Employment at 171 Cedar Arts Center

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.

We just celebrated our 50th anniversary as a community multi-arts center, and we are located in two historic buildings in the heart of Corning, NY. We are passionate about positioning 171 Cedar Arts Center to thrive and to cultivate the arts in Corning and the beautiful Finger Lakes Region for the next 50 years!

Our Values

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

Current Openings

Please submit your resume and a statement of interest to info@171cedararts.org. In person applications will not be accepted.

JOB TITLE:        Program Manager
REPORTS TO:    Executive Director
SUPERVISES:     171 Cedar Arts Faculty


Summary Description

The Program Manager is responsible for the ideation, implementation, management, and coordination of 171’s multi-disciplinary arts education programming, as well as the supervision of all faculty members employed to carry out this programming. The Program Manager is the first point of contact for 171 Cedar Arts Center’s faculty. This position is full-time exempt, and may include weekends and evenings, as program and event scheduling dictates.


Representative Duties

  1. Plan year-round educational programming, recommend teaching faculty, write course descriptions, and manage daily execution of all educational programming; develop and implement off-site programming.
  2. Supervise and evaluate 171 Cedar Arts Center faculty, and ensure program excellence.
  3. Oversee and coordinate specific projects and activities within 171’s program
  4. Work with Marketing Manager to develop and deliver timely program publicity and marketing materials. Post upcoming courses to 171 Cedar Arts Center’s website in a timely manner.
  5. Track enrollment trends, evaluate course curricula, and respond to programming evaluations; provide monthly reports to the Board of Directors and Board Committees, as required
  6. Purchase supplies for classes and maintain awareness of art studio condition and needs.
  7. Work in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations to provide arts education programming to under-served constituencies.
  8. Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of arts education and arts management.
  9. Perform related duties, as required, as a member of the 171 Cedar Arts Center core staff team.



Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics of classes, activities, and arts programs.
  • Database programs, administration, entry and audit.
  • Institutional and community development.
  • Organizational development models and trends related to arts management.
  • Principles pertaining to performing and visual arts.
  • Office procedures, and equipment including scanners, pcs and applicable software applications.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Financial planning and tracking.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations regarding employment.



Ability to:

  • Work effectively on multiple teams ranging from 171 teaching artists, administrative staff, board committees, other local non-profits, and community service providers.
  • Manage multiple projects, class schedules, community programs, while meeting program deadlines.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate faculty.
  • Prepare and administer program budgets.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel for data analysis and reporting.
  • Utilize CRM system and create reports (Raiser’s Edge experience is a plus).
  • Create and negotiate contractual arrangements for programs and workshops.
  • Effectively and creatively solve demonstrate problem solving skills in the workplace. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Education & Experience – any combinations of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Typical ways to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in arts management, business administration, or a related field.



Four years of increasingly responsible arts management experience, including one year of administrative and supervisory responsibility preferred. Teaching experience is also considered.


Working Conditions – the following physical conditions and hazards may be encountered in this position:

Indoor office environment that is in a facility that also houses a ceramics studio (noise, ceramics dust, variance in temperature).


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.

This position requires computer and desk work.

This position requires frequently lifting/moving up to 10 pounds; and requires regularly lifting to 25 pounds.

The position may also require close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Travel – Less than 10%

The Program Manager is expected to attend onsite and offsite meetings, recitals, corporate events, fundraisers, performances, visit offsite teaching locations, and occasionally purchase teaching supplies at local stores. Typical travel is once to twice a month, less than or equal to 30 minutes to the destination from 171 Cedar Arts Center. There may be occasional regional meetings or conferences.

Please submit your resume and a statement of interest to info@171cedararts.org. In person applications will not be accepted.

171 Cedar Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard for race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected categories.

Instructors Wanted 

Have an idea for a class!? Click the button below to download the class proposal PDF.

Please submit the completed form and your resume to nurczynskic@171cedararts.org. In person proposals will not be accepted.