Careers 2017-12-07T13:05:03+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:

Explore & More Children’s Museum is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the growing not-for-profit organization. The Explore & More mission is to provide a fun environment for play and learning through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs that inspire creativity, curiosity and imagination.

Chief Executive Officer Posting_Explore and More

Young Audiences of Western New York seeks a proven and respected leader with a passion for, and keen understanding of, the value of arts in education and arts in the lives of young people. With responsibility for all aspects of the organization, this new leader will maintain excellence and continue the momentum built by our previous executive director. The ideal candidate will embrace diversity and promote an environment of sensitivity and creativity with the students, artists, donors, board, staff, and community partners. This is a critical hire that will impact the lives of thousands of young people, artists, teachers and cultural groups in the Western New York community.

Read the full job description here.

The Community and Visitor Engagement Specialist will be responsible for working in collaboration to foster relationships with the local community to produce programs and initiatives that will enhance the lives of our neighbors and result in positive change within the City of Niagara Falls. External relationship management with community members is integral to this role. In addition, the candidate will be a member of the Heritage Center’s Visitor Experience team, which 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.

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The Marketing Specialist will be responsible for working in collaboration to (i) plan, develop and implement the Heritage Center’s marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities, including media planning and placement; (ii) design and produce materials, deliverables, and reviews; and (iii) ensure that campaigns remain on track to meet strategic objectives. External relationship management with community members, media partners, vendors, agencies, and designers are integral to this role.

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Non-profit art school, Locust Street Neighborhood Art, is looking to hire an experienced ceramic artist to instruct their ceramics class. All donation-based/free classes are instructed with individualized attention, as they are student driven drop-in classes.

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The Marketing and Development Coordinator creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, online fundraising, grant solicitation, third party fundraisers and event management. Coordinator also promotes danceability through marketing efforts.

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The Operations Manager (OM) is a member of the Operations Team and reports to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). This position will provide critical operations support to members of the Foundation’s Leadership Team and the Foundation’s various Function and Project Teams, in managing several key areas, including but not limited to: operations, facilities, information and technology, and human resources.

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Evening program assistant will be in charge of all administration interaction between families, volunteers and the danceability office during class hours. Evening office duties, including, but not limited to answering phones, accepting tuition & communicating with families.


Have steelworkers in your family? Remember the days when Buffalo was an industrial powerhouse? Looking for a way to give back to the community? Consider joining the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York’s leadership team!
We currently have two Director positions and a Recording Secretary position open, and we are seeking candidates for these volunteer opportunities.
No non-profit experience required—we will happily mentor and train any successful candidates! We are looking for passionate, motivated, and active community members who want to help us preserve the history of the steel industry in Western New York.
If interested, please contact the museum at (716) 821-9361 or by email at for more information.

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

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Title: Receptionist

Summary: Greets guests, operates multi-line telephone system to answer incoming calls; directs callers to appropriate
personnel by performing the following duties; completes a variety of administrative duties such as answers questions
about Shea’s and provides callers with general and ticket information; communicates daily ticket sales to booking

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Retrieves messages from voice mail and forwards to appropriate personnel.
Answers incoming telephone calls, determines purpose of calls, and forward calls to appropriate personnel or
Takes and delivers messages or transfers calls to voice mail when appropriate personnel are unavailable.
Welcomes on-site visitors, determines nature of business, and announces visitors to appropriate personnel.
Picks up mail from PO Box in the morning and drops off mail to Post Office daily.
Accepts deliveries and notifies appropriate departments.
Maintains fax, copy and postage machines, assists users, sends faxes, and retrieves and routes incoming faxes.
Orders, receives, and maintains office supplies.
Creates and prints fax cover sheets, correspondence, calendar of events, and other documents.
Performs other clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, collating and mailings.

Nonessential Functions:
Support ticket office with orders, procedures and organization.
Assist with forwarding and answering patron services emails.
Assist other departments with projects as needed.
Qualified candidates will have the following skills and abilities:
Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others
without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Addresses problems directly with the individual involved.
Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets
clarification; responds well to questions.
Written Communication – Writes strongly, clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar;
Presents numerical data effectively.
Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer
Proficiency with computer applications: Outlook, Word, Excel and Publisher.

Working Conditions:
Occasional high traffic and fast-paced environment. Regular 40-hour work week.
Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma
1-2 years office/customer service experience
Shea’s Performing Arts Center will not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin,
ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, gender identity, genetic information,
sex or sexual orientation, or any other protected category in its hiring and employment practices, or in any other aspect
of the employment relationship.

Email cover letter and resume to Include Receptionist in subject line.

JOB TITLE: Music Teacher/ Teaching Artist
LOCATION: Amherst, Buffalo and Williamsville locations
STATUS: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 30 hours/week schedule varies

Provide music instruction for Education Program students. Provide guidance to
Creative Movement Instructor for Education Program classes. Provides music
experiences for adults in our Day Services programs. Work with the people we
support based on the areas of interest involving music. Provide music
opportunities for Supplemental Day Habilitation program two Tuesday evenings
per month.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Music or related Fine Arts discipline.
2. One year experience in Music Instruction.
3. Current New York State teaching certification in Music.
4. Valid New York State driver’s license.
5. Ability to meet physical requirements of the position when performing the
following: standing, walking, sitting, grasping, bending, stooping, squatting,
kneeling and climbing.
6. Ability to move, reposition, lift and transfer individuals as required by
prescribed program/ plan.

To apply for this position, please visit our website at

and complete an online application

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Visitor Experience Specialist
(Part-Time; 20 – 30 hours/week)

Scheduled to open in March, 2018, 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 purpose of the Heritage Center is to provide a
gateway to the important Underground Railroad and anti-slavery history of the area, and direct
visitors to visit other local and regional attractions. The Heritage Center will also provide a foundation
for future heritage development projects in Niagara Falls.

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:
– 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 work well with a diverse audience and have a sincere interest in history.
– 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.

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

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