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We support working artists create, perform, and exhibit new works; develop new audiences; and connect the arts to community. Join us.

We are —

  • Leadership, staff, artists, and members who work together to engage new artists, invite artistic risk, provoke change, and move audiences;
  • A thriving arts complex where we incubate a dynamic and eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and art that defies categorization;
  • Fertile ground for artists to experiment, create, exhibit, and perform;
  • A vibrant and inclusive gathering place where diverse artists, mentors, patrons, and public engage to collaborate and generate cultural community.

 

Internship Opportunities

From visual arts to theatre, arts administration to marketing, BCA’s internship program offers a variety of ways to get involved, and the opportunity to set individual goals, work on a wide-range of projects, and learn about the local arts community. There’s the added bonus of networking with artists and arts professionals while enjoying the vibrant South End neighborhood.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an integral role at BCA – from our gallery attendants who encourage dialogue in the Mills Gallery, to the dozens of constituents who help the Boston Art Book Fair run smoothly. We love to welcome you into the BCA family with the donation of your time and efforts.

Associate Director of Exhibitions

Career Opportunities

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Title: Associate Director of Exhibitions
Reports to: Director of Visual Arts
Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000/year
Full Time: Yes (40 hours/week)
Management: Yes
Exempt: Yes

ABOUT THE BCA:
A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts has supported thousands of individual artists, small organizations and performing arts companies, who add depth and dimension to the Boston arts ethos. Through residencies and programming, Boston Center for the Arts serves as an epicenter for an expanding cohort of artists working across all disciplines, and has catalyzed careers by providing fertile ground for experimentation and artistic risk-taking.

RACIAL EQUITY COMMITMENT:
Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly, and to identify those ways that we, as a leading cultural organization, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where ALL artists can live and thrive.

POSITION CONCEPT:
The Associate Director of Exhibitions supports and manages the daily operations of the Mills Gallery and other Visual Arts Programs in partnership with the Director of Visual Arts. The Associate Director of Exhibitions will work with curators, artists, installation crews, juries, BCA staff, and the general public, and will be responsible for the smooth running of Mills Gallery exhibitions, including creating and implementing exhibition-related live and virtual public programs and managing the gallery staff and volunteers. The Associate Director of Exhibitions will also assist the Director of Visual Arts with installation- and logistics-related aspects of BCA’s Public Art Residency, Studio Residency, and Run of the Mills programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

MILLS GALLERY AND EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM —

  • In collaboration with the Director of Visual arts and visiting curators, conceptualize, oversee and execute all aspects of the exhibition program including but not limited to:
    • Managing exhibition budget and scheduling;
    • Creation of exhibition checklists, labels, signage and any additional printed exhibition material;
    • Working with invited curator and artists on transport and installation/de-installation plan for work;
    • Creating contracts for invited curators and exhibiting artists and overseeing payment of curators, artists and contractors;
    • Recruiting, training, and supervising all gallery installation staff, gallery sitters, and volunteers;
    • Maintaining artist and exhibition files and archives (both electronic and physical);
    • Providing administrative support to the Director of Visual Arts; and,
    • Working with BCA Marketing/Communications on exhibition promotion.
  • Organizing and maintaining Mills Gallery and storage areas, including but not limited to:
    • Inventorying and maintaining electronic equipment, gallery fixtures, exhibition furniture such as pedestals and shelves, gallery tools, paint, and packing materials, in communication with BCA Facilities staff.
  • Maintaining the safety, security, and functionality of the Mills Gallery space, including safety equipment, Gallery resources, procedures, and other physical needs to present a professional public gallery that can keep up with current Gallery needs.
  • Working with the Senior Director of Operations to develop budgeting for the physical needs and resources of the Gallery.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS—

  • Programmatic duties include but are not limited to:
    • Creating, planning and oversight of live as well as virtual public events including artists talks and receptions for all Mills Gallery Exhibitions.
  • Recruiting and managing gallery volunteers in conjunction with the Programming Associate, and training volunteers in the knowledge necessary for working in the gallery.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES—

  • Generates Visual Arts open calls.
  • Providing production support for events and maintenance in BCA spaces, as assigned. This may include painting, cleaning, building and maintaining. This work may involve lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling.
  • Assists the Director of Visual Arts with installation- and logistics-related aspects of BCA’s Public Art Residency, Studio Residency, and Run of the Mills programs.
  • Works in collaboration with the Theatre Programs Manager and the Senior Director of Operations with internal and external Mills Gallery Rentals and events. This includes but is not limited to providing information that will be used in the contracting, managing site visits, staffing events happening in the Mills Gallery, and making suggestions on event logistics.
  • Contribute to programmatic elements for BCA community events as needed.
  • Participation in cross-organizational teams as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualifications, experience, and attributes:

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in museum or gallery management including curatorial and installation experience, and experience with gallery interpretation and programming for a range of audiences.
  • Administrative experience working with museum or gallery tracking and budgeting systems.
  • Prior experience working with multiple stakeholders, including curators, artists, installation crew, and audiences.
  • An understanding of BCA’s mission and goals, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and to connecting art to community.
  • Art-making and mindfulness practices, a plus.

