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A few highlights of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust staff on the job.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a not-for-profit arts organization committed to presenting a wide range of quality performing and visual arts, providing comprehensive educational experiences, and stewardship of Pittsburgh's Cultural District as a national model of revitalizations through the arts.

Those interested in applying for open positions, please submit a resume along with a cover letter detailing your qualifications to the following address:

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Attn: Human Resources
803 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

E-mail: employment@trustarts.org
Fax: 412-456-5945

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Benefits of working at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

In addition to a competitive salary, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust provides full-time employees with an excellent employee benefits package including:

  • Generous employee vacation/leave plan
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • 403(b) employee retirement plan with employer matching contributions
  • Discounted parking lease plan
  • Access to preferred ticketing for many Trust shows and events

Full-Time Employment Opportunities

Director of Curatorial Programming

The Director of Curatorial Programming is a full-time, salaried position overseeing curation of the Trust’s galleries and public art installations as aligned with the Trust’s mission. The role administers the Trust’s Visual Arts budget to produce approximately 20 exhibitions each year. In addition, the position will be expected to stay current with contemporary artists and conversations, engage guest curators, build partnerships with Pittsburgh artists and organizations, and create connections nationally and internationally. This position will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning and Venues and will be a key member of the Programming Team. The individual will also work in close partnership with the Gallery Manager, who oversees the installation and staffing of the five galleries, and will coordinate with the entire Programming team, finding creative ways to align programming and leverage audience participation across programming.

Priorities for the Director of Curatorial Programming will be:

  • Conceptualize, design, and implement art exhibitions at five gallery venues, rotating exhibits at each venue 4 times per year.
  • Directly curate 3-4 exhibits per year, as well as engage guest curators, gallery partners, touring exhibits, etc.
  • Participate in the commissioning of major public art projects throughout the Cultural District.
  • Create written context for exhibitions and provide a voice to press and publications.
  • Develop curatorial relationships with international, regional, and local artists and institutions to research new opportunities and keep abreast of emerging art and artists, traveling nationally and internationally occasionally.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team on audience development strategies and promotional materials.
  • Create and maintain program-specific budgets.
  • Maintain regular contact with artists, patrons, and various constituent groups for fundraising and cultivation.
  • Working with the Gallery Manager, participate in the hiring, training, and supervision of gallery personnel in delivering an unforgettable guest experience including best-in-class customer service.

Interested candidates should possess the following qualifications, skills, and traits:

  • A deep knowledge of contemporary art, artists, and current conversations.
  • Curatorial experience implementing successful exhibitions.
  • Connections to artistic networks of artists, makers, scholars, and others on the local, national, and international levels.
  • Enthusiasm for emerging artistic trends and supporting emerging artists.
  • Ability to build bridges and create innovative partnerships with Pittsburgh-based artists, galleries, and other members of the local art community.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with an ability to provide clear direction and context for programming.
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively within a team.
  • A proven commitment to values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The salary range for this position starts at $90,000. Interested applicants should forward cover letter, current resume, and four professional references to Maureen Shannon, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, at shannon@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Full-time Ticketseller

The Ticketseller is a full-time, hourly position responsible for processing all ticket sales for events produced by the Trust, including single ticket sales, subscriptions, exchanges, complementary offers, and ticket holds. This is a key customer service position, assisting patrons via telephone and live interactions, providing accurate information, courteous service, and prompt service delivery. Ticketsellers must be available to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend coverage of the Trust’s box office locations.

Candidates must have excellent skills in customer relations, communications, and problem solving, along with accuracy in handling financial transactions and a knowledge and interest in the performing arts. Three or more years’ experience in customer service, sales, telemarketing, or retail environment required. Experience dealing with the public in a face-to-face manner is required. Cash-handling experience and familiarity with computerized ticketing systems preferred. The starting salary rate for this position is $25.63/hour. Associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred.

