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

In person applications will not be accepted at this time.

Ceramics Instructor


Part-time, hourly

Position Summary:

171 is looking for dynamic ceramics instructors to offer classes, camps, and workshops in upcoming terms. Successful candidates will possess training and work experience in teaching ceramics, and demonstrable skills in curriculum planning. Candidates must be comfortable working with a wide range of ages and skill-levels.

171’s Woodcock Ceramic studio features:

  • Wheel room with a canvas wedging table, 5 Shimpo, 5 Brent wheels, and 2 Artista tabletop wheels
  • Hand-building room with a large canvas table, a Brent slab roller, a North Star extruder, and numerous plaster/clay molds
  • Front-loading Bailey Thermal Logic Electric kiln (17.9 ft3)
  • Venco pugmill for clay recycling
  • 20+ studio mixed glazes
  • 16 Amaco velvet underglazes
  • Communal studio tools
  • An extensive ceramic resource library

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in art, education, or related field of study
  • Experience instructing up to 12 students during a class
  • Experience and proficiency with wheel throwing and/or hand-building
  • Enthusiastic and engaging
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Have new ideas for class proposals
  • Ready to lead students in exploring fundamental methods, new techniques, concepts, and processes
  • Ability to work with children (6+) and adults

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


Administrative Support Associate


Part-time, hourly

Position Summary:

As a crucial first point of contact, front desk Administrative Support Associate greets and communicates with all who attend classes and visit 171 Cedar Arts Center. This is a part-time, hourly administrative position requiring evening and weekend availability. Administrative support staff must provide exceptional customer service and act consistently with 171 Cedar Arts Center values.


  • Staffing reception desk and welcoming all visitors, faculty, and students
  • Registering clients for classes and processing payments
  • Utilizing registration database and scheduling software (Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge)
  • Answering telephone, relaying calls and messages
  • Responding to questions from clientele, which requires knowledge of 171’s class offerings and programming
  • Various clerical duties
  • Preparing spaces for classes, receptions, and performances (which will require moving and setting up chairs, tables, rolling appliances, etc.)
  • Additional duties may be assigned


  • Associate degree preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external customers and people at all levels.
  • Knowledge of 171’s class offerings and programming
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and a professional phone manner
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Reliability
  • Proficient computer skills with exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Suite (not required, but helpful)


  • Part-time applicants should generally offer an open availability Monday–Friday, 4:00 pm–10:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm with additional shifts occasionally necessary. Candidates may be asked to work as early as 8:00 am or work as late as 10:00 pm.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to setzera@171cedararts.org. In person applications will not be accepted.

Administrative Manager


Full-time, salary

Position Summary:

The Administrative Manager is responsible for a variety of administrative duties that support operation of the organization, including supervision of the part-time administrative staff and oversight of contractors. This position is full-time exempt, with health insurance benefits. The position may include weekends and/or evenings as program and event scheduling dictates.
The Administrative Manager is the first point of contact for visitors, callers, and contractors, and facility renters to 171 Cedar Arts Center’s campus, and must provide exceptional customer service and act consistently with 171 Cedar Arts Center values. This role is a key staff position and supervises part-time administrative personnel including scheduling, training, assigning tasks and priorities and daily communication with all staff for smooth operations.


• Maintains an awareness of the Center’s activities and programs; actively promotes attendance, membership, community involvement, and volunteerism at the Arts Center.
• Greets visitors and make them feel welcome by establishing a friendly and supportive environment.
• Manages part-time administrative staff and scheduling.
• Coordinates the music instructors. This includes managing studio rentals, tracking liability insurance and student lists, sharing information, holding periodic in person and/or video conference meetings, and scheduling recitals.
• Acts as point of contact and coordination for housekeeping, maintenance services and contractors, and 171 volunteers.
• Responsible for leading and coordinating facilities changeover and supervision: Set-up and teardown of events, performances, classes and rentals.
• Accepts walk-in and phone class registrations and processes payments for class registrations, memberships, programs, performances and space rental.
• Responsible for scheduling building usage for rentals, performances and events. Processes space rental contracts.
• Processes class registrations on the website and in Raisers Edge.
• Works with Marketing & Development Manager to update www.171CedarArts.org, as needed.
• Works with Programming Manager to assign recruiting calls for classes and to help update our Raiser’s Edge database and scheduling.
• Processes class attendance sheets for all faculty.
• Monitors inventories and orders supplies to ensure undisrupted operations.
• Processes incoming mail and prepares outgoing mail, e-mail, FAX and bulk.
• Serves as coordinator for facility closing and cancellation notifications due to weather and holidays.
• Follows all health and safety regulations. Serves on Facilities/Emergency Preparedness Committee.
• Performs additional duties as assigned by Executive Director, including administrative tasks.

• Bachelor’s Degree preferred
• Able to serve clients, faculty and visitors in a friendly and courteous, yet professional manner
• Able to work collaboratively in a team environment; team player
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to triage many requests and priorities and problem solve
• Keen attention to detail and strong follow through
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organization and planning skills
• Ability to quickly grasp policies and protocols included in on-the-job training
• Nimble computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge (or similar CRM)

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
• The following physical conditions and hazards may be encountered in this position: noise, ceramics dust, variance in temperatures, moisture and/or humidity. 171 Cedar Arts Center is a vibrant arts facility on a campus consisting of two historic buildings.
• While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to lift up to 25 pounds and climb ladders.

• Full time employees work a minimum of 40 hours per week, typically in 8–hour intervals and will occasionally work evenings or weekends to meet business needs. 171 Cedar Arts Center has primary operating hours of 8:00 am–10:00 pm.
• A criminal background check will be administered after employment is offered.
• Applicants must have reliable and insured transportation as well as a valid driver’s license.

Please submit your resume and a statement of interest to landinb@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.

Join us this summer!

Be a camp counselor at 171 Cedar Art Center and celebrate the summer with us. Help our instructors work with our campers on a variety of fun art activities.


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 burnsk@171cedararts.org. In person proposals will not be accepted.