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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.

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 the following:

    • 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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    TKTS Patron Services Representative
    Position Type: Part-Time

    About the Position

    TKTS Patron Services Representatives are the official face of TDF at our TKTS Discount Booths in Times Square and at Lincoln Center. They assist TKTS patrons with all of their questions and are primarily charged with discussing the current theatrical offerings with potential ticket buyers. The goal of a Patron Services Representative is not to push certain shows or seats, but rather to help our patrons make informed decisions and get all the information they need about any shows of interest. Representatives also assist in managing the lines, including moving the stanchions, directing patrons toward the open windows and ensuring no one is cutting ahead. Representatives should be well-informed, kind and passionate about theatre in order to help our patrons' understanding of the booths and our offerings, and improve their overall TKTS experience.

    Representatives are expected to:

    • Work year-round at the TKTS booths, mostly outdoors
    • Have an excellent working knowledge of Broadway shows, theatre locations and any other productions we may be offering
    • Be able to effectively communicate information about each show in an unbiased way
    • Assist in patrons' understanding of the booths' operations, rules and functions
    • Assist in the function of the booths as required by the Supervisors, including line management
    • Attend meetings every other month with the entire Patron Services team
    • Participate occasionally in special projects by Manager request, such as handing out promotional flyers or creating social media content
    • Maintain a positive and upbeat atmosphere at the booths and endeavor to make all of our patrons' experiences with TKTS as positive as possible

    Compensation and Benefits

    The Representative position is part-time with an hourly base pay of $16.75/hr with the potential for raises. Schedule is flexible, typically 20 to 25 hours or three to four shifts per week.

    To Apply

    Please email a cover letter and résumé to samanthad@tdf.org.