Director, Events

Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 20, 2022
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The Director of Events will oversee the events area of the Development team, supervising a staff of one. The individual is responsible for all aspects of our Gala, and our largest paid program with an annual income of $3.5MM-4MM, which includes working closely with Board members, donors, honorees, and colleagues across the organization. The incumbent will need excellent communication skills and the ability to interface technically with Tessitura and Wordfly. They will also be responsible for executing dinners and other high-level stewardship events. The individual must be extraordinarily detail- oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate grace under pressure. 


  • Responsible to growing income to $4MM+ over time, by successfully designing and executing internal and off-site Jazz at Lincoln Center events.
  • Develop and implement strategies to plan, manage and execute a consistent series of donor cultivation events and activities.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with internal and external vendors to ensure successful event execution.
  • Supervise the Manager, Events and Special Projects to help devise strategies for events and monitor progress.
  • Interface with Board members.
  • Conduct site visits and maintain open communication to develop events that best meet the client’s needs.
  • Develop and track event budgets to ensure contractual needs are met.
  • Ensure consistent high-quality service and execution standards when working with clients and staff.
  • Manage scheduling in Arts Vision and coordinate with operations and production crews at Frederick P. Rose Hall to ensure seamless execution and transitions between events.
  • Review and negotiate vendor contracts with competitive pricing.
  • Work with Creative Services team to oversee the management and creation of event related materials.
  • Frequently communicate event progress with staff members and clients.
  • Liaise with Finance, Legal, and other departments for various event approvals.


  • Bachelor’s degree required with six years’ experience in event planning and/or project management.
  • Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to provide effective and high-touch customer service for internal and external vendors.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects with frequent and specific deadlines.
  • Ability to work with diplomacy and tact.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, proficiency with email, internet and research databases required. Knowledge of Tessitura a plus.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule as determined by event needs.
  • Knowledge of or keen interest in and appreciation of jazz and jazz culture.

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 Director, Events 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.

To assist any individual who is unable to be vaccinated because of a medical condition or who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices, JALC will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided, so long as it does not create an undue hardship for the JALC and/or does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the workplace and/or to the employee. To request an accommodation, please notify JALC Human Resources in writing at

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