Artistic and Executive Coordinator

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center.

Washington, DC

Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office

Performing Arts Center

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • Work Location: Hybrid: remote & office
  • Performing Arts Center

Website kencen John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s cultural center.

***Please submit a cover letter for consideration***

National Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has always been committed to artistic excellence and music education. In 1986, the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has performed a full season of subscription concerts since the Center opened in 1971.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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. The Kennedy Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, composed of staff members from various departments across the organization, is committed to guiding and holding the Center accountable in the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Job Description

The Artistic and Executive Coordinator provides oversight of and manages the NSO Music Director’s daily activity at the Kennedy Center. They exercise good judgment in acting on the Music Director’s behalf, both when the Director is on-site and away from the Kennedy Center.

The Coordinator supports the Director of Artistic Planning/Artistic Administrator/Assistant Artistic Administrator in artistic and administrative tasks connected to the planning of all NSO concerts, and in rehearsal and concert artistic duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

40%   Serve as Executive Assistant and liaison to the Music Director throughout DC and across the NSO and the Kennedy Center; Will be on call to the Music Director, including evenings and weekends; Exercise discretion and good judgment in decision-making; Compile and maintain the Music Director’s schedule as it pertains to the NSO and the Kennedy Center; Make complicated domestic and foreign travel arrangements, providing input regarding Music Director’s personal preferences, in coordination with the Music Director’s independent management; Screen and handle disposition of all calls; Open and screen mail and use discretion and good judgment in preparing responses on the Music Director’s behalf; Ensure that relationships with all constituents inside and outside the Kennedy Center run smoothly; Maintain files and records; Prepare expense reports for the Music Director; Assist as necessary with personal arrangements for the Music Directors; Attend NSO, Kennedy Center, and other social functions as required.

40%   Participate in concert advancement, and in artistic duty.  Duties include advancing and preparing artist travel, hotel booking, and itineraries; working backstage as immediate artist contact at rehearsals and performances; preparing and clearing dressing rooms; facilitating artist ground transportation; handling artist requests for tickets; backstage access, food and drink; ensuring artists are ready to take the stage when called.

10%   Work with Artistic Administrator and Assistant Artistic Administrator to prepare, send, and monitor execution of guest artist and chamber music artist contracts; Process guest artist payments; Assist with departmental budget projections.

10%   Create, edit, and distribute concert program sheets. Support the NSO Artistic Department by maintaining and improving organization of physical and electronic files and reference documents. Maintain the NSO’s digital and physical concert recording archives.

N/A   Responds to the needs and requests of Kennedy Center management and staff in a professional and expedient manner; Adheres to all employer policies and procedures.

N/A   Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in a music-related field or equivalent knowledge.
  • Ability to travel to NSO performance venues in and around Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays when required by the NSO performance schedule.

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • A sense of punctuality and preparedness to manage daily tasks.
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, anticipate, and manage multiple fast-paced and changing responsibilities and projects simultaneously.
  • Outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills; strong communication skills written and oral; the ability to maintain high levels of trust and confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail.
  • A can-do attitude in all work, meeting deadlines with quality work products.
  • Works to build productive relationships throughout the organization.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms.  This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is that of a standard office environment.


We offer a comprehensive range of benefits to all full-time employees including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Paid Sick Leave, and a 403(b) Retirement Plan

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