Candidates should forward resume and cover letter to Maureen Shannon, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, at shannon@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Part-Time Employment Opportunities

Box Office Representative/Part-Time Ticketseller

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is seeking part-time box office representatives to process ticket sales, exchanges, subscriptions, and donations in person and by telephone at the Theater Square Box Office location. These individuals should demonstrate excellent customer service skills as they interact with Cultural District patrons, members, and donors. Box Office Representatives will be required to maintain knowledge of performances throughout the Cultural District.

Candidates should be able to work independently and as part of a team. This position requires exceptional customer service orientation, the ability to focus in a fast-paced environment, and proficiency with computers and customer databases. Cash handling experience is a plus. Applicants must be able to work evening, weekend, and holiday shifts and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required. This is a part-time, union position with a starting wage of $15.33/hour.

Please send resume and cover letter (including your availability to work the shifts noted above) to: tsmith@trustarts.org or The Box Office at Theater Square, 665 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. No phone calls, please.

Floor Manager

This individual will supervise and oversee volunteer ushers during performances at various Trust venues. The Floor Manager will be required to work 4-6 hours per event. The Floor Manager works cooperatively with the individual theater management staffs and other event personnel to ensure guest safety, comfort, and enjoyment while visiting Trust venues and/or attending Trust shows or events. This part-time position will be rotated with other part-time staff members with no annual guarantee for the number of events worked. Hours will be determined by the needs of the Trust and will require evening and weekend work for events scheduled at Trust facilities.

Prior experience in a fast-paced, customer-focused environment preferred. Experience scheduling and managing teams preferred, as well as managing a volunteer or part-time workforce.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong customer service orientation with outstanding communication skills. Teamwork, empathy, discretion, and professional demeanor are essential for success in this position. Salary for this position is $17/hour.

Please send cover letter and resume to: Director of Volunteer Services and Front of House Guest Experience - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 803 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 OR rieser@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Front of House Ambassador

Front of House Ambassadors assist theater patrons and support traffic flow, seating, and facility security at performances scheduled at various Trust facilities. Ambassadors are scheduled to work for the duration of an event, typically between four and six hours. These individuals work cooperatively with House Managers, Floor Managers and other event personnel to ensure guest safety, comfort, and enjoyment while visiting Trust venues and/or attending Trust shows or events.

This is a part-time position working mostly evening and weekend hours. Ambassadors will be rotated with other part-time staff members with no annual guarantee for the number of events worked. Hours will be determined by the needs of the Trust and will coincide with events scheduled at Trust facilities. Parking reimbursement is provided during work shifts.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong customer service orientation with outstanding communication skills. Teamwork, empathy, discretion and professional demeanor are essential for success in this position. Salary for this position is $15/hour.

Please send cover letter and resume to: Director of Volunteer Services and Front of House Guest Experience - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 803 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 OR rieser@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Gallery Attendant/Ambassador

Gallery Attendants and Ambassadors assist guests and support traffic flow, information sharing, and gallery security at exhibitions scheduled at various Trust galleries. Gallery Attendants/Ambassadors are scheduled to work between four and six hours per shift. These individuals work cooperatively to ensure guest safety, comfort, and enjoyment while visiting Trust galleries and/or attending Trust exhibitions.

This is a part-time position working daytime, evening and weekend hours. Gallery Attendants/Ambassadors will be rotated with other part-time staff members with no annual guarantee for the number of hours or events worked. Hours will be determined by the needs of the Trust and will coincide with events scheduled at Trust galleries.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong customer service orientation with outstanding communication skills. Teamwork, empathy, discretion and professional demeanor are essential for success in this position. Salary for this position is $15/hour.

Please send cover letter and resume to: Director of Volunteer Services and Front of House Guest Experience - Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 803 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 OR rieser@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Gallery Installer

Gallery installers are key members of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Visual Arts team, responsible for coordinating and assisting with exhibition layout, gallery preparation, handling and installing artworks, while ensuring safe and proper art-handling techniques. Candidates will work methodically and effectively, both with others and independently, providing exceptional customer service standards for guest artists and curators. Installers must receive and carry out instructions within time constraints and deadlines. Applicants should be prompt, reliable, and have excellent communication skills.

