Assistant Artistic Administrator

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 Assistant Artistic Administrator supports the Artistic Administrator and Director of Artistic Planning by acting as NSO concert producer and by managing the day-to-day artistic and administrative operations of the department.

The Assistant Artistic Administrator makes decisions and exercises discretion in order to prioritize assignments, and works 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; manage 50% of NSO concerts each season, including Artist advance, contracting, rider administrator, comp ticket and other requests; oversee a complex array of administrative detail through to artist payment and report on performance results.

35%   Day-to-day management of production logistics, and overall facilitation of NSO concerts, including management of artist services and show duty.  Act as critical liaison between the NSO and artist and/or their representative(s). Maintain communication with production managers, press, marketing, digital, social media personnel, special events coordinators, theater managers, security and facilities personnel in order to ensure the flow of information between these departments and visiting artists. Build and maintain excellent relationships with artist management, hotels, travel agents, and other vendors.

15%   Act as liaison for NSO Principal Pops Conductor and NSO Artistic Advisor.

10%   Research, idea generation, and assistance towards implementation thereof, of artists, themes, and concepts as they pertain to NSO programming. Attend live performances of new products whenever possible.

5%   Manage, schedule, and mentor NSO interns; manage temporary artistic staff.

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.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in artistic administration of major orchestras or festivals

Skills & Knowledge Qualifications

  • 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.

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 noise level in the work environment is that of a standard office environment. Some travel may be required.


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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