Careers 2018-05-24T13:53:18+00:00

Arts & Culture Employment Opportunities

Search here for local, regional, and national arts and cultural job openings.  This is a resource list provided by Arts Services Initiative as one of the ways we help connect those in the arts and cultural field to multiple opportunities.  This is just one of our services to the non-profit arts and cultural organizations and individuals in our community.  NOTE: If you would like additional information on any of these positions, please contact the hiring organization directly.

Some general arts and culture career job sites include:

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is seeking a part time receptionist. We are looking for
someone who is detail oriented, well organized, and can work in a fast paced and changing non-profit
environment to support organizational effectiveness.

More information can be found HERE


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Burchfield Penney and SUNY Buffalo State are currently searching for an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for the Burchfield Penney.

Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. As a civic, urban, and engaged campus community, we pride ourselves as having small college learning environments coupled with large university opportunities. We are a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to transform lives, to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment. With degree programs in education, the arts, science, and professional studies, each year nearly 10,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality academic programs, diverse and creative environment, hands-on learning opportunities, affordable SUNY tuition, NCAA Division III athletics, and prime location in Buffalo’s cultural corridor. We welcome applicants who are committed to helping us fulfill our mission.

The Executive Director will function as the Center’s lead fundraising officer, provide the creative vision and artistic direction for the Center, and lead an outstanding arts institution with an active exhibition and public programming schedule, managing 26 employees along with more than 50 volunteers.

Demonstrated experience in a senior level management position for a national or regional arts institution with a proven track record of fundraising and oversight responsibilities for an operational budget, staff and volunteer supervision.

Master’s degree or higher in fine arts, art history or other relevant field. Senior staff level administrative experience in an art organization recognized for quality and excellence; knowledge of the art world and its key players nationally.

Proven fundraising ability to acquire and close gifts from a variety of sources, including successful experience cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual donors. A successful record in the planning and administration of museum programs; an understanding of best practices regarding collections, acquisition and management, exhibition development, educational and public programs, community outreach and scholarly research. Competence, and experience in effectively managing multiple revenue streams and potentially complex budgets; understands and can interpret financial statements including reports of revenue and expense, statement of functional expenses, cash flow, and balance sheet; managing to an approved budget. Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective spokesperson and ambassador for an institution or program, with outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

Possess a thorough knowledge of Charles E. Burchfield as an iconic American artist. Familiarity with academic institution complexity and budgeting. Capital campaign experience. Ability to select and evaluate works of art; an understanding of and commitment to American regional art; knowledge of Western New York art and philanthropic communities and the ability to translate this knowledge into meaningful collaborations and exhibitions. Experience managing an AAM- accredited museum. Strong computer literacy including applications to marketing and branding, electronic data collection, storage and digitization.

More info:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Foundation) is seeking to hire a Chief Community Impact Officer.


The Martin House is looking for a dynamic Guest Services Manager to join our team.  This position is responsible for providing gracious and consistent customer service to those who visit the Martin House.  If you enjoy creating and maintaining an exceptional customer experience, this position is for you.

The Guest Services Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing and scheduling the Guest Services staff
  • Working with Director of Programs to plan tour season
  • Entering and managing tours in Vendini, our ticketing software
  • Monitoring and responding to posts on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and other tour related websites. Updating Martin House website, Google and Visit Buffalo Niagara with tour information.
  • Ensuring operational policies are followed to secure and protect this National Historic Landmark
  • Documenting procedures and creating concierge resources for tour visitors
  • Liaise with staff, volunteers and guests as regards to the tour program, rentals, special events and educational programs
  • Managing VOX audio system
  • Greeting and welcoming visitors
  • Taking phone and walk up reservations
  • Monitor Comment Cards, Surveys and Info emails
  • Creating, setting and delivering a level of service which all staff will model and be held accountable for
  • Cash management and accurate group tour payment and membership processing
  • Becoming a certified docent so as to provide tours, when necessary
  • Maintaining a clean, business-like front-of-line work environment and visitors center
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

The Martin House is a fast-paced environment and the Guest Services Manager is tasked with anticipating guest needs and ensuring all visitors have a memorable experience.  The ideal candidate will have a college degree or equivalent experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Previous customer service and management experience required. Tourism or museum experience an asset. The preferred candidate should be detail oriented, organized, self-motivated, flexible, and able to work well in a team setting.  Additionally, the candidate should possess excellent communication skills (both oral and written), customer service skills with conflict resolution experience, and have proven experience managing and completing tasks efficiently and effectively. The Guest Services Manager must be available to works weekends, and to adjust hours seasonally in alignment with visitation levels and tour schedules.  This position is budgeted at 75% of full-time and is a part.

he Martin House is an equal opportunity employer.Please send your cover letter, resume and pay rate requirements to

Positions include STEM teachers, Camp Invention instructors, program assistants, and student leadership interns. Download job descriptions here.

Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes, Inc. is currently searching for an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Locust Street Art is an anchor arts organization located in the Fruit Belt, a neighborhood in Buffalo’s East Side. Since 1959 LSA has opened its doors and provided free art classes to youth and adults living in the neighborhood and beyond, with focus on low-income and minority groups. Multiple generations of residents remember LSA as an important, often life-changing institution. The mission of Locust Street Art – to provide consistent high-quality art education for anyone interested in the arts (especially low-income and minority individuals, ages four – senior adult) – is based on the strong belief that art is an essential part of humanity and that everyone deserves access to the arts. In addition to free art classes, Locust Street Art also offers a strong and growing outreach program, collaborating with many schools and community centers in and around Buffalo; summer camps; low-cost workshops; and specialty events.

The Executive Director will provide the creative vision and artistic direction for Locust Street Art. S/he will manage around 12 employees (7 part-time art teachers, 3 teen assistants, and 2 administrators), interns and volunteers while also working closely with Locust Street Art’s active Board of Directors on fundraising and other activities. The ED will manage and/or oversee all grant writing activity, supervise all financial activity, and work closely with Locust Street Art’s constituents and collaborators to ensure that Locust Street Art will continue to thrive and offer the high quality art education it has been offering for the past 60 years. The ED should have demonstrated ability to serve as an effective spokesperson and ambassador for Locust Street Art and its mission, with outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:


  1. A strong grasp of Locust Street Art’s mission and significant role in Buffalo’s arts community
  2. Knowledge of art education
  3. Demonstration of significant management and leadership experience/skills
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills (provide a writing sample)
  5. An understanding of current developments in the Fruit Belt (gentrification) and the population that is being served by Locust Street Art
  6. Experience with sound financial management and budgeting (creating budgets, using Quickbooks)


  1. Bachelors of Arts degree or higher
  2. Grant writing and/or fundraising experience and/or willingness to learn these skills
  3. Strong knowledge of at least one of the artistic disciplines offered at Locust Street Art (ceramics, drawing, painting, animation, photography)
  4. Knowledge of NYS art education curriculum requirements
  5. Experience working with Boards of Directors

Interested candidates should apply with a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a one page writing sample describing the candidate’s vision for Locust Street Art 5 years from now. Application deadline is Friday, June 1st , 6pm.

Email the application (as .pdf attachments) to Kinsey O’Brien, President of the Board and Head of Search Committee at Or mail to Locust Street Art, Attn. ED Search, 138 Locust Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

More information can be found here:

Economic​ ​Development​ ​Specialist​ ​Position​ ​Description

Organization:​ ​Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.
Position​ ​Title:​ Economic Development Specialist, Economic Development Corps (AmeriCorps)
Program​ ​Name:​ ​Economic Development
Supervisor:​ ​Economic Development Director (EDD)
Location:​ Office at 436 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 with neighborhood travel to local small
Organization​ ​Mission:​ ​WEDI’s mission is to empower economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo,
New York, with a primary focus on the West Side community.
Organization​ ​Overview:​ Since 2007, WEDI has served the City of Buffalo by tutoring children, building
and rehabbing housing, and developing businesses through training, microlending, and a small business
incubation. We primarily work with refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals with programs and
services tailored to these communities. We have over 350 people interested in small business services
with over 80 operating business startups and over 50 loans disbursed.
Websites:​ /
Phone​ ​Number:​ ​716-393-4088
Interested​ ​applicants:​ ​This position is through AmeriCorps​, to learn more about how to apply please

Primary​ ​Purpose​ ​and​ ​Function
● Guide minimum of 100 small business owners and/or burgeoning entrepreneurs through the
process of starting or expanding a business through the Economic Development Program via
financial literacy, financing, business counseling, and technical assistance training.
Essential​ ​Functions​ ​and​ ​Responsibilities
● Recruit prospective and current business owners interested in accessing business training,
technical assistance, and business loans in the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY.
● Provide one-on-one technical assistance to clients in financial literacy, credit, and business
counseling, to establish financial stability and help them start or expand a business.
● Support clients in developing business plans, business financials (including interim), and financial
● Recruit volunteer business coaches, match the coaches with appropriate clients, and manage
these connections.
● Guide clients through the microloan application process adhering to SBA and CDFI standards.
● Assist in the underwriting of credit-building and business loans up to $20,000.
● Log, monitor, and report the information in Loan Management database system.

