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

+ Operations Manager

We are seeking a part-time Operations Manager to support the Executive Director and Artistic Director in managing the organization and its facilities. The Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing and supporting the administrative, financial, and facilities operations of the Center.

  • Finances and Operations: Bookkeeping and income/expense tracking. Send invoices and receipts. File financial records and important documents. Track and maintain insurance policies and maintenance agreements. Support Executive Director in managing bill payment, processing checks, and preparing annual tax filing.
  • Facilities Management: Manage short-term space rentals for rehearsals, meetings, classes, and other events. Maintain venue calendar and cleaning checklists. Order cleaning and office supplies. Track daily cleaning and maintenance of the Center’s facilities. Keep the Center office neat and organized. Track key card access for tenants, short-term renters, and resident artists. Supervise the facilities staff, including Building Superintendent and porters.
  • Other Duties: Answer the office phone, and respond to general inquiries by phone, email, and drop-in visits. Communicate with the Board of Directors to schedule regular meetings. Support the Executive Director and Artistic Director in managing Fundraising and Programming projects, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the E.D. and A.D.

Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience in operations management, facilities management, arts administration, or a related field
  • Experience managing an office, theater, church, event venue, rehearsal studio, or other facility
  • Experience as a supervisor, leading a team, and helping others do their best work
  • Experience with Quickbooks or other bookkeeping software
  • Experience with G Suite apps, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive
  • Organized, diligent, and ready to thrive when working on both individual and collaborative projects
  • Passionate about the arts, community-building, and historic architecture

Working Environment

The Operations Manager reports to the Executive Director, supports the Artistic Director on specific projects, and supervises the Building Superintendent and Porters.

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 Operations Manager will work a part-time schedule of up to 20 hours per week. The weekly schedule will be determined by mutual agreement with the Executive Director and may be 2.5 full days, 5 half-days, or another combination.

The Operations Manager will be expected to be on site during scheduled office hours and to work occasional evening events, such as the annual gala.

Compensation

This is a part-time hourly with paid time off.

  • $25 per hour, up to 20 hours per week
  • Paid time off for health, vacation, and holidays

Application Process

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. First round interviews will begin in August.

Preferred start date: September 3, 2019.

+ House Manager

We are seeking a House Manager for the 2019-2020 season to facilitate a great experience for our patrons and artists at performances and events. The House Manager reports to the Artistic Director and is responsible for managing the box office and front of house experience at performances and other public events.

Responsibilities

  • Welcome all patrons and guests and creating a warm and positive experience
  • Coordinating with producers, stage managers, ushers, and other production staff
  • Sell tickets at the door
  • Check in patrons
  • Serve as a fire guard during performances and events
  • Control public access to performance and event spaces during performances and events
  • Turn off lights and lock up after performances and events

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in house management, box office management, theater ushering, or other customer service roles
  • Available evenings 6pm to 11pm and Saturday afternoons 12pm to 5pm
  • Able to commit to a predetermined schedule of two to five shifts per week
  • Warm, courteous, conscientious, well-organized, and calm under pressure
  • Passionate about theater, the performing arts, and community-building
  • Previous training as a fire guard a plus but not required

Working Environment and Schedule

The House Manager reports to the Artistic Director and coordinates with the producer, stage manager, and other production staff for each event. Some phone or email communication outside of regularly scheduled shifts may be required.

The House Manager will work two to five events per week from September 5, 2019 through May 24, 2020, excluding the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Shifts start one hour before each event and end up to half an hour after each event. Shifts typically start between 6pm and 7pm (12pm to 2pm for matinees) and end between 10pm and 11pm (3pm to 5pm for matinees). Shifts are never more than 5 hours long, and a one-hour dinner break is provided between matinee and evening shifts. Most events take place Wednesday through Sunday evenings and Saturday afternoons. There are no Sunday afternoon events. The schedule for the entire season will be available in advance but is subject to change. Shift length is based on estimated event run time.

All events will take place at The Center at West Park, located inside West Park Presbyterian Church at 165 W 86th Street. The House Manager will remain on site for the duration of each event until all guests have left the venue.

Compensation

This is a part-time, seasonal position for September 2019 through May 2020.

  • $18.00 per hour
  • Paid time off for sick leave

Application Process

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be held in August.

Preferred start: September 5, 2019.

+ Event Coordinator

We are seeking an Event Coordinator to manage the planning and execution of the 3rd annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. This is a benefit to support the Center’s Artist Residency programs and the restoration of our building, a New York City landmark. The Event Coordinator reports to the Benefit Planning Committee Chair.

Responsibilities

  • Participating in weekly or biweekly calls with the Benefit Planning Committee
  • Drafting the budget for the event based on goals determined by the Committee
  • Tracking expenses
  • Coordinating with vendors for graphic design, printing, catering, decor, photography, etc.
  • Coordinating design process for save the date, invitation, and event program
  • Tracking ticket purchases and donations
  • Coordinating event staff and volunteers
  • Managing day-before and day-of setup, run of show, and cleanup
  • Coordinating post-event follow-up and thank-you letters

Qualifications

  • Prior experience in gala or special event management
  • Organized, diligent, self-directed, and calm under pressure
  • Passionate about the arts, community-building, and historic architecture

Working Environment

The Event Coordinator reports to the Benefit Planning Committee Chair and works collaboratively with the Benefit Planning Committee, Interim Executive Director, and Artistic Director. The Event coordinator may work remotely or at the Center office as needed, and will be expected to be on site for the full day of the event.

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 five months from August through December 2019, 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: no later than August 15, 2019.

+ 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