Development and External Affairs Assistant

Position Available Immediately

About Brooklyn Arts Council:

Celebrating more than 50 years of service, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is the borough's leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. BAC reaches hundreds of thousands of artists and audience members each year through music, dance, film, and visual arts programs, arts classes in schools and senior centers, urban folk arts initiatives, community arts grants, and artist services. By creating and supporting exciting cultural events and platforms for Brooklynites, BAC provides forums for critical thinking and self-expression, enriches Brooklyn's cultural landscape, and generates experiences that expand horizons.

Position Overview and Goals:

A key member of the Development and External Affairs team, the Development and External Affairs Assistant will work collaboratively and creatively to increase awareness and support for the arts in Brooklyn. This is an excellent opportunity for an emerging arts professional to play an integral role in developing BAC’s audience and donor base, and to be a part of a close-knit team of creative and talented arts professionals who are dedicated to nurturing and sustaining Brooklyn’s cultural sector. The role includes responsibilities around donor tracking and acknowledgement (including taking a lead role in the creation of a new custom database solution); special events planning and execution; assisting with website, social media and email communications platforms; solicitation and stewardship of sponsors and in-kind donors; and other areas pertaining to donor and audience cultivation and communications. The ideal candidate possesses an eagle-eyed attention to detail; proven ability to multi-task; sensitivity in navigating departmental intersections through the focused lens of an organizational mission; excellent organization and prioritization skills; and a willingness to roll up their sleeves.


Reporting to the Director of Development & External Affairs and the Communications Manager, the Development and External Affairs Assistant works to:


  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of BAC’s new custom database (including taking a project management role in its initial design and implementation); track and acknowledge all donations and related donor communications
  • Assist in planning and implementing BAC fundraising and special events including exhibitions, ceremonies, boutique events, and our annual gala fundraiser
  • Research and help with outreach to prospective sponsors and in-kind donors
  • Provide administrative support for liaising with individual donors, government offices, and corporate partners


  • Help coordinate direct communications, including BAC’s E-News and News & Opportunities emails, and assist with individual Departmental newsletters
  • Assist with online/social media management (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo); help manage, update, and maintain BAC website
  • Research media outlets and assist with PR efforts as needed
  • Submit listing information for events and programs
  • Archive media coverage and visual documentation of BAC’s events and programs

Other tasks as necessary.

Required Skills & Expertise:

  • At least one year of experience in an entry-level position within a cultural organization or similar entity, including communicating and interfacing with the public.
  • Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver results in a small organization with limited resources. 
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills as well as an eye for design.
  • Superior attention to detail, interpersonal skills, patience, and sense of humor.
  • Background, expertise, and strong interest in database management and project management.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Knowledge of web content management systems and HTML, as well as proficiency in MS Office; experience with Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign and Photoshop), or willingness to learn all of the above. 
  • Familiarity with HTML, XHTML, CSS, and Flash, and/or the ability to learn is highly desirable as well.
  • Strong appreciation of and interest in the arts and knowledge of Brooklyn.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with an integral role in the life and work of the organization and that has contact with donors, artists, members of the press as well as outside contractors and vendors. Salary in the low $30,000 range, plus generous health and other benefits. 

To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, two writing samples, and two references to with ‘Development and External Affairs Assistant’ in the subject line. No calls or faxes. Applications accepted until position is filled. 

BAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and strives to build a staff and board that reflect the cultural diversity of New York as well as the constituencies and neighborhoods BAC serves.