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Assistant Director, Institutional Giving

Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 28, 2022

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. From joyous performances by the JALC Orchestra to innovative educational programs, we showcase jazz in the broadest of contexts through concerts, ballets, public dances, on film, parade, and riverboat; in classrooms, parks, nightclubs and churches; for broadcast, recording, printed page, and Internet. We commission new works and collaborate with artists from other artistic disciplines. We present solo artists, small groups, and big bands, as well as host one-night seminars, extended classes and provide curricula resources throughout New York City, the United States and all over the world.

The spirit of integration is embodied in our home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. One of the most vibrant performing arts facilities in the world, it houses diverse programs and is a cultural resource for fellow arts organizations and presenters.

Join our team for a chance to succeed with one of New York City's premier arts organizations. In addition to a competitive salary, excellent benefits and perks, we offer employees the opportunity to grow, collaborate and innovate within our diverse and creative workplace.

Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes and celebrates diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description 

In collaboration with the Director, Institutional Giving and Associate Director, Institutional Giving, the Assistant Director, Institutional Giving will develop and manage a well-coordinated, strategic plan to cultivate, solicit and retain institutional funders. With a portfolio comprised of foundations and family foundations, the desired candidate will advance Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC’s) mission and contributed-income goals by ongoing prospecting and researching; proactive monitoring for new RFPs, funding opportunities and philanthropic trends; and maintaining strong relationships with foundation staff.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional writer, with a knowledge of music and music education, budgeting and accounting practices, who will work across departments to produce highly compelling collateral materials representative of JALC’s diverse arts and culture and education programming. The Assistant Director, Institutional Giving will also help copyedit major external communications; manage credit lines; and update template proposal/reporting templates for the Development Department.



  • Manage the complete grant process (narrative development, submission and reporting) for a portfolio of foundations and family foundations.
  • Develop persuasive written materials, including proposals, reports, letters of inquiry and decks.
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and identify new funding opportunities.
  • Maintain the grant-deadline calendar and donor database (Tessitura) to ensure accuracy.
  • Work in close coordination with Finance to prepare budgets and budget narratives for grant-funded projects.
  • Update proposal and reporting templates for Department-wide use.
  • Copyedit major external communications and manage credit lines for the Department.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships across the organization to facilitate narrative development and reporting.
  • Participate in cultivation events as needed.


    The ideal candidate is energetic, goal-oriented and creative, with the ability to work both

    independently and collaboratively. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from foundations and family foundations, with talent for building strong and productive relationships with current and prospective supporters.

    The ideal candidate possesses knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts and jazz.


    We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including generous PTO, medical, dental, and a 403(b) plan. This position will work a Hybrid Schedule 3 days in office and 2 days at home. 

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to  Please include how you heard about the position in your cover letter and write Assistant Director, Institutional Giving in the subject line. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will only be able to contact those who are being most actively considered for a position.

    Those who are offered a position with Jazz at Lincoln Center will be required to provide written confirmation of a completed COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

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