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.


Employers

If your organization has an open arts and culture position that you would like us to include below, submit the following information to our Communications Manager at “[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.


Jobseekers

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

The Art Preparator is responsible for the handling and movement of any artwork at the museum’s main campus, offsite storage facility, and special project locations. They work closely with the Registration, Curatorial, and Facilities departments to ensure the timely installation of special and collection-based exhibitions. The Art Preparator is responsible for assisting in the receiving and installing of special exhibitions, including projects organized in-house as well as those contracted from other institutions. The Art Preparator reports directly to the Lead Art Preparator.

Posted: June 30, 2021
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In 2022 the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will emerge from a transformative campus development and expansion project as the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. The museum is engaged in a wholesale reevaluation of its institutional identity, with a specific and dedicated focus on becoming a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible institution in every respect.

The Membership Engagement Coordinator will play a critical role in ensuring membership grows and transforms along with the campus to be more inclusive and representative of the diverse array of communities the museum is dedicated to serving and supporting. The Membership Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the overall strategy and management of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s membership program. Program oversight includes a wide range of acquisition and retention efforts (both print and digital, including the monthly renewal process), managing all outgoing communications to members, and creating content and text for membership collateral material. Additionally, the program includes the development of membership events and promotional event collateral.

A successful Membership Engagement Coordinator will frequently engage with members at all levels (including members of the Board), in person and via various channels of communication, and will steward members toward deeper and more meaningful philanthropic engagement with the museum.

The Membership Coordinator reports to the Manager of Donor Relations.

Posted: June 30, 2021
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Artpark is looking for part-time concessions workers for our upcoming season of concerts and events! There are several positions we are looking to fill:

Servers: You will be responsible for the serving of food and beverages in our Sponsor/VIP section while providing excellent customer service.

Stockers: You will be responsible for keeping bar coolers stocked with products for the bartenders to pull from. You will also help in moving products between bars.

Posted: June 8, 2021
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time position of Assistant Event Coordinator.

The individual will work with the Events Department to assist with the execution and orchestration of private and fundraising events held at the Botanical Gardens. Applicant should have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to collaborate creatively to solve problems, should have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment while maintaining strict attention to detail. Individual should possess excellent written and oral communications skills and a high standard for customer service. Qualified individuals must possess strong organizational skills and have a positive attitude and apparent enthusiasm for the organization.

Applicant must have at least two years of experience in hospitality or special events. Event planning and non-profit experience a plus.

This is a part-time position, and the individual will be required to work evenings and weekends. This person must possess the ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for short distances.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff and work in our beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Madeline Cala, Director of Events at [email protected]

Posted: June 29, 2021
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens seeks a strategic and driven non-profit finance executive to serve as the Director of Finance. This individual should be a well-rounded financial leader with strategic planning experience and business acumen to serve as a key member of the leadership team. Under the supervision of the President/CEO, this position will be responsible for coordinating the financial affairs of the Botanical Gardens in strategic alignment with its mission and program operations.

Posted: May 26, 2021
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time position of Visitor Services Associate.

The individual will work with the Visitors Services team to welcome guests, process admission, membership and gift shop transactions, answer phones and visitor questions. Applicant will help to ensure exceptional customer service and visitor experience standards are maintained at all times. The Visitor Services team is an integral part of creating a lasting positive and friendly atmosphere at the Botanical Gardens.

Applicants should possess good customer service and communication skills and be multi-task oriented. The applicant must also be a team player with good attention to detail. Applicants must have a High School Diploma or equivalent and at least one year of experience in retail and/or customer service. Non-profit experience is a plus. The individual is expected to work part-time on weekdays, weekends and holidays.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated team and work in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Carolyn Hajek, Visitor Services Manager at [email protected]

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking a part-time Patron Services Supervisor to join our Box Office team.

