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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LMCC seeks a permanent full-time Development Assistant to join immediately. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant will work closely with the development team to grow donor relationships, and support the department with all day-to-day functions related to the fundraising operation. The successful candidate must have an enthusiasm for and interest in building a career in fundraising, and possess excellent attention to detail and accuracy, a strong work ethic, and a collaborative spirit.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supports LMCC’s growing individual giving program
  • Implements all direct-mail and email campaigns for individual and Board donors, including the annual calendar and fiscal-year-end appeal campaigns:
  • Supports the events team in all aspects of LMCC’s fundraising and donor cultivation efforts, including:
  • Provides integral data support within the Salesforce database, including donor record upkeep, list management and analytical reporting, with a focus on pristine data integrity
  • Processes all contributed income, including acknowledgements, grant payments, donations, sponsorships, and in-kind support from all stakeholders. Records all income in Salesforce 
  • Conducts ongoing research and creates comprehensive profiles on LMCC donor prospects (individuals, foundations, corporations, and government) 
  • Assists in the timely submission of grant proposals and reports, and provides support with ongoing prospect research
  • Provides key administrative support to department staff, including scheduling internal and external meetings, preparing materials and correspondence, and reconciling income and expenses with the finance and operations department
  • Serves as support staff for organization-wide events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 1-2 years experience in the field
  • Excellent organizational, written, verbal and analytical skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.  Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, prioritize workload and meet deadlines, as well as manage details while being graceful and diplomatic.
  • Strong interest and/or knowledge of the diverse artistic disciplines LMCC presents and communities we serve. 
  • Proficiency using Mac OS, Salesforce or equivalent database and Asana or task management tool

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications to Rebecca Cardwell, Director of Development at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Development Assistant: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes an attractive benefits package.

LMCC seeks a part-time Exhibitions Coordinator to join immediately. Reporting to the Curator, this person will have primary responsibility executing all aspects of LMCC’s 2021 Exhibition Series at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. The Exhibitions Coordinator will work collaboratively with all members of the Public Programs and Finance & Operations teams.

Location: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Reporting to: Alice Russotti, Curator

Dates: Feb – June 2021, starting part time and increasing hours until full time in May. Deinstall will take place in early November and ideally the candidate would be able to return to plan this in October and manage it in November 2021.

Responsibilities Include:

 Overview

  • Works closely with the Curator on exhibition planning, production and logistics, acting as line producer for all visual art exhibitions that are part of the 2021 season at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Production

  • Works with the artists, curators and studio managers to understand production, and technical needs of each exhibition – audio, visual, lighting 
  • Sources all material and equipment needs either via LMCC’s inventory or through outside vendors
  • With LMCC staff, exhibition artists and curators, develops detailed production schedules for each exhibition and oversees install and de-install

Logistics

  • Arranges and coordinates all inbound and outbound shipping/ transportation of artworks
  • Handles artwork including packing, shipping, hanging, cleaning etc.
  • Facilitates and tracks all loan agreements, condition reports and checklist paperwork
  • Creates instructions for opening and closing of the galleries by the Visitor Engagement Associates (VEAs)

 Finance

  • With Curator, tracks spending against the budget and make sure that the projects remain on budget
  • Processes exhibition-related invoices and payments, and tracks project budgets

Staffing

  • With Curator, identifies, hires, and manages all installation and de-installation labor and additional over hire

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow staff members
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, prioritize workload and meet deadlines, as well as manage details while being graceful and diplomatic.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to foster collaboration within internal and external teams and to establish and maintain productive communication and workflow

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume with a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications, to Alice Russotti, Curator, at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Exhibitions Coordinator.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Compensation will be on a contract basis.

LMCC seeks a seasonal Production Manager to join immediately. Reporting to the Creative Producer, this person will have primary responsibility executing all aspects of LMCC’s 2021 River To River Festival. The Production Manager will work collaboratively with all members of the Public Programs and Finance & Operations teams. 

Location: Multiple locations across Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island

Reporting to: Elisabeth Skjaervold, Creative Producer

Dates: Feb – July 9, 2021 starting part-time and increasing hours until full-time in May 2021.

