Careers

Staff and board at the Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast, 2018. Photo credit: Whitney Browne.
Staff and board at the Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast, 2018. Photo credit: Whitney Browne.

Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC is a dynamic non-profit organization that serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) seeks Visitor Engagement Associates (VEAs) for The Arts Center at Governors Island, a multidisciplinary arts space developed, programmed and operated by LMCC. The Visitor Engagement Associates will staff gallery spaces, engage audiences and provide information to gallery visitors about the exhibitions, The Arts Center, LMCC, and answer questions and assist with public programming as needed. This position reports to the Public Engagement & Special Events Manager.

Ideal candidates for the role will have a passion for connecting and engaging with the public through art. Education, teaching, or gallery experience is a plus. The opportunity to craft and present guided tours of the space may also be available. Long periods of standing may be necessary. 

VEAs will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment and professional development opportunities, such as talks with curators and artists, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing opportunities and discussions, etc.

This is a part-time, temporary position with flexible dates from June 2021 through October 2021. An orientation/walkthrough of the exhibitions will be scheduled in late May/early June. Public Hours for The Arts Center at Governors Island are as follows: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-5pm. Staff is expected on-site from 11:30am-5:30pm. The opportunity for additional hours to accommodate LMCC’s other programming and special events may also be available. 

Please Note: The dates and working hours on this page reflect LMCC’s current programming plans as of February 2021. Due to the continually evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and safety protocols in place in New York, LMCC may need to adjust the 2021 programming season, as necessary. 

Responsibilities:

  • Welcome guests and ensuring a safe, pleasant, inclusive, and informative experience
  • Serve as point person for information about the Exhibitions, The Arts Center, LMCC’s full calendar of programming, as well as safety protocols within The Arts Center
  • Replenish exhibition printed materials as necessary
  • Assist visitors with digital ticket reservations on-site and check reservations at the entrance to the gallery space
  • Track visitor count and maintain safe social distancing capacity in the space
  • Ensure visitors understand and comply with the COVID-19 safety protocol and social distancing guidelines
  • Assist with set-up, break-down, and facilitation of LMCC’s Take Care Series public programs
  • Maintain general upkeep of the space, including minor cleaning and trash removal

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • A personable demeanor, comfortable with speaking to the public 
  • A passion for connecting and engaging with visitors and the general public
  • An ability to problem solve and think on their feet
  • Arts education, Museum education, gallery or teaching experience a plus, but not required

Compensation: $18/hour on a contract basis. 

To Apply: Please email your resume with a thoughtful cover letter to Jasmin Tabatabaee, Public Engagement & Special Events Manager, at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Make sure to include within your cover letter where you learned about the opportunity, your weekly schedule availability, and answer the question: Why do you feel art is important to our society at this moment in time?

Please title the email “Visitor Engagement Associate: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please.

LMCC seeks up part-time temporary Production Assistants from May 24 through July 1 for the 2021 River To River Festival running from June 10-30, 2021.

Production Assistant(s) will report to the Creative Producer and Production Manager and support the Public Programs department.  The seasonal Production Assistant(s) will work with the Festival Production Manager to provide technical needs for all River To River Festival events, support load-in, run, and load-out for site-based performances and the installation of visual art projects, operate sound and lighting equipment as needed, and supervise interns and volunteers (as needed). The dates are flexible from May 24 – July 1, 2021.

The Production Assistant position is an opportunity to work closely on the production of events across several varying artistic disciplines and types of venues, including historic landmarks, parks, and plazas. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with LMCC Production Manager to identify technical needs for projects and develop production plans
  • Prepping equipment for Festival projects, under direction of Production Manager
  • Coordinating and assisting in transportation of equipment rentals, purchases, and LMCC inventory to and from Festival sites and venues
  • Assisting in the operations of one track of several distinct projects, including artist management, run, strike and load-out of performing arts events, and varying needs depending on the venue and type of event.
  • Working with Front of House and Production volunteers on site
  • Ensuring all established COVID-19 protocols in accordance with New York State health and safety guidelines are followed by events attendees
  • Representing LMCC through interactions with audience and artists
  • General administrative tasks related to production (i.e. inventory management, etc.)

Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Experience working on production of live performing arts events (dance, theater, music)
  • Knowledge of setting up and operating sound, lighting, and video equipment preferred
  • Experience and interest in stage management and/or technical and production management
  • Experience in technical production for outdoor or site-specific work a plus
  • Knowledge of New York City and cultural sector
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to remain calm in periods of hectic activity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexibility and a willingness to contribute to other duties as required
  • Knowledge of computer programs including MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Gmail and Google calendar, and Mac OSX.
  • Willingness to work outdoors transporting, setting up, and striking equipment
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Driver’s license (preferred)

The ideal Production Assistant has exceptional organizational skills, comfort with setting up, using, and putting away technical equipment (especially sound equipment), an outgoing personality and friendly attitude when representing LMCC through interactions with both audiences and artists, and the flexibility to adapt to the needs of many different kinds of tasks, performances, and venues.

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume with a cover letter, stating how you heard about the position, to Elisabeth Skjaervold, Creative Producer at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Production Assistant: YOUR NAME.”

No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Compensation will be on a contract basis.

LMCC seeks part-time temporary Front of House Coordinators from mid-April through July 2021 for the 2021 River To River Festival to implement LMCC’s on-site presence and Front of House strategy at River To River events. The festival dates are June 10-30; the position includes periodic site visits and administrative work from mid-April leading up to the Festival. Events will be divided among several coordinators based on availability provided at the time of accepting the position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attending meetings and site visits with artists and Production team prior to the festival to develop FOH strategy
  • Liaise with the Creative Producer and Marketing Team to create any necessary front-of-house materials specific to project(s) being managed
  • Working with LMCC staff to manage Front of House strategy at River To River events, which will include:
    • overseeing staffing and volunteers for assigned project(s)
    • managing logistics and set up of event materials including: signage, tent/table/chairs and materials and all transportation of materials
    • supporting collection and management of RSVPs, including the management of the waitlists
    • ensuring all established COVID-19 protocols in accordance with New York State health and safety guidelines are followed by events attendees
  • Working with Production Manager(s) to fill out Event Reports following each event

Supervisory responsibilities include:

  • Volunteer(s) and other Support Staff

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Experience in house management, event management, and/or customer service
  • Demonstrable project management skills in varied settings
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary performing and visual arts
  • Ability to prioritize workload and time manage to multiple deadlines
  • Ability to remain calm in periods of hectic activity
  • Collaborative self-starter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills; experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Gmail and Google calendar, FormAssembly, Eventbrite and Mac OS.

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume with a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position, to Elisabeth Skjaervold, Creative Producer at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “House Coordinator: YOUR NAME.”

No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Compensation will be on a contract basis.

LMCC's INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. We offer year-long and summer internship  opportunities for interns to gain an in-depth experience at the organization. Interns choose an internship focus to pursue under the guidance of a staff member, while gaining exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office.

During the program, all interns receive a monthly participation honorarium of $100. Interns also receive a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up to $150 throughout the internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 20 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events.