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

Full-Time Employment


New York City Center, a 70 year-old non-profit performing arts organization, seeks an experienced candidate to fill the position of Vice President for Finance. City Center has an annual net operating budget of over $23 million. City Center is a major producer and presenter of dance and music theater including Encores!, Fall for Dance and Encores! Off-Center. The facility includes the 2,200 main stage auditorium, two smaller theaters rented to the Manhattan Theatre Club and a 13 story office tower which includes 4 heavily used rehearsal studios.

This position will be part of an executive management team, interacting on a daily basis with members of the staff and working closely with the President/CEO and the Senior Vice President.

The Vice President, Finance along with a staff of three, is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization including: supervising all accounting and audit related activities; annual budgeting; reliable and consistent reporting and regular updating of forecasts; supervision of invested endowment assets and reporting on performance; effective cash management; risk management; internal audit and controls; strategic planning and financial modeling, and basic human resource functions.   This position communicates regularly with the Board of Directors and serves as staff liaison to the Finance and Audit committees.

The successful applicant will have significant experience in non-profit financial management, ideally in a performing arts environment. Solid accounting, reporting and analytical skills are required, as well as experience with investments and endowment management. Excellent technology, organization, management, presentation, negotiation and writing skills are also required. City Center is most interested in a candidate with creative problem solving skills, who is a strategic thinker and can engage with a diverse staff in a positive and supportive way. Candidates should possess proficient computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word. Familiarity with MAS-90 and Tessitura is preferred. A minimum of 10 years experience is expected.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Start Date: September 2016

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter via e-mail to or by fax to: 212-262-4661.


POSITION SUMMARY: This position serves as a senior member of City Center’s development team and leads all facets of the institutional giving program at New York City Center, including securing new gifts and cultivating and managing existing relationships.  This position oversees the Manager and Assistant Manager, Institutional Giving, as well as occasional interns and volunteers.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Reports to the Vice President of Development


  • Develop comprehensive strategy to meet annual revenue goals for all streams of institutional fundraising including foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships, and the Corporate Membership program.
  • Implement institutional fundraising strategy and process by directing priorities of and working with institutional giving staff to develop and submit applications and proposals, ensure timely reports, and fulfill benefits.
  • Identify, develop, and successfully solicit new sources of income, growing the institutional portfolio particularly with regard to corporate sponsorships.
  • Develop and oversee an endowment fundraising strategy in line with institutional campaign goals.
  • Write special grants, reports, and communications as needed, including correspondence with donors on behalf of the Vice President of Development and President.
  • Work strategically with other areas of development to promote cross-area cultivation and prospect opportunities.
  • Cultivate, develop, and maintain positive and fruitful long-term relationships with institutional donors and encourage active donor involvement and participation in activities such as dinners, performances, and education-related events.
  • Represent City Center in the Cultural Institutions Group and oversee government relationships.
  • Oversee administration and operations of institutional giving, including preparation of all institutional materials, proposals, reports, benefits listing, invitations, mailings, correspondence, and website.
  • Set and monitor institutional giving’s annual budget goals.
  • Develop and implement funding calendar and income reports.
  • Edit and guide writing of institutional giving staff.
  • Supervise and mentor Manager and Assistant Manager in reaching department and personal professional goals.
  • Work closely with all members of the City Center staff to ensure optimum implementation of the institutional fundraising program and integrate institutional donors into company activities.
  • Attend and support overall Development Department activities, including special events.
  • Enhance competence and grow peer networks through study and participation in conferences and workshops


Candidate should have 5+ years of institutional fundraising (both foundation and corporate, ideally with some government experience), preferably 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. 

To be considered, please email a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Vanessa Wise at


This position serves as a member of City Center’s development team and is responsible for helping manage all facets of the institutional giving program at New York City Center.  He/she plays an integral part in helping to achieve contributed income targets in terms of corporate, foundation and government support and will be responsible for a variety of fundraising, benefit oversight, and organizational activities. Together with the Assistant Manager, the Manager of Institutional Giving will oversee an intern, as needed.

