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171 Cedar Arts Center has a unique and creative work environment. With inclusivity and diversity at the heart of our values, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering both full-time and part-time positions.

For over 50 years, 171 has been our community multi-arts center, located in two historic buildings in the heart of Corning, NY. We are passionate about our mission to enrich our community through the arts by offering exceptional arts instruction, exhibiting contemporary artists, and offering live performances.

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Current Openings


(part-time, hourly)

Position Summary: The Administrative Associate is a critical position that serves as the face of 171. This part-time, hourly admin position provides coverage for the organization during evening and weekend hours. The associate must be friendly, provide exceptional customer service, and maintain the values of 171 Cedar Arts Center.


  • Serve as a highly visible ambassador for the organization.
  • Manage online, phone, and in-person class registrations.
  • Process payments, update memberships, and various routine clerical and administrative duties.
  • Welcome guests, gallery visitors, students, and faculty to campus.
  • Answer incoming phone calls and address inquiries, relay calls, and forward messages.
  • Be up to date on 171 programming, classes, exhibits, and other offerings.
  • Update full-time staff about occurrences after hours.
  • Act as the guest liaison for rental events.
  • Ensure the facilities are empty and securely locked at close of business.
  • Perform opening procedures as needed at the start of the day.
  • Prepare spaces for classes, receptions, and performances (which requires moving and setting up chairs, tables, rolling appliances, starting zoom classes, etc.)


  • Ability to deliver outstanding customer service with a demonstrated track record. Creative problem solving and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate complex information succinctly.
  • Flexibility to adapt to an evolving workplace with a capacity to learn quickly.
  • Proficient computer skills, with exceptional knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom. Experience with class management software a plus.
  • Attention to detail in clerical work and accuracy of data entry required.
  • Can commit to a regular work schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and assist with room setup for events.
  • Reliable, honest, and conscientious with a genuine desire to support the mission of 171.
  • Diverse life experiences may substitute for professional credentials. All applicants are encouraged to apply!

To Apply:
Please email a PDF of your resume with cover letter and work-related references to
Noelle Curren at currenn@171Cedararts.org. Electronic submissions only, no phone calls or walk-ins.
All applicants must pass a background check.

New Instructors Wanted!

Do you have an idea for a class or workshop? Click the button below to download the class proposal PDF.

Please, submit the completed form and your resume to our Programs Manager, Kristi Burns, at burnsk@171cedararts.org.

Our Values

  • Artistically dynamic
  • Collaborative
  • Passionate about art’s power and possibilities
  • Appreciative and caring of clients, faculty, artists, and volunteers
  • Community centered
  • Inclusive of everyone
  • Committed to excellence in all we do
  • Dedicated to honest, responsive, and responsible management
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