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Face the Music Operations Manager
Manager of Institutional Giving
Face the Music Intern

Operations Manager of Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center

The Operations Manager of Face the Music must be deeply committed to the importance of music education and improving the lives of teenagers through creative and cutting-edge musical experiences.

Face the Music is the country's only youth orchestra dedicated to performing music by living composers. This is a unique youth orchestra: Face the Music is a 150-member ensemble and collective music-making program, where young and committed musicians use the music of today as a vehicle to explore collaborative decision-making and to gain leadership skills. With two orchestras, a jazz big band, an experimental-improvisation collective, string quartets, a composer program, and many chamber music ensembles, Face the Music encourages and empowers young musicians to contribute to the vibrant texture of today's contemporary music scene. Regular collaborations with living professional composers and performers inspire Face the Music members to do more. Working with a team of coaches and conductors, many of whom are NYC professional musicians, Face the Music closes the gap between the educational and professional worlds.

Face the Music holds weekly Sunday rehearsals on at Special Music School High School. Rehearsals meet between 2 pm and 7:45 pm.

Face the Music gives multiple performances in and around New York City at professional venues outside of a school environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Operations Manager's primary responsibility is to produce Face the Music's weekly Sunday rehearsals and multiple annual performances around New York City. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

●      Managing scheduling and allocation of Sunday rehearsal space.
●      Managing Sunday rehearsal instruments and equipment.
●      Managing the production of Sunday rehearsals.
●      Liaising with Face the Music's Coaches and Conductors.

The Operations Manager's Sunday schedule is approximately 9 hours, or 11 am to 8 pm, although schedule may vary depending on activity.

The Operations Manager is responsible for managing and producing most of Face the Music's performances around New York City. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

●      Managing the production of up to 25 of Face the Music’s performances, including determining the day-of-show performance schedule and ensuring that all necessary equipment is prepared.
●      Communicating and coordinating with the production staff member at performance venues.

Face the Music day-of-performance production may be roughly 8 to 14 hours, depending on the size of the production.

In addition to managing and producing weekly rehearsals and performances around New York City, the Operations Manager is also responsible administrative tasks which include but are not limited to:

●      Maintaining the rehearsal and performance calendar
●      Writing up call sheets
●      Maintaining the contact database
●      Communicating with students and parents about schedules and rehearsal requirements
●      Coordinating with Special Music School High School staff about space and equipment use

Administrative hours are approximately 10 to 15 hours per week and there is some flexibility in the schedule.

Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills with an attention to detail
  • A musician with experience as a performer or composer
  • Experience working in a production environment, such as:
  • Managing a band, ensemble or program
  • Theater production
  • Technical production
  • Knowledge of instruments, audio equipment, percussion hardware and technical gear
  • Knowledge of music applications such as Apple Logic, Sibelius or Finale
  • Experience and comfort working in an educational environment with teenagers and middle-schoolers

This is a seasonal position beginning September 1, 2016 and running to June 2017.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Operations Manager of Face the Music” in the subject line.
 

Manager of Institutional Giving

Kaufman Music Center is NYC’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 (P.S. 859), a unique public school for musically-gifted children; Face the Music, a youth ensemble dedicated to contemporary music; 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.

Kaufman Music Center is executing an ambitious strategic plan to grow its annual fundraising income by 30% in the years ahead. As part of this effort, we seek to broaden our base of institutional support, with a special focus on identifying new foundation and corporate partners.      

The Center seeks a diligent, collaborative, energetic, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to help lead the growth of our institutional giving program. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will play a critical role in growing the Center’s base of institutional support as part of a dynamic, collaborative, and ambitious development team. The Manager has primary responsibility for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundation, corporate, and government support totaling $1M+ annually.

