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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


POSITION SUMMARY: This position serves as a member of City Center’s development team and is responsible for helping to administer all facets of the institutional giving program at New York City Center. This position 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 fulfilment, and organizational activities. Together with the Institutional Giving Manager, the Assistant Manager, will oversee an Institutional Giving intern, as needed.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Reports to the Director of Institutional Giving.


  • Serve as primary point person for government grants, reports, and lobbying.
  • Develop and write grant proposals to foundation, corporate, and government funders and coordinate associated final report activities
  • Serve as primary point person for benefit fulfillment related to performance and rehearsal ticketing and special events
  • Provide administrative support for institutional campaigns, including solicitations, tracking and reporting
  • Draft correspondence including acknowledgements, invitations, and other mailings.
  • Manage and maintain administration systems for institutional fundraising activities, including accurate and complete donor information, and paper and e-records of proposals, reports, and other donor activity
  • Conduct prospect research and assemble prospect and donor profile information for meetings
  • Support and represent City Center in overall Development Department activities, including special events (some evening work and weekend work required)
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • 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 No phone calls please.


This position serves as a member of City Center’s development team and is responsible for administering the database function for the department. This position implements all Tessitura systems and outputs relevant to the individual and institutional giving programs at New York City Center.

Reports to the VP for Development and works closely with the Director of Special Events and Development Operations, and the Director of Individual and Major Gifts, as well as City Center’s I.S. Department.


  • Responsible for the general administration and integrity of the Development database, Tessitura
  • Enters and processes all gifts and pledges, and produces corresponding acknowledgement receipts and letters, as necessary
  • Inputs and maintains all biographical details in patron, prospect and donor records
  • Executes gift and pledge renewal and reminder systems
  • Produces daily contribution reports for distribution to Development staff, CFO, and President & CEO
  • Serves as liaison with the Finance Department to reconcile gifts, as needed
  • Creates, executes and reviews database driven reporting including lists, output sets and extractions
  • Responds to data requests submitted by Development staff by conducting information interviews, managing workflow, and pulling data in accordance with request specifics
  • Works with Development staff in executing all mass e-mail communications through our e-mail client, Wordfly
  • Work with Research Assistant to pull data for wealth screening and research purposes, ensuring that all analysis output is properly entered into Tessitura
  • Conduct large-scale data clean-up projects related to duplicate, inactive and incomplete records
  • Work with the I.S. department to support the data structure within Tessitura for core Development operations
  • Work with Marketing and Ticketing departments to provide assistance with data projects, as needed
  • Provides database training to new and current staff members
  • Maintains database procedures documents
  • Actively participates in professional organizations/groups for the purposes of integrating best-practices into the work of New York City Center
  • Represent the Development Department at City Center performances and events, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BA/BS degree required
  • Experience with Tessitura
  • Knowledge of general fundraising activities as they relate to a performing arts institution
  • Passion for the performing arts
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Professional demeanor
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to adhere to a strict code of confidentiality

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to Susan Strebel, Director of Special Events and Development Operations,  No phone calls please.


City Center’s Internship Program aims to educate students about non-profit arts utilizing NYCC programming and staff as resources. 
Program Description: Each intern will be hosted in either the Development (Fundraising), Education, Finance, Marketing or Programming department at City Center.
Over the course of this 10-week program (January 19 – April 8, 2016) interns will be engaged in:

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

Application Instructions: The program is geared towards college and graduate students interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience in Arts Administration. All applicants must be matriculated college or graduate students. Applicants should designate the department with which they would like to intern. Please see Department Descriptions below. The application deadline is Sunday, November 15th.

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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 in the administration of in-school workshops and residencies, as well as on-site Education events including professional development workshops and masterclasses. Through this internship the Education intern gain first-hand experience about the operations of a city-wide arts education program. Specific responsibilities include: school site visits, liaising between classroom teachers and City Center teaching artists, analyzing program evaluations, and providing organizational and office support.
  • Finance: The Finance intern will gain hands on proficiency with the business aspect of the performing arts. Through this internship they will obtain hands-on experience assisting with the day to day financial needs of the organization, as well as see first-hand how information obtained from every department is combined to create the official books of record. Knowledge of accounting is not essential, but firm understanding of Excel is required.
  • 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 Interim 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.

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.