Job Opportunities

Founded in 1902 by Arts and Crafts movement idealists, Ralph and Jane Whitehead, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is one of the oldest continuously operating arts colony in America. Today, Byrdcliffe serves as an increasingly vibrant cultural center supporting artists and diverse forms of artistic expression, attracting and serving local, regional, national, and international artists and audiences. Byrdcliffe owns and manages a 250-acre mountainside campus and a center for the arts located in the village of Woodstock, New York. Byrdcliffe’s programming includes an artists-in-residence for 80 artists, exhibitions, workshops, classes, and performances.

Current Job Opportunities

Artists-in-Residence Operations Manager

Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Part Time, Salaried
Four days a week (24 hours), some weekends

Annual Salary: $25 – 28,000; stipend towards housing at the Arts Colony possible

The Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Operations Manager will oversee planning, administration, and implementation of Byrdcliffe’s artist residency program which includes summer and year-round cottages, as well as the summer communal program.

Core responsibilities:

  • Promote artist residencies including oversight of submission process and postings to websites.
  • Organize and facilitate application review including panel of diverse jurors’ representative of various artistic mediums. 
  • Correspond with artists on all aspects of the application process and next steps if accepted. 
  • Upon review/approval of the Director, assign accepted artists to cottages and communal sessions with related studio facilities.
  • Send jury results to applicants including acceptance letters, artist contracts, lease agreements, fellowship awards, and other related paperwork as outlined by Director.
  • Manage Program Assistant intern(s) and collaborate with Property Manager to ensure that grounds, facilities, studios, and accommodations are ready for incoming artists and subsequent follow up for departing artists. Set cleaning and maintenance schedule as needed.

Artist experience:

  • Maintain office hours at Villetta while summer residents are in session.
  • Communicate with key staff members and serve on AiR sub-committee to ensure overall organizational awareness, clarity of process, and efficient operations of AiR program.
  • Oversee check-in and check-out process for artist-residents; inspect cottages and rooms before and after; respond to artist requests during their stay.
  • In coordination with Program Director, help facilitate and document programming for AIR sessions including orientation, welcome events, practice shares, field trips, and open studio events. 
  • At the end of each session/season, gather program feedback from artists; create summary that tracks and documents AiR development and growth to be shared with ED and BoD.

Essential Duties and Skills:

  • Interest in the arts and the history of Woodstock
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to follow through on multiple priorities, and problem solve
  • Excellent communication, research, writing, and editing skills
  • Ability to manage projects independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable interfacing with the public and serving as an ambassador for Byrdcliffe
  • Mac and Windows proficiency including Microsoft Office and Google suite; social media;
    and platforms such as Submittable
  • Knowledge of artist residency programs and best practices for handling artwork a plus

Qualified Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references via email to:, subject: AiR Operations Manager