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Possible​ ​Functions​ ​and​ ​Responsibilities
● Support EDD in program development, including statistical analysis, project management, and
other duties as assigned.
● Develop economic development programs to benefit clients and/or other West Side residents.
● Gather research to augment EDD’s current work.
Required​ ​Knowledge​ ​and​ ​Skills
● Strong knowledge of business plans, cash flow models, and other general business topics.
● Strong understanding of lending, including credit history and collateral.
● Strong customer service tendencies, especially in cross-cultural contexts.
● Ability to manage, organize, and update relevant data using both cloud-based and software
database applications, including loan management and outcome tracking systems.
● Ability to create statistical tools and reports using spreadsheets.
● Competent in MS Office products, Google products, email and internet applications.
● Fluency in English language, both oral and written.
● Demonstrated problem solving and people skills.
● High accuracy in work, attention to detail.
● Proven oral and written skills.
Preferred​ ​Knowledge​ ​and​ ​Skills
● Fluency in Spanish language, Asian/African languages, and/or Arabic.
● Knowledgeable or ability to learn the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY, and
immediate surrounding areas.
● Bachelors in Business, Economics, Finance, or a related field.
Physical​ ​Demands
● Sitting in meetings for long periods of time, up to 2 hours at a time.
● Visiting local businesses by car, walking, or public transportation.
● Frequent alpha/numeric keyboarding.
● Frequent oral communication in person and over the phone.
● Ability to view a computer monitor for long periods of time.
Organizational​ ​Policy/Procedure​ ​Compliance
● Follow all organizational policies and procedures and local, state, and federal laws.
● The organization does not tolerate sexually, violently, or other unlawfully discriminatory actions,
gestures, harassment, or statements. Any of these behaviors are subject to personnel action up
to and including immediate termination. Such actions must be reported to the supervisor
● Maintain confidentiality of organizational records and information at all times.
● Maintain a professional but friendly image.

Interested​ ​applicants:​ ​Visit


Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC):

The Western New York Book Arts Center promotes greater understanding of printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibition for a broad and diverse community.

Entry Level Book Arts & Printing Workspace Apprenticeship:

Temporary 9-10 month entry training position in the field of book arts and hands-on printing using vintage equipment and techniques. Training includes observing and assisting in daily operations of a unique not-for-profit workspace with programs for artists and the public of all ages.


Job Duration: 40 weeks approximately
Hours: Part Time/20+ hours per week as needed
Approximate Timeframe: February (end) through Mid-December 2018
Paid Position

The Western New York Book Arts Collaboration (WNYBAC) seeks to hire:
Two (2) Workspace Apprentices to learn daily cultural organization operations including arts management, managing programs that support artists, planning public events, hands-on printing methods, entry level teaching, arts retail, printing equipment use and maintenance, and more. Art Space Apprentices will train with staff and mentors, engaging with professional artists and specialists in focus areas.

Working as an Apprentice at WNYBAC is an excellent opportunity to gain practical skills for entering careers in the cultural sector. Apprentices will assist with 2018 programs including exhibitions, community education, gallery events, and annual festivals that celebrate the book arts and printing.

Consideration of previous high school or other coursework, volunteer arts positions, training, or other arts background including printmaking portfolio will be important in the resume review and selection process.

Only applications received before February 20, 2018 will be considered, and may be emailed to Gail Nicholson at or postmarked by February 20, 2018 and mailed to:
Gail Nicholson, Executive Director WNY Book Arts Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Apply ONLINE here!

External Relations Manager

Chief Executive Officer

The External Relations Manager is responsible for managing, and successfully
implementing the Explore & More Development plan. Responsibilities focus on annual
operational fundraising to include: Grant writing, contract support, special events,
annual giving and donor relations.

 Work with the CEO to create and implement a comprehensive, results-oriented
development plan for the museum’s operational fundraising.
 Work with CEO to communicate the museums vision and mission to potential funders.
 Plan and implement funding of programs, exhibit experiences and operations through
corporate and foundation support and government grants.
 Establish development tools for timely acknowledgements, and on-going
communication the exceeds donor expectations.
 Oversee the implementation for special fundraising events with attention to volunteers
and increased corporate sponsorships. Oversee staff involvement in special events.
 Collaborate with staff to develop effective donor communication tools to ensure that
development efforts are fully integrated into websites, social media and other
 Support the development of a meaningful, actionable strategic plan.

 Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Marketing, Communications.
 7+ years’ of Development or sales experience with demonstrated success in
establishing and meeting development goals.
 Capital campaign and/or soliciting and securing major gifts from
individuals/corporation/foundations required.
 Must be organized, efficient, able to meet ambitious fundraising goals.

 Please email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references to:Meghan
Ladolcetta -mladolcetta@exploreandmore.orgExplore & More-Ralph C. Wilson
Children’s Museum300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora NY 14052

If you have an arts/culture position opening, please submit your information to and we would be glad to add it to our listing and include in our monthly e-newsletter. Please notify ASI staff when a position is filled. Positions will remain on website for 60 days. 

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