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AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are equal opportunity employers, encouraging diversity and welcoming applicants of all backgrounds.

Manager, Foundation and Government Relations

[Last updated May 16, 2019] The Manager, Foundation and Government Relations will support the Development Team and Deputy Director in maintaining and expanding the Center for Architecture’s institutional giving program for contributed revenue. The Manager will be responsible for the integrity of the grants program, making sure all deadlines are met with materials reflecting quality and accuracy, in support of the organization’s various program streams. The Manager will also oversee the AIANY and Center for Architecture’s own scholarship programs.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Produce all submissions and reports in a timely and high-quality fashion for private foundations, corporate foundations and government funding agencies, compiling program and budgetary information, drafting narratives and formulating financial information.
• Maintain relationships with program officers in support of efforts by the Deputy Director and other leaders to represent the Center for Architecture, nurturing an understanding of the organization’s vision, programs and leadership profile and creating enthusiasm and confidence.
• Research new prospective donors through Foundation Center and other resources to ensure a strong continual pipeline.
• Maintain grants calendar and chart of contracted deliverables for organizational and planning purposes. Monitor and encourage progress on all supported projects, programs and initiatives.
• Maintain all municipal, state and federal accounts and data portals including DataArts, Grants Gateway, HHS Accelerator, etc.
• Prepare briefings for executive leadership in advance of pitch meetings and site visits.
• Work with finance and program staff to attain timely and accurate information. Develop material that reflects well on Center for Architecture operations while meeting requirements of the funding entity. Understand and respect the needs and goals of program staff and maintain quality working relationships.
• Prepare timely and effective acknowledgement letters for the Executive Director.
• Ensure appropriate donor recognition on Center for Architecture platforms including website, printed materials, exhibition title wall, public program visuals, etc. Keep abreast of cultural trends, building industry and educational policy, and appropriate K-12 learning standards for New York City.
• Oversee the Center for Architecture and AIANY’s own grants and scholarships program, working with support staff to administer 2 grants, 3 scholarships and one institutional award.
• Work with Development Associate to promote and market scholarship program in order to increase the number of scholarships and scholarship applications
• Oversee maintenance of database of donor information, scholarship outreach, and scholarships awarded in Salesforce
• Manage Scholarship Committee, including setting up juries and meetings, writing minutes, and following up on members’ suggestions, with help from Development Assistant

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Four-year degree
• At least 2-3 years experience with grant writing and reporting
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
• Ability to juggle multiple priority projects
• Knowledge of Word office suite and Salesforce
• Foundational knowledge of and demonstrated interested in architecture, design, art history, urban planning, and/or design education

The Center for Architecture is the leading cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City, informed by the complexity of the City’s urban fabric and in dialogue with the global community. We were founded by and share a home with the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and have the unique advantage of drawing upon the ideas and experiences of practicing architects to produce thought-provoking exhibitions, informative public programs and quality design education experiences for K-12 students and families.

BENEFITS: All full-time employees of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture receive, after a 60-day evaluation period, a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 15 days of paid vacation and 10 paid sick days. Employees with 1 year of service are eligible for a 401(k) plan that includes a 3% employer contribution.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Qualified applicants should send a thoughtful cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Please put the job title and your last name in the subject line; include the cover letter in the body of the email; and attach your resume and writing sample as a PDF. Applicants that do not follow these instructions will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Freelance Design Educator

[Last updated August 7, 2018] The Center for Architecture is seeking freelance Design Educators to teach in our K–8th grade architecture and design education school programs. Programs include in-school, multi-session residencies and/or after-school programs in schools and community sites throughout the city. Our programs use hands-on, project-based design activities to enrich classroom studies, build students’ understanding and appreciation of architecture and the built environment, and develop their design skills and sensibilities.

Design Educators are hired and paid on a per program basis. Programs typically run weekly for 6–10 weeks. Candidates must be willing to travel to program sites throughout the city and to collaborate with partner teachers to develop age-appropriate, sequential lessons that integrate architecture and design into classroom studies.

• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture, design, engineering and/or arts education;
• Minimum two years’ experience leading hands-on art/design projects with youth groups in a school, museum or community setting;
• Excellent classroom management skills and ability to work with students of varying abilities;
• Familiarity with NY State Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and core curriculum standards.

Design Educators accepted for employment must attend an orientation session at the Center for Architecture on September 5th, 2018 and be fingerprinted by the Department of Education before taking on a program in a New York City public school. CFA will reimburse the fingerprinting fee. Additional training sessions on CFA curricula and pedagogy may also be required.

Design Educators are paid on a per program basis as independent contractors at a rate of $125/90-minute classroom session with students. This is inclusive of prep time needed for each session. 1-hour planning meetings with participating teachers are paid at the rate of $50. Mandatory CFA training sessions are paid at $20/hour.

Application Instructions:
Qualified candidates should submit two lesson plans they have developed and taught on an architecture/design topic with examples of related student work, their resumé and a thoughtful cover letter to Your cover letter should be within the body of the email, and your resumé and additional materials should be attached as PDFs. Please put the job title and your last name in the subject line of the email.

For further Information, download the Freelance Design Educator job description.


AIA New York and the Center for Architecture often seek volunteers to support a wide variety of programming. Check back here for updates.

K-12 Volunteers

Volunteering at the Center for Architecture is a great way to contribute to the community, learn new skills, and have fun! We often need volunteers for the following:

Family Day Programs: Weekend public programs for children ages 5-13 and their parents.
Vacation Programs: 3-day thematic programs for children ages 5-18.
Summer Programs: Week-long thematic programs for children ages 5-18.

For further Information, download the K-12 Volunteers job description.


K-12 Summer Volunteers

Looking to share your interest in architecture and design with young people this summer? Volunteer for a week-long summer program at the Center for Architecture!

For further Information, download the K-12 Summer Volunteers job description.


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