Careers 2018-10-19T12:41:52+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:

Jr. Copywriter
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We’re looking for a regular, full-time Jr. Copywriter to bring bold words and big ideas to our even bigger portfolio of clients. This position is part of the Creative Team and reports to the Copywriter & Strategist.

What we need

  • A team player who can easily adapt
  • An innate willingness to learn
  • Strong, consistent ability to effectively communicate within written work

What we want

  • A positive, playful attitude to add to the office
  • Strong sense of time management and workload balance
  • A keen eye for creativity, detail and collaboration

The Jr. Copywriter will lend critical support to the Creative and Account teams for all written-based work and ideation.

Copywriting Duties:

  • Serve as supporting copywriter for specific 19 IDEAS clients and internal agency promotion work. Key responsibilities will include writing brand, sales and educational materials; collateral pieces; digital and print pieces; full web-refresh projects; campaign concepting; and video scripts.
  • Communicate directly with Copywriter & Strategist, Creative and Account teams during all phases of a project, including content outlines, revisions and feedback, and supplementary recommendations to further the work.
  • Carry out error-free copy and proofreading functions, using industry-standard proofing styles.
  • Provide copy and communications that are cohesive to clients’ brand and tone guides, as well as work with the larger team to maintain consistency throughout each project.
  • Maintain responsibility and thought-leadership throughout the creative writing process, as well as remain prepared for discussions and process explanations.
  • Present creative work, reasoning and best-practice communication strategies to Account Team and clients, when available.
  • Positively and efficiently adapt feedback into revision work, while keeping all changes organized and easily understood.
  • Stay atop industry, market, cultural and field trends to implement within creative work.

Project Duties:

  • Contribute to weekly work-flow updates, both internally and client-facing, as well as attend a weekly internal Status meeting prepared to discuss project progress.
  • Foster and maintain a working relationship with 19 IDEAS team members, as well as clients through both direct and indirect contact.
  • Liaise, communicate and manage effectively between employees and senior management, including staying on top of emails and other internal communication and project management channels.
  • Utilize and update project management tools and software on a daily basis.
  • Keep all work-flow spaces and folders organized, with draft and final documents properly labeled and visibly edited, when necessary.

In addition to specific skills described, 19 IDEAS expects the following from all of its employees:

  • Work with purpose, and help communicate this company motto to clients, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Passion for your work and your career, and a demonstrated commitment to quality.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and creating new products, and a willingness to learn.
  • Strong self-discipline with the ability and desire to work with a team and/or independently on multiple tasks across multiple projects.
  • Dependability, resourcefulness, and ability to meet hard deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and sharp problem-solving skills.
  • Personable and customer-service oriented at all times.
  • Stable under pressure, reacts well to change and stays positive.
  • Excellent organization and written/verbal communication skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in marketing or communications is preferred. English and Journalism degrees are encouraged to apply.
  • 1+ years of proven writing and content marketing experience in an advertising or marketing role; 3+ writing samples across a variety of clients and mediums must be submitted. Agency experience is strongly preferred.
  • Must have a portfolio of published work for review.
  • Understand the importance of consistency in brand and voice, adhering to standards and following internal brand style guidelines.
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills, along with a solid knowledge of proper punctuation, spelling and grammar, with proven cases of exceptional attention to detail.
  • Have a keen sense for ‘visual’ copywriting, as it relates to character counts and size parameters for all design work.
  • Command of the English language, including expert understanding of at least one industry-standard style guide; most recent AP preferred.
  • Demonstrate effective management of simultaneous projects that vary in size and scope in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment while meeting deadlines and staying on budget. Proof of workflow efficiency and process adherence is requested.
  • Experience with digital and social media, websites, video, SEO, inbound marketing and web writing is preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, as well as project management and hour-tracking databases.

Arts Services Initiative is always seeking volunteers, interns, and others who want to be involved with what we do!  There are a variety of ways to get involved – learn more on our website HERE . 