Duties:

  • Acting as the Box Office Manager on duty
  • Ensuring the timely processing, confirmation and mailing of ticket orders
  • Coordinating the Symphony Shuttle program and communications with volunteer staff
  • Serving as staff liaison to the volunteer-run BPO Gift Shop, including inventory control, cash reconciliation and communications with volunteer staff
  • Assisting with BPO Group Sales, overseeing the group sales log and serving as point of contact for group leader inquiries
  • Working closely with box office staff, responding to patron concerns or complicated inquiries they receive, or reporting those issues to the Senior Manager of Patron Services for a timely response
  • Performing reconciliation for closing end of day (training to be provided)

Interested candidates should send a current resume and brief note detailing their interest in the position to Adam Cady, Senior Manager of Patron Services – [email protected], with the subject line, “Patron Services Supervisor.” No calls, please.

Posted: June 22, 2021
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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking a part-time Patron Services Representative to join our Box Office team. Patron Services Representatives must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. The successful candidate will be reliable, have excellent communication and customer service skills, and be able to problem solve well. Experience with classical music is not required. Ticket system (Patron Manager) training will be provided.

Duties:

  • Providing professional, friendly, informative, accessible and hassle-free customer service
  • Answering and processing ticket and subscription orders via computer, phone, in-person, and mail
  • Assisting with informational and courtesy calls to patrons
  • Assisting with the daily operations of the Box Office and additional duties as assigned

Applicants should have relevant customer service experience, possess a team-oriented attitude, be well-versed in Microsoft applications, and have an interest in the local arts community. This position works approximately 20 hours per week, depending on the concert schedule. Work schedule is flexible, but daytime, evening, and weekend availability is required, and candidate must work in-person. Part-time, $12.50 per hour with employee ticket discount perks.

Interested candidates should send a current resume and brief note detailing their interest in the position to Adam Cady, Senior Manager of Patron Services – [email protected], with the subject line, “Patron Services Representative.” No calls, please.

Posted: June 22, 2021
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The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC) is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to providing choral music for the Western New York area at the highest artistic level. The chorus performs some 15 concerts per season, mostly with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom the BPC serves as its choral partner. The approximately 140-member chorus is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is artistically directed by its Music Director. Paid personnel for the organization include the Music Director, Accompanist, Managing Director, and approximately a dozen paid singers. The Managing Director
executes day-to-day management of the chorus’ administrative functions and carries out many strategic initiatives. The Operations Assistant oversees all rehearsal and concert logistics and provides assistance to the Managing Director, Music Director, and Board of Directors in the chorus’ operations relating to
rehearsals, concerts, communication with the volunteer singing membership, general communications, and social media marketing. The incumbent is expected to work an average of 10 hours per week. Additional hours, not exceeding 20 hours, will be necessary during concert weeks, as the incumbent will be expected to attend all dress rehearsals and performances. The incumbent reports to and takes direction from the BPC Managing Director, and as needed, the Music Director and Board President. As such, the incumbent is expected to interact effectively with all personnel associated with the chorus, including chorus membership, the Managing Director, Music Director, Board President, and the Board of Directors.

Posted: July 27, 2021
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Our mission is to deliver world class music education to diverse youth that inspires personal and community transformation. We provide rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee, immigrant, and historically marginalized youth. We recognize the significance of music as a universal language, and by lifting up the voices of our students and parents, we cultivate youth to be agents of social change. Our vision: Empowering Young Musicians, Transforming Whole Communities. Our program is offered tuition-free and currently serves 96 students. We operate during the academic school year and provide summer programming.

Responsibilities
● Teach general musicianship and pre-instrument music classes in semi-private and group
lesson settings.
● Participation in monthly faculty meetings and professional development workshops.
● Participation in up to 2 concerts per semester, including playing/assisting/planning etc as
needed.
● Encourage learning in a positive environment that builds students’ self-esteem and
confidence
● Participate in ongoing Professional Development workshops pertaining to pedagogy,
cultural humility, and other related topics
● Communicate and build rapport with parents and students in the class

