Friends of the High Line

Position Description:
The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.

Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors—all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.

Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Job Description:
The teaching artist will design an emergent curriculum founded in STEAM and inclusive pedagogical approaches that allows for open-ended experiential and virtual learning for youth and that is shaped by student voice. The teaching artist will also facilitate educational programming inspired by the High Line and, when possible, engage in team teaching and Collaborative Action Research to inform their practice and develop as facilitators. The High Line seeks candidates committed to welcoming diverse audiences and cultivating relationships with neighborhood families and schools.

This is a non-exempt, part-time, temporary position until July 1, 2021. The expected start date is December 14, 2020. This position reports to the school and family programs manager.

Primary Responsibilities

School Programs:

  • Facilitate our in school and/or after school programs in partnerships with local public schools
  • Co-vision and plan in school, after school and/or virtual hybrid school program in partnerships with local public schools
  • Develop new and review existing curriculum for dissemination to the public
  • Provide administrative preparation for lessons and attend planning meetings with school collaborators and High Line staff
  • Program with the horticulture, design, operations and art departments to provide onsite, virtual and off-site programming for students
  • Balance the needs and aspirations of a variety of stakeholders including youth, families, school partners and the High Line’s larger mission
  • Support the planning of family events and end of year exhibition on the High Line as needed
  • Create a mission-aligned interdisciplinary curriculum that forges connections between civic engagement, public art, horticulture and engineering concepts. Curriculum will guide participants through youth driven projects that foster critical thinking and promote social consciousness and sustainable thinking
  • Teach, mentor and support High Line’s youth staff as needed

Family Programs:

  • Facilitate activities and virtual engagements with artists, corporate partners and community educators
  • Provide support in preparing activities and enrichment materials for family festivals and other family events as needed

Teen Programs:

  • Facilitate activities and virtual engagements with artists, corporate partners and community educators as part of Teen staff initiatives as needed
  • Provide support in preparing activities and enrichment materials for festivals and other events as needed


  • Schedules will be determined in collaboration with school partners, High Line staff and the teaching artist. Virtual, in school and after school sessions will likely take place on select weekdays between 9:00am- 6:00pm, either virtually or in person.



  • Experience working with young people ages 4 to 19 in a non-traditional educational setting (e.g., museum or park).
  • Knowledge of, active practice in, or interest in urban ecology, architecture, public art, social practice art and/or history
  • Experience facilitating in the following pedagogical frameworks including: Social and Emotional Learning, Inquiry-based approaches, and Anti-Oppression Education
  • Experience creating or facilitating hands-on and drop-in family activities.
  • Experience creating or facilitating after or in school programming.
  • Ability to take initiative, work autonomously, be flexible, and make decisions on the fly
  • Sensitivity to the needs and interests of families of different ages, abilities and backgrounds. Great interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, and work outdoors in all weather conditions, as well as the ability to perform physical labor (able to lift 40 pounds) is required.
  • Access to the internet and ability to work remotely is required.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Google Suite, Word, and Excel


  • BA or BFA in fine art, education or museum studies or related disciplines strongly preferred
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin skills a plus
  • Ongoing studio art, social engagement or creative practice a plus
  • Experience facilitating in any of the following pedagogical frameworks including: Culturally Relevant Teaching, Visual Thinking Strategies, Inquiry-based approaches, Universal Design Learning, and Project Based Learning, are a plus

– Paid Sick Time
– Discounted Citi-Bike Membership
– Discounted High Line Merchandise
– Employee Assistance Plan
– Free Admission to the Whitney Museum
– 403(b) Retirement Plan

Salary: $50 per hour
Job Date: 2020-11-10