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Do you love the arts?

Are you ready to make a difference?

The diverse team at NJPAC changes lives every day—through our world-class performances, arts education programs, and community engagement activities. Join us and become a part of the exciting cultural renaissance happening in Newark right now.

A little bit about njpac

  • our offices are located in the thriving cultural district of Newark, NJ.
  • we’re a passionate team made stronger by our diverse backgrounds, personalities, and skills.
  • we care deeply about our nonprofit mission and its impact on our community.
  • we offer free yoga classes, wellness workshops, and opportunities to volunteer in the community.
  • we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Open Positions

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the state’s anchor cultural institution, seeks a highly professional, energetic, organized and super efficient Executive Assistant (EA) to work one-on-one with its President and CEO. This position is critical to the successful operation of a dynamic institution that works on a daily basis to present world class performances, engage students in arts education, play an integral role in the economic development of its home city of Newark, build community through arts and culture, and maintain and develop partnerships with people and organizations across the state and the nation.

The EA must enjoy working within a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven and community oriented. The EA must be attentive, welcoming and have excellent organizational, writing and people skills. The EA will be working across internal arts center business units, and with hundreds of external stakeholders to support and represent the President and CEO, and in turn, represent the institution.

About NJPAC:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America‟s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and

civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state‟s and the world‟s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted 10 million visitors (including more than 1.8 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Manage and own the extremely active calendar of appointments for the President and CEO
    • Serve as primary scheduler for all meetings, internal and external, that the President & CEO is involved in, and provide President & CEO with regular, up-to-the-minute information and reminders about schedule with all relevant details via text, phone call, and in-person reminders
    • Be aware of and communicate purpose of meetings, materials to be prepared, and changes in schedule to internal staff and external stakeholders in a timely manner
    • Stay up to date on institutional projects in order to prioritize requests of President & CEO’s time, including adjusting schedules to accommodate emergent issues
  • Answer the President & CEO’s office line and direct calls in a timely manner, and monitor President & CEO’s email inbox. Work closely and effectively with the President and CEO, tracking internal deadlines and approvals to ensure efficient project advancement.
  • Take the initiative to respond to issues and requests that do not require the attention of the President & CEO.
  • Support cultivation and maintenance of ongoing relationships with partners and external stakeholders crucial to the organization
  • Keep Contacts of President and CEO up to date. Communicate changes in contact information to relevant departments so information across the organization is consistent and up to date.
  • Process quarterly expense reports and monthly credit card reconciliation
  • Manage the President & CEO’s performance house seats and donation requests
  • Write and edit select pieces of correspondence. Ensure that everything produced for the President & CEO is well-written, grammatically perfect, and accurately reflects the tone and style of the President & CEO.
  • Ensure that all information communicated by the President & CEO is held at the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Maintain a professional and pleasant demeanor that represents the inclusive, welcoming and respectful tone of the CEO and the institution, especially in challenging situations, to ensure a high-level of dignity for everyone is always modeled and displayed.
  • Participate in relevant internal meetings, take notes, and drive follow-up action items.
  • Given the nature of who this role supports, the successful candidate will be responsive to daily calls, emails and texts outside of business hours which includes early mornings, evenings, and weekends.

Skills/Values

  • Efficient and highly motivated, commensurate with a fast-paced work environment
  • Emotionally intelligent, with strong interpersonal skills; able to “read the room.”
  • Values diverse perspectives
  • Persistent, respectful and direct in follow through
  • Takes direction well
  • Highly resourceful
  • Helpful, and enjoys being helpful
  • Highly communicative and responsive
  • Discrete and trustworthy; reliably able to handle confidential information
  • Cares about the mission and work of this institution and lets that guide the work
  • Attentive to detail
  • Strong business writing skills, including excellent grammar
  • Communicates with clarity and confidence

Requirements

  • Minimum 10 years of experience. Prior experience supporting a CEO highly desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficient in Google Suite, Microsoft Office

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line Executive Assistant to the President and CEO.

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

NJPAC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, domestic partner status , medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.