Posted: July 27, 2021
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The PS #76 Site Manager position encompasses two main roles: 1) On-site administrative support at PS #76 and 2) Student leadership and on-site administrative support at the BSW Cafe, an initiative developed by the BSW Student Council members. The PS #76 Site Manager serves as the primary liaison with families and manages day-to-day logistics at BSW’s West Side location. The Site Manager works with BSW’s administrative team to ensure staff, faculty,
and families are supported throughout their interactions on-site. The Site Manager has the support of Family Liaisons where necessary. At the BSW Cafe, the Site Manager facilitates and supervises student-led, structured and unstructured activities. The PS #76 Site Manager works collaboratively with the West Side Site Manager and the BSW administrative staff team to meet the evolving needs of students as they mature into teenage years and beyond. The Site Manager supports students on their path of musical and personal growth, reflecting the core values of BSW: citizenship, rigor, inclusion, and empowerment. Reporting to the Operations Director, the Site Manager position is a year-round, part-time role.

Posted: July 27, 2021
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Our mission is to deliver world class music education to diverse youth that inspires personal and community transformation. We provide rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee, immigrant, and historically marginalized youth. We recognize the significance of music as a universal language, and by lifting up the voices of our students and parents, we cultivate youth to be agents of social change. Our vision: Empowering Young Musicians, Transforming Whole Communities. Our program is offered tuition-free and currently serves 96 students. We operate during the academic school year and provide summer programming.

Responsibilities
● Implement the Viola curriculum as articulated in the BSW curriculum
● Teach appropriate pedagogy to Viola students
● Complete weekly lesson plans and class reports
● Encourage learning in a positive environment that builds students’ self-esteem and
confidence
● Participate in weekly team meetings and monthly faculty meetings
● Participate in ongoing Professional Development workshops pertaining to pedagogy,
cultural humility, and other related topics
● Communicate and build rapport with parents and students in the class
● Participate in up to 2 concerts per semester, playing/supervising students/planning etc.

Posted: July 27, 2021
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Our mission is to deliver world class music education to diverse youth that inspires personal and community transformation. We provide rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee, immigrant, and historically marginalized youth. We recognize the significance of music as a universal language, and by lifting up the voices of our students and parents, we cultivate youth to be agents of social change. Our vision: Empowering Young Musicians, Transforming Whole Communities. Our program is offered tuition-free and currently serves 96 students. We operate during the academic school year and provide summer programming.

Responsibilities
● Implement the Violin curriculum as articulated in the BSW curriculum
● Teach appropriate pedagogy to Violin students
● Complete weekly lesson plans and class reports
● Encourage learning in a positive environment that builds students’ self-esteem and
confidence
● Participate in weekly team meetings and monthly faculty meetings
● Participate in ongoing Professional Development workshops pertaining to pedagogy,
cultural humility, and other related topics
● Communicate and build rapport with parents and students in the class
● Participate in up to 2 concerts per semester, playing/supervising students/planning etc.

Posted: July 27, 2021
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The Broadcast and Education Coordinator will provide timely administrative support to two key areas –Broadcast Services and Education and Outreach. Broadcast Services will require support in the development of project and broadcast reports, research and analysis of broadcast trends, and customer service to viewers and listeners. Education and Outreach will require support for station education and outreach activities as well as maintain advisory group member lists, meeting schedules, correspondence, hospitality and minute taking.

Posted: June 8, 2021
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Danceability is seeking a Hip Hop dance instructor to join their team. The Dance Instructor is responsible for instructing children and adults with special needs through approximately 4-8 dance classes per week. Dance Instructor will prepare performance routines for the annual show. Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Posted: July 13, 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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Grassroots Gardens seeks to build an organization and culture fully reflective of the communities where we work and grow. We are committed to building an equitable and inclusive organization and strongly encourage applications from People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, individuals living with disabilities, veterans and people from working class backgrounds. Training provided.

Posted: June 8, 2021
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Locust Street Art is seeking new members for our Board of Directors! LSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is located in Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood and has provided access to free, high-quality art education for the past 60 years. We offer a variety of free studio arts classes (ceramics, painting & drawing, photography, studio animation) from age 4 to adult and low-cost specialized workshops and custom services to the community. We serve all artists in Buffalo and Erie County, but are especially proud to provide a safer space of exploration and creativity for artists living in frontline communities, who often do not have equitable access to quality arts education.

