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LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island, Location: New York NY, Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Adamson Associates Architects

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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MISSION 

Our mission is to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening  public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide  leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.  

THE ORGANIZATION 

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), which is the Manhattan Arts Council, was founded  in 1973 on the premise that artists were pillars of resilience and inspiration and therefore vital to  New York City. For almost five decades, LMCC has advanced its vision to invest in and be in service  to artists as catalysts for community development and sustainability. LMCC is artist-centric, the  work is all about cultivation, experimentation, and creativity, and programs are free and open to  all.  

Governed by a 23-member board of directors, LMCC has a year-round staff of 20 that increase to  approximately 50 periodically with programming. The FY22 operating budget is $6 million, with  approximately 40 percent from government sources, 25 percent from foundations, and 35 percent  from other private donors. Last year, LMCC awarded over $1.4 million in grants to over 200  Manhattan-based artists and arts organizations. LMCC is currently in negotiations for a 40-plus year lease of the Governors Island building. For more information, please visit https://lmcc.net/ 

THE WORK 

LMCC’s work generally falls into two main categories:  

Artists and Artist Services, including:  

  • Residencies  
  • Professional development  
  • Networks and relationships  
  • Regranting on behalf of government  
  • Manhattan Borough Arts Council  

Artists and their Audiences, including:  

  • Visual arts and exhibitions 
  • Art of performance  
  • Written and spoken word  
  • All forms of contemporary practice between the arts  
  • Education  
  • Public engagement in artmaking  

Programs are often incubators, with the audience engaged in the artmaking with the artist. LMCC’s  support of grassroots local arts programming created by recipients of Manhattan Arts Grants and  self-produced public programs, bring performances and artistic experiences to hundreds of  thousands of audience members annually.  

THE SITES 

River to River: This annual festival of programs takes place in public spaces throughout Lower  Manhattan. LMCC presented a socially distanced River to River Festival that explored the power of  community and solidarity through four unique artist voices. A curated festival was presented in  June 2021 when city COVID-19 restrictions lifted.  

Open Studios: These year-long artist residency events take place throughout Lower Manhattan,  bringing public audiences closer to the creative process, inspiring and connecting them to artists,  new ideas and perspectives, and other art lovers. The programs cultivate in the public a deeper  appreciation for the process of creativity and an understanding of the role artists play in their  communities.  

The Arts Center at Governors Island – Artist residencies and exhibitions, and public programs:  Opened in 2019, this newly renovated and expanded 40,000-square-foot arts space fully connects  to LMCC’s vision of making space for and serving artists and communities, while offering much needed programs – free and open to all. In 2020, LMCC created an initiative with the Trust for  Governors Island and numerous island-based organizations in response to the COVID-19 crisis and  its devastating impacts across the New York City cultural landscape. Under the Governors Island  Residency Initiative, for example, participating organizations repositioned indoor spaces  historically used for exhibitions and public programming as residencies or workspaces for artists  and other members of the city’s cultural community. The center reopened to the public in June  2021.  

As LMCC approaches its 50th anniversary in 2023, the organization remains committed to serving  artists, audiences, and communities throughout Manhattan as well as visitors to the borough.  LMCC projects address and respond to changing forces in urban life and the art world, and continues to contribute to a thriving and culturally enriched New York City. LMCC is driven by its  mission to collectively build a more just, equitable, and inclusive society that supports and  strengthens all people through the power of art and creativity.  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council seeks a dynamic visionary who is passionate about arts,  culture, community, and New York City and who will build upon the organization’s strong  reputation and broad impact. LMCC is at an exciting point in its 49-year history, ready to undertake  a strategic planning process and determine its place and potential in a city experiencing  tremendous social, economic, and political change. Overseeing the day-to-day operations of this  multifaceted institution in one of the most important cultural hubs in the world, the President will  be responsible for implementing an evolving and forward-thinking business model in order to  position LMCC for the future.  

LEADERSHIP – The President will serve as the organization’s primary advocate and ambassador  continuing to raise LMCC’s profile by articulating its vision and cultivating and stewarding  relationships with patrons, peer institutions, community and government stakeholders,  programmatic partners, and public audiences.  

Fostering a culture of innovation, inclusion, and collaboration, the President will ensure an internal  organizational structure and the resource allocation to support LMCC’s mission and also ensure  that its strategic and programmatic objectives are fully articulated and effectively pursued. The  President has overall responsibility for strengthening LMCC’s brand while overseeing the cultural  programs and grants and services departments; curating and forming a compelling vision for  LMCC’s public programs, artist residency programs, regranting fund activities and delivering  professional development services to artists; and developing and curating new program,  partnerships, and services. They will advance and ground diversity, equity, and inclusion across  LMCC’s staff, programs, audience, collaborations, and Board. Additionally, the President will  oversee the finance and operations department and the implementation of all activities involving  finance, general administration, human resources, and information technologies.  

