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About TDF

TDF is the oldest not-for-profit performing arts service organizations in the country. While we are perhaps best known for our TKTS Booths in Times Square, we have been dedicated to bringing the arts to everyone for over 50 years through a variety of programs and initiatives:

Expanding Access
For people who would love to experience the arts, but think it’s not for them, we’re removing barriers - distance, cultural, physical, financial, age, opportunity.

Cultivating Communities 
We reinforce the spread of live theatre and dance beyond Broadway in neighborhoods and schools all over the five boroughs. We engage, educate and encourage people to make the performing arts a vital part of their lives; creating not just more audiences, but more diverse ones.

Supporting the Makers
We actively enable the creators, players and storytellers, offering and integrating our extensive research insights.

When a position becomes available, the job posting will be noted below. 

TDF is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, both in our programs and in our workplaces. We encourage applicants with a unique cultural perspective inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, class, physical ability and sexual orientation.

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In-house Designer for the TDF Costume Collection Rental Program
Location: Astoria, NY
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent

About the TDF Costume Collection Rental Program
The TDF Costume Collection is a program of TDF, a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. In operation for more than 40 years, the TDF Costume Collection offers costume rentals to theatre, film, television, opera, dance and educational institutions nationwide. Currently housing an inventory of more than 85,000 costumes and accessories, the TDF Costume Collection is located in the historic Kaufman Astoria Film Studios in Queens, New York.

About the Position

The In-house Designer reports directly to the Rental Manager. This individual will provide pulling and photography services and scheduled personal shopper assistance to customers in the warehouse, as well as assisting the Staff Designer and performing additional duties as assigned.

In this role, the right candidate will be responsible for tasks including but not limited to the following:

  • General Duties:
    • Checking in and out of costumes, restocking items and daily general warehouse upkeep
    • Communicating with customers of varying degrees of experience, which requires a strong knowledge of the rental stock
    • Physical activities including but not limited to lifting heavy costumes, moving boxes, negotiating and using ladders of various heights and, most importantly, standing for extended periods of time
  • Personal Shopper:
      • Responding to all inquiries regarding shopping and photography services with a strong working knowledge of period and standard repertory plays, musicals and operas
      • Pulling costumes for various projects with accuracy in a reasonable amount of time
      • Communicating with customers in a concise, firm, yet polite matter with accurate descriptions of period, style, cut and condition of costumes
      • Displaying and photographing costumes, uploading and sending to customers, requiring a basic understanding of technology, specifically iPads
      • Assisting Staff Designer with mail order rentals as needed

    About You

    • You are passionate about the arts.
    • You have a degree in Costume Design or equivalent professional costume design experience.
    • You are detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
    • You are comfortable with math and numbers.
    • You are comfortable with heights and physical labor, as well as working with potentially dusty costumes and environments.
    • You have strong customer service skills, including but not limited to active listening and collaboration, good communication, positivity, assertiveness and a sense of humor.
    • You are proactive and self-motivated.
    • You are able to work autonomously and in group settings.
    • You are efficient with computers and other forms of technology. A familiarity with social media is a plus.
    • You are able to multitask and anticipate others' needs.
    • TDF is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and will require proof of vaccination.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary range is $44,000-$46,000 and an excellent benefits package is offered which includes medical, dental, vision and PTO.

    To Apply

    Please email a cover letter and résumé with "In-house Designer" in the subject line to taylora@tdf.org. Candidates may be asked to submit/present examples of their work.

    Start Date: ASAP

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    Institutional Giving Manager
    Position Type: Full-Time Permanent

    About the Position

    The Institutional Giving Manager reports directly to the Deputy Director of Development, and is responsible for managing TDF's Institutional Giving portfolio of 40-plus Foundation and Corporate funders and prospects. The Institutional Giving Manager will collaborate with the Deputy Director of Development and TDF's contracted Grant Writer to seek out, cultivate and solicit new institutional funders and manage existing grants. This position will also support efforts around fundraising from Government entities.