Responsibilities Include:

Overview

  • Works closely with the Creative Producer on festival planning, production and logistics for all performances or projects that are part of River To River 2021.

Production

  • Works with the artists, producers and respective production managers to understand production and technical needs of each presentation – audio, visual, lighting
  • Sources all material and equipment needs either via LMCC’s inventory or through outside vendors
  • With LMCC staff, festival artists and Creative Producer, develops detailed production schedules for each presentation and oversees load-in and load-out

Logistics

  • Arranges and coordinates all load-ins and load-outs
  • Oversees all material and equipment delivery and pick-up
  • Works with LMCC Staff and Front of House Coordinators to finalize audience experience
  • With LMCC staff, finalizes necessary COVID-19 protocols for each performance or project in accordance with New York State health and safety guidelines

Finance

  • Assists Creative Producer to track spending against the budget and make sure that the projects remain on budget
  • Coordinates festival-related invoices and payments for the Creative Producer to process

Staffing

  • With Creative Producer, identifies, hires, and manages all project coordinators and additional over hires

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • 3+ years experience as Production Manager or crew head
  • Experience production managing live performing arts events (dance, theater, music)
  • Experience in technical production of outdoor or site-specific work, a plus
  • Familiarity with setting up and operating technical equipment including audio and video equipment and generators
  • Knowledge of New York City and cultural sector, its vendors, and production standard practices
  • Demonstrable project management skills in varied settings
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information.  
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow staff members
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, prioritize workload and meet deadlines, as well as manage details while being graceful and diplomatic. 
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to foster collaboration within internal and external teams and to establish and maintain productive communication and workflow.
  • Can lift 50 pounds
  • Driver’s license (preferred) 

 

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 “Production Manager: YOUR NAME.” 

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

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. 

 

LMCC seeks a permanent full-time Grant Manager to join immediately. The Grant Manager is an integral part of the Institutional Advancement team with primary responsibility for foundation, government, and corporate grants, as well as prospect research. The Grant Manager works closely with the Director of Development to maintain existing funders and identify new strategies to support organizational growth through foundation, government, and corporate support, and with the entire Institutional Advancement to help set long-term fundraising goals for LMCC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Department Duties and Responsibilities:

FOUNDATION, GOVERNMENT & CORPORATE FUNDERS

  • Manages and maintains LMCC’s grants calendar for foundation, government, and corporate grants
  • Researches, writes, edits, and ensures the timely submission of inquiry letters, proposals, and other requests for funding to foundations, government agencies, and corporations
    • Collects necessary programmatic information and clarifies questions or specifics related to the development of a proposal from relevant LMCC program staff
    • Works closely with the Director of Development and finance staff to develop and prepare proposal and report budgets
  • Manages reporting process; writes and submits reports to funders
    • Maintains and gathers data about LMCC’s activities to report on key metrics from colleagues across the organization
    • Works closely with the Director of Development and Director of Communications and Marketing on the creation of summary reports on programs and activities at their completion
  • Creates and updates institutional prospect and funder records in Salesforce
  • Works closely with Director of Development to manage the cultivation and stewardship of institutional donors, and in communicating with funders and prospects about LMCC programs and events
  • Prepares Executive Directors, Director of Development and other key staff for funder meetings, including preparation of research briefs and strategy documents
  • Identifies key metrics needed for inclusion in funding applications, pitches, and reports
  • Conducts and oversees regular prospect research for foundation, corporation, and government prospects
  • Other duties as assigned.

