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Development Associate

Marketing Associate - Social Media Specialist

Development Associate

Kaufman Music Center is New York City’s creative home for music education and performance. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Center serves as a resource for students, artists and audiences through its many divisions: Lucy Moses School, a community school for the arts which offers instruction in music, dance and theater to children and adults ages 2 and up; Merkin Concert Hall, an acoustically-renowned performance space known for its innovative programming schedule; Special Music School (M. 859), a unique public school for musically-gifted children; Face the Music, a youth ensemble devoted to the performance of works by living composers, and Theater@Kaufman, which specializes in guiding young people through the process of creating and performing original musical theater works. Founded in 1952 as a small community music school, today's Kaufman Music Center provides entertainment, education, and inspiration for more than 75,000 New Yorkers every year.

The Center seeks a smart, ambitious, collaborative, dynamic and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to support research and administration efforts for the development team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will play a critical role in strengthening the development infrastructure, which will improve the efficiency and efficacy of operations. 

The ideal candidate is a motivated, analytical thinker and problem solver with a genuine interest in making a difference in the arts; is genuinely interested in learning about the Development field and has a desire to gain exposure to various career paths in the profession; has superior organizational and project management skills, with experience meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment; has strong writing skills; is detail-oriented, tech-savvy, a quick learner, and a collaborative team player.


  • Process all gifts and maintain donor records in Tessitura.
  • Create reports to analyze fundraising progress.
  • Write acknowledgements letters for individual donors.
  • Process invoices and use Microsoft Excel to track Development department expenses.
  • Interact with Trustees, other volunteer leaders, and vendors in coordinating fundraising activities.
  • Update Development pages on Kaufman Music Center’s web site and assist with copy for email outreach.
  • Conduct donor research to learn more about current and potential prospects.
  • Supervise Intern who will assist with research, invoice processing, and database management.
  • Support logistics for Kaufman Music Center’s annual Gala and provide on-site assistance for other fundraising events.
  • Support the Director of Development.
  • Assist with special projects.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience working in an office environment, ideally in the nonprofit field and/or arts administration.
  • Passion for music and the performing arts.
  • Adept at picking up new technologies; exposure to Tessitura (or another fundraising database) preferred.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and good judgment; quick and responsive; and a self-starter comfortable leading and taking initiative.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proven experience meeting and/or exceeding goals/expectations, managing complex projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Some nights and weekends required for fundraising events.

Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is competitive.

How to Apply
Please email résumé and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Subject line should read: Development Associate.

Marketing Associate - Social Media Specialist

Kaufman Music Center is New York’s creative home for music education and performance, where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Kaufman Music Center is home to Merkin Concert Hall, a renowned performance space known for its innovative programming; Lucy Moses School, a community arts school offering instruction in music, dance and theater to children and adults; and Special Music School, a groundbreaking K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

Kaufman Music Center seeks a creative, highly motivated and strategically-oriented Marketing Associate to join an energetic, high-volume marketing and communications department consisting of five staff members. The Marketing Associate has primary responsibility for implementing social media plans; she/he will also assist with other projects including helping to secure event listings and basic graphic design. The successful candidate will enjoy a dynamic work environment, with ongoing opportunities for creative collaboration in concert with her/his colleagues.


  • Create a clear, consistent and engaging editorial voice for each of Kaufman Music Center’s social media channels
  • Develop and implement social media strategies in cooperation with the Communications Director and other Marketing staff aimed at increasing patron engagement
  • Measure and report on success of strategies using social media platform metrics and Google Analytics
  • Create digital content
  • Coordinate with multiple Kaufman Music Center departments to develop additional digital content
  • Basic graphic design including flyers and digital content
  • Ensure that Kaufman Music Center events are listed on relevant cultural web sites
  • Occasional photography and video work relevant to social media content
  • Assist with web site updates, emails, data entry and mailings as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; at least one year relevant experience preferred
  • Professional experience with social media platforms
  • Demonstrated success at developing and implementing creative and effective social media campaigns across multiple platforms
  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with social media metrics and Google Analytics
  • Graphic design skills; experience with Photoshop and InDesign preferred.
  • Photography and videography skills are a plus.
  • Video editing experience and familiarity with Premiere Pro is a plus.
  • Demonstration of initiative, flexibility and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple projects
  • Ability to succeed in a busy, deadline-driven environment
  • A background in music is preferred.

How to apply:
Please email a résumé and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Subject line should read: Marketing Associate.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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New York, NY 10023
212 501 3300

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