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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.

Performing Arts Manager – Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is now accepting applications for the position of Performing Arts Manager. This is a full-time position with benefits. The Performing Arts Manager is a key leader within the organization, overseeing all performances at the Center. Working closely with the Executive Director and Creative Director, this position oversees the box office and ticket sales, technical and artistic operations, and theater management. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a love for the performing arts to be part of the creative team at the only comprehensive performing arts center in Hampton Roads.

Job Responsibilities:

• Oversees all performances held at the Suffolk Center.
• Develops and manages season calendar with the Creative Director.
• Develops and tracks season/annual budget, and develops budgets and financial reports for individual performances.
• Ascertains theater needs, including lighting, sound, seating, and other equipment and capital needs.
• Identifies, schedules, and books diverse performers aligning with the Center’s mission, serving as primary liaison with artists/managers/agents, securing riders, overseeing contracts, assisting with production and back-line details, and overseeing tech needs all while working within a set budget. Serves as blockhead as needed to collaborate with presenting partners.
• Oversees all artist hospitality (including meals and hotels), meet and greets, concessions, and merchandize sales.
• Acts as house manager day of show, or coordinates house manager.
• Hires, supervises, and coordinates with box office and technical staff, including technical director, lighting and sound engineers, and technician assistants.
• Oversees box office and ticket sales.
• Works with marketing and development staff to promote performances at the Suffolk Center. Gathers all necessary marketing and showcase materials from agents and artists, and coordinates audience development initiatives.
• Works with finance staff to ensure timely and accurate payment of all performers, technical staff, and other vendors related to performances.
• Works with facilities staff to ensure the safety of guests, staff, and performers within the theater, and to ensure the professional appearance of theater facilities.
• Participates as part of the creative team across the Suffolk Center, working with education and galleries staff. Integrates performing arts programs with visual arts and educational endeavors at the Center.
• Works with Executive Director, development staff, marketing staff, and others to support fundraising efforts for programs to ensure the financial sustainability of the Center.
• Assists with special events/fundraisers at the Center when needed.
• Creates monthly board report of programming for Executive Director.
• Execute other responsibilities as determined by Creative Director.

Qualifications:

• Background or in-depth knowledge of at least one form of performing arts, such as music, dance, and/or theater.
• Though not required, demonstrated experience working in a theater or performing arts facilities is a strong plus, including experience in ticketing, box office management, and/or theater equipment and systems.
• At least one year of management experience, including experience supervising staff.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Demonstrated organization and time management skills.
• Flexible, practical, creative approach.
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including an ability to build relationships with artists, community partners, customers, clients, sponsors, and donors.
• Basic knowledge of marketing concepts and fundraising is a plus.
• Financial acumen, including the ability to create a budget and track expenses and sales.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
• Associates or bachelor’s degree is preferred, but commensurate experience will be considered.
• Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the Center’s mission for promoting the arts in Suffolk.

This is a full-time, permanent position within the Suffolk Center. Evening and weekend hours will be required for performances, receptions, and special events. Benefits for this position include medical and dental insurance; paid time off for vacation, sick time, holidays, and more; and an employer match toward a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to L.Costa@SuffolkCenter.org. No phone calls, please. Applications received by October 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Gallery Shop Manager – Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is now accepting applications for the position of Gallery Shop Manager. This is a part-time position with flexible hours, overseeing all sales, staffing, operations, and inventory within Jesters Gallery Shop. Located inside the Suffolk Center in the heart of downtown Suffolk, Jesters is a small boutique of artists’ work and artisans’ pieces, featuring one-of-a-kind gifts and décor items, including paintings, pottery, glass works, jewelry, wall art, books, cards, and much more, all created by local and regional artists. The goal of this position is to manage the shop and find new and creative ways to increase sales. We are looking for someone with at least two years of retail experience, preferably in a gift shop or boutique setting.

Manage the Gallery Shop

  • Select artists, artwork, and merchandise for inclusion in the gallery shop, and ensure updated inventory.
  • Manage wholesale and consignment inventory and shop supplies: process purchase orders and invoices, maintain files and storage areas, and order shop supplies.
  • Design merchandise displays and shop decorations.
  • Oversee all financial transactions within the gallery shop, including sales of artwork and merchandise, tracking of sales tax, and payments to artists for works sold within the galleries and consigned within the gallery shop, with support from the Finance Manager.
  • Ensure that shop operations follow best management practices. Determine and oversee procedures for opening and closing the shop, cash and currency handling, and maintenance of time records of employees.
  • Ensure that all customers in the shop are treated with dignity and afforded the highest levels of customer service.
  • Work with the facilities team to maintain and upkeep the shop and associated storage areas.

Marketing to Increase Sales

  • Develop a marketing and business plan to increase sales in the shop, incorporating creative ideas such as pop-up shops, new inventory, sip-and-shop events, partnerships with other businesses, and other new ways to reach potential customers.
  • Work with the Center’s Marketing Manager to promote new artists and items in the shop, special sales and promotions, shopping events, and other campaigns.

Financial and Staff Management

  • Prepare annual budget and quarterly projections for the gallery shop, and oversee all financial activities.
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate shop employees.
  • Protect the safety of employees, customers, and guests by ensuring the adherence to safety policies and protocols within the shop and gallery spaces.
  • Uphold the Center’s core values of inclusivity and diversity when selecting artists and artwork, hiring, and promoting staff, partnering with community groups, and seeking community participation

Support the Gallery and Visual Art Exhibitions

  • Assist and collaborate with the gallery manager in planning visual art exhibitions within the galleries and other spaces in the Center, including juried exhibits, curated/invitational shows, and exhibits in partnership with schools and art associations.
  • Handle all sales of gallery pieces within the shop, including internet sales. Coordinate details such as delivery, pick-up, cataloging, and pricing of artwork.
  • Help with gallery events, exhibit receptions, and other visual art events with a team of staff and volunteers, such as the Plein Air Festival.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of retail management experience, including experience with inventory, financial transactions, and staff management. Strong preference for experience in gift shops, boutiques, and other retail environments focusing on unique items.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills.
  • Basic knowledge of marketing concepts is required, especially for gift shops, galleries, and/or boutiques; higher level experience in marketing is a plus.
  • Flexible, practical, creative approach.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, including an ability to build relationships with artists, community partners, customers, and clients.
  • Financial acumen, including the ability to create a budget and track expenses and sales.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the Center’s mission for promoting the arts in Suffolk.
  • Quickbooks experience a plus.
  • Experience working in an art gallery is a strong plus, as is a background or in-depth knowledge of at least one form of visual art or craft, such as painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry-making, etc.

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to L.Costa@SuffolkCenter.org. No phone calls, please. Applications received by October 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This is a part-time, permanent position within the Suffolk Center, budgeted for 26 hours per week. If certain, specific sales goals are met, there may be an opportunity to increase the hours for this position to full-time. Shop hours are currently  Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Occasional evening hours may be required for receptions and special events. Benefits for this part-time position include an employer match toward a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.