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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 community members who pitch in during events like Open Studios, 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. To see what volunteer opportunities we have, please email us: volunteer@bostonarts.org.

Cyclorama Production Manager

Career Opportunities

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 CONCEPT

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Operations the Cyclorama Production Manager oversees the execution and production of events on the BCA campus, with a focus on the Cyclorama venue. As a person with extensive knowledge of event technical production and venue management, the manager will supervise and provide consultation on the technical and logistical elements that make an event succeed. The manager shall demonstrate outstanding customer service skills and the ability to successfully problem-solve. The manager works closely with the Cyclorama sales team to ensure client satisfaction and repeat business.

Within the Operations Department, the Cyclorama Production Manager works with members of the operations and artistic staff on the production of internal events in BCA venues. The Cyclorama Production Manager is responsible for supporting venue operations, floor plan and production schedule approvals, resource maintenance, managing risk, and running events. The Manager works collaboratively across the organization to implement policies, procedures, programs, and systems set forth by the Senior Director of Operations. This individual must show maturity, leadership, and an ability to effectively communicate and follow the mission of BCA and the policies of BCA Leadership.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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

Administrative
  • This position works with the Operations Department to develop long and short-range maintenance planning.
  • Prepare equipment budgets, maintain inventories, and order specialized supplies in collaboration with the Operations department.
  • Maintain floor plans, instruction manuals, protocols, and procedures for physical operations in the Cyclorama.
  • Scheduling cleaning, security, and staffing for all events in the Cyclorama.
  • Ensure that decisions regarding the physical details of productions are carried out safely and in accordance with city, state, and safety regulations.
  • Communicate production protocols, venue specific information, and help provide insight to clients for their events in the venues.
  • Attend meetings and serve on teams
  • Other duties as assigned.
Technical
  • Organizing and managing multiple back to back events at a roadhouse style venue and serving as the primary venue manager for the Cyclorama.
  • Overseeing the technical and logistical elements of events in the Cyclorama.
  • Recruiting, managing, and training part-time event staff in the knowledge necessary for working events on the BCA campus.
  • Oversee, conduct, and coordinate cleaning and maintenance needs.
  • Maintaining the safety, security, and functionality of the Cyclorama including safety equipment, procedures, policies, crowd management, evacuation training, and other physical needs to present a professional public venue. Knowledge of OSHA laws and guidelines is expected and may be part of on-the-job training.
  • Providing support for events, exhibitions and maintenance in all BCA spaces. This may include painting, cleaning, lighting and sound installation, or running equipment.
  • Monitor the condition of lighting, sound, and rigging equipment, etc.; arrange or execute for necessary repair and replacement, as budgeted; perform preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Assess, troubleshoot and respond to emergencies.
  • Ensure the safe maintenance and operations of clean, organized venues and public spaces.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:

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

Knowledge and Experience
  • 3-5 years of professional experience related to venue technical management or production management. Previous experience with a road house style, multi event venues is a bonus.
  • Proven effectiveness as a manager of staff, including knowledge of professional development, performance appraisal, and equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills necessary for regular contact with professional peers, staff, patrons, contractors, and city officials.
  • Strong administrative skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Zoom/Google Meet, and CAD software (Google Sketch Up).
  • An ability to deal with a wide range of technical issues and a working knowledge of equipment, techniques, methods, and procedures of theatre, dance, music, and event production. This includes staging, set, sound, and lighting design and implementation; computerized lighting and sound systems; carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • An ability to analyze and evaluate the need for technical support for various events and performances.
  • Excellent organizational skills for projects, tasks, and both physical and intellectual property.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively.
  • Skills in theatrical lighting installation and repair, electrical distribution, technical production, sound, floor plan drafting, carpentry, and general maintenance of a professional venue.
Personal Qualities
  • Respects diverse perspectives.
  • Communicates both verbally and in writing in a clear, concise manner.
  • A patient manager who can work with staff of varying knowledge levels.
  • A nimble, creative thinker with a proven ability to take the initiative and tackle complex challenges.
  • Flexible and open to feedback.
  • Possesses a passion for the arts.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop; use hands to operate objects, tools, and/or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl; talk and/or hear; taste and/or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The Employee must have the ability to work in outdoor and indoor work environments.

