Arts & Culture Career Opportunities

NOTE: In response to unemployment resulting from COVID-19, Erie County has compiled this list of job postings.

Search here for local, regional, and national job openings in the arts and culture sector.


If your organization has an open arts and culture position that you would like us to include below, submit the following information to [email protected]:

  • Name of your organization
  • Title of the position
  • A brief, third-person description of your organization and/or the position
  • Location in which the position will be based (or remote)
  • Link to the full listing
  • Any deadlines to apply

Please notify us when the position is filled, otherwise listings will remain on our website for 60 days.


Explore current openings below. For more information on any of these positions, please contact the hiring organization directly.

A Dream Is A Wish Entertainment is seeking Look-A-Like performers to portray their professional fairytale characters.


  • Height: Female character performers 5’2 – 5’7 Male character performers 5’9 – 6’2
  • Dress size (to fit current costumes): 0-8
  • 18 years old or older
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Weekend availability/flexible schedule
  • Lean physique with no visible tattoos
  • Experience working with children
  • Singing experience and basic level of dance experience

Applicants should email a resume, head shots (please include front facing, profile, and full body photos) , and a video of you singing to [email protected]

For male performers, singing is not necessary, however is highly encouraged. Anyone not interested in being considered for a singing position should not include a singing video with their application.

Posted: April 8, 2021
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The Director of Communications and Community Engagement is a member of the Leadership Team.  The Director of Communications and Community Engagement is an active participant in high-level discussions about museum operations, finances, facilities planning, and strategic decision-making. The Director of Communications and Community Engagement leads a department of three to five staff members who are responsible for the strategic direction for the museum’s communication strategies interventions, and in partnership with other departments coordinates the museum’s community engagement efforts.

Posted: April 2, 2021
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The Buffalo AKG seeks a visionary, inclusive, and innovative leader to build and enhance the strategic vision for the museum’s Learning and Creativity Department (previously known as the Department of Education and Community Engagement), including the review of traditional museum education functions (School & Educator Programs, Youth, Teen and Family Programs, Adult Programs Accessibility and Community Programs) as appropriate. The Buffalo AKG celebrates and fosters cross-departmental collaboration and dynamic, out-of-the box thinking.

Posted: April 30, 2021
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Alleyway Theatre is under new leadership this season and beginning to expand. Alleyway is specifically looking for someone to contribute to the overall well-being of the company, whose ideas and contributions will be heard and valued. This is an exciting time to join the company as it pivots out of the pandemic, and into a time of new leadership and growth. The Manager of Audience Services and Communications (MASC) will oversee the daily operations of ticketing services and processes for all Alleyway Theatre events and rentals in the building. Additionally, the MASC will work closely with Managing and Artistic Directors to plan and implement communications materials for marketing and public relations.

Posted: May 12, 2021
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Working closely with the Chief Development Officer and Director of External Relations, the Development Associate – Institutional Giving is responsible for coordinating activities to engage and recognize institutional prospects and donors, and to achieve annual general operating and special project philanthropy goals. The Development Associate will carry a variety of responsibilities including oversite of donor/prospect relationships, high level operational support, project management functions, and ad hoc initiatives. This position will be required to meet yearly revenue and prospect activity goals.

Posted: April 22, 2021
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Working closely with the Chief Development Officer and Director of External Relations, the Development Officer – Individual Giving is responsible for coordinating activities to engage and recognize individual prospects and donors, and to achieve annual general operating and special project philanthropy goals. The Development Associate will carry a variety of responsibilities including oversite of donor/prospect relationships, high level operational support, project management functions, and ad hoc initiatives. This position will be required to meet yearly revenue and prospect activity goals.

Posted: April 22, 2021
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Located in Buffalo’s historic Market Arcade Complex, CEPA Gallery is an award-winning contemporary photography and visual arts center with impact in both local and national communities. With three galleries of changing exhibits and events, multimedia public art installations, arts education programs, and an open-access darkroom and digital photo lab, CEPA creates a vibrant presence in the heart of downtown Buffalo. CEPA is seeking a full-time development coordinator.

Deadline: Open until filled, but apply by May 5, 2021 for first consideration
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The Visual & Performing Arts Department at Daemen College is seeking a full-time, tenure track, assistant professor of Foundations Drawing for a projected Fall 2021 start. The successful candidate will coordinate the Foundations Drawing Program, teach undergraduate courses in Foundation Drawing I & II, advanced drawing, figure drawing, and painting. We are looking for a candidate with a vision to coordinate the foundation drawing program in a way that advances drawing skill-sets for all visual art majors and who will be able to support the painting course sequence of the department. Other responsibilities will include advising students, college-wide committee service, and continued professional activity.

Posted: April 1, 2021
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Danceability is seeking dance instructors for the 2021-2022 season from all dance backgrounds and styles responsible for instructing children and adults with special needs in the art of dance. Dance Instructors will prepare performance routines for the annual show.

