JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

JOBS + INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The mission of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is to encourage and advocate the visual and performing arts by providing a forum where diverse audiences can actively participate in cultural experiences. The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is committed ​to supporting the economic vitality of Suffolk by enhancing the life experiences of our citizens and visitors.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to inclusiveness as a core value and practice. We maintain that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.

Throughout our work, we support diversity across all lines of difference, including age, economic circumstance, ethnicity, sex, race, range of ability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. We aim to lead by example, viewing and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced, and its mission well served, when the practice of inclusion is reflected in all aspects of the organization.

If you are interested in job or internship opportunities, please contact Susan Stone, Development Director, at 757-923-0003, extension: 102 or submit your resume and areas of interest to Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Attn: Susan Stone, 110 W. Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434.

Sales Representative – Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

This position is responsible for recruiting and retaining sponsors for Suffolk Center performances and special events by meeting with business owners/leaders to communicate the benefits of sponsorship and providing detailed information on the variety of sponsorship opportunities available.

This is a contract, commission only, temporary position with flexible hours, no benefits, and no base pay.

A strong candidate will have a proven track record in business-to-business sales, excellent communication skills, and independent work. The Sales Representative will develop a complete understanding of the comprehensive arts-related opportunities provided by the Suffolk Center and be able to effectively communicate the many benefits the Suffolk Center brings to Suffolk and the surrounding region. A list of past sponsors and advertisers will be the initial account base.

Responsibilities:

• Sell sponsorships to a wide range of businesses, from owner-operated businesses, to small companies to corporations.
• Develop account relationships and close sales quickly
• Once sponsorship is confirmed, secure art-work, logo, and other materials to meet established publishing/marketing deadlines.
• Develop opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and non-profits when feasible
• Analyze and present bi-weekly analytics reports
• Work with Suffolk Center staff to develop sponsorship packages, budgets, and necessary sales materials

We are looking for someone who:

• Has a successful track record in business-to-business sales
• Has an out-going and professional personality
• Has a “can do” attitude and loves to be challenged
• Is a self-starter, able to work both independently and within a team
• Is organized and has a strong desire to succeed
• Has the ability to clearly define the Suffolk Center’s mission and goals of supporting the economic vitality of Suffolk, providing our citizens with a facility for the arts and a venue for community gatherings, and to positively impact our community by providing multi-cultural education programs, performances, and activities for diverse audiences.

Requirements:

• 3-5 years or more of experience selling in a sales-driven, commissioned environment
• Exceptional written, verbal, phone and presentation skills
• Ability to quickly learn and consistently employ professional protocols
• Ability to work under pressure, organize and prioritize responsibilities
• Passion to educate current and prospective sponsors
• Online and social marketing a plus
• Travel mainly within Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton County, Smithfield, and Isle of Wight County with occasional travel to other areas of Hampton Roads

Sales Representative – Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Sales up to $25,000 15% commission
Sales exceeding $25,000 but less than $50,000 20% commission
Sales exceeding $50,000 25% commission

Submission deadline: July 13, 2021. Please submit your resume to Susan D. Stone, Development Director / Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, email: Susan.Stone@SuffolkCenter.org