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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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Neglia Ballet seeks a part-time Administrative Conservatory Assistant. Neglia Ballet is a not-for-profit organization, ballet conservatory, and ballet company founded in 1994 by Sergio Neglia and Heidi Halt. Neglia’s studios are located on the 6th floor of the Tri-Main Center. Ballet classes and intensive training are offered 6-days per week for ages 3 through adult. Neglia presents The Nutcracker with the BPO at Shea’s annually.

Desired Skills
  • Solid communication and writing skills
  • Computer skills including Gmail, Excel Spreadsheets, Microsoft Word
  • QuickBooks (will train)
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to juggle multiple projects
Optional Skills
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Photography / Videography
General duties and projects include:
  • Student registration, enrollment, invoicing
  • Data entry and mailing lists
  • E-Newsletter creation
  • Assistance with Fundraising and Fundraising events
  • Donor engagement
  • Backstage support during the Nutcracker at Shea’s, End of Year School Show, and other productions
  • Welcoming visitors, giving tours
  • Light studio cleaning
  • Other clerical tasks as needed
Job Type, Hours, Availability, Pay
  • Part-Time
  • In-person
  • 10-19 hours per week (depending on the season)
  • Flexible weekday hours and days. Preferably Mondays & Wednesdays from 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Must be able to work on Saturdays (September – May) from 9 am – 12:30 pm
  • Must be available to work during the week of Thanksgiving for the Nutcracker Production at Shea’s Nov 22 – Nov 28 (Off on Thursday, Nov 25)
  • Must be available for some hours during Summer Intensives (Monday – Friday from June 27 – July 29)
  • Unpaid breaks during holiday closures: Christmas week, Easter week, 2-weeks in August
  • Hourly pay starts at $14/hour
Knowledge of ballet/dance is not required. Candidates should have a passion for the arts and an understanding of working in a not-for-profit organization.

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Neglia Ballet is searching for 3 passionate individuals to join our established and growing Board of Directors. Currently, our board focuses on Development and Governance, however, we are in the progress of creating a more PURPOSE DRIVEN board to ensure our organization is doing what is best for our communities as well as the organization’s sustainability.

 
A Board Term with Neglia Ballet is 3 Years. Bi-Monthly Board Meetings are typically held from 8:30-9:30 am with virtual and in-person meeting options available.

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New Music USA is seeking a collaborative, creative, and organized Digital Associate to assist New Music USA’s communications, development, and grants teams. The ideal candidate is passionate about New Music USA’s mission and the opportunity to play an important role as a part of a small team, supporting the organization’s program activity, resource sharing, and community engagement.

Deadline: August 11, 2021
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New Music USA is seeking a creative, energetic, and strategic Director of Development who will lead the renewal and growth of contributed revenue from individuals and institutions in an exciting phase of our organization’s development. The Director of Development will be a member of the senior leadership team and work closely with the CEO, board, and communications teams to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives around New Music USA’s transformative activities.

Deadline: August 18, 2021
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New Music USA is seeking an experienced, motivated, and highly organized financial professional to join our growing team. This position offers the opportunity to take part in an exciting phase of the organization’s development, working on reviewing and renewing organizational systems and policies and energizing the staff around collaborative planning and administration. The Director of Finance and Administration will be a member of the senior leadership team and work closely with the CEO and board to play a central role in the financial success and stability of the organization as it embarks on transformative activities.

Deadline: August 27, 2021
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The Visitor Experience team is the public face and front line staff for the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. This role has three essential functions: to guide visitors and interpret history; to assist our visitors in a professional manner; and to support the museum through administrative tasks. A successful candidate will have a love of history and a passion for social justice, will feel confident and comfortable providing educational experiences to visitors of different backgrounds, and will be able to complete detail-oriented tasks.

Posted: June 25, 2021
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The Youth Services Facilitator will be responsible for coordinating and implementing ArtWorks, amongst other duties. We are looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and a strong relationship builder who is flexible to the needs of the youth participating in the program. Young Audiences is looking for candidates with a diversity of experiences and perspectives in respect to race, gender, and geography.

Posted: July 23, 2021
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Last updated July 30, 2021