Reports to the Director of Institutional Giving


  • Manage a grants portfolio of current corporate, foundation and government donors.
  • Develop corporate strategy with Director and lead implementation, including crafting proposals, reporting, and solicitation efforts.
  • Actively build corporate portfolio and identify sponsorship/membership opportunities through prospect research and development.
  • Steward current relationships and oversee appropriate cultivation, including attending and securing meetings for CEO, VP, and Director.
  • Develop, draft and edit proposals and applications for foundation and government funders.
  • Draft and submit interim and final reports for grants received, including leading key reports such as the Cultural Data Project
  • Support Director in developing and reaching financial goals for Institutional Giving.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure optimum implementation of fundraising program, including budget development, report accuracy, and recognition and benefits activation.
  • Draft general Institutional Giving correspondence, including acknowledgments and invitations
  • Attend and support overall development department activities, including special events and occasional evening and weekend performances and activities


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • Experience and/or interest in performing arts administration is essential
  • Experience with Tessitura or other fundraising software is preferred
  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent customer service, great computer skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
To be considered, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jane Penn at


Department:  Marketing and Communications

Position Summary:

The Social Media and Digital Content Associate is responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of New York City Center’s presence across social media and is responsible for integrating and maintaining consistency across the organization’s online platforms. The Social Media and Digital Content Associate works closely with all departments throughout the organization, including Programming, Development, Education and IT departments and be able to synthesize all of New York City Center’s activities into a clear and activate voice online.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing the daily social media presence for New York City Center, including creation, curation and organization of content (i.e. writing updates and the capturing and creation of video and visual images).
  • Work closely with the Communications Associate to incorporate interviews, blog posts and Playbill articles into the social media plan.
  • Identify creative ideas for online social engagement and content.
  • Creating and adapting material for use as digital assets.
  • Oversee an online content calendar to maximize talent, donor, and community activities.
  • Create and deploy pre-show and post-show email communications.
  • Work with freelance content creators when project warrants.
  • Researching other social media platforms and initiatives on current platforms to actively increase engagement and following.


  • Bachelor’s degree with prior experience in a social media
  • Knowledge of all types of Social Media platforms and the interest and curiosity to identify emerging platforms
  • Deep appreciation for the performing arts and New York City Center
  • Creative thinker
  • Familiarity with the primary metrics for social platform measurement
  • Effective communication skills, both in person and in writing
  • Works well with others
  • Video editing, graphic design, and HTML experience
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

Salary is commensurate with experience. Start Date: September 2016

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter via e-mail to


New York City Center is searching for creative, conscientious and proactive students for our Fall 2016 Internship Program. Committed to providing a holistic understanding of non-profit arts management, City Center offers hands-on experience in Development, Education, General Management, Marketing and Programming. Additionally, interns are given the opportunity to participate in:

  • interviews with City Center staff and visiting artists
  • professional development workshops
  • rehearsal and performance observations
  • a culminating group presentation

Internship Dates: September 12 - November 18. Some nights and weekends may be required.
Departmental Descriptions

  • Development (Fundraising): The Development intern will participate in all fundraising functions including Individual Giving and Membership, Institutional Giving and Special Events. Through this program, the Development intern will gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising and philanthropy for the performing arts and the day-to-day operations of a premier non-profit performing arts organization.
  • Education: The Education intern will assist with the administration of in-school workshops and residencies, as well as on-site Education events including professional development workshops and master classes. Through this internship, the Education intern will gain insight into administering arts education programs in New York City schools and communities. Specific responsibilities include: school site visits, assisting in the development of study guides, liaising between classroom teachers and City Center teaching artists, analyzing program evaluations, and providing organizational and office support.
  • General Management: The General Management intern will assist the Manager of Musical Theater programs and the Administrative Assistant with the day to day responsibilities of the General Management department. Main responsibilities include: processing contracts, assisting with ticketing and seating, assisting with event planning and execution, filing, collecting and organizing logistical paperwork, processing invoices and running errands as needed.
  • Marketing: The Marketing intern will play an instrumental role in the planning and execution of the department’s initiatives and assist with student outreach, audience development, group sales, basic data entry and communication, and focus on executing City Center’s social media and digital marketing campaigns. Applicants should be self-starters, with excellent communication skills, a good sense of humor and have a strong interest in theater and dance. Experience with graphic design programs (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) preferred but not required.
  • Programming: The Programming intern will assist the Manager of Programming in initiatives including researching dance and theater festivals around the world and organizing ancillary programming around City Center productions. Through this internship, the Programming intern will understand how City Center stays on top of the scope of art created throughout the world, and the research and details involved in curating a season and an annual dance festival.

Equal Opportunity Employer
City Center complies with all Federal and State employment laws. No person shall be discriminated against in any manner for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

City Center welcomes a broad, diverse applicant pool of matriculated college and graduate students.


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.