All Gallery Installer positions, regardless of specialty, require the ability to maintain a clean, safe, and organized work area, and general knowledge of the following:

  • Handling high value artworks
  • Hanging, lighting, and painting
  • Operating power tools
  • Packing, shipping, and storage
  • Overseeing and maintaining supplies, tools, and equipment

All installer positions require some degree of physical stamina, medium to heavy lifting ability, and the ability to work some nights and weekends. The Trust is currently hiring for two gallery installer positions with a focus on different technical skills. Each of the positions described below is a part-time, non-exempt position with a rate of $18/hour.

Gallery Installer, Video and Multimedia focus – candidates must have a background in technology, lighting, video projection, and sound. Experience working with projectors, monitors, computers, playback software, VLC Media Player & Quicktime, as well as knowledge of standard audio/visual cabling, is required. The ability to reformat video content is a plus.

Gallery Installer, Carpentry focus – this position requires the ability to build and frame drywall walls, and construct shelving, partitions, and podiums. Sanding, taping, painting, finishing and an eye for detail are a must, as is dependability. The ability to safely use large scale shop tools and paint sprayer required.

Qualified applicants should send a current resume with cover letter to: Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 803 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or shannon@trustarts.org. No phone calls, please.

Guest Services Center Representative

The Guest Services Center Representative is a part-time, hourly position providing customer service support during performances and events at the Benedum Center and Byham Theater. These representatives interact with guests seeking information and assistive equipment to enhance their patron experience. Duties include:

  • answering patrons’ questions regarding the theater, performances, and the Cultural District
  • handing out assistive listening devices and closed captioning devices
  • maintaining the cleanliness of the area and cleaning returned devices
  • filing out daily reports detailing Guest Service Center activities

Candidates should demonstrate a strong customer service orientation with outstanding communication skills. Teamwork, empathy, discretion and professional demeanor are essential for success in this position. Salary for this position is $15/hour.

Applicants must have a very flexible schedule and be available on evenings, weekends and holidays (to align with performance schedules in the theaters). Knowledge of ADA policies is a plus. Base salary is $15 per hour. To apply please email resume and cover letter to ethomas@trustarts.org.

Stagehand

This is a part-time, hourly position for a technician in the installation and operation of large touring theatrical road shows (e.g., Broadway tours), rock & roll shows, and other large stage performances such as opera and ballet. This individual should have the ability to follow direction and be an on the job learner. This is a union position with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 3.

The stagehand reports directly to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s House Carpenter and the Trust’s Production Management team. Stagehands must be available to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends), often working long hours to accommodate performance and event requirements. Hours are offered via a hiring hall; stagehands accept calls that work with their schedule and their skill set(s). Union calls are issued based on seniority.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The following are examples but are not limited to the various types of job responsibilities.

  • Load and unload road cases, scenery, and materials from loading dock.
  • Assemble and disassemble scenery, stage equipment, and auxiliary items such as dance flooring.
  • Set up audio and lighting equipment, theatrical equipment, microphones, props, and auxiliary equipment such as orchestral music stands.
  • Move and rearrange furniture, set up risers, and operate scenery-moving machinery.
  • Assist with video, sound, and light production and/or maintenance.
  • Rigging which may include raising motors, lighting, and scenery out into the grid as well as lowering it onto stage.
  • Work with audio engineers, electricians, carpenters, and other backstage personnel.
  • Other backstage duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Skill or ability to learn about stage equipment and various tools used. On the job training is provided.
  • Ability to work from oral requests and well as printed run sheets to achieve desired modifications/installation.
  • Willingness to work long hours, accommodating work schedule to requirements of performance and events.

This position is an I.A.T.S.E Local 3 position, and a part-time position with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with an hourly rate of $29.06 along with benefits including pension. Please send cover letter and resume to: Todd Nonn at work.with.IATSE3@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.


Internships

The Trust offers a range of internship opportunities. Visit our internship program page for more information.


Volunteer

The Trust's broad mission offers a number of opportunities to engage with the organization and the community. Visit our volunteer page for more information.