Director of Creative Arts


Title: Director of Creative Arts, Hartley House

Position Description:

Creative Arts is woven into all of our programming and across our organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Creative Arts is responsible for design and execution of all creative activities (e.g. ceramics, painting, digital arts, etc.) and coordination of all community education activities (e.g. Bingo, senior outings, teen outings etc.) Works collaboratively with other internal Program Directors on the creative components for those specific programs. Collaborates with the Executive Director and Development on grant submissions and on the design/maintenance of external branded communications for the house, including, but not limited to, the organization’s WordPress website, printed newsletter, and fundraising event materials.



  • Ideally acquire 3-4 Fall-Spring and 1-2 Summer masters-level art therapy interns and complete all requirements of supervisory contract.
  • Supervise Community Education Bingo Facilitator
  • Meet with the Executive Director on a bi-weekly basis for supervision meetings: exchange of ideas, program updates, problem solving, etc.

Direct Duties


  • Responsible for the management of the annual Creative Arts budget including purchasing all program supplies, conducting inventory, and ongoing monitoring of expenses.
  • Periodic planning and development of new programmatic activities (e.g. new classes, workshops, etc.).
  • Generate reports (e.g. clients served, evaluative measures, program updates etc.) on a quarterly basis.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Development and other Program Directors to explore and contribute to the submission of grants/proposals and subsequent reports of acquired grants.

Program Management

  • Manage all aspects of the Art Therapy program for the After School, Pied Piper Summer Day Camp & HOPE Programs including but not limited to:
    • Provide individual or small group art therapy to youth and homebound senior clients.
    • Provide 2-3 morning, evening and/or weekend art as therapy open studio groups for the community using oil painting, ceramics, or the digital medium.
    • Provide and facilitate 1-2 art therapy groups at senior housing buildings in the community for those unable to leave their home.
    • Provide professional support and mental health guidance to After-School/Summer Camp director during parent conferences/meetings.
    • Keep progress notes and maintaining client confidentiality at all times.
    • Train interns (if applicable) to conduct assessments, observation logs, process notes (AKA psychotherapy notes), monthly case presentations, case histories and service plans.
  • Curate all art exhibitions for both our own artists as well as outside artists on an as needed basis including, but not limited to, annual Spring, Winter and Summer shows.
  • Collaborate with an Arts & Crafts Specialist to design and implement an average of 5 afternoon Learning Community sessions, art education activities for the After School and Summer Camp, (e.g. ceramics, arts and crafts, digital art, costume design, prop and stage design.)
  • Manage all programmatic activities, including budget, that fall under the umbrella of Community Education, i.e. Eleanor’s Outings (monthly senior trips), Senior Bingo, Holzman’s Happenings (monthly teen trips).

Graphic and Web Design

  • Maintain and proactively update the organization’s Word Press website and all social media outlets (Facebook, Linked In, Twitter)
  • Collaborate with the in-house staff and/or Board committees to design and create all branded, communications materials including, but not limited to:
    • Quarterly Printed Newsletter
    • Annual Report
    • Periodic e-Blasts
    • Print and Web Advertisements
    • Fundraising materials (Annual Appeal, Save-the-Dates and Invitations, etc.)
    • Event materials (Décor, Videos, Slideshows, Signage, Journals, Programs, etc.)
    • Programmatic marketing pieces
    • House signage


Candidate must be computer savvy, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suite, (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and Dreamweaver). Competence with WordPress, Facebook, Linked In and Twitter preferred.

Educational qualifications include a MA or MPS in Art Therapy. Minimum certification includes ATR (Registered Art Therapist) with NY State Limited Permit to practice Art Therapy. ATR-BC (Board Certified Art Therapist) and LCAT (Licensed Art Therapist) preferred.

Performance Review:

All new employees work on a probationary basis for the first 90 calendar days after their date of hire. An initial performance evaluation will be conducted at the end of these first 90 days. Performance reviews are then conducted annually, coinciding with the anniversary of the original hire date. Regular check-ins to assess priorities and agreed-upon benchmarks of activity will happen informally.

All applicants please forward the following to

A resume, cover letter and any applicable art/digital art items that may be relevant, e.g. a link to your website and a PDF of a newsletter you have created.

New York, New York
Hartley House

413 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036, US