About the Organization

Mission Statement

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). 


A vibrant cultural center, the Alice Austen House keeps the daring spirit of the American photographer alive by presenting changing exhibitions of Alice Austen’s pioneering historic photographs and of contemporary photography, providing education programs for students, and offering a range of cultural and educational programs for the public. A charming Victorian Gothic Cottage that was the Austen family home serves as the museum and is located in a stunning waterfront park on the shore of Staten Island near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge with sweeping views of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The Alice Austen House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, operated by the Friends of Alice Austen House Inc 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is a member of the Historic House Trust. The Alice Austen House is a New York City Landmark and National Historic Landmark, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s distinctive group of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios.  The Alice Austen House’s listing on the NRHP was recently amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance; it is one of only 14 National Register sites to have this designation. Learn more at www.aliceausten.org

Job Openings

Educator (Part Time)


The Alice Austen House is seeking a part-time educator to provide interactive experiences for school children both at the museum and at the school. The position involves teaching museum educational initiatives, co-teaching after-school programs, and leading our education programs for school groups at the Alice Austen House. 


Implement the museum education programs by engaging students in discussion, inquiry, and hands-on activities using digital cameras

Set up before and clean up after your group’s visit

Prepare materials and maintain cameras and equipment for future visiting groups

Upload students’ photographs after each program

Work with the Director of Education to plan curriculum, re-order supplies and materials, refine programs, evaluate programs and develop education grant initiatives.


BA in education or related field or BFA required

Knowledge of Digital SLRs, Photoshop and digital photo printing

Previous teaching experience required (experience teaching middle school students is preferred)

Excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for working with school children

Familiarity with photographic history and NYC history

Self-motivated and detail-oriented

Creative and imaginative

Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly

Grant writing and reporting experience 

Schedule: Start date-immediate

Current programs include Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and school groups visit in the morning as scheduled.

Compensation: Competitive non-profit hourly rate

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to annmarie@aliceausten.org

No calls please.


Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc is an equal opportunity employer.