The ideal candidate is a strong, persuasive writer, capable of synthesizing data and complex information into a compelling narrative that inspires readers to get involved; possesses strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills; enjoys building genuine relationships with colleagues and funders; demonstrates success managing high-level projects in a deadline-driven environment; and is motivated, proactive, a self-starter, and an independent thinker.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of 60-75 foundation, government, and corporate funders and prospects, creating and implementing strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Serve as Kaufman’s primary grants manager responsible for writing letters, proposals, reports, and other correspondence related to foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Ensure that all proposals, reports, and supplementary materials are submitted in advance of deadlines, according to a set calendar. 
  • Collaborate with program staff to gain a thorough knowledge of programs and services and communicate that information in a clear and compelling manner to funders through proposals, reports, meetings, and site visits.
  • Develop budgets and financial materials for proposals and reports, collaborating with the Business Office.
  • Conduct and oversee prospect research and develop profiles for prospective funders.
  • Submit at least 10 new funding requests per quarter to qualified prospects. 
  • Solicit and coordinate in-kind donations from businesses and corporations.
  • Assist with building the Center’s corporate sponsorship program.
  • Prepare Executive Director and Director of Development for funder meetings, including preparing strategy briefings. 
  • Maintain donor lists and other institutional recognition initiatives, ensuring that institutional donors are recognized for their generosity and commitment.
  • Participate in the goal setting process to achieve department revenue goals, growing institutional fundraising year after year.
  • Manage institutional contacts, lists, and reports in fundraising database (Tessitura).
  • Execute special projects as required.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Degree in arts administration or music preferred; English, journalism, or other related disciplines with a heavy focus on writing also given very strong consideration.
  • 3-5 years grant-writing experience, preferably for a non-profit arts or cultural organization.
  • In-depth knowledge of foundation, corporate, and government grant application procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate clear, persuasive, and concise thoughts.
  • Strong contributor in team environments and driver of organizational culture; leverages input of stakeholders in order to move work forward.
  • Demonstration of initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple projects.
  • Proven experience meeting and/or exceeding goals/expectations, managing complex projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail; quick and responsive; and a self-starter comfortable leading and taking initiative.
  • Experience with fundraising database required; knowledge of Tessitura a plus.
  • Some evenings and weekends required.

Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is competitive. To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Manager of Institutional Giving” in the subject line. 

 

Face the Music Intern

Face the Music is the country's only youth orchestra dedicated to performing music by living composers.
This is a unique youth orchestra: Face the Music is a 150-member ensemble and collective music-making program where young and committed musicians use the music of today as a vehicle to explore collaborative decision-making and to gain leadership skills. With two orchestras, a jazz big band, an experimental-improvisation collective, string quartets, a composer program, and many chamber music ensembles, Face the Music encourages and empowers young musicians to contribute to the vibrant texture of today's contemporary music scene. Regular collaborations with living professional composers and performers inspire Face the Music members to do more. Working with a team of coaches and conductors, many of whom are NYC professional musicians, Face the Music closes the gap between the educational and professional worlds.

Face the Music holds weekly Sunday rehearsals on at Special Music School High School. Rehearsals meet between 2 pm and 7:45 pm. Face the Music gives multiple performances in and around New York City at professional venues outside of a school environment.

The ideal Face the Music Intern candidate is deeply committed to the importance of music education and improving the lives of teenagers through creative and cutting-edge musical experiences. The intern will gain invaluable experience in administering a fast-paced and innovative music performance program.

This is a paid internship for someone who wishes to learn more about Not-for Profit Arts Administration and Education. It is a seasonal position beginning September 1, 2016 and running to June 2017.

Responsibilities

  • Music library - Assists in preparing parts for rehearsals and concerts
  • Sunday rehearsal production - Assists in all tasks of producing weekly Sunday rehearsals
  • Concert production - Assists in various tasks of producing concerts such as checking-in students, answering questions and organizing the mailing list.
  • Media and information archive - Assists in maintaining and Face the Music’s databases of video, photo, audio and performance history.

Schedule

  • 15-20 hours per week
  • Sundays 12to 8 pm.
  • Thursdays for a half day.
  • 1-2 more half-weekdays with some scheduling flexibility.
  • Assistance at some concerts require availability from roughly 4 to 10 pm.

Requirements

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • An undergraduate degree in music or currently pursuing one.
  • General knowledge of instruments, audio equipment, percussion hardware and technical gear
  • Availability on Sundays 12PM to 8PM, Thursdays for half a day and 1-2 more half-weekdays.
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps.
  • A commitment to improving the lives of young people through music education.
  • An interest and fascination with systems that enable creativity.

This is a seasonal position beginning September 1, 2016 and running to June 2017.
Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Face the Music Intern” in the subject line.

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