Employment & Internship Opportunities


The Managing Director of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival manages and executes all aspects of the festival.

About the Festival

Approaching its 34th anniversary, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is “an avowed tradition” (All About Jazz). For ten days in June, the festival presents diverse jazz and musical performances on nearly every stage and storefront in the city, including the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Waterfront Park, City Hall Park, and Church Street. With a budget of $1M to support the presentation of 130 events—more than 100 of them free—the festival is unique for its dedication to jazz and its educational component, with ongoing performances by middle- and high-school bands and an annual Artist in Residence. (Past Artists in Residence include Ray Vega, Christian McBride, and the Marcus Roberts Trio.) The festival is an electric mix of the national, regional, and local; it’s a deeply exciting time in which music and art consume the community.

The Festival is a long-running collaboration between the Flynn and the City of Burlington (Burlington City Arts). The year-round core staff includes the Managing Director and the Marketing and Development Manager for the Festival, as well as the executive, programming, and administrative departments of the Flynn, who provide ongoing direction and support. Additionally, for several months leading up to and during the Festival, employees, contractors, and volunteers are hired. Much of the Festival programming, including the Artist-in-Residence program, is done under the direction of and in close conjunction with the Flynn’s Artistic Director and the programming department.


Budget & Administration

  • Development, management, and control with accountability for records and results reporting to the Flynn Executive Director
  • Invoicing and follow up; provide backup for all bills and receivables
  • Respond to general inquiries; maintain and order supplies and equipment for the Jazz office
  • Note: the Flynn administrative department provides accounts payable and receivable functions, maintains general ledger records, and conducts an annual audit

Relationship Management

  • Partners & Sponsors
  • Artists
  • Venues
  • Staff
  • Boards
  • City Departments 
  • Community

Management & Execution

  • Office operations
  • Staff (hiring and supervision)
  • Technical/Production (working with Technical Director)
  • Festival hospitality (working with Operations, Artist Relations, and Catering Managers)
  • Volunteers (working with Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Festival operations and permitting (working with Operations Manager and Technical Director)
  • Artist relations (working with Artist Relations Manager)
  • Educational programs (scholarship, in-school workshops, and Artist-in-Residence program)
  • ‘Round Town Venue program
  • Program guide ad sales

Development/Fundraising (shared with Marketing & Development Manager)

  • Solicitation of  new sponsors
  • Renewal of returning sponsors
  • Creation and execution of customized marketing plans for high level sponsors
  • Sponsor contracts and invoicing
  • Communication and benefit fulfillment
  • Grant writing, reporting, and tracking
  • Individual membership program


  • Headline bookings in conjunction with Flynn Artistic Director
  • Thursday and Saturday Tent bookings in conjunction with Flynn Artistic Director
  • City Hall Park
  • Long Trail Live
  • WPTZ Block Party
  • Music on the Marketplace
  • Jazz at the BCA Center
  • Educational Events

Marketing Oversight (implementation by Marketing & Development Manager)

  • Creation of overall marketing plan
  • All print materials: program guide, brochure, membership forms, and print ads
  • Website and mobile app
  • Email communication
  • Signage and display
  • TV and radio ad production
  • Media network partnerships (radio, newspaper, and TV)


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, performing arts, or other pertinent discipline, plus five years of relevant experience or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are required,.
  • Broad base of knowledge and skill in programming, budgeting, production, marketing, and management.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, administrative, budget, and personnel management skills.
  • Relevant experience in grants, marketing, fundraising, and management.
  • Comfortable with new and evolving technologies; familiarity with Microsoft office applications, database and calendar systems, as well as social media and content management systems.
  • Ability to represent the Flynn/BDJF and deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations inside and outside of the Flynn, requiring good public relations, marketing, public speaking, coordinating/liaison, and negotiating skills.


Send cover letter & resume by August 24, 2016 to:
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Human Resources Department
153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Email to: HResources@flynncenter.org
No phone calls, please. EOE


To direct and manage the Flynn’s arts education programs for community and schools, including the Student Matinee Series, FlynnArts classes, camps, and performance programs, and to collaborate with the School Programs team on synergies in the educational climate, including arts classes and residencies in schools. To oversee department staff, contracted teaching artists, and artistic teams for performance programs; forge and maintain partnerships with related community organizations (non-profit collaborators and educational institutions); serve as member of the Flynn management team; and work in tandem with the Artistic Director, the programming department, the marketing department, the development department, and the Board’s education committee.


