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  • Marketing Associate - Social Media Specialist

  • Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Executive Director

Marketing Associate - Social Media Specialist

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 contentEnsure 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 environmen
  • A background in music is preferred.

To apply: Please email a résumé and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Please put "Marketing Associate" in the subject line of your email. Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kaufman Music Center (KMC) is one of New York City's most vibrant cultural organizations, combining the finest in music education for all ages with world-class performances in Merkin Concert Hall. Founded in 1952 as a community school for pre-conservatory music training, today's Kaufman Music Center provides entertainment, education and inspiration for more than 75,000 New Yorkers every year. Kaufman Music Center is made up of four unique divisions: Merkin Concert Hall is renowned for its innovative and diverse programming spanning classical, new music, jazz, popular music and Broadway as well as for its perfect acoustics; Lucy Moses School, New York’s largest community arts school, offers classes in music, dance and theater for all ages, backgrounds and skill levels; Special Music School is the only K-12 public school in New York for musically gifted children—and a leading music education innovator; Face the Music is the country's first youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers.

KMC is seeking an entrepreneurial professional to lead its awareness-raising brand strategy and move individuals to register as students, buy tickets, rent Merkin Concert Hall, join Face the Music, donate and volunteer. 

The Director leads the Marketing and Communications Team to achieve business and marketing goals for all KMC-wide marketing and communications efforts. The Team is responsible for marketing, advertising, media relations, electronic/print communications, design, publications, marketing analytics and digital marketing, including email and social media, and ticketing operations. The Team is comprised of the Director, 4.5 marketing/communications/Box Office positions, plus part-time Box Office staff.

Serving as a key member of the KMC Executive Team, the Director must be passionate about KMC’s mission, and about music education and performance in the nonprofit setting; knowledgeable about the current environment in which KMC operates; and able to effectively communicate the ways in which KMC is differentiated from other, similar-sounding organizations.

This is a position for a creative and analytical thinker able to bring fresh ideas to all areas of KMC’s communications and marketing; a team player who will partner cross-functionally and work effectively with various levels of the organization; and a true professional who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

The KMC culture is ideal for someone who is nimble, who pays close attention to detail, who possesses strong relationship management skills, and whose data-driven analyses can result in having an influential voice at the table. KMC seeks a confident decision maker with excellent presence and a self-starter with high energy/drive, a relentlessly positive attitude and a results oriented approach. 


  • Oversee the Marketing/Communications/Head of Box Office team and external consultants, providing leadership, management, and tactical support, and ensuring a robust and highly functioning department that serves the needs and goals of the organization.
  • Partner with Development, Administration, and Program teams to ensure brand and marketing integration across the organization, ensuring consistency and adherence to standards.
  • Create, implement, track and report marketing campaigns for internal partners aimed at raising awareness, engagement, retention and revenue.
  • Establish the annual Marketing Budget revenue targets and related expenses, tying expenditures to results, with an emphasis on initiatives that result in a realistically positive ROI.
  • Work with the Communications Director to set annual public relations, website and social priorities and themes. 
  • Develop and execute an internal communications plan to engage the entire staff to adopt roles as educated and engaged spokespeople for the Center aimed at awareness raising and cross-pollination.
  • Work with the Box Office Administrator to ensure that the needs of patrons, renters and internal partners are met and that ticketing information is effectively managed in the KMC’s CRM Tessitura.
  • Develop and articulate the needed visuals and copy for each campaign. This includes copywriting, design, content creation and photography.
  • Manage KMC’s social media channels and website.
  • Building coalitions with key stakeholders such as Trustees, Board Members, supporters, patrons and staff.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to meet goals with limited resources and budgets in a nonprofit environment
  • Scan the corporate sponsorship environment and develop an appropriate corporate sponsorship program, working with Development to explore opportunities.
  • Work with the Marketing Team to evaluate and enhance the website for SEO with a goal of driving qualified traffic that leads to conversion; maximize Google Analytics for engagement, and employ digital advertising tools (such Google Grant and retargeting) to grow audiences.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Team to create a media strategy and management of the external public relations agency to achieve desired media coverage.
  • Review, maintain, and improve tracking systems to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of all the KMC’s marketing activities, to drive insights and better decision-making.

Desired Skills & Experience

  •  5-10 years in a senior communications position within a cultural, music, or performing arts organization or similar entity. 
  •  Experienced and skilled in leading, motivating and managing a team.
  •  Up to the minute knowledge of social media strategies and implementation, as well as deep experience in traditional marketing
  •  Proven effectiveness in using Digital Marketing and Social Media. Experience in designing marketing plans that fully leverage new technologies.
  •  KMC uses three CRMs: Tessitura, Studio School Pro and Ungerboeck. Knowledge of Tessitura a big plus.
  •  Proven ability to connect, inspire, and persuade internal and external stakeholders
  •  Attention to detail; ability to maintain focus and measure short and long term progress.
  •  Extensive hands-on experience writing copy (writing samples are required), producing video/slideshows, and establishing design direction
  •  Proven skills in brand strategy execution.
  •  Project management experience with the ability to lead and the willingness to support all levels of the process
  •  Experienced in managing outside resources to deliver meaningful results on-time and on budget
  •  BA degree required; advanced degree preferred

To Apply:  Applicants should communicate through jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Please send CV, cover note and salary requirement. Please place the following in the subject line of your email: Director of Marketing. Salary will be commensurate with experience and the aspirations of this position. Competitive benefits package.
Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Executive Director

Kaufman Music Center, one of New York City’s leading educational and performing arts institutions, seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to lead a vibrant, multi-faceted organization which is well positioned to continue its remarkable 65-year history of advancing innovative music education and performance. At a time when access to the arts is regrettably shrinking, the Center’s mission to stir and heighten appreciation of, as well as participation in, music is more critical than ever before. Underlying this mission is the belief that the arts are essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone, regardless of social, economic, racial, or ethnic background.

The Executive Director will oversee a high quality, enterprising, programmatically diverse, and purposeful organization that has taken a leading role in innovating powerful educational programs, performances, and partnerships. The Center serves more than 75,000 people each year, through its programs: Lucy Moses School, Special Music School (P.S. 859), Merkin Concert Hall, Theater@Kaufman, and Face the Music, plus a subsidiary, Opus 118.

Governed by a 28-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee a budget of almost $11 million, with oversight of 131 staff and 190 faculty. This Executive Director will join the Center at a watershed moment, as Lydia Kontos is retiring after more than 30 years as Executive Director. During Lydia’s tenure, the Center has flourished, but there is still much work to be done. This next leader will work to develop a distinctive, unified, and easily-understood identity for the Center; enhance the Center’s reach, visibility and reputation; and grow and expand the resource base to ensure a strong financial foundation for future innovation, growth, and impact. S/he will also promote effective governance and strong institutional leadership; will enhance organizational processes and systems; and will continue to expand access to music education and performance.

This leader will bring a track record in leading and managing organizations of comparable purpose and/or similar complexity, and will bring a deep passion for music and the arts. In addition, the Executive Director will be a strategic thinker, a creative leader, an effective communicator, and an experienced fundraiser. This leader will be comfortable working in an environment with numerous funding streams and constrained resources, and will have experience leading and partnering with a board of trustees as well as nurturing collaborative teams and partnerships.

View the full job description.

Kaufman Music Center has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. Nominations, inquiries, and applications (including resume and letter of interest) should be sent electronically in confidence to the following:

Rebecca Swartz, Principal
Andarla Hodge, Associate
Apply here: www.imsearch.com/6455
Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity institution and employer.


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