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Symphony Space is a not-for-profit performing arts center in New York City presenting over 600 performances per year in music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and children's programs, reaching 120,000 highly diverse audience members per year. We also produce the popular PRI program Selected Shorts, which is carried on public radio stations throughout the country. In addition, our acclaimed education programs annually reach 6,000 public school students and 2,000 adult literacy students. In addition to its theatres, Symphony Space also operates a studio and a bar/cafe.

Ushers

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing courteous customer assistance, greeting, directing and escorting patrons to their seats; stuffing and distributing programs; providing general direction, answering questions, light clean-up after shows. Must be very dependable, neat, interested in interacting with the general public, willing to work a changing schedule. Training is provided. Uniform to be worn on the job is long sleeve black shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Weekly schedule of 5 to 20 hours generally available, daytime and/or evening.

Starting wage: $13.00/hour.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Corinne Maikarfi, Head of House Management, at corinne.maikarfi@symphonyspace.org.

Current Openings

+Development Assistant

Symphony Space seeks a highly motivated and dynamic Development Assistant.  Reporting to the Director of Development, this position works closely with all members of the staff to coordinate and implement a variety of fundraising activities. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in building relationships with Symphony Space members by serving as a point of contact
  • Receiving, processing, tracking, and assisting in the acknowledgment of all donations
  • Preparing reports to track development goals
  • Assisting in the production and implementation of all printed and electronic fundraising communications, including season brochure, appeal, and gala direct mailings as well as website, email marketing, and social media messaging
  • Managing membership renewal e-mails and letters
  • Maintaining donor database, donor mailing lists and donor files
  • Assisting in the coordination and execution of all cultivation, stewardship, and fundraising events, including an annual gala
  • Maintaining department budget, manage vendor relations and payments
  • Supporting the operations of the department as a whole

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of administrative experience, excellent customer service skills, and a passion for the arts.  Additional essential characteristics include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Superb attention to detail and highly organized
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility on evening and weekend hours as needed
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and master new technologies
  • Track record as an enthusiastic, collaborative, dependable team player
  • Ability to handle a high volume of work and complete tasks efficiently and accurately
  • Familiarity with database management
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with CRM database software and MailChimp/dotMailer preferred

Compensation: Competitive salary, with these benefits available:  health, life and long-term disability insurance; flexible spending plan (FSA); an annuity plan; and three (3) weeks’ vacation.

At Symphony Space, we believe the arts are for everyone.  For four decades, Symphony Space has presented a full slate of artistically and culturally diverse music, literature, film, family, and arts education programs on our stages and in classrooms throughout the five boroughs.  A New York City cultural icon with a national reach, Symphony Space continues to build upon its rich history as one of New York’s most vibrant hubs for culture, ideas, and community.

Symphony Space is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and two (2) writing samples to:

Brenda Murad, Director of Development, brenda.murad@symphonyspace.org

No phone calls please.

+Coordinating Producer

Symphony Space is seeking a vibrant candidate to join our team in the role of Coordinating Producer.  This new position will work closely with the Departments of Performing Arts, Literary Programs, Film, and Production in both the producing and administrative aspects of a full slate of music, literature, film, family, and community programs. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Coordinating Producer will play a key role in the communication and coordination of information with internal staff at all levels of the organization as well as external partners.  Supporting all in-house events from conception through wrap-up, this position will work across departments to maximize the potential of each program and will provide administrative support for season planning and the budgeting process.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships both within and outside the organization.

The Coordinating Producer is the “process expert” for approximately 100 in-house live performances as well as a full array of film events. Responsibilities will range from managing small-scale projects and tasks to overseeing parts of larger projects in concert with the Producers, and will include:

  • Acting as liaison among program, production, marketing, development, box office, finance, and administrative departments to ensure a clear line of communication and the timely dissemination of information
  • Coordinating and maintaining the event calendar, tracking project schedules, due dates, and deliverables
  • Managing milestone delivery from program departments, including program descriptions, bios, media assets, and other information necessary for marketing, communications, and fundraising
  • Scheduling pre- and post-event production and marketing meetings, and creating and maintaining relevant reports and files
  • Creating systems and tracking distribution and collection of contracts, participant release forms, riders, etc., and maintaining archives of event-related material, compiling all pertinent documents, files, and collateral from all concerned departments
  • Assisting in development and reforecasting of annual budgets, and tracking and reconciling program expenses, including the tracking and compilation of receipts, expenditures, and necessary reports
  • Assisting in coordinating artistic aspects of special events, such as the Annual Gala
  • Reviewing all PR/marketing digital and print materials with special attention to accuracy of artistic content

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years artistic administration or general/company management experience in a non-profit performing arts organization
  • A passion for the arts and knowledge of the New York City artistic community
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • A facility with computer database programs
  • Superb follow-through
  • An ability to communicate successfully with artists, administrators, and key stakeholders
  • An ability to prioritize and multitask at a high level
  • A willingness to “jump in” whenever and however needed
  • A collaborative spirit and a “can-do” attitude

Symphony Space is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming, presented in a uniquely warm and welcoming environment, forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences. Our fundamental mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts. On our New York City stages, through our national broadcasts, and in the classrooms and communities we serve throughout the country, we foster access to the arts through all the disciplines.  Our embrace of the audience and the arts is wide, and the experience of our audience is deep and enriched.

We offer a competitive salary and a benefit package that includes health insurance; life and long term disability insurance, flexible spending plan; annuity plan; and three (3) weeks’ vacation. Website: symphonyspace.org

Please email cover letter, salary requirement and resume to search@symphonyspace.org.

Please put COORDINATING PRODUCER in the subject line.

+Staff Accountant

Symphony Space seeks a Staff Accountant. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Staff Accountant performs a wide variety of essential financial processing and reporting duties, including earned income accounts payable and receivable and monthly reconciliations. S/he must be able to work independently and be very detail-oriented.

Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Process vendor invoices and prepare checks for signing
  • Process cash receipts form rentals and other sources
  • Record daily and month-end journal entries for deferred ticket sales, Bar Thalia (in-house bar/café), merchandise sales and other activities; Perform monthly reconciliations of balance sheet and income accounts
  • Reconcile ticket sales with Spektrix ticketing software
  • Make recommendations for the improvement of financial policies and procedures
  • Support Director of Finance, particularly with financial statements

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications:

Required:

  • Knowledge of GAAP and nonprofit accounting
  • Knowledge of financial management systems and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, multi-taking ability, and attention to detail
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently
  • Integrity, sensitivity and discretion in dealing with confidential financial information
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with 3 to 4 years applicable experience, preferably in a not-for-profit environment
  • Knowledge of financial accounting software; Excel, Word, knowledge of Spektrix a plus

Preferred:

Experience with Financial Edge

This position reports to the Director of Finance and co-supervises one intern. To apply, please send an email and cover letter to Kelly McKaig, Director of Finance. kelly.mckaig@symphonyspace.org.