ETA Job Opening: Apprenticeship Coordinator- NYC

ORGANIZATION:      Exploring the Arts (ETA)

POSITION:                 Apprenticeship Coordinator - NYC

LOCATION:               New York City

REPORTS TO:          Hannah Berson; Director of Programs & Assessment

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Founded in 1999 by legendary American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife, Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, Exploring the Arts (ETA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in New York City.  Tony and Susan founded the exemplary public arts high school, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens.

ETA’s early mission was to support (FSSA), which now serves 840 students across 6 performing and visual arts majors.  The school has one of the highest graduation rates in NYC and most FSSA graduates continue their education at highly-regarded art programs, conservatories, and competitive colleges and universities.  

In 2009, ETA expanded its mission to transform the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build sustainable, high-quality arts programs with strategic planning and funding support. ETA partners with public high schools that serve high need student populations with limited access to arts education and currently works with 27 Partner Schools in NYC and 6 in Los Angeles.

ETA’s work includes a highly valued apprenticeship program whereby students work directly with NYC art organizations and cultural institutions.

ETA is overseen by a twelve-member Board of Directors, and its small staff team is led by Executive Director Cheri Walsh. For more information, visit:


The APPRENTICESHIP COORDINATOR will be responsible for the daily administration of ETA’s Apprenticeship Program (school year and summer sessions) for half of ETA’s portfolio of New York City Partner Schools, working with approximately 35 students (school year) and 15 students (summer). This includes:

·       Managing the online application process, promoting program opportunities, providing guidance to school staff regarding ETA opportunities, helping troubleshoot problems/obstacles with schools and ETA leadership collaboratively and respectfully;

·       Conducting both one-on-one and group support meetings with student participants in the Apprenticeship Program, and providing guidance and support to partnering arts organizations that work with ETA program participants;

·      Reviewing applications for student programs and making selections for apprenticeship placements;

·      Developing new partner relationships with arts organizations and businesses in New York City for the program;

·      Expanding on arts and youth development opportunities for students to complement their apprenticeship placements;

·      Implementing program evaluation tools and assisting Director of Programs on program assessment;

·      Assisting with the collection of information and documentation related to student programs to support ETA social media and grantwriting efforts;

·      Managing student programs data in Salesforce, ETA’s cloud-based database system, including annual student alumni survey;

·      Attending site visits in all 5 boroughs that may take place during the evening or on weekends. When the program is in session, the Apprenticeship Coordinator may expect to spend 20-40% of the week working in the field at school and/or partner sites;

·      Participating in staff-wide strategy discussions on all student programs and identifying opportunities for continued programmatic improvements.

Important: The Apprenticeship Coordinator will also be responsible for providing some administrative support to ETA’s Executive Director, for up to 10% of the work week. This may include duties such as managing ETA’s general email account, placing messenger orders, maintaining administrative files, running errands, etc. ETA is a small organization and all staff help beyond their immediate responsibilities on an as-needed basis.


·      Undergraduate degree required.

·      1 to 2 years of prior professional experience in the field of arts education, teaching and/or nonprofit programs administration.

·      1 to 2 years of prior professional experience working with teenagers.

·      Superb oral and written communications skills.

·      Strong project management and organizational skills, with utmost attention to detail and high comfort level with collaboration.

·      Demonstrated effectiveness at working with educators and cultural institution leaders and managers.

·      Ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities.

·      Fluent in Microsoft Word & Excel; familiarity with Form Assembly and/or Salesforce a plus but not required.



·      Belief that high quality arts instruction should be an integral part of every student’s high school education.

·      Desire to hold oneself accountable for results and be transparent about success and shortcomings.

·      Humility and respect for the hard work of school professionals, artists, parents and students. 

·      Highest integrity. Sense of responsibility and stewardship for all funds provided to operate Exploring the Arts.



Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

ETA offers comprehensive health and dental coverage and provides the Apprenticeship Coordinator with a monthly MTA 30-day pass.


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