Development & Outreach Associate

 

The Development & Outreach Associate supports Storefront’s Director of Strategic Development and Executive Director in all fundraising and communications activities for the organization. In terms of development, the position supports the organization’s major areas of funding, including institutional and foundation giving, membership development (corporate and individual), special events, and earned income. The position also supports all public outreach conducted by the organization, including email and print communications, website maintenance, social media channels, media relations, internal and external events and public appearances, and publications. Creative thinking and problem solving are essential skills for employees of Storefront.

 

SKILLS

  • Outstanding written communication skills, including drafting content, editing, and proofreading in English. Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Strong organizational and time­ management skills with impeccable attention to detail.
  • High energy, creative thinking, and team­-player attitude.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, CRM and database software, website and social media channels, and basic HTML (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), and/or Powerpoint/Keynote. Other presentation applications is a plus.
  • Comfort working in a fast-­paced environment that changes regularly based on programming.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and curious culture-­lover with a knowledge and understanding of art and architecture. The candidate should be able to simultaneously work on excel documents and editorial content for social media posts with equal passion. S/he will be brilliant, quick, flexible, team-­oriented, affable, and well­-rounded.

 

The candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and will be able to quickly develop appropriate relationships with Storefront members, corporate sponsors, the press, and the Board of Directors, among other audiences. S/he will have strong negotiation skills, as well as superior verbal and written communication skills. S/he will have an entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated ability to think creatively in order to achieve communications and development goals. Ideal candidates will hold a Bachelor or Masters degree in a related field, with knowledge and/or interest in management and arts administration in non­profit environments.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Development:

Institutional and Foundation Giving

  • Draft and edit content for grant applications along with document preparation and general support
  • Assist in development and maintenance of grant calendar
  • Draft, edit, and prepare documents for final reports
  • Acknowledge successful grant applications
  • Maintain files of all grant applications and materials
  • Research prospective grants and carefully maintain records in organizational database

Membership Development (Corporate and Individual)

  • Maintain and update a current list of members and ensure proper listing and acknowledgment of all donors
  • Manage member correspondence
  • Proactively assist in the solicitation of new members
  • Conduct prospect donor and member research and develop innovative ideas and strategy for the solicitation of new individual and corporate members
  • Prepare, execute, and oversee annual appeal mailings
  • Develop and maintain membership events calendar
  • Coordinate planning and execution of all membership events
  • Ensure all membership benefits are fulfilled
  • Solicit renewals of Storefront membership, including preparation of renewal letters on an ongoing basis
  • Conduct up-to-­date research and reports regarding potential improvements, changes, or needs regarding the structure and content of the organization’s multi­level membership program
  • Maintain and manage Storefront’s database system to track and acknowledge gifts, donor histories, and profiles
  • Research prospective donors and carefully maintain their records in the organization’s database
  • Prepare and send acknowledgment letters for all contributions in a timely manner, including contributions made by cash, check, credit card, and online

Special Events

  • Coordinate with Director of Strategic Development in planning, execution, and evaluation of all special events, including Storefront’s Membership Dinner, Critical Halloween, Spring Benefit, and all membership events
  • Oversee and secure online presence of all events
  • Assist Director of Strategic Development in public relations and outreach for special events
  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of proactive outreach strategies targeted towards existing and new potential event sponsors interested in the fields of art and architecture
  • Process credit card payments for ticket/sponsorship purchases
  • Track all income received through special events and ensure all gifts are properly acknowledged
  • Coordinate staff efforts and roles for all events; draft and distribute logistics memos to all staff and interns prior to events
  • Solicit in­-kind donations for all events
  • Assist in the planning of cultivation and stewardship events, including  exhibition openings, post­-opening dinners, and donor receptions
  • Create and present evaluations and analysis of all events

