Vice President, Curation and Production

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Snug Harbor provides programming in the Performing and Visual Arts, serving as educator, incubator, and arts presenter. Reporting directly to the CEO, the VP of Curation and Production (VP) is a senior level position responsible for fulfilling Snug Harbor’s cultural mission through the hands-on curation, production management and execution of programming primarily in visual and performing arts. The VP will be working collaboratively with other senior staff members including the Director of Development, Chief Financial Officer and the VP of Operations.

Working closely with Snug Harbor’s Curator-at-Large, the VP will oversee the day-to-day production and management of all artistic programming at Snug Harbor and curate its unique spaces. The VP will manage and be supported by a newly formed Programming Department consisting of an existing team of highly dedicated arts production personnel, both full and part-time, that are passionate about the arts and Snug Harbor.

We are seeking an experienced producer/curator, who is a creative problem solver, has excellent communication skills, thrives in a team atmosphere, is articulate and decisive, and can manage a realistic budget. This position requires impeccable organizational, written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in implementing a compelling vision by managing multi-disciplinary teams and resources.

Snug Harbor’s campus houses a variety of unique programming spaces, both indoor and outdoor. Some of these spaces include a 686 seat historic theater, an outdoor stage, multiple galleries, dance studios and more. The VP will oversee the curation, programming, and management of these spaces where Snug Harbor presents and/or produces programming as described below. Some of the established programs that the VP will oversee will include:

  • Youth Matters, a high-quality, professional arts programming for middle and high school students featuring established performing artists that connect their performances to curriculum
  • PASS – On the last Saturday of the month, Performing Arts Salon Saturdays presents performances of works-in-progress including a post-performance Q&A facilitated by an expert from the Staten Island arts community
  • SHARP – Snug Harbor’s Artist in Residency program offers emerging artists a supportive environment to explore their creative development for two months while living, working and then exhibiting in our galleries
  • Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – The VP will be responsible for the curation of the galleries and/or coordinating with guest curators
  • The Dance Center – Containing 3 expansive, state of the art dance studios, the VP will be overseeing the day-to-day management of the studios for use for classes, rehearsals, residencies, and other related programming

This position has the capacity to expand into a larger curator role with an emphasis on developing the artistic vision and direction for the organization, including but not limited to: planning, artist/content selection, continued oversight of presenting and/or producing programming, audience development, and post-activity evaluation.



  • Plan and manage all aspects of programming in relation to production, execution, deadlines, budget, and logistics
  • Oversee and manage a team of qualified and passionate full and part time staff in addition to curators, art handlers, gallery staff, vendors, interns and volunteers
  • Supervise programming staff in relation to critical path and deadlines for event production
  • Develop ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of departmental operations
  • Work in tandem with Director of Development in identifying potential funders, soliciting new funding opportunities, and managing donor relations


  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capacity to take initiative, build consensus, manage teams and work effectively
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to work collaboratively within and outside the organization
  • Demonstrated experience as a curator and/or producer and a deep understanding of the NYC cultural landscape
  • Enthusiastic management style with proven ability to lead staff
  • Proven fundraising ability and success at securing financial support for programming either through working with development personnel or on one’s own
  • Must have a BA in a relevant field and a minimum of 5 years of combined work experience in a senior or leadership position, preferably in the arts and/or nonprofit organizations
  • Must have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, especially Outlook, Word and Excel


The qualified candidate for this position will bring a mix of energy, adaptability, judgment, communication and critical thinking skills and “roll up the sleeves attitude” towards their work.   Ability to work flexible hours in order to oversee programming including some weekends and evenings as needed.


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with salary history and resume to with the subject line “[Your Name] – VP, Curation and Production.”

We are an equal opportunity workplace and welcome cultural diversity in our workforce.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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