FUNDRAISING AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT – The President serves as the lead fundraiser and primary  public spokesperson to garner private and public support. Working in partnership with the  advancement team and the Board, the President will manage the development of a plan for the  second phase of the capital campaign and a plan for long-term income strategies that will ensure  diverse and robust funding streams. Planning the 50th anniversary in 2023 is an immediate priority  for the President and it will play a major fundraising role. 

The successful candidate will have experience building and diversifying an organization’s funding  base, including through new pathways for earned income. Further, they will demonstrate an ability  to engage both current and prospective funders locally, nationally, and even globally. Also  desirable is expertise in developing and managing a capital campaign plan or collaborating with a  capital campaign consultant on a significant development plan. Direct oversight experience of a  major capital development, expansion, or renovation project would be a plus, as would leadership  experience in space usage and options for revenue generation.  

PEOPLE AND CULTURE – The President will attract, build, lead, and retain a deeply committed,  competent, and responsible team with cultural sensitivity and dedication to collaboration,  compassion, equity, and diversity. The President will understand each staff member’s strengths  and contributions and support and promote their work; assess and clarify roles, responsibilities,  and scope of authority as necessary to ensure the right structural model and talents are in place to  sustain LMCC’s vision and direction; allow staff’s skills and abilities to come forward; nurture and  reward talent; and sustain open channels of communication at all levels and continue to provide  professional development opportunities. The President will lead, manage, and collaborate with an  understanding of the effects of in-person/virtual/hybrid work scenarios; and will promote  employee satisfaction and a culture of openness and trust.  

GOVERNANCE – The President will build a productive working relationship with the LMCC Board, with  a focus on formulating the strategic vision and direction for the organization’s near future, and on  growing and diversifying its base of private support. Additionally, they will play an active role in  suggesting and recruiting new directors to the Board and in assuring the integrity of Board  governance. The President also will foster Board-staff relations, building mutual trust and  understanding.  

THE PERSON 

In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, the following  are highlighted:  

CREDIBILITY IN THE FIELD AND PASSION FOR THE MISSION – The ideal candidate will exhibit a thorough  knowledge of, passion for, and commitment to the arts, culture, and New York City. They will  possess the intellectual curiosity and rigor to interact effectively with a wide range of artists,  

patrons, peers and peer institutions, community and government stakeholders, programmatic  partners, and public audiences. They will have the ability to promote understanding across  diverse communities with sensitivity to artists and audiences in underrepresented groups. 

Ideally, this individual has demonstrated an ability to build productive and significant  relationships with emerging and established artists across multiple disciplines.  

STRATEGIC VISION AND LEADERSHIP – The successful candidate will have a track record as an  entrepreneurial and creative thinker with the ability to develop and implement a creative and  strategic vision. This person will demonstrate an expansive knowledge of the key cultural trends  influencing LMCC’s mission as well as the top thought leaders and organizations with whom LMCC  may want to collaborate, and will bring a mindset of what leadership means in 2022 and beyond.  

COMMUNICATING, INFLUENCING, AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS – The successful candidate will exhibit a  consensus-seeking and decisive approach to problem solving that enables them to effectively build  support for LMCC’s initiatives. This individual will be a truly skilled communicator with an ability to  engage effectively internally with staff and Board, and externally with a diverse range of partners  and audiences. They must be politically astute, socially agile, approachable, and grounded.  

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES – The successful candidate will lead and manage with empathy, compassion,  and humility, and will recognize and amplify the staff’s competency, expertise, and  resourcefulness. They will be curious, have a genuine interest in what artists are doing, and have a  generosity of spirit along with the ability to put personal taste and aesthetics aside. They will have  the ability to be graceful and diplomatic in cultivating and stewarding relationships.  

COMPENSATION AND DEIA 

The salary range for this position is estimated from $200,000 to $225,000, and benefits are  competitive. LMCC is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible work  environment, and further recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our  mission to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public  spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide  leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.  

Please send applications or nominations to G. Angela Henry and Adelaide K. Jones at  LMCC@PhillipsOppenheim.com

LMCC seeks part-time temporary River To River Front of House Coordinators in June for the 2022 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 12-26; the position includes periodic site visits and administrative work from early June leading up to the festival. Events will be divided among several coordinators based on availability provided at the time of accepting the position. Front of House Coordinators report to the Front of House Manager, Kasie Kirkland and support the Public Programs Department.

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 Front of House Manager, Production Manager 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 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:

  • FOH Assistants and Staff Volunteer(s)

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 the Front of House Manager Kasie Kirkland, 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: $2,000 for the full festival (approx 60- 80 hours in total)


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 up part-time temporary Production Assistants from June 1st - July 1 2022 for the 2022 River To River Festival running from June 12-26, 2022.

