Work with Us

If you are inspired by innovation, creativity, and progress, 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.

Spring 2021 Remote Internships at Boston Center for the Arts

Internship Opportunities

Description:

POSITION CONCEPT

Located in the historic South End, Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a nexus of the Boston arts community committed to incubating and showcasing the performing and visual arts of our time. Internships at BCA allow you the opportunity to gain insight into the wide spectrum of business operations of an arts organization, work with different departments on a variety of projects, develop skills essential for your future employment and connect with local artists and arts professionals.

Apply by: January 8, 2021

Salary: Unpaid, for college credit

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns at BCA generally work between 8 and 20 hours per week between Monday and Friday and during regular business hours (9 am – 5 pm). During the internship, the intern focuses on a specific area (Advancement & Events, Artistic Programs – Visual Arts,) while having the opportunity to experience various departments and projects. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Promptly accomplish projects assigned by BCA staff, communicate challenges and questions, and report progress regularly;
  • Work both individually and collaboratively in conjunction with all BCA departments;
  • Assist with special events (virtual for 2021) as required;
  • Attend meetings (virtual for 2021) as required;
  • Act as a BCA ambassador and resource to the public. 

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

  • Advancement & Events  
  • Artistic Programs – Visual Arts 

Boston Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. BCA prohibits based upon an individual’s age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

QUALIFICATIONS 

The successful candidate will have: a genuine interest in the arts and arts administration; an eagerness to learn; a strong sense of responsibility; a high level of maturity and professionalism; good time management as well as organization skills; attention to detail; excellent communication skills; and be comfortable working individually and collaboratively.   

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume / CV to: internships@bostonarts.org

Indicate your area of interest (Advancement & Events, Artistic Programs – Visual Arts) in your application.

Applications are reviewed in January. Start and end dates are flexible. 

NO PHONE CALLS.

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About this Organization:

Boston Center for the Arts is an historic nonprofit performing and visual arts complex that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new work; builds new audiences and connects art to community.

BCA is located in Boston’s South End, the largest landmark district in the United States. BCA is a four acre complex that includes: The Cyclorama, built in 1884 to display a panorama painting, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 23,000 square foot Cyclorama rotunda is now the site of exhibitions, performances and community events and houses the Community Music Center of Boston, the Art Connection, the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, three small theaters and a rehearsal studio. The Tremont Estates Building, originally an organ factory built in 1850, now houses over 50 artist studios, the Mills Gallery, two rehearsal spaces and Banyan Bar + Refuge. Boston Ballet’s headquarters, a 1991 building designed by noted architect Graham Gund, houses rehearsal and administrative spaces, and a ballet school. For more information, please visit bostonarts.org.

ANTI-RACISM AGREEMENT

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

Boston Center for the Arts 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 Black artists can live and thrive.

BCA employees, interns, and artistic residents agree to working with Boston Center for the Arts to dismantle white supremacy. To that end, interns will be expected to adhere to BCA’s anti-racism and sexual harassment policies as detailed in the employee handbook. Interns agree to participate in ongoing anti-racist work which may include workshops, readings, and other activities. BCA has a zero-tolerance policy for racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and ableists actions and behavior. BCA will immediately revoke all rights and privileges of its interns should an intern act or behave in the aforementioned manner.

COVID AGREEMENT

All BCA interns agree to abide by the BCA’s COVID-19 policy which can be found in the employee handbook.

Membership Manager

Career Opportunities

Description:

Title: Membership Manager

Reports to: Director of Individual Giving

Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

Management: No

Exempt: Yes

Application Deadline: December 15, 2020

Boston Center for the Arts is seeking a creative and driven fundraising professional to  oversee its nascent membership program. BCA Membership offers our cultural community  multiple points of access to Boston Center for the Arts and the transdisciplinary programs  we produce, activating and advancing the mission of the BCA through financial support and  engagement. This opportunity offers the right individual the ability to shape and lead an  exciting new program.  

POSITION CONCEPT 

The Membership Manager is primarily responsible for planning, organizing, and  successfully executing a thoughtful, inclusive, and vibrant membership program that  supports the work of Boston Center for the Arts to reach its strategic individual and  corporate fundraising goals. The Membership Manager would also provide high-quality  database management, prospect research and development coordination, including  oversight of consistent data entry procedures, optimizing functionality, and ensuring  quality control and best practices for donor management.  

Some weekend and evening work will be required. Skills required include: exceptional  writing skills; experience using and maintaining CRM database; knowledge of nonprofit  fundraising; experience planning special events; strong communication and project  management skills; effective interpersonal communication skills, and an ability to execute  on the mission of the BCA and the policies of the Co-Executive Directors and Board of  Directors.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

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

  • Oversight of the BCA Membership platform. 
  • Working with the Advancement and Artistic teams to plan and execute cultivation  and stewardship events aligning with programmatic initiatives, engaging  demographically disparate audiences with BCA programs, artists, and staff. 
  • Management of our Membership Advisory Council, including monthly meetings. 
  • Developing plans and budgets for assigned Member opportunities and campaigns,  and ensuring adherence to projected budget.  
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes of events and campaigns. Utilize database tools  to collect, enter and accurately update event, volunteer, and donor information. 
  • Processing gifts and acknowledgments, and maintaining the client relationship  management software, Patron Manager. 
  • Assisting the Director of Institutional Giving with grant and grant award processing. 
  • Maintaining regular and courteous contact with our Membership base, including  letters, emails, phone calls and other outreach as needed. 
  • Working collaboratively with Marketing and Communications to provide and  steward information necessary to meet fundraising/membership marketing  campaign deadlines.  
  • Attending required staff and departmental meetings, working collaboratively with  BCA staff. 
  • Supporting all BCA programs and special events as requested. Attendance at  evening and weekend performances and events will be required as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS 

A bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, arts administration, or comparable area of  study OR 2-4 years of experience in the fields of non-profit fundraising, arts management,  or administration is preferred.  

RELATED EXPERIENCE

The successful candidate will have: an outgoing and friendly  demeanor; strong oral and written communication skills; experience with creating and  managing events; a record of successful fundraising in a non-profit setting; experience  working in cooperation with artistic personalities; experience managing volunteers;  knowledge of the visual and performing arts; ability to multi-task successfully; experience  working with the Microsoft Office Suite and CRM databases (Salesforce or Patron Manager  preferred but not required); excellent organizational and collaborative skills; an ability to  maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.  

Please send resume and letter of interest to: Humanresources@bostonarts.org

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