Executive Director

SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 227-year-old family homestead in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.

SPACE’s artistic philosophy is simple: artists and social activists need the time and space to do what they do best – create. Through signature artistic residency programs, SPACE strives to create a singular environment on Ryder Farm, one that eliminates obstacles to creation. SPACE has hosted Oscar, Tony, and Obie award winners alongside Pulitzer finalists, Guggenheim fellows, and MacArthur geniuses for creative residencies in a rustic, bucolic setting.

Since SPACE’s founding, 1500 artists have gone through the residency program and beginning in 2017, the organization has committed to granting 50% of residencies to people of color and other underrepresented voices. In addition to its artist residency model, SPACE’s agricultural programs are dedicated to the idea that access to healthy food is a basic human right. 



Contact Name
Tom O'Connor
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Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Leadership or Executive-level
Salary Level or Range
$138,000 to $165,00 per year
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This is a remote position
Remote Details

SPACE on Ryder Farm is a grassroots organization where many team members may be asked to pitch in on other projects within the scope of their abilities and comfort. This is a full-time position working out of SPACE’s Brewster location in Putnam County and our NYC office at Playwrights Horizons Downtown with some flexibility depending on seasonality and work obligations.


Brewster, NY
United States

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Description and Qualifications

SPACE on Ryder Farm seeks its next Executive Director to lead the organization into a new era: one marked not solely by the return from COVID, but by the opportunity to live and thrive in adherence to the organization’s recent strategic plan, as well as align the financial resources necessary for the organization to support its people and programs in an equitable, sustainable fashion. The Executive Director should be equally comfortable leading high-level vision, advocating on behalf of artists to funders, and collaborating with the farm and culinary team to deliver radical hospitality–though not always all at once!

The ideal candidate will have a love of people and nature, of relationship-building that can build financial support and organizational capacity (and a track record of doing so), and an openness to working in community without the traditional limitations of hierarchy. Every member of the SPACE team has their specific duties and responsibilities but are encouraged to work alongside one another as equals—representing a living embodiment of the organization’s values. The ideal candidate will be galvanized by the opportunity to build philanthropic support for SPACE’s unique and impactful mission and programs, and will relish the opportunity to unify and rally the SPACE stakeholders as they enter this next phase together.

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