Related Experience:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience working in cooperation with visual artists in many areas of practice.
  • Experience managing volunteers.
  • Ability to multi-task successfully.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and CRM databases.
  • Excellent organizational and collaborative skills.
  • An ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.

Personal Qualities:

  • Respects diverse perspectives.
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative and and tackle complex challenges.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
  • Engenders trust with staff and remains open to feedback.
  • Operates with a high degree of integrity and respect.
  • Possesses a passion for the arts.

JOB STRUCTURE AND BENEFITS:

This position is full-time. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required. Salary is $60,000-$65,000/year. Boston Center for the Arts offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, 80% covered medical and dental insurance, an FSA plan, short-term disability, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan plus complimentary tickets to BCA and BCA partner events and performances.

Boston Center for the Arts is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of Greater Boston. People of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Theatre Rentals Coordinator

Career Opportunities

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Theatre Rentals Coordinator
Reports to: Theatre Programs Manager
Salary Range: $20/hour
Full Time: Yes (40 hours/week)
Management: No
Exempt: No

ABOUT THE BCA:

A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts has supported thousands of individual artists, small organizations and performing arts companies, who add depth and dimension to the Boston arts ethos.

Through residencies and programming, Boston Center for the Arts serves as an epicenter for an expanding cohort of artists working across all disciplines, and has catalyzed careers by providing fertile ground for experimentation and artistic risk-taking.

RACIAL EQUITY COMMITMENT:

Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly, and to identify those ways that we, as a leading cultural organization, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where ALL artists can live and thrive.

POSITION CONCEPT:

The Theatre Rentals Coordinator is responsible for managing client relationships and tracking all administrative components of theatre rentals in BCA theatre spaces from contract to load- out, working closely with the Theatre Programs Manager. The associate is also responsible for front-of-house operations for the BCA Plaza, Black Box Theatres, and Martin Hall and will be responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, and supervising front-of-house staff and volunteers; maintaining lobby inventory; as well as providing excellent customer service to all audience members and patrons in a timely manner. This position requires working outside of the nine to five schedule and includes working evening and weekend shifts.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Facilitating all requests for rehearsal, audition, workshop, space and other short term rentals.
  • Support the Theatre Programs Manager with performance and long term rentals from contracting through load-out.
  • Tracking renter deadlines and ensuring that all necessary items are in place prior to load in.
  • Tracking payments and refunds of security deposits.
  • Receiving and processing contracts and payments.
  • Ensuring that renters are abiding by the guidelines spelled out in the renter handbook and contract.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Department for theatre renter check-in, walk-through and checkout.
  • Facilitating box office information flow between renters, BCA and the box office.
  • Facilitating marketing information flow between renters and BCA marketing team.

FRONT OF HOUSE

  • On-site BCA representative during performances and events.
  • Serve as house manager as needed for performances and events.
  • Coordinating and training house management and front of house staff for all performances and events in the BCA Plaza and Black Box Theatres and Plaza Lobby.
  • Acting as liaison for clients on all house management issues.
  • Supervising house managers and volunteer ushers in theatre spaces.

GENERAL

  • Attend meetings and serve on teams, as assigned.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following attributes:

RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Volunteer management.
  • House management or ushering.
  • Performing arts experience.
  • Customer service.

PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • Respects diverse perspectives.
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative and and tackle complex challenges.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
  • Remains open to feedback.
  • Operates with a high degree of integrity and respect.
  • Possesses a passion for the arts.
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills.

JOB STRUCTURE AND BENEFITS:

This position is full-time. Frequent weekend and evening hours will be required. Salary is $20/hour plus overtime as necessary. Boston Center for the Arts offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, 80% covered medical and dental insurance, an FSA plan, short-term disability, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan plus complimentary tickets to BCA and BCA partner events and performances.

Boston Center for the Arts is committed to building a team who reflect the diversity of Greater Boston. People of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Marketing & Communications Manager (Two Positions)

Career Opportunities

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Title: Marketing & Communications Manager
Number of Positions: Two
Reports to: Senior Director of Marketing & Communications Salary Range: $55,000/year
Management: No
Exempt: Yes
Application Review Begins: August 16, 2021

ABOUT THE BCA:

A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts has supported thousands of individual artists, small organizations, and performing arts companies, who add depth and dimension to the Boston arts ethos. Through residencies and programming, Boston Center for the Arts serves as an epicenter for an expanding cohort of artists working across all disciplines and has catalyzed careers by providing fertile ground for experimentation and artistic risk-taking.

Boston Center for the Arts is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of Greater Boston. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

RACIAL EQUITY COMMITMENT:

Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly and to identify those ways that we, as a leading cultural organization, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where ALL artists can live and thrive.

POSITION(S) CONCEPT:

BCA seeks two (2) Marketing & Communications Managers.