SUMMARY: As NJPAC’s full-time Manager of Major Gifts, you’ll manage a portfolio of individual donors as a member of our fundraising team.  You’ll play a crucial role in ensuring the financial security of our nonprofit during this particularly challenging time for the arts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee individual giving portfolio of approximately approx. 60 donors,. including solicitations, renewals, stewardship, upgrades and fulfillment Helping to set and then meet fundraising goals tied to annual fund and any special campaigns
  • Develop personal relationships with donors that lead to personal solicitation; assign solicitations to CEO, senior management as necessary to close gifts
  • Creatively steward and upgrade existing sponsors using personal visits (5-10 personal touches to donors/prospects monthly), organizing meetings with CEO/other stakeholders, using ticketing, “surprise and delight” perks, invitations to program-related meetings and events, crediting and recognition and benefit fulfillment events
  • Manage correspondence, acknowledgements and proposals for donors.
  • Work with research and membership to identify members for Vanguard level gifts and design engagement plans designed to steward donors and maximize upgrades and conversion.
  • Work with Managing Director of Women@NJPAC to develop new, sustainable strategies to effectively integrate WA donors and prospect pool into regular fundraising efforts
  • Work with prospect researcher to parse wealth screening data to isolate, qualify and activate strategies to engage and solicit high wealth individuals within the database
  • Update and maintain donor records with contact information, biographical updates and coding, including WA
  • Manage and/or attend evening and weekend events and perform other duties and assist in special projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3-5 years development experience, effectively stewarding and fundraising from individual donors, in progressively more senior positions
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Highly motivated strategic thinker with exceptional written and verbal communication skills across a range of formats – including emails, letters, proposals, and progress reports
  • Ability to build relationships and consensus across internal teams.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Word and Excel. Experience with customer relation software preferred.
  • Superior customer service skills and follow-up skills
  • Ability to project manage and prioritize
  • Excellent project management with an ability to implement systems and follow-up processes.
  • Ability to manage up and down
  • Self starter, independent and proactive
  • Interest in the arts a plus
  • Analytical and comfort with data and databases
  • Experience with Salesforce or other Fundraising and ticketing software preferred.
  • Evening/weekend work required.

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line Manager, Major Gifts.

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

DIRECTOR, FOUNDATION AND GOVERNMENT FUNDING

SUMMARY:  Working closely with the VP of Development, and collaborating with senior leaders across the organization, the Director of Foundation and Government Support will be responsible for ensuring that NJPAC builds and maintains strong, lasting relationships with institutional funders and prospects. The Director of Foundation Relation and Government Support will serve as the lead architect and strategist for NJPAC’s foundation and government fundraising and help drive the strategic direction of foundation/government fundraising efforts for the organization.  The Director of Foundation Relation and Government Funding  will serve as a senior member of a high-performing, adaptive NJPAC team of fundraising professionals.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement, and oversee a multi-year foundation and government funding strategy in annual and campaign support that advances NJPAC’s mission, vision, values, and program and strategic priorities.
  • Oversee and grow existing portfolio of approximately 30 foundation, corporate foundation and government donors, as well as a portfolio of philanthropic advisors / liaisons that support family foundations, donors advised funds, and community foundations. Oversee solicitation calendar.
  • Initiate and lead local, regional, and national fundraising calls and visits, including staffing leadership and colleagues in preparation for meetings.
  • Responsible for setting and meeting annual operating and campaign fundraising goals for foundation and government funding, progressively increasing year over year revenue from new and existing major donors
  • Thoughtfully engage leading foundations and thought leaders around the major pillars of NJPAC’s strategic plan and create energy and demand in the marketplace for major leadership philanthropic investments in NJPAC.
  • Leverage and align NJPAC’s leadership, talent, assets, and values with world class philanthropic partnership opportunities.
  • Compose, edit, and finalize high quality and compelling written materials for foundation funders, including LOIs, concept papers, proposals, financial documents, and grant reports.
  • Configure financial budgets for proposals and reports
  • Manage Manager of Foundation and Government Funding

NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND GROWTH

  • Oversee and implement an extensive prospect research and engagement strategy with a regional/national scope to identify and prioritize new leads for foundation and government funding sources
  • Working across departments, engage with senior leadership to create and implement a growth and partnership strategy that drives significant new foundation/government revenue to NJPAC and advances the organization’s ability to achieve impact.
  • Proactively leverage NJPAC Board, Women @ NJPAC board and leadership committees to support and advance prospecting and solicitation
  • Attend state and regional industry conferences and events to network, keep abreast of industry trends and raise the profile of NJPAC within the business community
  • Work cross-departmentally to craft unique funding packages that attract sponsors and donors, including mainstage programming, community engagement activities, arts education and real estate development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 7-10 years demonstrated and progressively responsible management experience in foundation and institutional support.
  • Highly motivated strategic thinker with exceptional written, verbal communication and analytical/financial skills;
  • Strong ability to motivate and develop a team, including fostering an entrepreneurial work environment that encourages collaboration, achievement and optimizes team performance.
  • Proven experience in creating new opportunities, managing change, leading growth and executing innovative, sustainable initiatives.
  • Autonomous and thoughtful approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to build relationships and consensus across internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills, financial business acumen, and sales and networking skills.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Word and Excel. Experience with customer relation software and databases preferred.
  • Strong interest in the arts and philanthropy sector, particularly in New Jersey/New York metro area.
  • Excellent project management with an ability to implement systems and follow-up processes.
  • Proactive, solutions-based, positive and mature individual.

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line Director, Foundation and Government Funding.

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

DIRECTOR OF MAJOR GIFTS

SUMMARY:  Experienced frontline major gifts fundraiser, individual giving strategist,and relationship builder with a track record of success in developing and securing high five, six- and seven-figure gifts. Lead and execute donor and prospecting strategies that compel major donors to invest in NJPAC’s activities and mission. Oversee three-person department responsible for growing the major gifts pipeline at NJPAC, developing and implementing strategies to solicit and/or upgrade major donor prospects and stewarding approximately $3 million in annual renewals. Work closely with the VP of Development and collaborate with senior leaders and partners across the organization. Serve as a senior member of a high-performing, adaptive NJPAC team of fundraising professionals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and execute a dynamic, sophisticated multi-year individual giving fundraising, engagement and prospecting strategy that nurtures, solicts, and secures major gift contributions and partnerships ($25,000+) that advance NJPAC’s annual fund, programming, campaign, and community development priorities.
  • Establish, implement, and oversee a best-in-class engagement and stewardship program that builds and deepens premium relationships, retains and upgrades philanthropic support, creates a seamless and value-driven donor experience that leverages NJPAC’s artistic excellence and advances an institutional narrative focused on impact, outcomes, and access.
  • Responsible for progressively increasing year over year revenue from new and existing major donors.
  • Thoughtfully engage leading philanthropists and thought leaders around the major pillars of NJPAC’s strategic plan and create energy and demand in the marketplace for major leadership philanthropic investments in NJPAC. Leverage and align NJPAC’s leadership, talent, assets, and values with world class philanthropic partnership opportunities.
  • Steward portfolio of approx. 50-75 major individual donors as well as a portfolio of philanthropic advisors / liaisons that support family foundations, donors advised funds, and community foundations. Responsible for personally making solicitations and staffing leadership to make major asks.
  • Initiate and lead local, regional, and national fundraising calls and visits, including staffing leadership and colleagues in preparation for meetings.
  • Proactively leverage NJPAC Board, Women @ NJPAC board and leadership committees to support and advance prospecting, solicitation and stewardship
  • Support trusteeship and the identification of individual prospects for consideration for the NJPAC Board of Directors
  • Oversee and implement relationship management systems to advance fundraising and stewardship. Ensure that NJPAC is at the leading edge of industry around data and analytics, wealth screening, reporting and recognition, gift acceptance, and communications.
  • Serve as NJPAC ambassador and spokesperson at philanthropic and community events and meetings.
  • Manage two person individual giving team overseeing individual gifts at the $5K-$24,999 level, including the development and execution of strategies to upgrade existing donors and strengthen the pipeline for new gifts at increasing levels and Individual Giving Coordinator handling donor fulfillment, event support, acknowledgements, pledge receivables, reporting and tracking;
  • Work with Managing Director of Women@NJPAC to develop new, sustainable strategies to effectively integrate WA donors and prospect pool into regular fundraising efforts
  • Work cross-departmentally to craft and implement strategies and fundable projects for individual donors and prospects

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 7-10 years of major individual gifts experience, in progressively more senior positions, including ability to solicit and manage gifts
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Strong ability to motivate and develop a team, including fostering a working environment that encourages collaboration, achievement and optimizes team performance.
  • Proven ability to create new opportunities, manage change, lead entrepreneurial growth and execute innovative, sustainable initiatives.
  • Highly motivated strategic thinker with exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to build relationships and consensus across internal teams.
  • Strong financial business acumen
  • Superior organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency in Word and Excel. Experience with customer relation software preferred.
  • Familiarity with New Jersey business sector
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Excellent project management with an ability to implement systems and follow-up processes.
  • Ability to manage up and down
  • Self starter, independent and proactive
  • Interest in the arts a plus
  • Analytical and comfort with data and databases
  • Experience with Salesforce or other Fundraising and ticketing software preferred.
  • Evening/weekend work required.

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line Director, Major Gifts.

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Faculty Lead – Arts Integration

The team at NJPAC changes lives every day—through our world-class artistic performances, educational programs and public outreach efforts. Join us and become a part of the exciting cultural renaissance happening right now in Newark, New Jersey.

As NJPAC’s full-time Faculty Lead – Arts Integration, you’ll play a vital role in the largest arts education program in New Jersey.

  • You’ll manage our Arts Integration programs for PreK–12, keeping us on the cutting edge as you oversee a wide range of classes, residencies, orientations, auditions, workshops and performances—virtual, pre-recorded or (maybe, someday!) in person.
  • You’ll cultivate a creative Arts Integration faculty to deliver your programs, so get ready for a hefty dose of recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating and relationship-building.
  • You’ll teach! This isn’t only an administrative role—you’ll get your hands dirty, so to speak, in our arts training classes or school residencies.
  • You’ll put on your marketing hat to come up with new and creative ways to share our Arts Integration programs with the community and generate excitement.

A little bit about you

  • You have 5+ years as a teacher or teaching artist in PreK–12.
  • You’re knowledgeable about and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, trauma-informed and culturally responsive pedagogical approaches.
  • You have leadership experience, ideally in a performing arts setting.
  • You’re an epic communicator, both speaking and writing. Maybe you’re bilingual (Spanish is a plus).
  • You’re super-comfortable with technology like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs and online classroom settings like Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet.
  • You have a BA in Arts Integration or an arts-related field. If you have an MA, that’s amazing. If you don’t have any relevant degrees, but have the experience, please, apply anyway.
  • You love the arts, and you want to share the love!

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line FACULTY LEAD – ARTS INTEGRATION.

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Faculty Lead – Early Childhood

The team at NJPAC changes lives every day—through our world-class artistic performances, educational programs and public outreach efforts. Join us and become a part of the exciting cultural renaissance happening right now in Newark, New Jersey.

As NJPAC’s full-time Faculty Lead – Early Childhood, you’ll play a vital role in the largest arts education program in New Jersey.

  • You’ll manage our Early Childhood program, keeping us on the cutting edge of educational innovation as you oversee a wide range of classes, in-school residencies, community events and workshops—virtual, pre-recorded or (maybe, someday!) in person.
  • You’ll cultivate a creative, artistic Early Childhood faculty to deliver your programs, so get ready for a hefty dose of recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating and relationship-building.
  • You’ll teach! This isn’t only an administrative role—you’ll get your hands dirty, so to speak, in the Early Childhood classroom (online or in schools).
  • You’ll put on your marketing hat to come up with new and creative ways to share our Early Childhood program with the community and generate excitement.

A little bit about you

  • You have 5+ years as a teacher or teaching artist in PreK–2.
  • You’re knowledgeable about and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, trauma-informed and culturally responsive pedagogical approaches.
  • You have leadership experience, ideally in a performing arts setting.
  • You’re an epic communicator, both speaking and writing. Maybe you’re bilingual (Spanish is a plus).
  • You’re super-comfortable with technology like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs and online classroom settings like Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet.
  • You have a BA in Early Childhood or an arts-related field or P3 Certification. If you have an MA, that’s amazing. If you don’t have any relevant degrees, but have the experience, please, apply anyway. 
  • You love the arts, and you want to share the love!

Please email résumé and cover letter to jobopportunities@njpac.org with the subject line FACULTY LEAD – EARLY CHILDHOOD. 

If your application meets our needs, we’ll reach out to continue the process. Thanks for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

NJPAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Fellow Opportunities

If you’re a college student or recent graduate, we’d love to hear from you! We can help you gain the experience you need, whether you want to learn about nonprofits, marketing, administration, film/tv, the arts—or whether you’re in the process of figuring out your path. Not only is NJPAC a great resume builder, you’ll meet and connect with staff members who could be incredibly valuable on your career journey.

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