The Curator of Education determines the institution’s educational strategies and works with collection managers and staff in
education, design, guest services, communications, membership and development to develop curricula and educational
materials; and provide a meaningful educational experience to visitors. The Curator of Education oversees the delivery of
educational programming, including classroom instruction, tours, signage, printed materials, and community outreach

Click here for more information and to apply. 

Position Summary: Hip Hop Ensemble (Music) Teaching Artist
The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology Center (BCAT) is seeking a
part-time Hip Hop Ensemble (Music) Teaching Artist to work with high school students
in a performance-oriented workshop setting. The successful candidate will develop,
coordinate, and implement age appropriate projects and programs. The ideal candidate will have
experience and enthusiasm for working with youth and a passion for their own art. Three program
sessions run 10-12 weeks over the course of the academic year, and BCAT offers a 6-week summer

More information can be found HERE 

The Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology is seeking a part-time Theatre Arts Teaching Artist to work with high school students in a Theatre Arts workshop setting.

More information can be found HERE.

Group Sales Coordinator -Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra seeks a full-time Group Sales Coordinator to join its team. The BPO values and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and working environment. The BPO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job description:

The primary function of the Group Sales Coordinator is to be a collaborative, sales-driven force within the marketing team who will lead the cultivation of new and nurturing of existing group relationships in order to reach annual departmental ticket revenue goals. S/he will oversee group experiences at Kleinhans Music Hall from initial inquiry through post-visit follow-up by way of conducting phone calls and in-person presentations. S/he will work closely with other departments to ensure group goals align with that of the organization, and serve as the main point of contact for key groups and programs. S/he must have a valid driver’s license and own vehicle, and be willing and able to travel within a 7-county region, rain or shine. Some evening and weekend hours during concerts will be required.

Principal responsibilities: Perform a wide-range of duties relating to ticket sales for groups, both internal and external, from initial contact with groups to post-visit follow-up.

  • Provide the highest level of customer service and patron relations during all interactions
  • Research and propose to the Director of Marketing outreach to prospective new groups
  • Conduct outreach to new and existing groups by way of phone calls and in-person presentations, keeping meticulous logs of all communications
  • Create group sales marketing plans for all concerts with a special emphasis on performances that would be of highest interest to groups
  • Communicate with Front of House and other departments to maintain effective and efficient policies and procedures for greeting, seating, and supervision of groups during their visit
  • Assist the Director of Marketing with developing, revising, and maintaining Group Sales print and web materials
  • Work with local tourism committees and organizations to promote public programming; attend tradeshows, conventions and association meetings on behalf of the BPO
  • Work with the marketing team to identify and develop restaurant and other business partners
  • Develop ways to continue to cultivate long-term, loyal clients
  • Other marketing and sales duties as assigned

Qualifications: Ability to work flexible hours, attend concerts regularly (night and weekend hours), and travel in a 7-county region to make group sales presentations and nurture group relationships.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Exceptional telephone and in-person sales and customer service skills, capable of maintaining an enthusiastic rapport in maintenance and cultivation of accounts
  • Results-oriented with strong work ethic
  • Team-spirited, detail-oriented and efficient but flexible
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and be trained
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Passion for music and the arts a plus
  • Experience with ticketing software a plus

Salary: Commensurate with experience; base salary plus commission.

To apply: E-mail cover letter and resume outlining your interest in the position and relevant skill set to Patrick O’Herron, Director of Marketing –

The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kriner Cash, is interested in receiving applications from qualified candidates for:
Art Teacher

Click the “APPLY” button at the bottom of this page to start your application. Once the application is completed, click the “Submit” button. Your application will be kept on file for one year.
Applications successfully received will generate a confirmation email to the account listed on the application. (Be sure to check your junk and spam mail.) If you do not receive a confirmation email, we cannot guarantee that your application was received. You must submit an application until you receive a confirmation email.

