Deputy Director

As it enters its 5th season, NATIONAL SAWDUST seeks a bold and dynamic Deputy Director to work with its leadership team and board to take National Sawdust to its next level of impact and success.

The Deputy Director will focus primarily on both development and fundraising, while ensuring artistic excellence in the innovation, experimentation, and execution of National Sawdust’s mission-based work and programming.


Based in Brooklyn, National Sawdust is a visionary arts and music organization seeking to enhance society and the human experience by building new audiences and supporting artists in developing, producing, and performing innovative and experimental work at its vibrant incubator and performance space in Williamsburg, and in collaboration with progressive artists and presenting partners domestically and internationally.

As a composer, I believe the role of an artist in the 21st century is that of creator, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. I believe that 21st-century artists need to be thinking about how they can affect their communities, on a local and global scale. At National Sawdust, supporting emerging artists is our core mission, nurturing a wide array of voices that are collectively reshaping the landscape of new music for this new century. The work we champion and help support in our residency programs speaks to the National Sawdust DNA: empowering high-level artistry, regardless of genre, by multicultural artists who tell their stories through their music. We’re also committed to cultivating a broader artistic ecosystem that extends beyond one-off performances in the concert hall.

— Paola Prestini, Composer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director


The Deputy Director will report to the Managing and Artistic Director. National Sawdust seeks candidates who will:

  • Be a willing, talented, and strategic fundraiser — successfully building and maintaining long-term individual and institutional relationships while working with the existing National Sawdust development team and its objectives for board, corporate, foundation, individual, and gala donation efforts
  • Continue the groundbreaking leadership in contemporary musical experimentation and culture for which National Sawdust is known
  • Communicate and build upon existing programming and partnerships
  • Inspire community and patrons with ideas and powerful interpersonal skills; be a leader who can energize, collaborate, mentor, and delegate amongst staff and artists
  • Promote National Sawdust’s institutional identity as a can’t-miss destination for artistic innovation; enhance overall visibility regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Expand and help communicate and strategize the activity of National Sawdust beyond the walls of its physical footprint
  • Establish a transparent, proactive, and collaborative workplace that includes open communication across the organization
  • Be an integral part of leadership as a part of the team’s senior staff; provide clear direction to empower staff and partners for specific and collective performance
  • Collaborate with development, communications, and artistic departments for the betterment of National Sawdust
  • Ensure and promote a diverse and inclusive National Sawdust in programming, outreach, staffing, and culture.


  • Flexible work schedule to meet the requirements of the role, particularly in fundraising
  • Financial and commercial acumen, with an ability to operate programs and projects on time and on-budget in service of National Sawdust’s commitment to financial health and sustainability
  • Skilled in overall institutional budgeting and reporting
  • Agile and experienced people manager, committed to getting the best out of a team, while also committed to doing work himself/herself
  • Credibility and extensive experience in the field, with personal and professional networks to support both
  • Deeply committed to the multidisciplinary nature of National Sawdust
  • An innovator, with a vision for the future of creative expression and how to realize it
  • Accessible and collaborative, generous of spirit, outgoing, organized, hard- working, humorous, and one who enjoys the social demands of an externally and internally oriented senior management role
  • Strong organizational skills, effective under pressure, ability to manage competing demands and remain focused while multitasking
  • Skilled in diverse technology environments—e.g. Salesforce, G Suite


Salary commensurate with experience, with competitive benefits and vacation package

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law.

National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

Programming Intern

Job Description

The Programming Intern is an enthusiastic, passionate and responsible individual who provides critical support in all functional areas of the programming department. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Work directly with Senior Programming Director to assist with email management and timely communications.
  • Data management: 
    • Create and maintain internal tracking documents, such as artist research lists, internal idea tracking, etc.
    • Assist with managing strategic financial reports, such as updating programming projections, and assisting with deal memos and models.
  • Administrative tasks:
    • Ensure correct filing on contracts, financial information, and other internal documents.
    • Project assistance as needed.
    • Spearheading the management of the Summer Labs Program, where artists are provided with mentorship opportunities and time in the space to test out the new Meyer Constellation sound system.
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date contact lists for the Programming Department.
    • Research potential new artists and series. Assist with collecting assets and creating letters of intent for National Sawdust’s fifth season.
    • Work directly with artists for various programs and to assist in setting up residencies and curators for National Sawdust’s fifth season.
  • Participate in various interdepartmental projects, as needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, high-level knowledge of Excel.
  • Polite, professional behavior, particularly when interacting with artists.
  • Background in music and the arts is a must!
  • Excellent project management skills; able to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and good written and oral communication skills.
  • Professional demeanor and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and problem-solve in a fast-paced work environment.

This internship is unpaid. Desired time commitment is at least 20-30 hours per week with flexibility to schedule. School credit may be arranged and is encouraged. 

How to Apply

Send a Resume and Cover Letter to nicole@nationalsawdust.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but those received prior to August 5th will be considered more strongly. 

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact johanna@nationalsawdust.org 

Development Intern

The Development intern works with the Development team to assist with research, fundraising campaigns, donor cultivation events, and to provide general administrative support. The intern will work on a semester-long research project that will culminate in a presentation to the NS team. This role will give a broad introduction to the world of fundraising in an arts nonprofit, and will give an enthusiastic self-starter the opportunity to gain critical skills in fundraising.


  • Assist with mailing campaigns including organizing mailing lists, letters, and labels
  • Assist with prospecting research for individual and institutional support
  • Assist with board meeting preparation
  • Assist with preparation of donor cultivation events
  • Create informational packets for prospects
  • Provide general administrative support to Development Department as needed


  • Demonstrated passion for performing arts
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Microsoft Word/Research tools/Google drive/Excel + mail merge
  • Pursuing Bachelor’s degree or already have bachelor’s

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to development@nationalsawdust.org.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer.

Partnerships and Private Events Intern


  • Draft timely response e-mails to all private event rental inquiries on the department’s e-mail address
  • Assist with researching potential private event clients (event planners and producers in the following industries: finance, law, tech, food, automotive, fashion, film, lifestyle, music, weddings, hospitality, etc
  • Assist Director of Partnerships with researching potential corporate partners and sponsors (companies that support the arts and culture)
  • Assist Director of Partnerships in designing pitching decks and proposals for potential partners and sponsors (using Keynote, Google Slides, and Illustrator)
  • Accompany the Private Events Manager on client walkthroughs of the venue
  • Maintain a contact list using the company’s CRM
  • Day- and evening-of event assistance (including Spring Gala on May 7, 2019, at Sotheby’s)
  • Create event timelines, update spreadsheets, etc.


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited university or college program to receive credit
  • Available to work 20 hours a week from February through mid-May
  • Knowledge of Keynote, Google Slides, Illustrator
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience conducting research
  • Motivated and hardworking, interested in start-up culture
How to apply: Email résumé and cover letter to rentals@nationalsawdust.org, with your name and “Partnerships and Private Events Intern” in the subject line.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer.