Employment Opportunities




Founded in 1926, The Count Basie Center for the Arts is New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts, dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and creative exchange of ideas.

The Basie mission is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. As a nonprofit organization, the Basie is committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations, and driving regional economic prosperity.

At the Count Basie Center for the Arts, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. Our continued pledge to deepen our commitment to cultural competency, racial equity and social inclusion is at the heart of our mission as a nonprofit.

All candidates must be authorized to work full-time in the United States.



Grants Program Manager

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Grants Program Manager is an effective storyteller who can bring our arts, education, operations and DEI work to life through strong writing that inspires potential partners’ investment of financial resources. They will be a creative writer who is passionate about the arts, who leverages their project management skills and maintains, deepens, and renews existing Count Basie Center relationships. They will conduct independent outreach via targeted prospecting to build a robust pipeline of grant support.


Key responsibilities are as follows:

  • Target opportunities that meet Development department goals and fundraising strategies, i.e. upcoming endowment campaign and Basie Center partnerships.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of all Count Basie Center departments, projects, programs and priorities by attending classes, performances, special events and meetings with partners
  • Work with departmental leadership to develop outlines for proposals, facilitate the development of project budgets and develop systems for reporting on grants during and after the funding period
  • Coordinate and monitor the full grant cycle, with department leadership, to ensure program compliance with grantor guidelines
  • Develop and maintain an ongoing pipeline of potential grant and foundation funders to identify grant funding opportunities and cultivate donor relationships by having significant interaction with grantors before, during and after the grant process
  • Maintain a grants calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports
  • Maintain and update records in Raisers Edge/NXT donor database including grant tracking and reporting, activity with foundation funders, funding proposals, and grant awards and write acknowledgement letters
  • Draft and review grant proposals and grant required reports (pre- and post-funding) for funders, tailored to fit specific program areas and interests of the funders, in a timely manner
  • Monitor state and federal legislation that may affect availability of grant funds
  • Consistently track cultivation and stewardship activities and progress to goals
  • Attend trainings and conferences about new or existing funding opportunities
  • Prepare an annual summary of grant activities and monthly progress reports
  • Responsible for ongoing post-award compliance matters for grant-funded activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • As part of the Development team, be available to attend events on evenings and weekends as needed


  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience preferably with a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent non-traditional educational experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must include successful experience in technical writing, proof-reading, editing, copy writing, grant writing or equivalent written communication format.
  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state and federal.
  • Be highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work collaboratively and independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Eagerness to learn new things and able to adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Strong research skills – ability to identify and research grant & foundation prospects
  • Experience with a donor database preferred, such as Raiser’s Edge

This is a full-time hybrid-option, exempt position and eligible for the Basie’s competitive benefits package that includes paid time off (personal, sick and vacation), insurance (health, dental, vision, life, long and short-term disability) and a 401(k)-retirement plan. Salary range is $60,000-$70,000.

Applicants should forward a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, recent grant proposal, and list of references to: Ann Marie Keenan, Human Resources Director, at akeenan@thebasie.org.



School Programs & Partnerships Manager

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Education & Outreach, the School Programs & Partnerships Manager will be a full-time position managing and working on the development and logistics of Basie Education school programs, partnerships, community offerings, and related Basie Academy programs. This position will be responsible for outreach to schools and in the community to develop, curate, and grow partnerships and programs that align with the strategic mission of the department and organization.

Key responsibilities of the SCHOOL PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER position are as follows:

Manage and coordinate the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud program and efforts as the state-wide partner:

· Work in collaboration with the Basie and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the management of the NJPOL program
· Adhere to federal and state program plans and requirements
· Work with regional partners, teaching artists, schools, and students to carry out the program
· Participate in POL National meetings and activities as necessary
· Travel to partners, State Arts Council offices, and schools is required as needed

Facilitation and administration of the mindALIGNED, the Basie’s nationally recognized collective impact initiative:

· Coordinate professional development and coaching sessions with participating schools
· Schedule mindALIGNED teaching artists for professional development and coaching
· Assist in writing and editing PD modules and support materials for the initiative
· Work with consultants and committees to further the goals of the initiative
· Participate in initiative meetings as needed

Oversee administration of school designated partnerships & programming:

· Coordinate with program consultants/directors/staff, school leadership and their teachers
· Budget and payroll for relevant programs
· Communicate with participants as necessary

Manage school show program in collaboration with Education & Outreach Associate.