Candidates must be New York State or Buffalo certified in the tenure area for which they are applying to teach. It is required that candidates must attach a PDF or a screen shot of their certifications. Preference will be given to applicants with current City of Buffalo residency.

Position requires the planning, organization, and implementation of the appropriate instructional program to address the learning needs of the students; to guide and encourage students to develop and fulfill their potential in both curricular and extracurricular activities.


  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences.
  • Develop lesson plans.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities.
  • Prepare classroom for class activities.
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.
  • Identify and utilize different instructional resources and methods to support the learning needs of students at varying levels of progress.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment.
  • Provide for the care and protection of school property.
  • Use relevant technology to support instruction.
  • Observe and evaluate student performance and development.
  • Assign and grade class work, homework, tests, and assignments as appropriate.
  • Provide appropriate feedback on student work.
  • Monitor and encourage individual student progress.
  • Provide guidance to students which will promote educational development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of student progress and development.
  • Update records accurately and completely as required by laws and district policies.
  • Prepare required reports on students and activities.
  • Manage student behavior and maintain discipline by establishing classroom rules and procedures and enforcing classroom, school, and district rules and procedures.
  • Participate in department, school, and district meetings and professional development activities as appropriate.
  • Stay current with most recent developments in appropriate subject area as initiated by the school or district.
  • Cooperate with and participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the total school program.
  • Foster and maintain effective communication with parents and/or guardians.
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Principal or other appropriate administrator

This recruitment bulletin in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator or supervisor. Buffalo Public Schools reserves the right to update, revise or change this recruitment bulletin and related duties at any time without prior notice.

Appointment will be made by the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Superintendent following assessment of training, experience, certifications, credentials and evaluation of service. Personal interviews shall be scheduled where appropriate.
SALARY: Teacher’s salary schedule.
FUND #: Pending Funding

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.

Data and Prospect Research Associate

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Community Foundation) is seeking to hire a full-time Data and Prospect Research Associate


The Data and Prospect Research Associate is a member of the Giving Strategies Team and reports to the Director of Gift Planning. The position is responsible for supporting the Giving Strategies team with all database management and research efforts including prospect and client research, moves management processes, activity tracking and data reporting needs.  This includes ensuring the accuracy, integrity and effective use of all data-related systems including the following software platforms: Salesforce, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system; Foundation Information Management System (FIMS) for information that pertains to prospects, clients and funds; and DonorCentral, an online client portal.

A successful Data and Prospect Research Associate is highly organized, proactive, excellent at follow-through, skilled at database management and possesses a high level of computer competency.  This role will ensure that appropriate staff is trained in the proper use of these software platforms, developing and implementing policies to guide data entry, and making sure that these software platforms are maintained effectively, and can be relied upon for the production of accurate information and reporting.


  • Maximize Giving Strategies team’s use of the CRM (Salesforce) system and serve as the staff resource for the system
  • Understand, maintain and regularly update the Profile and Fund modules of FIMS for information that pertains to prospects, clients and funds
  • Develop standards, protocols and policies for all aspects of data entry in these software systems, manage clean up as required, and monitor ongoing compliance
  • Maintain accurate and updated contact information on clients, prospects, client and prospect group constituencies and others in such a manner as to facilitate internal reporting and targeted mailings by category
  • Be proficient with the use of tools and techniques to identify charitably inclined individuals and organizations that could be interested in working with the Community Foundation.
  • Identify and capture useful data about clients and prospects for cultivation and reporting purposes—i.e., information about backgrounds, including professional and familial relationships and their charitable desires
  • Manage the Giving Strategies fund statement process in partnership with the Finance Team
  • Have primary responsibility for DonorCentral including maintenance, monitoring, setting up and removing users, trouble-shooting and assisting with the process of educating employees to answer client questions
  • Be the Community Foundation’s product champion and vendor contact for the above referenced software systems and stay current on these platforms that support the Giving Strategies team.
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, accounting, finance, math or related field is preferred
  • Three to five years of demonstrated computer proficiency working with databases and related software platforms
  • Experience with, Raisers Edge, FIMS or other client management databases preferred
  • Experience using online products and services, and other data sources, to effectively research and support prospect identification efforts
  • Understanding and adherence to high standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Ability to attend off-site events, such as community events and meetings, and represent the Community Foundation appropriately.
  • Proficiency with including Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and Outlook


The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care.