Organization-Wide Duties and Responsibilities:

FINANCIAL AND DATA MANAGEMENT

  • Works with the Director of Development to ensure department operates within established financial guidelines and that budget dollars are used responsibly
  • Submits expense requests in a timely manner for approval, and ensures expense requests reach Finance Department in a reasonable time frame
  • Works to introduce innovative ways to reduce costs
  • Follows the company’s best practices policies and procedures manual and works with other departments to maintain data-integrity
  • Maintains administrative systems in relevant areas, including vendor and partner database records and files

STRATEGIC PLANNING

  • Works with the Director of Development to integrate departmental activities into the organization’s strategic mission by participation in relevant planning processes and by setting goals that align with the mission and monitoring progress towards these goals
    • Attends and participates in all relevant planning sessions
    • Thinks strategically and prioritizes departmental efforts to meet the organization’s strategic goals and objectives

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Monitors supervisory responsibilities’ work load on a day-to-day basis and reassigns tasks as needed to interns
  • Recommends additions, changes to or deletions from staffing level to support departmental goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates a professional demeanor in all dealings with colleagues, peers, and subordinate staff
  • Works with others toward shared goals
    • Offers assistance and shares in departmental responsibilities
    • Keeps all interested parties informed of relevant or pertinent developments
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently with all staff concerning relevant matters
    • Provides emergent or important information to fellow staff in a clear and concise manner within a reasonable timeframe – either in writing or verbally
    • Addresses fellow staff questions and concerns promptly and accurately within a reasonable timeframe
    • Serves as support staff for organization-wide events as needed

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in grant writing and prospect research, preferably with a cultural institution, or equivalent professional experience

EQUIPMENT / COMPUTER SOFTWARE

  • Microsoft Office, Internet, Salesforce, iWave, various research databases

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Excellent organizational skills, and facility with budgets and knowledge of Microsoft Excel is a must. Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritizing work and managing multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting deadlines. Ability to compile, report, and analyze information succinctly. Ability to tie organizational mission and goals to fundraising opportunities. Ability to interface with program officers, community leaders, politicians, and business professionals. Knowledge of NYC funding community a plus.

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications to Rebecca Cardwell, Director of Development at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Grant Manager: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes an attractive benefits package.

LMCC seeks a permanent full-time Facilities & Operations Associate to join immediately. Reporting to the Executive Director, Finance & Administration, this person will have primary responsibility for supporting all activities at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, and is also involved in the facilities and equipment management for our other public venues and satellite spaces. This individual may also represent LMCC in external partnerships from time to time.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serves as point of contact with landlord, building management and related vendors, including café operator at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
  • Works with the Executive Director, Finance & Administration, to coordinate site activation, move-ins and move-outs and improvements of all spaces, including the Arts Center, our office at Maiden Lane, and satellite spaces
  • Manages facility-related coordination, including overseeing space use calendar, load-in and load-outs, and logistics for artistic, programming and space rental needs
  • Conducts regular space walk-throughs and check-ups to ensure cleanliness and appropriate and safe usage of all LMCC spaces and shared equipment
  • Acts as support staff for all LMCC spaces including productions, rentals, events, exhibitions, meetings, and other forums at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
  • Responds to equipment requests in a timely manner and provides guidance in production planning for LMCC events, residencies, and space rental activities
  • Oversees organization, tracking and maintenance of the A/V equipment storage room at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island and provides support of the A/V equipment storage room at LMCC’s office
  • Works with IT team to troubleshoot and ensure smooth functioning of LMCC’s technology infrastructure, including its network, software, hardware, printers, phones and other tools
  • Manages LMCC ALL calendar
  • Creates agendas and information packets as needed
  • Assists in creating office procedures and systems and space use guidelines; and maintaining Office Guidelines Manual
  • Generates independent contract agreements as needed
  • Serves as support staff for organization-wide events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • 2-3 years of experience in art space, gallery or museum facilities maintenance
  • Knowledge of general A/V equipment such as projectors, TVs, VCRs, DVD/CD players, Speakers, and other sound equipment
  • Working knowledge of IT systems and management.
  • Valid driver’s license. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.    
  • Excellent organizational, written, verbal and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, prioritize workload and meet deadlines, as well as manage details while being graceful and diplomatic.
  • Strong interest and/or knowledge of the diverse artistic disciplines LMCC presents and communities we serve.
  • Proficiency using Mac OS, Salesforce or equivalent database and Asana or task management tool

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications to Diego Segalini, Executive Director, Finance & Administration at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Facilities & Ops Associate: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes an attractive benefits package.

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.