Join our team

We are a small and passionate team committed to developing and inspiring an inclusive home for the arts by revitalizing West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark. Our work builds on the church’s legacy as a venue for exemplary performances and as a space for activism and community service.

Our mission is to build a more inclusive community in the Upper West Side neighborhood and all of New York City by presenting diverse, engaging, and boundary-pushing artistic and cultural programming; providing affordable performance, rehearsal, and event space to local artists and community members; and preserving the West Park Presbyterian Church’s historic edifice. We are creating a vibrant cultural hub, a forum for conversations and connections that transcend barriers to address the important issues facing our society today.

The Center at West Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression. The Center is committed to paying all our employees and contractors a living wage. People of all backgrounds, especially those from communities that have been denied equal access or are under-represented in the field of arts administration, are encouraged to apply to join our team.

We are currently hiring for the positions below.

+ Executive Director

We seeking an inspiring and experienced Executive Director to lead our organization and manage its operations, facilities, and staff in partnership with the Artistic Director and with the guidance and support of the Board of Directors. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall business, administrative, and operational management of the organization. This includes leadership of fundraising, financial management, facilities management, and communications. The Executive Director will work closely with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors to set and pursue the Center’s strategic goals, including the restoring of the building’s landmark facade and the renovation of the interior, and developing a multi-million dollar capital campaign to fund those projects.

  • Fundraising: Plan and execute annual fundraising efforts for programming, general operating, and capital support from individual donations, government grants, and foundations, including an annual benefit. Work with board Fundraising Committee to raise $100k per year in programming/general operating support and to launch a multi-million dollar capital campaign for the restoration of West Park Presbyterian Church’s landmark exterior. Supervise grant writers, event planners, development consultants, and other fundraising staff.
  • Finances and Operations: Manage the annual budget and cash flow, run payroll, and negotiate contracts with vendors and customers, including the Center’s long-term tenants. Work with the Center's accountant, Board Treasurer, and Finance Committee to prepare annual tax filing and ensure proper financial planning and controls. Supervise the Operations Manager, who is responsible for bookkeeping, paying bills, managing short-term space rentals, maintaining the organization’s calendar, and ordering supplies.
  • Facilities Management: Oversee regular maintenance of the Center’s facilities, including 400-seat Sanctuary Space performance venue and multi-use three-story Community House. Work with architect and Building Committee to oversee major repair, renovation, and restoration projects. Supervise facilities staff, including Building Superintendent and porters.
  • Communications: In partnership with the Artistic Director, manage communications with audiences, donors, volunteers, the West Park Presbyterian Church congregation, the public, and the media. Create and contribute to newsletters, press releases, email marketing, website content, social media posts, and more.
  • Board Relations: Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. In partnership with the Artistic Director and Board President, schedule, plan, and lead regular board meetings. Build effective working relationships with all board members and maintain clear and open communication with the board as a whole. Provide regular reports on the fundraising activities, operations, and finances of the organization, and other updates as needed.

Qualifications

  • At least five years of experience in arts administration, non-profit management, or a related field
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in arts administration, non-profit management, or a related field (preferred but not required)
  • Experience with fundraising, including cultivating donor relationships, writing grants, planning special events, and running a capital campaign
  • Experience working with diverse and under-served communities
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in a leadership role
  • Eager to solve problems, build relationships, think strategically, and work collaboratively
  • Passionate engagement in the arts, community-building, and historic architecture

Working Environment

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, works in partnership with the Artistic Director, and supervises the Center’s development, operations, and facilities staff.

The Center’s office is located in the Community House of West Park Presbyterian Church at 165 W 86th Street, 2nd floor. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Executive Director will be expected to be on site during office hours and to attend regular evening meetings and occasional weekend events. The Executive Director will also be an emergency contact on evenings and weekends.

Compensation

This is a full-time, salaried, and overtime-exempt position with benefits.

  • Salary: $60,000 per year
  • Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) up to the maximum allowed for individual coverage (approx. $5,000 per year)
  • Paid time off for health, vacation, and holidays

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@centeratwestpark.org with "Executive Director" in the subject line by September 15, 2019.

Expected start date: January 2020

+ Grant Writer

We are seeking a Grant Writer to support the Center in drafting and submitting our first applications for program support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts for Fiscal Year 2021, including pre-qualifying through the New York State Grants Gateway. The Grant Writer will be the point person for these applications and will collaborate with our staff and key board members to shape existing language, draft new language, and prepare all the necessary materials and documentation. The Grant Writer will serve as the project manager for these grant applications and will be responsible for making sure the applications are completed in a timely manner.

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in successfully applying for NYSCA and DCLA funding
  • Skilled writer and editor with a strong understanding of standards and expectations for government arts grants
  • Well-organized and committed to meeting deadlines
  • Passionate about supporting the development of a new organization and early-career artists

Working Environment

The Grant Writer will work closely with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Board Treasurer, and may liaise with other staff and board members as well. The EGrant Writer may work remotely or at the Center office as needed, and will participate in a modest number of meetings at the Center or on conference calls.

The Center’s office is located in the Community House of West Park Presbyterian Church at 165 W 86th Street, 2nd floor. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Compensation

This is a contract position. Compensation is $5,000 for approximately 200 hours of work over six months from mid-September 2019 through mid-March 2020, paid in monthly installments. Additional hours paid at $25 per hour.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@centeratwestpark.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Preferred start: week of September 16, 2019