We’re looking for top talent: people who want to use their abilities to make a lasting difference. If that is you, then please send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and what you would bring to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Send cover letter and resume as a single Word or PDF document via email to: No calls please. Application deadline: Open until filled.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.

NEA Director of States, Regional, and Local Partnerships

Deadline to Apply: October 29, 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking to fill the position of Director of States, Regional, and Local Partnerships. The Director of States, Regional, and Local Partnerships will serve as the agency’s nationally recognized expert and authority for the State/Regional/Locals (SAA/RAO/LAA) fields in discussions throughout the agency including collaborations with other divisions and discipline directors. Full position description and instructions to apply are available through the USA Jobs website. (Important note: Applicants are encouraged to use the USA Jobs resume template. However, if you do not use the template you must ensure your resume contains ALL required information which includes hours worked, starting and ending months and years, and if Federal employment (series, pay plan, and grade.)  Learn more.

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Visitor Experience Specialist
(Part-Time; 20 – 30 hours/week)
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center uncovers the wealth of places and stories
associated with the Underground Railroad found within the City of Niagara Falls, New York and
surrounding region. The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in
facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of
freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American
history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the
most basic rights of liberty. The mission of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is
to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls
and to inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action
toward an equitable society.
The Visitor Experience team is the public face of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage
Center. Team members greet and orient guests, and provide meaningful learning opportunities for
the Center’s visitors through interpretive techniques, including facilitated dialogue. With a diverse
portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging public programs, services and events, we expand each
visitor’s understanding of, and appreciation for, the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls and the
enduring impact of slavery in the United States.
Essential Responsibilities:
 Working creatively with the entire Visitor Experience team, function as a historical interpreter
by providing guests with accurate, interesting, and pertinent historical information about the
Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls in an engaging, timely, and articulate manner.
 Engage visitors in facilitated dialogue regarding the enduring impact of slavery in modern
 Answer visitor questions and tailor delivery techniques to maximize impact whenever
possible. Follow departmental interpretive strategies in order to effectively integrate your
interpretation into the total guest learning experience.
 Successfully complete training in interpretive techniques, including facilitated dialogue.
 Create a positive learning environment for visitors of all ages and backgrounds by being
hospitable, approachable, and professional in appearance and demeanor.
 Assist with retail management, social media, program development, special tours, public
programs, and other projects as needed.

 Manage the reception of visitors, school and other groups, admissions, telephone and
administrative reception, orientation materials, and merchandise sales.
 Set expectations and make suggestions for the visitor’s experience related to the visitor’s
itinerary and agenda.
 Facilitate and direct visitor inquiries to the appropriate staff person to ensure exceptional
 Assist with oversight of the reception area.
 Receive and process admission and sales payments and reports.
 Record visitation data; provide daily visitation and accounting reports.
 Assist with the daily opening, closing, retail components, and security of the Heritage Center.
 Assist with the implementation of emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety for
our guests, colleagues, historic structure, exhibits, and collections.
Minimum Qualifications:
 Must work well with a diverse audience and have a demonstrated interest in black history and
culture. Applicants are encouraged to highlight prior experience working with diverse
communities and cultures.
 Applicants who possess or are pursuing a degree in a related field including, but not limited to,
African-American studies, history, museum studies, art, public history, political science,
marketing, or business are preferred.
 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
 Must be responsible, flexible, punctual, and able to work well under pressure.
 Ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team is mandatory.
Special Requirements:
 Must be able to stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a
variety of conditions.
 Must work frequent weekends, evenings, and holidays.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We align with the American Alliance of Museums’ position that diversity, equity, accessibility, and
inclusion in all aspects of museum structure and programming are vital to the future viability,
relevance, and sustainability of museums.
Qualified candidates may submit a resume or c.v. and cover letter to Ally Spongr, Director and
Curator, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, Inc.:
For more information on the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area, please visit