Posted: April 5, 2021
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There are ample opportunities to volunteer at the Martin House, including volunteer docents, gardeners, special events, museum store, and office support. Complete their online form to join the volunteer corp.

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Genesee Valley Council on the Arts is currently searching for a part-time (18 hours/week) Gallery Coordinator. The Gallery Coordinator will need to be available to work two days per week (Tuesday 10-5, Thursday 11-7) and one Saturday per month at the arts center in Mount Morris, NY; other hours can be done remotely. Please note, this position does have the potential to transition to a full-time (35 hours/week) role.

The Coordinator will attend and document GVCA events in the community and at the arts center. The Coordinator will provide administrative support for exhibitions and other programming, including website management and member communications, in addition to working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop a dynamic schedule of events in our galleries.

Posted: April 9, 2021
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The Community Garden Trainer is responsible for the teaching of new community gardeners and acts as a mentor for all community gardeners in our network throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This individual acts as the main point of contact for Grassroots Gardeners. The Trainer helps build gardeners’ skills, answers their questions, ensures they have the tools needed to be successful and assists with annual events and programming. The Trainer also supports volunteer groups in the gardens and performs community outreach when requested. This position is flexible. Ideally, this is a minimum part-time position (no less than 20 hours weekly but can float to 30-40 hours during gardening season). We are also open to considering a full-time, seasonal position.

Posted: April 28, 2021
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The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor is seeking volunteers in various areas for their anchor businesses: Michigan Street Baptist Church, Nash House, Colored Musicians Club & Museum, and WUFO Radio. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: museum and corridor docents, promotions/public relations, and fundraising/events. Visit the website more information or contact Audrey Clark at [email protected]

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The Marketing & Development Coordinator is a newly created part-time role at the Heritage Center. This goals for this position are to raise the visibility of underground railroad history in Niagara Falls, promote visitation, and increase financial donations to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. Working collaboratively with Heritage Center staff and community partners to drive external engagement, this position coordinates the activity of all institutional marketing channels, generates press coverage, and expands the Heritage Center’s visibility in a creative and collaborative manner, while prioritizing the Heritage Center’s mission. In addition, this position coordinates the Heritage Center’s annual appeal and an annual fundraising event.

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Peach Mag is accepting applications for the 2021-22 Peach Seed Apprenticeship for Emerging Editors, its annual editorial program for teens entering their senior year of high school. Peach Seeds are given total creative freedom to develop their editorial skills by curating the online journal’s monthly Seeds feature with work by poets, writers, and visual artists aged 12 to 18. This program is designed for teenagers entering their senior year of high school seniors in September 2021. From September 2021 to June 2022, Peach Seeds will read and respond to submissions from young writers and artists, work with young writers and artists to refine their work, and occasionally book teen creatives to perform at their Episodes Reading Series.

Deadline: June 18, 2021
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Rise is seeking diverse, creative writers for their 8th magazine. Issue 8 will be making a temporary switch to a literary magazine. Rather than short reports, their authors will be asked to pen short story narratives 2,000-3,000 words in length. The budget for the work is $400. Applicants must currently live in Erie or Niagara Counties, New York.

Deadline: May 7, 2021
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Health Research Inc. (HRI) Roswell Park Division seeks a Multimedia Designer to assume responsibility for a 360 degree design/marketing approach consisting of high-end print, web, email and social networking distribution. Associate’s degree and the equivalent of three (3) years of full-time freelance or agency design experience utilizing various media is required.

Posted: April 26, 2021
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Shea’s Performing Arts Center seeks a motivated, culturally competent individual to provide comprehensive administrative support to the organization’s Arts Engagement and Education department, including composing internal and external correspondence, processing program applications and payments, tracking departmental expenses, maintaining departmental social media accounts, setting up departmental events, and assisting with other projects as assigned. Requirements include a valid New York State driver’s license and the ability to walk four flights of stairs multiple times per day.

This position entails core work hours of 9:00 am – 5:30 pm with some evenings and weekends. The individual hired will report to the Director of Arts Engagement and Education. Salary: $30-35k.

Posted: April 14, 2021
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As the winner of the “Play Everywhere Design Challenge,”  run by KABOOM! and supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the Springville Center for the Arts will be building the Arts Mini-Park. The Arts Mini-Park is a 10 by 100 foot shaded space positioned between the arts center building and Franklin Street that will utilize a meandering path that will encourage passersby to veer off the sidewalk, take a moment to pause, and discover play and art elements targeting preschoolers through third-graders and accompany them with features or amenities for older children or adults.

They are looking for volunteers to help in all aspects of the project: planning, installing and creating the unique pieces that will become our Arts Mini-Park, including Arts Mini-Park Committee – plan and choose the interactive play elements, propose the final design; Junior Designers – Elementary students who will brainstorm and give input for the design; and Installers and gardeners – help on the big day!

They are also interested in hiring Artisans and Craftspeople (local metalsmiths, welders, woodworkers, masons and more) to create the interactive play elements.

Call 716.592.9038 or email [email protected] in you are interested.

Posted: February 15, 2021
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