JOB STRUCTURE AND BENEFITS:
This position is full-time and reports to the Senior Director of Operations. Weekend and evening hours may be required at times. Salary range is $53,000-55,000/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.

Please submit a resume and a letter of inquiry with your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 2022.

All staff are required to work in-person, on-site at the BCA campus; there is no option for fully remote work. Additionally, it is a requirement of all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster.

 

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

Senior House Manager

Part-Time Opportunities

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 DESCRIPTION

The Plaza Senior House Manager will coordinate and supervise all front-of-house operations for BCA Operated spaces, including productions of BCA Resident Companies and other renters, and other public events in the spaces. They will be responsible for maintaining lobby inventory, as well as providing excellent customer service to all audience members and patrons in a timely manner, creating and maintaining a safe environment for patrons. They will also serve as the Crowd Manager for events that require one.

Hourly Rate: $22.00/hour, 4-hour minimum
Part Time, but guaranteed set number of hours
Exempt Employee: No

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Manage front of house operations for performances and events in BCA’s Theatre and Performance spaces
  • Serve as the liaison between producing companies and the Box Office staff
  • Train and schedule any additional House Managers needed for performances and events in BCA’s Theatre and Performance spaces.
  • Communicate with event and/or performance Producers and Stage Management staff regarding any changes, start times, ADA needs, and other relevant information to front of house operations.
  • Train, supervise, source, and schedule volunteer ushers to serve the needs of patrons.
  • Handle emergency and time sensitive situations that may arise in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Coordinate with BCA Staff to ensure the maintenance of the venue.
  • Maintain and track front of house and cleaning closet inventories.
  • Maintain organization standards of the House Management closet and front of house areas.
  • Coordinate with BCA staff for client requests and servicing.
  • Coordinate and act as a BCA liaison for pre- and post-show receptions.
  • Act as liaison for clients and patrons on all house management issues and concerns.
  • Prepare and distribute summary reports for all performances and events.
  • Ensure that marketing displays are up to date in the venue.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:

This position requires 3+ year(s) experience or related experience in House Management with a demonstrated strength in customer service, public safety, and management of others. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills are necessary for this position. Familiarity with ADA rules and policies pertaining to the front-of-house and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suites are required. Familiarity with navigation of cloud based server systems and Apple computers is helpful. Candidates should possess the ability to attend to numerous details at one time, establish priorities, respond positively and effectively under stressful situations, and propose timely solutions to problems.

Personal Qualities:
  • Respects diverse perspectives
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative 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
Job Structure and Benefits:

This position is a part-time position. Weekend and evening hours will be required. Salary is $22/hour. This position will have a guarantee of 20 hours per week dependent on the activity on campus, with the possibility of up to 30 hours. Benefits are not applicable with this position, however, you will have access to accrued sick time.

To Apply

Please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to the Associate Director of Theatre Arts, Michaila Cowie at Michaila@bostonarts.org.

All staff are required to work in-person, on-site at the BCA campus; there is no option for fully remote work. Additionally, it is a requirement of all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

 

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

House Associate

Part-Time Opportunities

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 CONCEPT:
Boston Center for the Arts is looking for individuals to support the Operations Department staff for events across campus, with a focus on those held in the historic Cyclorama. Events span a broad range of styles and include corporate parties, weddings, art fairs, food festivals, and trade shows, among others. The House Associate will oversee the preparation, execution, and takedown of said events. The House Associate will also serve as an arts advocate on behalf of the BCA during events.

