Job Opportunities

Andrew Heiskell Arts Director

The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and curators for the position of Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, beginning in summer 2019, for an initial term of three years (2019–22). The candidate should have a distinguished record of achievement in one of the arts disciplines represented at the Academy as well as significant experience in management and administration.


The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, is an independent, privately funded institution that supports artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. The core of this group is composed of the approximately thirty Fellows who are winners of the highly competitive Rome Prize selected by rotating juries each year. Additionally, this community is enriched by invited Residents across the disciplines as well as an array of visiting artists and scholars. The Academy has a rich legacy and national profile in the arts and humanities in the United States, and an increasingly global position in diverse cultural and academic communities around the world.

The Academy is led by the President, who is based in its New York offices, and its programs and operations in Rome are led by the Director, along with the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the Humanities.


The Andrew Heiskell Arts Director of the American Academy in Rome is responsible for helping to advance the work of diverse Rome Prize Fellows, especially across the Academy’s Fellowship disciplines in the arts, which are architecture, design, visual art, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, and musical composition. The Arts Director shares in the task of forwarding the Academy’s mission, shaping and articulating its broad vision for the arts, and encouraging programs that move across and between scholarly and artistic disciplines. The Arts Director supports the work of the Fellows by providing artistic and scholarly guidance, facilitating contacts and dialogue, and organizing programs and related publications.

The successful Arts Director will have an established reputation in one of the disciplines listed above, extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration or a related field, broad cultural interests, in particular in those fields of the arts and scholarship served by the Academy, and a genuine desire to interact with a variety of people and institutions. Some degree of fluency in spoken and written Italian and established contacts with Italian artists and arts organizations are highly desirable.

The Arts Director reports to the Director in Rome and also takes direction from the President in New York. S/he works in close collaboration with the Mellon Professor and the Senior Programs Officer in Rome and is a key member of the programs team. S/he oversees the Programs Associate and the Permissions and Programs Assistant.

The Arts Director is a residential member of the staff in Rome, and this position is offered for an initial term of three years (2019–22).

Among the primary responsibilities and duties of the Arts Director are the following:

  • Provide guidance, mentoring, and feedback to all Fellows, especially those in the arts, across a wide, diverse, and evolving range of subjects, issues, and projects.
  • Facilitate contacts and dialogue between Fellows and their Italian counterparts in academic, cultural, and other institutions and agencies in Rome and around the world.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Director, Senior Programs Officer, and programs staff to develop, plan, and execute a full roster of vibrant annual programs and events in the arts and humanities.
  • In conjunction with the Director and Communications Director in New York, assist in developing, organizing, and shepherding the Academy’s arts publications, including exhibition catalogues.
  • Work with the Director and Senior Programs Officer to plan and manage annual operating and program expenses that enhance the Fellowship program and the Fellows’ experience in cost effective ways.
  • In conjunction with and as directed by the Director, support the Committee on the Arts and assist with other Board and Committee meetings, including planning discussion topics, researching and preparing background and presentation materials, and attending meetings.
  • Support fundraising efforts by strategizing and coordinating with the Director and development staff in New York and Rome; representing and promoting the Academy’s mission and programs to donors and potential supporters; and providing information and updates on needs and progress for proposals and reports.
  • As requested by the Director, represent the Academy at functions and with organizations in Rome and Italy in general.
  • Strengthen and expand the Academy’s reach and presence in the arts communities of Rome and Italy by building relationships and collaborating with local institutions, including museums, galleries, Italian universities, and foreign schools.
  • If directed, temporarily assume the duties and responsibilities of the Director in their absence or inability to act.
  • Like other residential staff in Rome, assist with after-hours emergencies and other situations and participate in shared on-call duties.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function at a high level. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Evidence of significant artistic or scholarly achievement, ideally with published books and articles, lecturing experience, and an advanced degree in a related field
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in and knowledge of one or more areas of the Academy’s fellowship fields in the arts, which are architecture, design, visual art, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, and musical composition
  • Demonstrated intellectual generosity and maturity, with broad interests and curiosity to be able to develop and lead programs in fields other than his or her own
  • Strong working knowledge of or familiarity with contemporary arts in Rome and Italy
  • Fluency or high degree of proficiency in Italian, with strong verbal and written skills in both Italian and English
  • Advanced administrative, strategic thinking, and long-range planning abilities, with strong critical thinking skills and budgetary experience
  • Proven ability to represent the institution professionally, to interact diplomatically, and to work productively, with a wide range of internal and external constituents including Fellows, management and support staff, board members, donors, funders, and vendors
  • Superior relationship building and interpersonal abilities, with significant mentoring skills and adeptness in influencing others
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, with significant accountability, motivation, flexibility, willingness to collaborate, and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional maturity, judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
  • Ability to travel within Italy and Europe, and between New York and Rome as needed
  • Accessibility and availability to work outside of normal business hours in response to urgent and emergency situations, and availability to participate in evening and weekend programs and events.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the Academy, the contributions you expect to make to the Academy’s mission, and your qualifications for the position of the Arts Director. If your résumé includes publications or lectures, please include only a relevant selection. Your entire application packet should not exceed ten (10) pages in length. Applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on Monday, October 15, 2018, to

