gay, transgender/gender non-conforming and bisexual people are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and three references to Nelson Santos, Executive Director at [email protected] - subject line "Programs Director". Deadline to apply is August 15, 2014.