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications and in collaboration with other colleagues, each Marketing & Communications Manager helps organize, and implement communications, marketing, and public relations efforts for BCA and its programs. Each Marketing & Communications Manager will help organize and implement marketing, public relations, and communications strategies to advance annual plans that define and strengthen the brand, artistic programs, and artist, community, and donor engagement goals of the BCA. This is an extraordinary opportunity to join an organization in the midst of radical change. We seek two people who are energized by the idea of being integral members of a team in the execution of a long-term marketing and communications strategy in pursuit of a bold and ambitious vision.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties of both positions include, but are not limited to:

Website and Social Media

  • Develop and disseminate dynamic, engaging, and discursive content strategies for the website and all social media channels in collaboration with other team members.

Marketing and External Affairs

  • Develop and disseminate engaging artist-focused content for all print and digital marketing materials including, but not limited to: BCA’s website, print materials and brochures, digital campaigns, and donor, member, and press materials in collaboration with other team members.
  • Work closely with the Development department to strategize and execute multi-channel fundraising campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Artistic Programming department on focused and impactful programmatic marketing and promotion campaigns. Strictly maintain a consistent and strong adherence to the BCA brand strategy and guidelines in all communications and visual output.
  • Work within the BCA’s annual marketing and communications budget to produce engaging and effective marketing and communications materials.
  • Help carry out public relations strategies in collaboration with the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, public relations consultants and volunteers.

Other

  • Support all BCA programs and special events as requested.
  • Attendance at occasional evening and weekend performances and events will be required.
    Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following skills, experience, and attributes:

Knowledge & Experience

  • 2-5 years of experience in marketing and communications, preferably in the non-profit or arts and culture field.
  • Sophisticated understanding of marketing and research.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write compellingly about the visual and performing arts, and community engagement.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp or other email platforms.
  • Extensive experience with creating and disseminating social media campaigns to multiple audiences.
  • Experience with photo, graphics, and video editing.
  • Experience with website content management systems including WordPress.
  • Ability to think creatively and develop innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to communications strategies.

Personal Qualities

  • Respects and values diverse perspectives.
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with a proven ability to take initiative and tackle complex challenges.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
  • Engenders trust with other staff and remains open to feedback.
  • Operates with a high degree of integrity and respect.
  • Possesses a passion for the arts.
  • Possesses excellent organizational skills.

JOB STRUCTURE AND BENEFITS:

Both positions are full-time. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required. The salary is $55,000. Boston Center for the Arts offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off (PTO), 80% covered medical and dental insurance, an FSA plan, short-term disability, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan plus complimentary tickets to BCA and BCA partner events and performances.

Boston Center for the Arts expects to fully re-open on Tuesday, September 7, 20201. Both successful candidates will be expected to report to the office although some flexible remote work can be negotiated.

Boston Center for the Arts is committed to building a team who reflect the diversity of Greater Boston. People of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Usher for Plaza and Black Box Theatres

Volunteer Opportunities

Description:

We are currently looking for volunteers to help usher for productions in our Plaza and Black Box Theatres. Volunteer ushers are an integral part of the audience experience for fringe theatre companies and ensembles that produce hundreds of performances each season. Volunteers sign up for available shifts roughly one month before each performance. 

Volunteer responsibilities
  • Arriving one hour before showtime
  • Handing out programs
  • Taking tickets
  • Helping seat patrons
  • Answering basic questions about the production
  • Light clean up after the performance
  • Assisting with emergency evacuation in case of emergency
Volunteer benefits
  • Enjoying free performances
Requirements
  • General weeknight and weekend availability
  • Dress code is event black clothing
How to apply

Email your name and phone number to housemanager@bcaonline.org.

Gallery Attendant

Volunteer Opportunities

Description:

Boston Center for the Arts accepts applications year-round for volunteer Gallery Attendants in the Mills Gallery. The Mills Gallery Volunteer Program offers an opportunity to gain experience, knowledge, and insight into a non-profit arts organization and the Boston arts community. Gallery Attendants are the face of the Mills Gallery and an important link between our programs, gallery and our public. They oversee the safety of exhibited work while creating a welcoming environment for visitors.

Responsibilities
  • Opening and closing gallery
  • Enforcing gallery rules in a polite but firm manner
  • Collecting visitor information
  • Becoming knowledgeable about the exhibit and artists on view as well as BCA-wide programs
  • Initiating and encouraging dialogue with and among visitors
  • Serving as a general resource for our public by providing information about BCA programs, exhibits, performances and events
  • Assisting in event/performance production in the gallery
  • Assisting with emergency evacuation in case of emergency.
Benefits
  • Invitations to exclusive talks given by artists, performers, curators, etc
  • Valuable visitor service training including an introduction to educational theories and techniques
  • Professional gallery operations experience
  • Opportunities to work with BCA staff, as well as artists, curators, and special guests
  • Opportunities to create new relationships and networks
Requirements
  • Training in setting up/shutting down the gallery
  • Commitment to a 4-hour shift for the duration of the exhibition

For more information, contact Erin Dimson-Doyle at edimson@bcaonline.org