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.

19 IDEAS seeks a Senior Digital Director who will provide both design and strategic guidance for websites, landing page marketing efforts, social media and video content, and digital advertising under the guidance of the Creative Director.

Posted: February 2021
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Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) isa not-for-profit whose mission is to provide opportunities for careers through the arts and technology for youth and workforce development for adults. We are currently seeking a dynamic, collaborative, innovative full-time Youth Arts Program Director to administer and direct BCAT’s afterschool arts/technology integration program that engages Buffalo public and charter high school students.

Posted: February 4, 2021
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The Buffalo History Museum has opened nominations for their Red Jacket, Owen B. Augspurger, and Daniel B. Niederlander Awards. These honors are presented annually at The Buffalo History Museum’s Red Jacket Awards Ceremony in the fall, which honors individuals and organizations making history in Western New York.

Deadline: March 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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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s administration has opened applications for their annual Summer Youth Internship and Employment program. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program provides 6 weeks of both in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training, to youth in the city of Buffalo during the summer months. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 12, 2021 and ends August 20, 2021.

To be eligible for the program, youth must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and must turn age 14 by March 31, 2021. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive job readiness, life skills and financial literacy training. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the program. College Students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 31, 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 National Comedy Center, located in Jamestown, NY, seeks a Manager of Marketing and Communications who will support the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated marketing, PR and social media program to continue to build awareness of the National Comedy Center brand and drive attendance. This position offers the option for remote work, but will require on-site support in Jamestown on an occasional basis.

Posted: February 1, 2021
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The NY Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association is looking for presenters and adjudicators for their annual NY Thespian Festival, which will be held online this year April 23-25. Adjudicators and presenters a $50 minimum honorarium for each session. All activities and workshops are subject to the number of attendees who register.

Adjudicators: Submit an Application
Workshop Instructors: Submit a Proposal
Deadline: February 25, 2021

Papercraft Miracles is seeking two studio assistants to help with various tasks. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] and to [email protected]

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Raise, an annual conference hosted by OneCause, is seeking presentation proposals from fundraising professionals for their 2021 conference. They are looking for #FearlessFundraisers with innovative insights and strategies to shape a new world of fundraising.

Deadline: April 1, 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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The Tool Library is hiring a New Economies Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY. They are seeking candidates with a passion for access, equity, and building strong communities through the sharing economy. This is a 1-year position great for recent grads or those looking for a career change.

Posted: January 25, 2021
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Ushers help audience with seating and serve as a point of contact during shows in case of emergency or should a patron need help exiting the performance space. Ushers get a free seat at any performance they work. Email [email protected] for more information or to express interest.

Location: Buffalo, NY

The Towne Players of Ken-Ton are seeking volunteers to support events, stage crew, sets, painting, sound, lights, ushering, ticket sales, and more. They also need general assistance with related to keeping their prop room organized, reading plays for upcoming seasons, fundraising coordination, social media, finances, designing posters and programs, collating programs, and taking pictures.

Location: Tonawanda, NY

VIA is a progressive non-profit agency looking for an enthusiastic, talented, and driven individual to join their team. This role involves coordinating the marketing efforts of a multi-tiered agency, assist in creating content, and drive engagement and growth for the agency through their social media accounts. Prefer applicants wh oare creative photo/video-savvy professional with great writing skills and marketing mind, with an interest meaningful work. No direct experience is required. Minimum of 2-3 years practical experience in a position with similar responsibilities with a track record of growing engagement and followers are preferred.

Posted: January 29, 2021
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The Western New York Nonprofit Support Group (WNYNSG) is releasing an RFP to solicit requests from groups of individuals or organizations who have a desire to create and pilot a curriculum for a formal certificate coaching program focused on serving people of color. This work will be done in three phases:

  • Phase 1- Request for Proposals (RFP): Due April 16. Decisions will be made by mid-May 2021.
  • Phase 2- Planning: One proposal will be selected for a planning grant to further develop a coaching curriculum based on the research provided and the development of a pilot for the curriculum. Full proposal due by selected group or organization by end of July 2021.
  • Phase 3- Implementation: Subject to available funding, resources will be made available for the implementation of the project in January 2022.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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