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Part-Time Residency Manager
Part Time

May 31, 2022

To Apply

To apply: Please send a brief letter describing your interest, experience and suitability for this position, with your resume to search@the-ipa.org


​The IPA is seeking a part-time Residency Manager for two (2) days and nights a week during the 2022 Summer Residency that runs from June 1, 2022 - Sept 15, 2022 at The Block House on Governors Island. The Part time manager assumes all responsibilities and duties of the primary Residency Manager for the duration of these two days and is a critical part of the successful operation of the Block House.

Responsibilities of the part-time Resident Manager include general support of the four resident fellows, and supervision of the Block House. The part-time Resident Manager is the public face of the Block House during hours it is open to the public. During their entire stay, the Residency Manager is present to help matters of life safety and is required to notify the IPA Board and Governors Island Management of any incidents requiring their immediate attention.

Prior to assuming the position, the part-time Residency Manager will be in direct contact with the primary Residency Manager and will receive a detailed introduction to the Block House and the Resident Fellows. The part-time Residency Manager will be an excellent communicator who enjoys interacting with small groups of people. It is hoped that the Residency Manager will have interests aligned with those of the IPA mission.

The part-time Residency Manager will be provided with a private bedroom at the Block House, which will be accessible anytime during the 2022 Summer Residency, including the two days and nights of on-site duty. The part-time Residency Manager will be expected to be on-duty for two consecutive days and nights a week, generally on weekdays, although the specific days will be determined with the IPA and the primary Residency Manager. This is a paid part-time position.


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Institute for Public Architecture

Part Time

May 20, 2022

To Apply

Please send a brief letter describing your interest and suitability for this position, with your resume and salary requirements to: search@the-ipa.org



The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) believes in a future in which architecture and design are used as tools for facilitating social justice and the public has a voice in all decisions that shape our built environment. The IPA uses design to challenge social and physical inequities in our cities, addressing urgent policy issues by mobilizing a network of design activists, professionals, government officials and community stakeholders. The IPA's principal activity is a focused place-based design residency and related public programming that engages specialists in the field and members of the public, alike. The IPA presents the outcome of these residencies through exhibitions, public programs and publications.

Since 2014, the IPA has hosted a Summer Residency Program that holds a unique place among the many residency opportunities offered annually in New York City. It has been organized as a “mobile,” place-based program that offers participants a stipend, individual and shared workspace, a publication and public programming.  In 2022, the  IPA expanded its residency programs to include year-round opportunities for independent scholars, designers, architects and artists to pursue their research in eight to fourteen week residencies at the Block House on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Applicants to this competitive program are chosen via an open, international call for applications and a selection committee comprising experts in the fields of contemporary architecture and design.


The Director is the IPA’s chief executive officer reporting to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  The Director provides innovative and forward-thinking leadership internally and externally to successfully realize the IPA’s mission and vision. 


The Director is the principal fundraiser for the organization, with duties to include: stewardship of current donors, cultivation and onboarding of new individual, government and institutional funders, management of an annual benefit and occasional cultivation events.


The Director will be an excellent communicator and ambassador, both internally – with staff and Board, and externally - representing the IPA to the field, to existing and potential funders, and to its partnerships with government and the private sector.


The Director will bring their knowledge and understanding of issues in contemporary architecture, urban policy and design to planning and executing all programs and residency themes.


The Director leads the staff and volunteers in the day-to-day management of all residency and public programs at the Block House, and should have the ability to develop and nurture relationships among the residents, in the field, and the greater architecture and design community. One of the Director’s first tasks will be to hire a year-round Residency Manager responsible for the day to day needs of residents of the Block House.


The Director, working with the Board Chair, will develop annual and longer-term Strategic Plans and Budget, with responsibility for financial management, including monthly financial reporting and liaison among the IPA and consultants, attorneys, and accountants.


Competitive candidates will be those with:

  • Recent experience in nonprofit (501 c 3) arts management and fundraising

  • A deep and passionate commitment to the IPA’s mission 

  • The ability to analyze problems, identify solutions and project consequences 

  • Strong listening and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective relationships 

  • The ability to maintain a high level of integrity and consistent ethical judgment in all working relationships 

  • Outstanding planning, organizational, and analytical skills.

  • Sound judgment in problem-solving and decision-making techniques.

  • The ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines


This position is currently part-time and hybrid – with remote and in-office hours on Governors Island, as required. 


To apply: Please send a brief letter describing your interest and suitability for this position, with your resume and salary requirements to: search@the-ipa.org


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As-Needed Basis


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To apply: Please complete this volunteer sign-up form here.



The IPA is seeking volunteers to help us this summer on Governors Island. Please complete this form to join our volunteer team to receive occasional invitations to help facilitate our programs. Volunteering with the IPA is a great way to discover Governors Island this summer.

We'll be offering our volunteers special opportunities, including the chance to spend a night at the Block House!