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    Development & Special Events Assistant
    Deadline: Until filled

    SculptureCenter seeks a Development & Special Events Assistant to play a crucial role in the planning and execution of the organization’s fundraising strategy and donor engagement. The position reports directly to the Director of Development and supports all members of the Development team as well as the Director. This position is hybrid (work from home, on-site in Long Island City, and off-site for events), with a minimum of 3 days/week in office.

    SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought. Positioning artists’ work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter provides an international forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship. Visit our website at for recent exhibitions, events,publications, and press.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    Special Event Production
    - Production for fundraising events, including but not limited to: SculptureCenter Annual Gala, exhibition openings, dinners, cocktails, and cultivation events

    - Schedule and coordinate interdepartmental events meetings

    - Maintain inventory of Development special event supplies

    - Provide on-site event support (including load in and load out) for all Development events, including rentals

    - Liaise with external vendors and internal departments, organizing site visits and walkthroughs as needed

    - Create production schedules and coordinate with front of house staff on staffing plans

    - Assist with selection of décor and sourcing of event elements

    - Make recommendations for the improvement of internal systems

    - Other duties as assigned

    Donor Communications and Data
    - Assist in scheduling meetings for Director and Development department

    - Build invitation lists, working closely with key contacts across SC to ensure that important audiences are represented

    - Receive and process guest responses for events

    - Track activity and guest attendance using Blackbaud CRM

    - Draft invoices, process gifts, and create acknowledgment letters in support of fundraising events

    - Create and distribute event memos and face sheets to SC leadership and frontline fundraising staff

    - Pull event attendance reports and distribute interdepartmentally, highlighting key guests

    - Conduct prospect research, build prospect lists, research potential donors, and confidentially maintain donor records

    - Maintain data migration from internal tracking systems to Blackbaud database, spearheading the data integration process and regular deduping for data integrity

    - Assist in troubleshooting and developing best practices for database as needed

    Development Department Support
    - Build corporate prospect lists and support the development of new brand partnerships

    - Monthly expense reporting for the Development department

    - 1-2 years relevant non-profit experience in a fast-paced work environment, preferably in the arts and culture sector

    - Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Google Workspace, and Mac OS required

    - Familiarity with CRM software and database management a plus

    - Strong writing, editing, and interdepartmental and external communication skills

    - Must be highly-organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated to work in a hands-on environment with a small and dedicated team

    - Discretion and confidentiality

    - Creative problem-solver

    - Ability to multitask

    - Ability to work weekends and after hour events

    Approximately 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of this position’s responsibilities, on-site and off-site work are both necessary andrequired.

    The Development & Special Events Assistant is a full-time, non-exempt position. Working or attending events outside of regularly scheduled office hours is a requirement of this position. Flex time may be taken at the discretion of the supervisor based on the needs of the department. Work is primarily performed in an office environment as well as in event spaces and off-site locations relevant to fundraising activities.

    The budgeted annual salary for this role is $45,000 to $50,000 commensurate with experience. SC currently offers health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401k (including employer match); paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal leave; and pre-tax commuter benefits.

    To Apply

    Submit cover letter and resume, as attachments, to with “Development & Events Assistant – 2023” in the subject line.

    Deadline to apply: Until filled. No telephone calls please.

    SculptureCenter is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color,national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.



    Application period closed April 30, 2023.

    SculptureCenter seeks a Curator to contribute to the organization’s artistic program, inclusive of exhibitions, commissions, educational and public programs, publishing, and other activities that expand and enliven SculptureCenter’s mission to support artistic innovation and independent thought.

    Position Summary
    The Curator is responsible for the development, production, and realization of solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and new commissions, and contributes to educational and public programs, publishing, and other activities related to SculptureCenter’s artistic program.

    The Curator reports to the Director and works collaboratively with the Director and the Deputy Director to devise a robust, long-term programmatic calendar that situates and contextualizes their own curatorial priorities and perspectives within an array of institutional undertakings.

    The Curator coordinates all aspects of exhibition/program development, production, administration, and public presentation, and is supported by the Exhibition and Program Manager.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities
    - Conceive, develop, and implement an original program of exhibitions, commissions, educational and public programs, publishing initiatives, and other activities aligned with an expansive and principled vision for SculptureCenter’s engagement with timely issues in our field.

    - Develop new relationships with artists whose work resonates with SculptureCenter’s mission and purpose.

    - Advance new scholarship and public concern for the artists and ideas engaged by SculptureCenter’s program.

    - Develop and manage new relationships and partnerships with like minded organizations, with an eye toward co-commissioning, co-production, touring, and public program development.

    - Oversee a Curatorial Fellow selected to curate a group exhibition at SculptureCenter through a new open call initiative.

    - Participate in In Practice, SculptureCenter’s signature open call program for emerging artists.

    - Perform administrative functions, including: preparing checklists, securing loans, developing and managing project budgets, coordinating installations, and liaising with artists, estates, lenders, staff, and others involved in exhibition and program presentation, among other duties as assigned.

    - Work with SculptureCenter staff across departments on communicating exhibition content and collaborating on implementation to assure projects plans are delivered fully within determined timelines and budgets.

    - Work closely with Development team in fundraising efforts, including providing materials for grant applications, and actively contribute to maintaining and expanding the organization’s circle of supporters.

    - Maintain independent contributions to the field with regular travel to international art events, participation in conferences, symposia, studio visits, and juries.

    - 5-7 years of curatorial experience and a thorough working knowledge of international contemporary art history.

    - Experience working directly with living artists in the service of commissioning new works, developing exhibitions, and navigating institutional needs.

    - Interest and enthusiasm for working with a small, hands-on team of colleagues.

    - Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work with colleagues, artists, collectors, dealers, donors, and colleagues across departments, and SculptureCenter constituents.

    - Excellent verbal communication and writing skills as well as the ability to make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences including internal staff, Board of Trustees, and general public audiences.

    - Well organized, detail oriented, and excellent planning and implementation skills with the proven ability to handle a variety of administrative and artistic responsibilities while maintaining best practices for exhibition making.

    - The ability to manage and execute a variety of projects simultaneously is essential.

    - Supervisory/manager experience is a plus.

    We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed in this job description, but may not meet 100% of the qualifications. If the majority of this job description matches your professional experience, we encourage you to apply for this role.


    The Curator is a full-time, exempt position. Working or attending events outside of regularly scheduled office hours is a requirement of this position. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. The budgeted salary for this role is up to $75,000 and will be commensurate with experience. SC’s benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401k (including employer match); paid time off; as well as other ancillary benefits.

    To Apply
    Deadline: April 30, 2023
    Please email a cover letter and resume, as attachments, to with “Curator – 2023” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.

    With your materials, please also include contact information for three professional references. One professional reference should be an artist you have worked with directly in a professional context as a curator.

    Candidates selected for interviews will also be asked to provide writing samples.

    SculptureCenter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.


    Our internship program is temporarily suspended. Please check back here or sign up for our newsletter for future updates about the program.

    Working with a small staff in an open office environment, SculptureCenter interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. They leave the program with a range of professional skills important for working in the field of contemporary art and hands-on experience working in a non-profit art institution.