    The right candidate for this position will be a strong and efficient writer, adept at crafting informative narratives and capable of consistently meeting grant deadlines. This position regularly coordinates with colleagues across the organization to gather necessary information for proposals and reports, and must be able to keep clear, consistent records to ensure grant requirements are being met and to communicate progress with the team.

    The work for this position has the possibility of a hybrid schedule, which is typically 35 hrs/week. Some evenings and weekends may be required. TDF is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and will require proof of vaccination.

    In addition to the above, this position will be responsible for tasks including but not limited to:

    • Manage cultivation and stewardship of funders; ensure regular touch points such as invitations to events and site visits as well as timely reporting; track activity using organized donor records and moves management system in Tessitura, TDF's Customer Relationship Management Software
    • Support the work of the contracted Grant Writer in preparing proposals and report narratives complete with approved financial documents for select funders
    • Ensure the terms of all grants are fulfilled; maintain grant calendar and execute action items
    • Write and send acknowledgments for institutional gifts
    • Seek out new prospects for institutional giving; work with Deputy Director of Development and contracted Grant Writer to prepare and execute strategies to solicit new gifts
    • Manage collection of internal data from TDF staff for inclusion in grant proposals and reports

    About You

    • You have a love of the performing arts and a strong interest in making it accessible to all.
    • You are confident in your written communications, including your ability to use data and anecdotes to craft the right narrative for your audience. Experience writing grants or other narrative forms is preferred.
    • You are deadline-oriented with time management skills to effectively prioritize multiple projects at once.
    • You have experience working with philanthropic CRM databases, Tessitura preferred.
    • You are a creative problem solver, eager to find and conceive of new ways to engage prospective funders.
    • You are a collaborator ready to marshal internal resources to help build cases for funders.
    • You have 2-4 years of experience in fundraising or other managerial or administrative positions with an emphasis on writing.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary range is $60,000-$65,000 and an excellent benefits package is offered which includes medical, dental, vision and PTO.

    To Apply

    Please email a cover letter and résumé to resumes@tdf.org. You may also use this email address should you have any accessibility concerns regarding this position.

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    Digital Strategy Assistant
    Position Type: Full-Time

    About the Position

    The Digital Strategy Department is responsible for handling all aspects of TDF's digital footprint, including social media, online advertising, website management and video content. We are looking for a driven and organized Digital Strategy Assistant. This person reports directly to the Director of Digital Strategy and works closely with the Editor of Creative Content & TDF Stages. This individual will be responsible for acquiring, cataloging and uploading show information and other digital content for websites and social media while ensuring digital files are named and stored appropriately.

    The work for this position has the possibility of an office hybrid schedule, which is typically 35 hrs/week. Some evenings and weekends may be required. TDF is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted and will require proof of vaccination. In this role, the right candidate will be responsible for but not limited to:

    • Input/manage performance details and images for TDF Show Finder, a public resource for theatregoing information
    • Input/manage accessibility performance information and images for TheatreAccess.NYC
    • Edit Tessitura listings for accuracy and HTML errors
    • Coordinate digital assets with press contacts
    • Maintain performance URLs and keywords in Google Ads Manager
    • Update TDF profiles on third party websites like Google Places, Yelp, Foursquare, etc.
    • Assist with customer engagement, responding to user reviews and comments
    • Assist with the building of contests, quizzes and Spotify playlists
    • Ensure video content is consistent across Vimeo and YouTube
    • Maintain digital file keeping on Google Drive

    About You

    • You have a love of the performing arts and a strong interest in making it accessible to all
    • You possess basic HTML knowledge.
    • You have experience working with a CMS.
    • You have experience with Photoshop, Canva or other image editing software.
    • You are detail oriented with excellent time management and organizational skills.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary range is $45,000-$50,000 and an excellent benefits package is offered which includes medical, dental, vision and PTO.

    To Apply

    Please email a cover letter and résumé to resumes@tdf.org. You may also use this email address should you have any accessibility concerns regarding this position.

    Start Date: September or October 2022