Open Position: Project Manager – Supporting Transitions (Part-Time, No Benefits)

City Access New York and the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) seek a Project Manager to coordinate and implement a project focused on increasing accessibility for adults who have autism as visitors and employees cultural institutions in the New York Metro area.  This is a part-time position, at 10 hours per week, with the opportunity to renew annually for the two-year period of the grant (June 2016-May 2018).

The primary responsibilities of this position involve contributing to a three-year project to examine barriers to participation and employment in cultural institutions for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.  The Project Manager will work closely with the Project Leader to: 1) recruit participants, plan and execute working group meetings to focus on barriers to employment for adults with autism; 2) conduct and analyze data from a survey to benchmark access to cultural opportunities for adults with autism; 3) research and create documents and learning modules on inclusive hiring; and 4) coordinate an internship placement program in year three.

S/he will report to the Chair of the Museum Access Consortium and the Supporting Transitions Project Leader.

Overview of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and form relationships with schools and community organizations with successful transition programs to consolidate range of social, communication, and independence goals that is then shared with cultural institutions
  • Observe and document cultural programs for adults in transition programs to collect best practices
  • Design and administer surveys and interviews to collect data on case study successes/areas of growth
  • Research and recruit participants for working group
  • Coordinate working group meetings
  • Identify internship and/or job placements in cultural institutions
  • Research and create best practices document for hiring and supporting individuals with autism/developmental disabilities
  • Create content for learning modules for the website and design and implement modules.
  • Assist with managing Administrative Intern/s who will provide support in transcribing meetings and workshops and assisting with logistics
  • Manage documentation of Internship Pilot Program
  • Document and present pilot projects in order to disseminate lessons learned through the MAC web page, periodic MAC email newsletters, printed materials, MAC workshops, and conferences.
  • Supply administrative support to for the Supporting Transitions Project as needed

Please note that the above job description is not all inclusive of actual job duties and is meant to give an applicant a basic summary of the job opportunity being offered.

Selection Criteria:
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to analyze data and create online learning modules
  • Present him/herself in a welcoming, outgoing, and professional manner to partner and sponsoring organizations.
  • Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, organizational, public speaking, writing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Pay attention to detail, follow-through required.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while keeping an eye on the big picture.
  • Be able to handle confidential information in a professional manner.
  • Work well independently (and productively when working remotely) while also being a creative, enthusiastic, team player.

 The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Prior program management experience, preferably in museum accessibility, museum education, or accessibility.
  • Experience working with adults with autism or developmental disabilities strongly preferred.
  • Experience creating training modules preferred.
  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. MA in Social Work, Education, Museum Education/Studies or Non-profit Management, or the equivalent work experience, preferred.
  • Personal or professional experience with people who have autism.
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Drupal).
  • Must be available to work some evenings for workshops and other programs.

Compensation: $25/hour at a maximum of 10 hours per week.

Instructions for applicants: Please submit a letter of interest and your resume or CV to the attention of Miranda Appelbaum, Chair, Museum Access Consortium at museumaccess@gmail.com.  This job description was posted on June 7, 2016.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled with a qualified candidate.  City Access New York is an equal opportunity employer.


About City Access New York and the Museum Access Consortium:

City Access New York is a non-profit organization that promotes lifelong access to educational, vocational and cultural programs for New Yorkers of all abilities. City Access New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that identifies barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapts the content and delivery of programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

This project is a City Access New YOrk collaboration with the Museum Access Consortium (MAC), a New York City-based organization that assists cultural facilities of all types to increase access for people with disabilities. MAC includes professionals from over 70 cultural institutions and over 20 service organizations, as well as representatives of the disability community and people with personal experience of disability. Since 1995, MAC has been coordinated by volunteers who plan and implement lectures and workshops that are free and open to all. A primary goal of MAC is to establish an ongoing dialogue and strengthen the link between museums and the disability community, leading to increased accessibility in cultural institutions. Another goal of this small but committed organization is to serve as a collaborative resource for institutions implementing accessibility programs, providing free educational and informational resources on accessibility to museums, their visitors, and potential visitors and increasing museum visitation by people with disabilities through accessible outreach and a welcoming environment.