Responsibilities include:

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

  • Serve as a representative for users of BCA-operated spaces including but not limited to the Cyclorama, and Plaza Theatres spaces.
  • Provide production support for events and maintenance in BCA spaces, as necessary. This may include painting, cleaning, building, and maintaining. This work may involve lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling.
  • Setting up, operating, and breaking down various equipment on site.
  • Maintain public safety at all times.
  • Assist with heavy vendor loadings.
  • Monitor vendor traffic outside of venue during load-ins and load-outs
  • Report possible compliance issues to Venue Operations Staff
  • Manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Maintain clean, organized, and safe operation and maintenance of venues and public spaces.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

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

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with an emphasis in technical production or relevant work experience is required.
  • Basic competencies in technical production work including but not limited to lighting, electrical, audio, rigging, and/or staging.
  • Ability to operate basic hand tools.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs and to be on their feet for extended periods of time.
  • Strong ability to manage event-specific technical issues and requirements
  • Crowd Management Certification required – training provided onsite.
  • Great customer service skills and experience working in a fast-paced environment.

Personal Qualities:

  • Respects diverse perspectives.
  • A nimble, creative thinker with a proven ability to take the initiative and tackle complex challenges.
  • Able to work independently and as a self-starter.
  • Solid organizational skills and time management.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
  • Open to feedback.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop; use hands to operate objects, tools, and/or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl; talk and/or hear; taste and/or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The Employee must have the ability to work in outdoor and indoor work environments.

JOB STRUCTURE AND RATE:

This is an events-based flexible-time position. $18/hour. Wages are paid hourly and taxes are taken out. Events shifts available may include both early morning and late-night hours. BCA will reimburse cabs taken when working past midnight and pre- 6am upon submission within 2 weeks of the event. All staff are required to work in-person, on-site at the BCA campus; there is no option for fully remote work. Additionally, it is a requirement of all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters.

APPLICATION:

Please send resumes and cover letters to cycloramaproduction@bostonarts.org with the subject line: “House Associate Applicant” and your name.

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

House Manager

Part-Time Opportunities

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 DESCRIPTION

The Plaza House Manager will coordinate and supervise all front-of-house operations for BCA Operated spaces, including productions of BCA Resident Companies and other renters, and other public events in the spaces. They will be responsible for maintaining lobby inventory, as well as providing excellent customer service to all audience members and patrons in a timely manner, creating and maintaining a safe environment for patrons. They will also serve as the Crowd Manager for events that require one.

Hourly Rate: $20.00/hour, 4-hour minimum

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Manage front of house operations for performances and events in BCA’s Theatre and Performance spaces.
  • Communicate with event and/or performance producers and stage management staff regarding any changes, start times, ADA needs, and other relevant information to front of house operations. 
  • Train and supervise volunteer ushers to serve the needs of patrons. 
  • Handle emergency and time sensitive situations that may arise in a timely and accurate fashion. 
  • Coordinate with BCA Staff to ensure the maintenance of the venue.
  • Maintain and track front of house and cleaning closet inventories. 
  • Maintain organization standards of the House Management closet and front of house areas. 
  • Coordinate with BCA staff for client requests and servicing.
  • Coordinate and act as a BCA liaison for pre- and post-show receptions. 
  • Act as liaison for clients and patrons on all house management issues and concerns.
  • Prepare and distribute summary reports for all performances and events.
  • Ensure that marketing displays are up to date in the venue. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
QUALIFICATIONS:

This position requires 1+ year(s) experience in House Management with a demonstrated strength in customer service. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills are necessary for this position and knowledge of Microsoft Word is helpful. Familiarity with ADA rules and policies pertaining to the front-of-house are preferred. Candidates should possess the ability to attend to numerous details at one time, establish priorities, respond positively and effectively under stressful situations, and propose timely solutions to problems. 

Personal Qualities:
  • Respects diverse perspectives 
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative 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

To Apply

Please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to housemanager@bostonarts.org with the subject BCA House Position. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will start reviewing applications on March 14, 2022. 

All staff are required to work in-person, on-site at the BCA campus; there is no option for fully remote work. Additionally, it is a requirement of all staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

 

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