Development Assistant, Institutional Relations

Planning and Development

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: it is the world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, is a national leader in arts education and community relations, and functions as the manager of the Lincoln Center campus, which is home to 11 separate resident organizations. LCPA presents over 350 performances annually throughout our different performance series including American Songbook, Great Performers, Live from Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and White Light Festival. 

In addition, LCPA supports an array of programs for Lincoln Center Education including its community and family programming.  Further, LCPA supports initiatives related to events at the David Rubenstein Atrium, LC Kids, as well as numerous key institutional initiatives and projects.

The Planning and Development team works to galvanize financial support for Lincoln Center’s programming and initiatives, garnering contributions from generous individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities to support Lincoln Center’s mission.

The Development Assistant, Institutional Relations provides administrative support for a comprehensive program of foundation fundraising for Lincoln Center’s performance presentations, education and community engagement programs, and other special initiatives. The position reports to the Senior Director, Institutional Relations and Strategic Funding.


• Provide general administrative support to Institutional Relations staff, including preparing correspondence, processing invoices, scheduling meetings, maintaining digital and paper records, and providing phone coverage for the department.
• Support day-to-day management of fundraising portfolios and grant stewardship.
• Assist with the timely submission of funding proposals, reports, financial information, and supplemental materials.
• Maintain integrity and accuracy of institutional donor information in Clearview, including proposal and report deadlines, gift entry, payment tracking, and other information. Use Clearview to create prospect lists, funding pipelines, and other tracking documents.
• Draft gift acknowledgement letters and other correspondence; organize mailings and mass e-mails for donors.
• Assist Development Coordinator with prospect research and management.
• Execute logistics for departmental cultivation and stewardship events as well as site visits.
• Work closely with members of Programming, Finance, Accounting, Communications, and Marketing staffs to gather and track box office, attendance, budget, and programmatic data for use with solicitations and reports.
• Work with Patron Services and Programming to track departmental ticket holds and fulfill donor ticket requests.


• 1-2 years administrative experience required, preferably in a development department.
• Interest in and basic knowledge of development; working knowledge of research resources for foundation fundraising preferred but not required.
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently while managing multiple projects and completing tasks in a timely manner.
• Excellent judgement and flexibility.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in departments outside of Planning and Development.
• Strong computer skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint required.
• Prior database experience preferred; Clearview and Tessitura experience strongly preferred.
• Must be able to handle sensitive, confidential information with discretion and professionalism.
• Interest/experience in performing arts in New York City preferred.
• Desire to be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative, results-oriented team.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Ability to work evening events periodically.


Please submit a resume and cover letter (with salary requirements and outlining your interest in Lincoln Center) to the [email protected] inbox. Submissions without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Please list: Development Assistant, Institutional Relations in the subject line.

Internal Candidates should contact a member of the Human Resources Department directly.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. LCPA is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.