Earned Income

  • Manage Storefront’s online auctions, competitions, and subscription platforms
  • Process all online book sales and work with Storefront’s Gallery Manager to drive in­-gallery book sales
  • Manage gallery and space rental requests
  • Prepare invoices for outstanding pledged income
  • Maintain development files, records, and archive
  • Maintain inventory of all artwork available for sale in Storefront’s collection
  • Track contributions for fiscal sponsorship and work with Storefront’s Bookkeeper to ensure funds are distributed monthly
  • Make recommendations to the Director of Strategic Development and Executive Director on additional ways to secure earned income

 

Outreach:

Email and Print Communications

  • Coordinate the design, production, and dissemination of Storefront’s newsprints and e­blasts
  • Work with the curatorial department to edit curatorial statements, exhibition descriptions, and other programmatic texts for print and electronic materials
  • Analyze web and email stats quarterly, and generate full reports and evaluations to be reviewed by the Director Strategic Development and presented to the Communications Committee

Website Maintenance

  • Serve as webmaster and editor of Storefront’s website

Social Media Channels

  • Develop daily social media outreach statements and mentions
  • Maintain social media calendar

Media Relations

  • Manage press tracking and press archiving
  • Serve as primary liaison for press requests (images, captioning, curatorial quotes, etc.)

Internal and External Events and Public Appearances

  • Work with the Associate Curator and Gallery Manager to coordinate the documentation of all Storefront exhibitions, events, and programs, ensuring all programs are photographed digitally, videotaped, and live­streamed
  • Assemble informational/institutional packets for events and meetings
  • Develop and maintain lists of existing and potential public appearances, conference, and opportunities for Storefront’s external engagement

Publications

  • Promote and drive sales of Storefront publications
  • Coordinate the arrival and sales of books for book launch events
  • Maintain inventory of books with Gallery Manager
  • Arrange book sales at Executive Director’s lectures

 

Executive Support:

Board Liaison

  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Strategic Development to prepare materials for board meetings, including agendas, minutes, and financial and programmatic reports
  • Schedule board meetings, board committee meetings, and coordinate attendance considering various individual schedules

Assistance to the Executive Director

  • Assist the Executive Director in managing and maintaining the schedule of lectures, events, and projects

 

General:

  • Hire and manage all Development and Communications interns; supervise departmental assistants, interns, and other team members as required
  • Participate in development planning and strategy meetings
  • Manage overall office (ordering office supplies, keeping the space organized, etc.) and events (ordering wine, snacks, etc.)
  • Represent and promote the mission and vision of Storefront to the public
  • Attend programs and events as required
  • Other duties as assigned

 

TO APPLY

This is a paid full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Attendance at off-site, evening, and weekend events and programs is expected. To apply, please email a single PDF document (maximum 5 MB) including a cover letter, resume, writing samples to apply@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “Development & Outreach Associate.”

 

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Program and Strategy Fellowship

Architecture Conflicts

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture seeks a one-year fully funded fellowship position for an individual interested in the research and development of a global project related to architecture, design, and technology. The Program and Strategy Fellow will primarily support Architecture Conflicts a high priority project by Storefront. The project seeks to expose conflicts worldwide by scale and topic, to identify individuals and collectives around the world working on responses to conflict, and to understand the scope, influence, and agency of potential solutions grounded in design and architecture. The project will culminate in the creation of a global network as part of the launch of the World Wide Storefront, a new platform and biennial event.

 

Through “Architecture Conflicts,” the Fellow will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of program development, including curation, communications, development, partnership-building, event organization, and more. The position will support and receive mentorship from Storefront’s curatorial team (under its Director & Chief Curator and Associate Curator), as well as from its administrative and strategic development staff (under its Director of Strategic Development). The position will report directly to the Chief Curator, but will interact with all Storefront staff members on a daily basis in the development and promotion of the project.

