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Development Associate

Marketing Associate - Social Media Specialist

Program Coordinator - Face the Music

Production Associate - Face the Music

Development Assistant

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Requirements

  • 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.

Program Coordinator - Face the Music

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 the acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music; 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.

Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center
Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers.It features a collection of ensembles: chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets, and mixed chamber-groups who are dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz, and avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers. Face the Music also offers mentorship, support, and unique promotional opportunities to developing young performers and composers through its unparalleled network of professional contemporary musicians, organizations, media, and venues.

Every Sunday, more than 100 students from the New York City tri-state area come together to work with a team of coaches and conductors, to explore and study the music of today as a vehicle to learn collaborative decision-making, gain leadership skills, and produce performances of music composed by professional musicians as well as its own members. Each year, Face the Music presents more than 25 concerts at some of the city’s most famous concert halls, cutting-edge local performance spaces, as well as schools and educational institutions.

The Program Coordinator must be deeply committed to furthering music education and improving the lives of young people through creative and cutting-edge musical experiences. The ideal candidate will have a passion not just for music of all kinds, but also for understanding and improving the administrative routines upon which a small arts organization depends. This role requires developing and maintaining professional relationships with students, parents, staff, and collaborators; strong interpersonal skills and exceptional judgement under pressure, are musts. The role also requires meticulous attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once, while flexibly prioritizing to meet the demands of a busy performance and rehearsal schedule. The Program Coordinator is one of Face the Music’s key leaders, working closely with the Director and artistic staff to serve a 300-person creative community.

This is a 25-hour a week, competitively paid hourly position. It could be perfect for a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate-level music-degree program who wishes to align themselves with a premiere cultural institution (Kaufman Music Center) and explore the intricate worlds of arts administration, cutting-edge music education, new and experimental music, concert production, orchestra management, communications, and community organization. Working at Face the Music introduces the Program Coordinator to a wide network of creative collaborators.

Responsibilities

  • Lead administrative aspects of Face the Music
  • Maintain the rehearsal and performance calendar, production documents, and administrative notes for up to 20 ensembles
  • Oversee and maintain the Music Library for rehearsals and performances
  • Coordinate digital and verbal communication with the entire Face the Music community of students, parents, creative staff, venues and collaborators
  • Coordinate with Special Music School High School staff about space and equipment use
  • Manage the production and operations of weekly rehearsals and multiple concerts throughout the season
  • Maintain Face the Music’s file system, registration database, administrative calendars, and contact database
  • Archive digital media including audio, video, and photos of Face the Music events

Schedule

Face the Music operates out of Special Music High School, located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus at 122 Amsterdam Avenue and the corner of W. 65th St. in Manhattan.

  • Sunday 9 hours on-site, 11 am - 8 pm
  • Monday 6 hours on-site, 11am - 5 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 4 hours, with flexibility
  • Thursday 6 hours on-site, 11 am - 5 pm

The Program Coordinator is responsible for attending and producing roughly half of Face the Music’s 25+ performances. The day-of-show schedule varies, but could be up to 12 hours long, roughly 10 am to 10 pm. This would shift the Program Coordinator’s weekly schedule.

Requirements

  • Excellent digital and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable judgement
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Passion for music and music education
  • Enjoys working with teenagers
  • An undergraduate degree with a major in instrumental performance or music composition
  • Experience working in a performance production-based environment, such as managing a band, ensemble or orchestra
  • Detailed knowledge of, or ability to learn about percussion instruments, audio equipment, and technical gear
  • Detailed knowledge of, or ability to learn about computer music applications like Apple Logic Pro X, Avid Sibelius, and Finale notation software
  • Working knowledge of cloud based productivity apps like Google Apps, and Microsoft Office

This is a seasonal position beginning August 2017 and ending July 2018.

How To Apply
To apply, please e-mail your resumé and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Program Coordinator, Face the Music” in the subject line.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Production Associate - Face the Music

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 the acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music; 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.

Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center
Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers.It features a collection of ensembles: chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets, and mixed chamber-groups who are dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz, and avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers. Face the Music also offers mentorship, support, and unique promotional opportunities to developing young performers and composers through its unparalleled network of professional contemporary musicians, organizations, media, and venues.

Every Sunday, more than 100 students from the New York City tri-state area come together to work with a team of coaches and conductors, to explore and study the music of today as a vehicle to learn collaborative decision-making, gain leadership skills, and produce performances of music composed by professional musicians as well as its own members. Each year, Face the Music presents more than 25 concerts at some of the city’s most famous concert halls, cutting-edge local performance spaces, as well as schools and educational institutions.

The Production Associate must be deeply committed to furthering music education and improving the lives of young people through creative and cutting-edge musical experiences. The Production Associate is primarily responsible for setting up and breaking down Face the Music’s Sunday rehearsal spaces, including chairs, music stands, and intricate multi-percussion setups. Face the Music rehearses at Special Music High School, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex, at 122 Amsterdam Ave and the corner of W. 65th St.

Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Experience working in a performance production-based environment, such as managing a band, ensemble or orchestra
  • Experience working as a stagehand, including the ability to read and interpret stage plots
  • Clear knowledge of percussion instruments and hardware, acoustic instruments, audio equipment and technical gear
  • Clear knowledge of computer music applications like Apple Logic Pro X, Sibelius or Finale
  • Assist young musicians and Face the Music’s creative staff with their instrumental and setup needs
  • Enjoys working with teenagers Excellent communication skills

Schedule

Face the Music operates out of Special Music High School, located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus at 122 Amsterdam Avenue and the corner of W65th St. in Manhattan.

  • Sunday 8 hours on-site, 12 noon - 8 pm, except for holidays
  • Face the Music presents 25+ concerts around New York City each year. The Production Associate will be asked to assist with the production of roughly 7 of these. These concerts and schedule would be determined in advance with the Director. A concert day could be up to 12 hours long.

This is a seasonal position beginning September 2017 and ending June 2018.

How to Apply
Please e-mail your resumé and cover letter to jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Production Associate, Face the Music” in the subject line.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Assistant

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 part-time Development Assistant (15-20 hours/week) to support our dynamic, collaborative fundraising team during a period of significant fundraising growth. The ideal candidate is a motivated, hard-working professional with passion for music and arts education; is genuinely interested in learning about the Development field; has superior organizational skills and is highly detail-oriented; has a flexible, adaptable, collaborative working style.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct prospect research, creating donor and prospect profiles for foundations, corporations, and high net worth individuals.
  • Support staff in the logistics, planning, and execution of cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Process invoices and assist with department expense tracking.
  • Update donor information in Tessitura.
  • Assist with fundraising mailings, including preparing mailing lists, designing gift envelopes and reply devices, proofreading letters, and mailing assembly.
  • Assist with preparing materials for grant proposals and reports.
  • Conduct personal outreach calls to donors.
  • Provide additional support, as needed.

Requirements:

  • Some work experience in an office environment.
  • Passion for the performing arts and arts education.
  • Superior organizational and time-management skills; demonstrates accountability, the ability to meet deadlines, and follow through.
  • Adept at picking up new technologies.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal). 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particular Word and Excel).
  • Some nights and weekends required for fundraising events.

How to apply:
Please e-mail jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org with “Development Assistant” in the subject line.

Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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