Production Technician(s) will report to the Production Manager and Front of House Coordinator, supporting the Public Programs department. The seasonal Production Technicians(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 June 1st- July 1st 2022

The Production Assistant position is an opportunity to work closely on the technical 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 and visual arts events
  • Working with Front of House and other Production Technicians 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/or video equipment
  • Experience and interest in stage management, event and/or technical and production management 
  • Experience in technical production for outdoor or site-specific work is a plus
  • Knowledge of New York City and cultural sector
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • 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 striking technical 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 Sandy Kassalias, Production Manager 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 vary depending on commitment and is up to $2650 for working the full month of the festival. 

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 Public Engagement Manager. The Public Engagement Manager is an integral part of the Public Programs team with primary responsibility for developing and implementing the organization’s approach to public engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works with the Public Programs team to develop, plan, and implement educational and engagement programs particularly for, but not limited to The Arts Center on Governors Island, including gallery talks, special activities, and activities for families and children
  • Manages public engagement staff and volunteers at The Arts Center; Interviews and selects public engagement staff & volunteers; plans, schedules and assigns work to staff and volunteers
  • Leads onboarding and training for public engagement staff and volunteers that incorporates LMCC’s commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion
  • Creates and oversees feedback and evaluation plans for all of LMCC’s public-facing experiences, providing regular reports and subsequent adjustments and improvements to the visitor service experience at The Arts Center, River To River Festival, and special events
  • Prepares and/or consults on exhibition interpretation materials in order to meet best practices for access and inclusion, including labels, gallery notes, family guides, visitor comment books, and other visitor services in close collaboration with the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, and other key members of specific projects
  • Works with key staff and members of Operations to create a comprehensive over-hire & volunteer recruitment, management, recognition, and retention plan
  • Participates in community partnership efforts with other Governors Island organizations and those in Lower Manhattan 
  • Works with Institutional Advancement team as needed to support special events
  • Develops audience engagement and events strategy for all Public Engagement initiatives, such as the River To River Festival, Open Studios, Exhibitions and Installations at The Arts Center
  • Develops staffing plans for all public programs based on need and audience development strategy in collaboration with Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs
  • Manages seasonal over-hire and their efforts to implement LMCC’s on-site presence at public programs and events
  • Works with key staff and members of Operations to create a comprehensive over-hire & volunteer recruitment, management, recognition, and retention plan
  • Participates in community partnership efforts with other Governors Island organizations and those in Lower Manhattan 
  • Assists Institutional Advancement team as needed to support special events
  • Provides relevant programming data and content to assist with grant and sponsorship proposals and reports
  • Prepares appropriate information, data, and materials for Institutional Advancement’s institutional reports to Executive Directors, Board of Directors, and Board Committees
  • Works with Department head, or appropriate Supervisor, 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 organization’s best practices policies and procedures manual and works with other departments to maintain data-integrity
  • Monitors supervisory responsibilities’ work load on a day-to-day basis and reassigns tasks as needed to support departmental goals and objectives

The Public Engagement Manager reports to the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and supervises seasonal staffs, interns and volunteers.

Qualifications: Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 3-5 years experience in arts programming and/or visitor engagement 
  • Microsoft Office, Internet, Salesforce, Eventbrite
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal skills, and facility with budgets. Skilled at interacting with the public and prioritizing their needs in a variety of programming contexts. 
  • Ability to analyze visitor data and measure it against an organizational mission and specific program objectives. 
  • Skilled at working collaboratively across different departments. Ability to skillfully interface with community leaders, politicians, and business professionals. 
  • Ability to stay focused, with keen attention to detail. Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Strong project management and critical thinking skills. 
  • Knowledge of NYC arts community a plus.

Working Conditions:

  • Maintains a flexible full-time work schedule, taking into account weekend and evening programs, especially during the Summer public season between May-October. 

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, stating how you heard about the position and your qualifications to Jess Van Nostrand, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at jobs[at]lmcc.net. Please title the email “Public Engagement Manager: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls please. Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. Salary range for this position is $46,000- $52,000, also includes an attractive benefits package.

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.

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 May 2022 through October 2022. An orientation/walkthrough of the exhibitions will be scheduled for the week of May 20th. Public Hours for The Arts Center at Governors Island are as follows: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6pm. In July and August we will be open later on Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm. Staff is expected on-site from 11:30am-6/7pm. 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 March 2022. 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 2022 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 Lauren Klenow, Exhibitions Coordinator, 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. 

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to diversity. LMCC is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve, including  women, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and people with disabilities. LMCC will provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

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 $250, along with a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up $100 throughout their internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 24 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events. The start/end dates of the program are flexible and should be agreed upon between the intern and their supervisor prior to the start of the internship.