 

This position is intended to support researchers, aspiring curators, and arts administrative professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. Storefront seeks a standout candidate who has had minimal access to opportunities that have allowed for agency over a major project. The position provides intellectual development and project expertise, while simultaneously furthering an understanding of the landscape of cultural production in New York City and globally.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Master’s Degree in Architecture, Design, Planning, or affiliated fields preferred.
  • Proven record of excellence in research and curatorial methods.
  • Outstanding written communication skills in English, including drafting original content, editing, and proofreading in English. Proficiency in at least another language is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with project-based grant-writing and communications related tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with impeccable attention to detail.
  • High energy, creative thinking, and team-player attitude.
  • Proficient with database software, web and social media channels (preferred).
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator).
  • Knowledge of, or interest in learning programming and web management systems.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment that requires the ability to multi-task.
  • Desire to learn, improve skills/understanding of the field, and further Storefront’s mission and project goals.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

CURATION AND RESEARCH: With Chief Curator, develop methodology and project/research design. Lead research process with support from curatorial staff and interns. Develop relationships with key scholars, thought-leaders, architects, and designers working on issues of conflict worldwide. Identify strategic research and content-based partnerships. Design competition briefs and develop related resources.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Oversee calendar, budget, timelines, and deliverables for overall project. Ensure goals are consistently met. Plan and execute digital platforms and programs at New York gallery space and potentially international sites associated with the project. Produce events with Gallery Manager & Project Coordinator, including logistics, installation, media, and post-production efforts. Coordinate the production of print collateral and affiliated materials.

 

DEVELOPMENT: Seek opportunities for partnerships and relationships that would support the project. Work with Director of Strategic Development to assess and deliver key funding priorities for the project. Assist in grant-writing, cultivation, and special event efforts related to the project.

 

COMMUNICATIONS: With Director of Strategic Development and Development & Outreach Associate, coordinate outreach language and strategy for communicating the project. Develop and edit curatorial and outreach texts. Create media relations campaign and social media strategy. Oversee documentation of all efforts associated with the project. Attend and represent Storefront and the project at public and private events and appearances.

 

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This position is a full-time, grant-funded role, with a fixed term of one year. It may be extended after the initial grant period. The fellowship is based out of Storefront’s offices at 611 Broadway, New York. Some travel may be required.

To apply, please email a single PDF document (maximum 5 MB) that includes a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and examples of past design work to apply@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “Program and Strategy Fellow.”

 

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This position is funded through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as through a kind gift from Preeti Sriratana of MNDPC.

 

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SUMMER / FALL INTERNSHIPS 2017

 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

Interns play a crucial role in the accomplishment of Storefront’s mission, and gain access to Storefront’s staff and network of architects, artists, and designers. Our internship program is based on our programming and needs, and we welcome candidates with the appropriate skills, attitude, and interests.

 

Interns receive instruction and training from our staff and exposure to a broad range of activities spanning from daily operations and exhibition installations to institutional development, archival research, and project research and development. Applicants from all academic backgrounds are welcome. Interns are expected to work well both independently and in groups, and to possess an interest in cultural production, the arts, architecture, and ideas that drive Storefront’s mission.  

 

While all interns are exposed to the full spectrum of the organization’s operations, Storefront offers an opportunity to focus more specifically on one of the following categories: communications, curation, development, production, and gallery management.

 

All applicants must be able to commit to at least two days per week. All interns are expected to help out with shared gallery responsibilities including:

 

  • Monitoring exhibitions during gallery hours
  • Providing information for gallery visitors
  • Assisting Storefront staff with both long term projects and daily office tasks

 

All applicants should hold the following qualifications:

 

  • Interest in Storefront’s mission
  • Desire to gain knowledge of operations in a non-profit organization
  • Ability to interact with people in a gallery setting, and work in small office environment
  • General computer skills: word processing, data management, digital imaging

 

Please email all required application documents to apply@storefrontnews.org with the title of the position in the subject line (ie. “Development,” “Communications,” “Production,” “Gallery,” “Curatorial,” as appropriate.)

 

OPEN INTERNSHIPS

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

 

Storefront’s communications intern will work closely with our Development and Outreach Associate and Director of Strategic Development to assist in press outreach and marketing strategies. The intern will assist in the preparation of press releases for upcoming exhibitions and events; the submission of art and event listings; preparation of press packets; press digitizing and archiving; and with the development of social media strategies and press list maintenance.