The Robert H. Jackson Center (, located in Jamestown, New York, is searching for its next leader.  The position description is below.  Please consider applying if you are a strong prospect, and please share this in your networks with others who should be interested in this opportunity.  Applicants should contact the Jackson Center by email, at

The Robert H. Jackson Center

Executive Director Position Description

Position Summary

The Executive Director is the senior executive and public face of the Robert H Jackson Center (Center) and must be able to articulate the Center’s mission, enduring relevance, values, and work. The Executive Director must inspire, guide, and support the Center’s staff, while marshaling its resources to preserve, promote, and advance the legacy of Robert H. Jackson through education, exhibits, and archives.  Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Center’s staff, programs, fiscal management, fundraising, and execution of its mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising & Communications

Spearhead revenue generating and fundraising activities to support high quality programs, facility, and staff expenses. The Executive Director shall lead these efforts with staff and Board support.

  • Articulate the Center’s mission, importance, goals and impact to various stakeholders including: donors, foundations, partner organizations, Board members, staff, volunteers, and general audiences.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors.
  • Identify organizations and foundations with the potential to provide significant financial support, cultivate the relationships, and oversee proposal submissions.
  • Foster partnerships with academic, legal, government, business, and other non-profit institutions.
  • Work with staff, Board, volunteers, and stakeholders to develop and implement fundraising activities.

Leadership & Management

Ensure, by effective leadership and management, that the day-to-day operations and activities of the Center are efficiently administered and that the organization is fiscally responsible with balanced budgets, attainable revenue projections, and financial stability. Advance the Center’s programmatic excellence. Protect and develop the archives. The Executive Director shall lead these efforts with support from all staff.

  • Establish goals and ensure effective systems to accomplish key objectives in the strategic plan. Track progress, regularly evaluate program components, recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals, and report on these quarterly to the Board.
  • Serve as a trusted steward of all Center finances and assets. Prepare the annual operating and capital budget for approval by the Board. Report quarterly on the operating budget.
  • Oversee all activities associated with the Board, including staffing for all Board and committee meetings, meeting schedules, locations, development of agenda, and meeting materials. Identify, assess, and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the Center.
  • Work closely with staff and  Board to ensure that the Center has the necessary human resources to support ongoing and planned programs and fiscal growth plans as they are developed. Establish and maintain open lines of communication with the staff and ensure a level of professionalism and teamwork across the organization.  Supervise, motivate, empower, and delegate appropriate responsibility among staff members.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of educational programs for the general public, academic programs for area educators and schools, and scholarly use of the archives.

The Executive Director’s near-term (12-18 month) priorities include:

  • Develop a deep knowledge of current fundraising, core programs, staff responsibilities, operations, and business plans.
  • Become the face and voice of the Center. Learn about Robert H. Jackson and be able to effectively promote his legacy as well as the Center’s programs and objectives.
  • Develop a multi-year operating budget, including additional staff positions.
  • Develop a multi-year fundraising plan.
  • Develop a strategic plan in partnership with the Board.
  • Lead, manage, and strengthen organizational and program growth.
  • Plan, along with the Board Chair, a Board retreat.
  • Administer the execution of the facility renovations resulting from the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant

Qualifications and Experience

All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Ideally an advanced degree with at least 5 years of senior management and non-profit experience.
  • Track record as an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial fundraiser with measurable results in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, foundation, government and corporate support, and generating other sources of revenue, and success in launching and completing a capital campaign or similar fundraising initiative.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling an organization and staff, including examples of having taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation, and demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Ability to convey a vision of the Center’s strategic future to staff, Board, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to assess situations to determine importance, urgency and risks, and to make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other volunteers.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills.


