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Music Education and Admissions Coordinator
, Special Music School
Managing Director, Merkin Concert Hall

Part-Time Box Office Assistant, Merkin Concert Hall
Development Associate

MUSIc education and admissions coordinator, special music school

Kaufman Music Center seeks a full-time Music Education and Admissions Coordinator for Special Music School, a K-12 public school for musically gifted children. The Music Education and Admissions Coordinator facilitates the Special Music School admission process and is responsible for the effectiveness of the day-to-day experience of the students in the K-8 music program. This position reports to the SMS Dean of Music K-8, and works closely with music program faculty and the admissions team.


  • Assists in the production of  K-8 student performances and juries
  • Manages all aspects of the K-12 admissions process, except the actual evaluation of students
  • Assists in the execution of the schedule of the school, K-8, including room bookings, calendar updates and changes
  • Handles calendar/event information distribution (to DOE, PTA, ED, and Board)
  • Handles paperwork associated with the K-8 program (performance request forms, jury grades, concert programs, etc.)
  • Answers the phones and takes messages
  • Processes all music teacher payroll (liaison with Business Office)


  • High-level training on a musical instrument
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a high-pressure environment
  • Prior experience working with performing musicians and/or music teachers preferred 
  • Excellent communication skills , written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Excellent attention to detail

How to Apply 
Please email résumé and letter of interest with salary requirements to        jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.  Subject line should read:  Music Education Manager.
No phone calls, please.
Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Managing Director, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center is hiring for the role of Managing Director of Merkin Concert Hall. This role is responsible for providing artistic direction for and producing Kaufman presentations such as Ecstatic Music Festival, Tuesday Matinees and other in-house series and events, as well as managing Merkin Concert Hall and other venues within the Center.  In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Merkin Hall Advisory Board, and within the Center’s ongoing Strategic Plan, the Managing Director shapes the artistic vision and voice of Merkin Concert Hall through presentations, collaborations and interdepartmental initiatives. She/he maintains an awareness of developments in the field and finds strategic ways to amplify MCH’s place within the NYC cultural landscape.

The Managing Director is a senior staff position reporting directly to the Executive Director and playing an active role in setting the artistic and strategic agenda for the hall, including forging creative partnerships and alliances.


  • Produce all Merkin presentations and co-presentations; to include negotiations, contracting, and all related planning and logistics. Supervise program details, plan program format, supervise technical arrangements, arrange rehearsals; work closely with performing artists to insure optimum production values.
  • Meet artistic and rental targets through staff supervision and outreach to industry professionals in a way that makes sense within the greater picture of MCH and the Center as a whole.
  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operation of the Concert Hall and its related spaces. Supervise Production Manager, Booking Manager, Program Coordinator, Recording Studio Manager, Head House Manager; indirectly supervise part time house staff and stage crew. Set concert division policies and procedures and make any necessary updates or changes.
  • Supervise rental operation of MCH and other facilities, maintaining high standards of customer service, competitiveness in the marketplace, and alignment with the Center's mission.
  • With MCH Head House Manager and other staff, manage and improve concessions business and lobby activity.
  • Connect regularly with staff peers at Lucy Moses School, Special Music School and Face the Music to help increase their industry connections and to advise about opportunities for students and creative projects.Collaborate with Director of Marketing to plan and implement promotional outreach to raise visibility of MCH and to meet budget targets.
  • Work closely with Director of Development to maximize fundraising opportunities.
  • Manage relationships with outside curators, co-presenting partners, media partners, sponsorship partners and other program-related contractors.
  • Develop and monitor the concert division (facilities) budget and the presentations budget. Approve purchase orders, related invoices, and payroll for front of house and theater staff.
  • Act as main contact to Local One IATSE the stagehands union on behalf of MCH. Ensure adherence to collective bargaining agreement in collaboration with the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Using the Center's strategic plan as a map, working with the Executive Director to guide and track the implementation of plan objectives, measuring success at key points, and owning certain plan projects. Collaborate with peers at a deep level with the goals of increasing relevance and visibility, developing and delivering our programs in innovative ways and addressing infrastructure needs.
  • Serve as primary staff member for the Merkin Hall Advisory Board, creating agendas, seeking advice and following through on viable suggestions.


