Work with Us

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.

Senior Director of Programs & Experiences

Career Opportunities

ABOUT THE BCA:
A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) 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 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 Senior Director plays a key role on the senior leadership team at Boston Center for the Arts and is responsible for ensuring that BCA programs align with the strategic vision of the organization and that the organization consistently places the professional needs of performing and visual artists at the center. The Senior Director will also work collaboratively across the organization to ensure consistent consideration of key dependencies such as community engagement, partnerships, fundraising, and operations. Specifically, the Senior Director provides leadership for the implementation of several signature initiatives, including core residency programs in visual arts, dance, and theatre; short-duration LAB residencies in dance, playwriting, music, and interdisciplinary arts; signature community events like the Boston Art Book Fair; and free year-round series of public programs and exhibitions. The Senior Director also supports efforts to engage the Boston artist community as well as the community of past residents — a diverse network of visual and performing artists. The Senior Director will also act as a thought partner in the implementation of a reclamation of the historic Cyclorama as a space for artists.

Responsibilities include:

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

Leadership and Program Development

  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Directors and the Senior Leadership Team to initiate and set goals for residencies and programs based on BCA strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor staff in the Program Department (Director of Visual Arts, Director of Dance & Interdisciplinary Programs, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Theatre Programs Manager, and Program Coordinator), managing with nuance the diverse range of expertise and experience present.
  • Oversee the Program Department budget and work collaboratively with Senior Leadership on annual budget development.
  • Ensure that program systems and operations are effective, impactful, and aligned with strategic goals.
  • Collaborate with program staff to oversee all aspects of program development including planning, scheduling, and implementing residencies, exhibitions, and public programs.
  • Make recommendations for and enact new program models that increase support for artists and position BCA as a critical resource for Boston-area living artists.
  • Oversee meaningful residency evaluation processes and implement program changes as necessary.
  • Ensure that artistic programs reflect the core principles of racial and cultural equity set forth in the BCA racial and cultural equity action plan.
  • Collaborate with the Co-Executive Directors and Senior Leadership Team to determine and realize goals for programs that center artists and provide wrap-around support for the creation of new work.
  • Identify partnership opportunities that enhance BCA services to artists that broaden our impact and connect artists with new audiences.
  • Attend all required staff and departmental meetings and work collaboratively with all BCA staff to ensure a strong team structure throughout the organization.
  • Act as primary programmatic liaison to the BCA Board of Directors, delivering reports at meetings when required.

Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Engage a broad and diverse audience in Boston Center for the Arts’ free year-round series of public programs, exhibitions, and experiences.
  • Oversee the maintenance of a program calendar and ensure alignment with cross-department staff around its successful implementation.
  • Manage all aspects of select community-based partnerships.
  • Identify opportunities to create collaborative alliances and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships across sectors in pursuit of creating wrap-around services for resident artists.
  • Deepen relationships with local community-based partners and organizations through innovative programming partnerships.
  • Represent Boston Center for the Arts in local, regional, and national meetings and conversations as appropriate.

Other

  • Collaborate with the Advancement Department to ensure successful fundraising and programmatic marketing.
  • Publicly represent the BCA through clear communication of the mission and programs associated with both the visual and performing arts.
  • 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:

  • 8+ years of experience in program development and project management for a cultural organization with strong preference for candidates who have experience with artist residency programs.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a senior management position.
  • Significant experience working with and on behalf of visual and/or performing artists with a strong preference for somebody who has worked across and between creative disciplines.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • The ability to think creatively and develop innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience working in cooperation with a wide range of internal stakeholders.
  • Experience managing teams.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, CRM. databases, and project management software.
  • Excellent collaborative skills.
  • An ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and cultural equity.

PERSONAL QUALITIES:

  • Respects and embraces diverse perspectives.
  • A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative 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.

The management position is full-time, exempt, and reports to the Co-Executive Director. The salary range is $83,000—$90,000, and we offer a competitive benefits package.

Please submit a resume and a letter of inquiry with your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning June 1, 2022, and we hope to fill this position by July 1, 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.

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. 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. 

 

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.

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

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.