Complete relevant program grant-related requirements including grant reporting, budgeting, and evaluation

Plan and execute strategic outreach efforts to schools and the community for engagement with programs while striving to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for all

Assist with management of school and community program committees, meetings, and agendas

Learn all administrative duties for Basie Academy of the Arts (supporting the registration process and software, managing calendars and class schedules, classroom set up and interfacing with parents and students) and provide administrative/programmatic assistance as needed or related

Participate and assist with the facilitation of Education Committee meetings and events

Assist as required during Basie Center events such as the Teen + College Film Fest, Basie Awards, classes, performances and showcases and more

Must be available for special events, nights and weekends as needed

Other duties as assigned


· Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent experience (at least 3 or more years)
· Professional background in one of the following areas a plus: Music Education, Arts, Arts Administration
· The ideal candidate will have previous Teaching Artist experience, and a background/experience in the field of education and arts/nonprofit administration
· Experience in creative and arts-based pedagogy and practices and/or arts integration
· Knowledge of and experience with NJ Student Learning Standards, National Core Arts Standards and/or experience with social emotional learning framework(s)
· Experience in Anti-Racist Education, Restorative Justice, and/or culturally responsive pedagogy a desirable
· Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, and interact with patrons, students, teachers, parents, and community members.
· Detail oriented, self-starter, with strong organizational and time management skills
· Must be a team player and be able to work in a fast-paced environment and across departments
· Strong skills in database management and all Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Working car with ability to travel throughout the state as needed
· Bilingual a plus

This is a full-time, exempt position and eligible for the Basie’s competitive benefits package that includes paid time off (personal, sick and vacation), insurance (health, dental, vision, life, long and short-term disability) and a 401(k)-retirement plan. Salary range is $50,000-$70,000

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements within the position range to jgraham@thebasie.org. No phone calls please.




The Count Basie Center for the Arts is seeking friendly, professional, and motivated ushers with excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Ushers greet and escort patrons to their seats in an efficient and professional manner. Ushers must be knowledgeable about the Basie, its policies, and programs to answer guest questions and to ensure that the rules and regulations of the venue are being adhered to. This is a part-time position and the number of hours worked is dependent upon availability and scheduling needs.

Qualifications: Excellent communication and customer service skills, friendly and positive manner, and physical ability to stand and seat patrons. Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays. Qualified ushers will also be expected to scan tickets, assist with merchandise selling, and help with special events.

Interested and qualified candidates should send their resumes to: jgraham@thebasie.org. We will only contact candidates being considered for interviews. No phone calls please.



Private Instructors / Teaching Artists

The Count Basie Center Academy and Monmouth Conservatory of Music are currently seeking qualified instructors and / or teaching artists for private lessons and classes in the following disciplines:

  • Violin / Viola
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Visual Art

This ideal candidate is responsible for teaching private lessons to students of all ages and abilities. The ability to teach beginning students is necessary. This individual must show organizational skills and an ability to effectively communicate with students, parents and staff.

For instrument lessons, the candidate will teach private lessons while incorporating elements of music theory, instrumental technique, and prepare students for music festivals as well as competitions. The candidate will assist students during ensemble rehearsals; work with administration on lesson scheduling and attend scheduled staff meetings.  Prior experience in the Suzuki Method or Dalcroze Eurythmics is preferred.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in music education or performance or equivalent experience. We require that all employees submit to and clear a fingerprint and background check. All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.

This is a part-time, hourly position and does not provide benefits. Pay is commensurate with experience.

Candidates must furnish a complete resume, along with a cover letter summarizing their desire to work for the Basie and the Monmouth Conservatory. These materials should describe previous teaching and performing experiences in all art forms, ages and levels, in private or public studios or schools. Candidates should also list experience with English Language Learners or students with special needs.

Please submit materials to jgraham@thebasie.org. No phone calls, please — candidates whose experience meets our needs will be contacted directly.



The Count Basie Center for the Arts is hiring experienced bartenders/servers to work in a fun, fast-paced environment. Shifts are typically evenings from 6pm-10pm Experience in an upscale restaurant or busy nightclub atmosphere is highly desired. Scheduling is flexible. Send resumes and at least three references from previous employers to info@thebasie.org.




The Count Basie Center for the Arts is seeking outgoing, service oriented candidates for our Safety & Security Team. Qualified candidates should have at least 3 years of experience in a related field such as EMT, law enforcement, or fire safety. First responders are encouraged to apply. The primary qualities and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Comply with and enforce Count Basie Center’s Audience Code of Conduct, policies, and post orders.
  • Provide a visual deterrence by maintaining high visibility at all times.
  • Encourage and ensure guest safety and a positive experience through proactive personal intervention to resolve altercations or grievances.
  • Safeguard against theft and property damage.
  • Conduct detailed observation of people and property within area of responsibility.
  • Respond to all safety and security calls in a timely and professional manner.
  • Ability to adapt positively to frequently changing, fluid situations without the loss of efficiency or composure
  • Ability to stand for 4+ hours
  • Ability to lift 50lbs

This is a part-time, hourly position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to info@thebasie.org. No phone calls please.



The Count Basie Center for Arts is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, AIDS and HIV status or any other legally protected status. This policy applies to all employment actions including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, and termination, and job-related social or recreational programs.