 

Requisites

 

  • Detail-oriented, comfortable working with numbers and databases
  • Creative interpersonal thinking
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Rigor and enthusiasm a must

 

Preferred

 

  • Graphic design skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop (preferred)
  • Passionate about art, architecture, and Storefront’s mission

 

Application Requirements

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume

 

 

CURATORIAL INTERN


The curatorial intern assists with curatorial research, helping in the preparation of exhibitions, events, projects, competitions, and publications organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, including preparation of schedules, exhibition and project texts, archival material, and day-to-day operations in the Curatorial Department. This internship offers valuable experience in a professional arts environment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Research on future exhibitions, assisting in curatorial texts, preparation of events, coordination with artists, visualization of projects, graphic design works for communications purposes, scanning of archival material. 

 

Requisites 

 

  • Interest in curatorial practices
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Creative interpersonal thinking
  • Professional interpersonal skills
  • Good writing skills

 

Preferred 

 

  • Computer skills preferred: Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) Microsoft Office, scanning software
  • Passionate about art and architecture and Storefront’s mission
  • Graphic design skills

 

Application Requirements 

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • Work samples (3 page maximum)

 

 

DEVELOPMENT INTERN

 

Storefront’s development intern will work closely with our Development and Outreach Associate and Director of Strategic Development to assist in multiple tasks related to fundraising. The intern will assist in researching, drafting, and submitting grant applications, develop fundraising strategies, and will also be involved in all aspects of planning Storefront’s Spring Benefit, Fall Membership Dinner, and Critical Halloween events. This intern will assist with researching potential donors, maintaining the donations database, managing the grants calendar, and filing and archiving grant information.

 

The development intern will be responsible for assisting in the management and expansion of Storefront’s membership program. This includes designing strategies for expanding Storefront’s audience and public, keeping Storefront’s members database updated, proposing, and generating materials for web and mail-based membership campaigns and helping develop and coordinate new membership events. This intern will have the opportunity to work closely with staff to develop strategies to attract members and to expand member benefits.

 

Requisites

 

  • Detail-oriented, comfortable working with numbers and databases
  • Creative interpersonal thinking
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Rigor and enthusiasm a must

 

Preferred

 

  • Interest in fundraising and development fields
  • Passionate about art and architecture and Storefront’s mission

 

Application Requirements

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • 2 writing samples

 

 

PRODUCTION INTERN

 

Production Interns will work closely with the Gallery Manager / Programs Producer and Associate Curator to carry through the preparation, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions and events. Primary tasks include the production of exhibition drawings for layouts and related display elements, signage, or the formatting of artwork, as well as assisting in the physical installation and fabrication of these materials. Interns will also be involved in the production and post-production of Storefront’s on-going programming and digital media presence including live events and StorefrontTV.

 

Requisites

  • Expertise in AutoCAD, Rhino
  • Expertise or working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects
  • Ability to work under time constraints and flexible schedules

 

Preferred

  • Building and fabrication skills
  • Experience with the use of construction materials and power tools
  • Familiarity with sound and video equipment
  • Experience with live audio/video production

 

Application Requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume
  • Work samples

 

 

GALLERY INTERN

 

The gallery intern assists with day-to-day operations, reception and administrative tasks for Storefront. This internship offers valuable experience in a professional arts environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: general reception duties (answering phones, greeting visitors), email correspondence, retouching images, and light database work.


Requisites

 

  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Creative interpersonal thinking
  • Professional interpersonal skills
  • Professional phone manner
  • Good writing skills
  • Sound computer skills
  • Able to work and think independently
  • Ability to multitask is crucial

 

Preferred

 

  • Proficiency in Adobe CS, Microsoft Office, and Filemaker Pro.

 

Application Requirements

 

  • Cover letter
  • Single-page resume

 

How to Apply:

Please email all required application documents to apply@storefrontnews.org with the title of the position in the subject line (i.e. “Development,” “Communications,” “Curatorial,” “Gallery,” etc.).

 

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Storefront for Art and Architecture is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.