Residency Program Manager

I-Park Foundation, Inc. (, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing artists and the creative process. Located in East Haddam, Connecticut, I-Park has been offering this unique opportunity to artists from around the world for over twenty years.

Contact Name
Daniel Nischan
Contact Email Address
Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Salary Level or Range
$45,000 to $50,000
This is a remote position

East Haddam, CT
United States

How to Apply

How to Apply: Send your resume and letter of interest to career@i-park.orgApplications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; expedited processing with be offered to

applicants submitting their materials by March 31. Candidates of interest will be contacted directly. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Application Closing Date
Description and Qualifications

Position Summary: The Residency Program Manager is the primary contact person for our artists-in-residence: during the selection process, prior to arrival, during the residency and post-residency. The Residency Program Manager is supported by the housekeeper, chef, a seasonal intern and I-Park volunteers as needed. This is a full-time position and reports directly to the Park Director.

I-Park is looking for a detail-oriented professional who has a deep appreciation for art and the creative process and will work closely with the Park Director to cultivate an inspiring and nurturing environment for everyone who participates in I-Park’s programming.

Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Organizational and time-management skills are critical to a smooth and successful delivery of this goal. The ideal candidate will lead with compassion and courtesy, treating every visitor like a valued guest, and supporting the artists from their doorstep to ours and back home again.

  • Assist the artists with travel arrangements, housing arrangements and studio assignments.
  • Prepare studios, living quarters, and other spaces for artists and other guests.
  • Assist the Park Director with public events, including fundraisers and open studio sessions.
  • Play a supporting role in marketing, development and social media.
  • Work closely with staff and volunteers to ensure a safe and nurturing environment.


Compensation: I-Park offers a competitive compensation package and generous benefits, including health insurance. Annual salary of $45,000 to $50,000 depending on experience and skill set.

The position requires approximately 45 hours per week during the residency season (May through November in 2023) and 40 hours during the off-season.


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in nonprofit and/or arts related organizations or other related fields.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Google Workspace.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and follow-up skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with a constant desire to meet and exceed goals and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with internal staff, guest artists, and volunteers, using diplomacy and creative solutions when problem-solving.
  • Can comfortably adapt to changes and priority shifts and, once familiar with the role, anticipate needs accordingly.


Required Skills, Experience, Attributes

  • Kindness, generosity, sensitivity, reliability, and a nurturing demeanor.
  • Resourcefulness – you enjoy and are adept at problem solving.
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills.   
  • Managerial presence – you have the desire and capacity to earn the respect of the artists maintain an appropriate diplomatic balance.
  • Excellent communication skills, including a reasonable command of the fine art of expectations.
  • Background in the arts and associated creative disciplines.
  • In response to provocative, sometimes persistent, artists’ requests, you have the wisdom and creativity to know when, and how, to say yes, how to find creative alternatives – and in some cases, when to say no.
  • Valid driver’s license and proper documentation for working in the U.S.
  • Ability to lift 20-30lbs
  • Chronicle key aspects of the residency program for social media and archival purposes encompassing audio, video, photography, and other documentation.
  • The ability to organize and motivate a dedicated corps of volunteers and interns.
  • Light graphic design skills.
  • While a background in the arts and nonprofit world are not necessarily required (they would be a plus), a sincere appreciation of art and nature are important attributes for this position.


I-Park offers a career in a beautiful and serene setting, surrounded by talented, inspiring artists, writers, composers and architects from around the world, nestled in a secluded East Haddam nature preserve.


I-Park Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender,

national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other legally protected classifications. In addition to federal legal requirements, I-Park complies with applicable state and

local laws governing nondiscrimination. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.