Assistant Manager, Programming

Washington D.C.
Jul 20, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Full Time

The Programming Assistant Manager will support the Programming office, including Fortas, Classical and New Music, Hip Hop Culture, Contemporary Music, Jazz, Special Programming and Comedy in managing the day-to-day operations of the department, project support development and coordination efforts for with both presented and large-scale internally-produced Galas and festivals at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The Assistant Manager must be able to make decisions and exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive and involve concurrent deadlines.  An eagerness to take initiative, communicate and problem solve with a positive attitude is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:                                   

35%    Project Management: Act as Producer of major festivals and one night concerts including Artist advance, Contracting, comp ticket and other requests and oversee administrative details. Pay artist. Report on performance results

20%    Day-to-day management of production logistics, and overall facilitation of Kennedy Center-presented and or produced shows in the Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, Terrace Theater, and Family Theater.

20%    Research, idea generation, and assistance towards implementation thereof, of artists, themes, and concepts as they pertain to Kennedy Center programming. Attend live performances of new products whenever possible.

10%    Distribute confirmed programming information to marketing, confirmed production information to production.   

5%      Arrange travel, housing and hospitality for department or visiting artists when required.

5%      Payroll processing for all union and non-union employees working on produced shows

5%      General correspondence and other duties as assigned         


A bachelor’s degree is required for this position, preferably in theater, the arts or equivalent.  

Minimum of three years’ work experience in a related field.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

Must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, work well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

Must be comfortable working with well-known performing artists. The position requires availability on some evenings and weekends.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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