  • A strong music background, with connections and a track record particularly in today’s evolving music world.
  • Ten years’ experience in arts administration, venue management, and/or producing live events in a performing arts setting.
  • Senior level experience working with production teams and creative/ production partners. Experience with artist booking procedures and contract administration. Strong budget and fiscal management experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills and superior attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as both a leader and team member and/or work independently and take initiative as appropriate. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work with diplomacy and tact.
  • Interest and availability to work a varied schedule (i.e. nights and/or weekends) as needed.
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite required. Knowledge of Ungerboeck scheduling software or Shopkeep point of sale system a plus.
  • Ability and enthusiasm for working in a creative, hard-working environment that values creativity and the mission of the Center.

Position Available: Immediately.

How to Apply
Please email a résumé and thoughtful cover letter, including your salary requirements, to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Subject line should read: Managing Director, Merkin Concert Hall.
No phone calls, please. 
Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Part-time Box Office Assistant at Merkin Concert Hall

Kaufman Music Center––a multi-arts center located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side––seeks a part-time Box Office Assistant. With a dual emphasis on arts education and performance, the Center serves as a resource for students, artists and audiences through its three 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; and Special Music School (P.S. 859), a unique public school.


  • Maintain the highest standard of customer experience
  • Sell tickets in person and via phone
  • Respond to all phone inquiries and messages
  • Print batch tickets for mailing
  • Fill comp lists
  • Organize will call and distribute at events
  • Catalogue and fill mail orders from brochure mailings
  • General assistant to box office manager
  • Any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above


  • Strong organizational and customer service skills
  • Possesses excellent communication skills
  • Capable of carrying out a wide array of duties
  • Works well in a team environment with minimum supervision; and is responsible and flexible. 
  • Must have experience in Box Office or visitor services related work.
  • Previous experience with Tessitura ticketing software is strongly desired.

How to Apply 
Please email résumé and letter of interest to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.  
Subject line should read:  BOX OFFICE ASSISTANT. No phone calls, please.
Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Associate

Kaufman Music Center seeks a poised, driven, collaborative, detail-oriented, and dynamic professional to join our Individual Giving team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will play a critical role in supporting the growth of the Center’s individual giving efforts, with a major focus on supporting cultivation and fundraising events (which play a key role in meeting annual fundraising goals). The Development Associate will also support frontline fundraising efforts. 

The ideal candidate is a motivated, detail-oriented self-starter with a genuine interest in making a difference in the arts education sector; has strong interpersonal skills and enjoys interacting with people and building genuine relationships; is adept at project management with meticulous attention to detail; has experience meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment; can conceive of the steps required to manage a project from start to finish; is motivated, proactive, and an independent thinker; is a strong writer who is capable of creating interesting, inspiring copy for a variety of audiences and proofreading to ensure accuracy.


  • Write letters and other correspondence to major donors, in the voice of the Center’s Executive Director and board leadership
  • Assist with preparation for donor meetings
  • Support individual giving efforts, including assisting with fundraising mailings 
  • Lead execution of 8-10 cultivation events annually, coordinating all details such as guest lists, catering, venue rentals, performers, invitations, event briefings
  • Create event work plans, ensuring that all event details are completed on time or ahead of schedule
  • Liaise with key event participants, including Trustees, senior leadership, world-renowned musicians, and donors, during the event planning process 
  • Write and edit copy for event materials, including invitations, programs, and the web site  
  • Coordinate outreach and follow up to invited guests, ensuring that events meet objectives for donor engagement
  • Coordinate all solicitation around cultivation events, including pre-event outreach and post-event follow up
  • Support Director of Development in planning and executing the annual Gala
  • Serve as liaison for Special Music School PTA


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 2+ years progressively responsible experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Proven experience meeting and/or exceeding goals/expectations, managing complex projects in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Familiarity and experience with the event planning process
  • Superior writing skills
  • Strong editing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and good judgment; quick and responsive; and a self-starter comfortable leading and taking initiative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook
  • Experience working with development databases such as Raisers Edge or Tessitura highly desirable

Salary is competitive. 
To apply, please mail, fax, or e-mail your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to: jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Subject line should read “Development Associate.” Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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