  • Base compensation based on professional experience and current market rates.
  • Reasonable salary increases based on performance.
  • Potential for bonus based on exceeding fundraising goals.

Job Description: Director of Production and Technology, The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Status: FT, exempt, not eligible for overtime, flexible schedule
Reports To: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Supervise Union stage calls, others tbd

Duties and Responsibilities include:

• Serve as the production and technical contact for all events held in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts (RLCA).
• Responsible for the execution of all productions held in the RLCA, working directly with resident community companies and external presenters and promoters to ensure that all events are properly planned and executed from a production standpoint.
• Responsible for the hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of technical part-time staff for Venue Management, including stage hands, sound and light staff, and general production staff (per Local 266 Contract).
• Responsible for the hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of part-time Front of House staff, including House Management staff for all events, and tour staff for theater tours.
• Represent the RLCA’s interests at all times during any production at the RLCA—from load-in to load-out, and ensure that facility policies are being followed.
• Set policies and procedures for show-related activity on the RLCA stage, ensuring the safety and security of all who work and perform in the space.
• Coordinate the load-in, run of show and load-out of all events in the RLCA.
• Provide estimates for technical and production costs for all events at the RLCA as needed.
• Review and submit timesheets for all stage labor for each event to Business Manager, in a timely fashion.
• In coordination with the Director of Marketing, maintain the online production and technical guide utilized by promoters and presenters looking to bring events to the RLCA.
• Responsible for identifying and working with selected vendors to obtain the resources needed for productions at the best possible price.
• Prepare facility maintenance and improvement plans for the RLCA, working with the Executive Director to ensure the ongoing viability of the facility.
• Responsible for the inventory and maintenance of all stage equipment including lights, sound, cabling, rigging system, etc. and identifying equipment to be replaced and/or repaired as needed.
• Set and run Production meetings as needed, for all department heads, 3-4 weeks in advance of each event.
• Act as second point of contact for potential renters of the theater space, reviewing requests, providing labor and cost estimates and conferring with the Executive Director as to whether we’ll move forward.
• Working with off-site IT consultants as needed, research, imagine and realize new and expanded uses of technology in areas of office, production, event management and patron services and oversee and implement the technological needs for those areas.

Qualifications and Experience:
• 10+ years of technical performing arts operations experience plus/and/or a Bachelor’s in related field.
• Thorough knowledge of production systems, including, but not limited to, rigging, audio, visual and light systems.
• Experience with industry best practices in production safety and security.
• Ability to communicate with a wide-variety of individuals.
• Strong overall organizational and communication skills and the ability to apply “creative problem solving” techniques as needed.

Squeaky Wheel Internships

Fall/Winter 2018

Qualified undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for a part-time, volunteer internship. Internships can be completed for academic credit. All interns receive a free membership upon the completion of their term as well as job training and mentorship in-kind. Course credit can be provided depending on the requirements of your college or university program.

Working closely with Curator Ekrem Serdar, the Curatorial intern will help organize, promote, and support Squeaky Wheel’s screenings, exhibitions, and special events. Hours will be negotiated between intern and media arts curator to work with their respective schedules, with the opportunity to propose and develop their own public program. A commitment of 10-12 hours per week is required. For more information and to apply, fill out the application form here. Contact with any further questions.

Fundraising & Development

The position offers hands-on learning opportunities in donor stewardship, grant writing, and special event planning for a small non-profit organization. The intern will work closely with the Executive Director and Fundraising Committee to help increase individual, corporate and grant support for Squeaky Wheel and maintain the donor database system. Minimum commitment of 10 hours/week. Send your cover letter and resumé to

Production | Post-production
Refine your skills in this focused internship as you work on a team with staff and other interns to shoot, edit and distribute Artgrease episodes for various web platforms and Broadcast TV, event and program documentation, video interviews with resident and visiting media artists, and more.  Minimum commitment of 8 hours/week. Send your cover letter and resumé to

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.
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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.

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