Please upload both your cover letter and résumé at the above link as PDF files following the naming convention outlined below. Word documents or other file formats will not be accepted.

  • LASTNAME_Firstname_coverletter.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_coverletter.pdf)
  • LASTNAME_Firstname_resume.pdf (e.g., SMITH_Jane_resume.pdf)

Candidates who are selected for interview will be notified in late October and in-person interviews will take place in New York City on Monday, November 12, 2018 (which is the Veterans Day holiday observed).

Programs and Operations Associate

The American Academy in Rome, an American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities, seeks a dynamic, resourceful, and highly organized Programs and Operations Associate for the New York office. The full-time position is based in New York and responsible for supporting, managing, and executing a full range of programmatic and operational responsibilities and tasks, in collaboration with the staff at the Academy’s offices in both New York and Rome.

The Programs and Operations Associate provides overall support to programs, which include the Rome Prize Competition and Ceremony, invitational Residencies, Affiliated Fellowships, Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, and seasonal programs. Administrative and logistical tasks include managing databases, responding to requests for information, coordinating outreach, supporting jury activities, preparing materials, planning and implementing events, and maintaining files.

The Programs and Operations Associate also manages operational needs in the New York office related to IT and office equipment, office and kitchen supplies, reception and phones, and building issues, among other areas; s/he provides administrative support and logistical coordination for Board of Trustees, Committee, and staff meetings, and assists with special events; and in coordination with the Development Associate and Executive Assistant to the President, s/he provides coverage to President’s Office as needed.

The Programs and Operations Associate reports to the Director of Communications for programs and to the Vice President for Finance and Administration for operations, and also takes direction from the Programs Director.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function at a satisfactory level. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Bachelor’s degree, with study in or knowledge of one or more of the disciplines represented by the Academy.
  2. Two years of work experience supporting arts or humanities programs and/or operations, preferably in a nonprofit cultural or academic setting, or equivalent experience.
  3. Excellent organizational ability, analytical and problem solving skills, accuracy, and attention to detail, along with demonstrated interest in learning and improving skills.
  4. Strength in effectively managing time and taking initiative, and proven ability to work collaboratively on a small team with concurrent projects and deadlines
  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills, combined with demonstrated interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.
  6. Ability to interact professionally and work productively with a wide range of constituents including management and support staff, board members, donors, funders, consultants, and vendors.
  7. High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as Google applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.
  8. High aptitude for database and design applications/software, especially Raiser’s Edge and Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop); ability to learn and develop proficiency in new applications quickly.
  9. Excellent judgment and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information.
  10. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and programs.
  11. Italian language proficiency helpful but not required.

Applications should be submitted at: