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Job Opportunities

New York City Center is looking for professional, enthusiastic, creative individuals to join our team. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Full-Time Employment

Special Events Associate

This position serves as a member of City Center’s development team and is responsible for assisting with the execution of all institutional events at New York City Center.

Reports to the Director of Special Events and Development Operations.


Under the guidance of the Director, provide administrative support for the special events program at City Center, including but not limited to: the annual Gala, Board dinners, membership and cultivation events, receptions, in-home and studio events.

Organize and be responsible for all areas of the annual Gala including but not limited to communication materials, solicitation, liaison with external service providers, Gala Committee, event budget, guest liaison, event planning, event management, follow up including all acknowledgements.

Prepare all solicitation materials for the events programs including but not limited to cover letters and/or emails, benefits listings, programming information required to support event fundraising efforts, brochures, invitations, stationery, signage, website, newsletter.

Develop and maintain close working relationships with external event venues, event planners, designers and suppliers such as florists, caterers, rental companies.

Process event related invoices and assist the Director in maintaining expense spreadsheets for all special events and overall Department expenses.
Manage all areas of the Shuman Patrons Lounge for VIPs during City Center produced shows, including but not limited to ordering refreshments, wine inventory and staffing.

  • Coordinate Board committee meetings, including catering and IT needs as necessary.
  • Provide some administrative support to the VP of Development (scheduling appointments and meetings).
  • Manage events staff, volunteers and service providers as required.
  • Attend all City Center fundraising events unless directed otherwise.
  • Complete other relevant duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required and minimum of 1-2 years of event planning experience preferred.
  • Candidate must be a passionate, energetic, independent, highly-organized worker.
  • Must have excellent time management skills; ability to work under pressure; experience effectively meeting deadlines and a positive attitude.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, proficiency with email, internet and research databases required. Knowledge of Tessitura a plus.
  • Ability to create and manage and budgets for tracking and record keeping purposes.
  • Ability to function in a team oriented environment as well as independently.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule as determined by event needs.


Full-time (Mon-Fri). Some evenings and weekends required.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to or fax 212.247.4439. No phone calls please.

Director of Individual Giving

This position serves as a senior member of City Center’s development team and is responsible for all facets of the individual giving program, inclusive of membership and all annual gifts <=$10k, with a particular focus on City Center’s dance donor base. This position oversees 2 full-time individual giving and membership staff as well as an occasional intern.

Reports to the VP for Development.


  • Direct all facets of the annual giving portfolio (donors giving $75-10,000) including strategy, solicitation, benefit fulfillment, administration, reporting and long term relationship management
  • Manager the Assistant Director of Individual Giving responsible for overseeing City Center’s membership program and other annual giving related activities
  • Work with the VP of Development to create a comprehensive annual fundraising plan each season and ensure appropriate systems are in place to achieve targets, including maintenance of individual donor files, both paper and electronic
  • Successfully solicit annual gifts from existing donors and new prospects and effectively manage a personal portfolio of donors and prospects
  • Work with the Individual Giving team to develop creative and targeted short and long-term strategies for membership and annual donor renewals and acquisitions including the year-end appeal and other solicitations throughout the year.
  • Oversee the growth and stewardship of the Dance Council, a group of major donors dedicated to supporting City Center’s dance efforts and initiatives
  • Work closely with Individual Giving team, the Database Manager and Research assistant to develop a comprehensive approach to donor conversion efforts among subscribers and single ticket buyers
  • Conceive and execute cultivation plans surrounding City Center’s main-stage dance programming
  • Coordinate donor invitations to ancillary dance events such as the Studio 5 series, dance tech rehearsals and choreography fellows’ showings
  • Liaise with the Director of Educational Programming and coordinate with the Director of Major Gifts and the Director of Institutional Giving to incorporate donor cultivation opportunities into the educational programming throughout the season
  • Collaborate with Director of Major Gifts to strategically steward donors to higher giving tiers
  • Provide regular reports and updates as to the progress of individual campaigns and regularly maintain campaigns calendar
  • Prepare solicitation and acknowledgement letters
  • Provide input into the management of donor patron services and house seat ticketing requirements for both self-produced and externally produced events/seasons held at City Center, including Encores! rehearsals
  • Oversee all communication materials required to support the individual giving program, including but not limited, to solicitation and renewal letters, acknowledgment letters, membership brochures, event follow-up emails
  • Conduct regular staff meetings with direct reports
  • Take on ad-hoc special projects as assigned by the VP of Development
  • Support and represent City Center in Development Department  and institutional activities, including special events and performances

Candidate should have 4+ years of front-line, individual giving fundraising, ideally at a performing arts institution. He/she should have an energetic, creative and strategic approach to work, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational and delegation skills as well as ability to work collaboratively, and to bring “best practices” to processes and procedures. Ideally, candidate should have a passion for and a background in dance. Please respond by email only to


Internships are offered in marketing, development, and education, as well as New York City Center's Encores!® series. Opportunities are typically available September to December, January to May, or May to August; Encores! internships correspond with the production schedules. As specific internship opportunities become available, they will be posted below with application guidelines.

Volunteer Opportunities

New York City Center welcomes a select few volunteers to assist with audience survey distribution and collection during evening and matinee performances of the annual Fall for Dance Festival, as well as to provide clerical support during business hours for special projects. For further information, please e-mail our Marketing Department.