  • Direct and manage the functions of the Education department and its staff; oversee the administrative and coordinating needs of the department's programs, functions, services, and activities.
  • Evaluate current program offerings, assess community needs and interests, and plan and develop overall short- and long-range educational programming strategies.
  • Implement, improve, and modify programs and operating systems in accordance with organizational goals and resources, as well as changing professional standards and community needs and interests. 
  • Confer regularly with the Executive Director, programming, marketing, and development department heads and staff to plan, coordinate, and evaluate programs, policies, and systems.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key state and national arts and education organizations, area arts, education, and social service organizations, and area schools.
  • Identify potential funding sources for education programming and collaborate with other Flynn departments in preparing grant proposals and donor development.
  • Plan, request, and manage operating budgets for education department, including classes, camps, performance programs, and arts education outreach programs in the community.
  • Prepare administrative reports related to sales analysis and trends and grant tracking; provide data for board, development, and financial reports.
  • Oversee appropriate filing, recordkeeping, and reporting systems related to education programs.
  • Coordinate and carry out key administrative functions related to educational programming, including budgeting, the preparation, negotiation, and execution of contracts, marketing, preparation of printed materials, and negotiation of arrangements with co-sponsors.
  • Play a key role in designing, negotiating financial terms, and coordinating arrangements for programs co-sponsored with other cultural and educational institutions.
  • Serve as producer for the Flynn Youth performance programs, securing rights, facilities, and funding, hiring artistic and technical team members in consultation with the programs’ Artistic Director(s), and providing administrative and marketing support as needed.
  • Strategize and implement approaches to marketing and public relations both for specific launches and on an ongoing (daily) basis, including posters, print media ads, e-blasts, show speeches, in-school posters and messages, social media, and more, collaborate with the marketing department and monitor status of these activities and resultant sales. 
  • Review and approve major or unusual transactions, as well as key internal or external communications documents.
  • Exercise full supervisory authority, directly and indirectly, over regular department staff members, as well as part-time teaching faculty.
  • Oversee planning of departmental staffing needs and the selection and training of staff and teaching faculty for School Programs
  • Confer regularly with department staff and teaching artists to plan, coordinate and evaluate activities, assign and review work, assist with difficult or unusual tasks, and resolve problems.
  • Maintain a working understanding of teaching artists' issues.
  • Investigate and resolve problems related to issues that may arise with classes, students, teachers, schools, cancellations, and general ongoing program operations; exchange information and provide technical advice and assistance.
  • Serve on and lead various committees; attend and provide staff support to Board or Board committee meetings as requested.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the field; attend various professional meetings and conferences.
  • Represent the Flynn to and deal extensively with a wide range of individuals and organizations outside the Flynn in carrying out the varied liaison functions of the position.


The education department is exploring different options for reconfiguration in order to best serve our mission. In certain models, the person in this role could have a curatorial or consulting relationship to the Student Matinee Series. Additionally, depending on areas of expertise, opportunities exist to teach on the FlynnArts faculty in both a planned and an emergency substitute capacity when needed.


  • Master's degree in the performing arts or arts education plus 4 to 5 years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Administrative experience, including budget development and management.
  • Experience supervising and evaluating staff and teaching artists.
  • Extensive fundraising experience in researching, applying for, and managing grant funds.
  • Ability to identify and familiarity with performing artists who work well with young audiences and who have the capacity to develop events or series of events for young audiences.
  • Educational program development knowledge and skills.
  • Pertinent teaching experience in or exposure to community-based arts program, in schools and/or higher education.
  • Familiarity with performing arts curricula.
  • Familiarity with state and national education initiatives.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Relevant experience with technologies used for data management and web-based marketing and communication strategies.
  • Ability to represent the Flynn to and deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations inside and outside of the Flynn.
  • Good public relations, marketing, public speaking, coordinating/liaison, and negotiating skills.
  • Appreciation of and commitment to meeting the needs of educators and community.


Send cover letter & resume by August 10, 2016 to:
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Human Resources Department
153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Email to: HResources@flynncenter.org
No phone calls, please. EOE


The Flynn Center seeks applicants for a full-time IT Systems and Security Administrator to be responsible for the security, configuration, implementation, and maintenance of the technologies managed by the Information Technology department. Administration of the network infrastructure includes desktop PCs, servers, network equipment, and software applications. The IT Systems and Security Administrator is the primary contact for technical support for the organization.  


Systems Administration and Technical Support

  • Perform various network management functions:  plan network system; install network hardware/software, servers, and workstations; troubleshoot malfunctions and operating problems and correct/repair; monitor network performance; keep and maintain performance and audit logs; document network structure and processes; perform routine network administration and maintenance.
  • Perform network administration tasks using Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory Services. These tasks include managing user accounts and assuring appropriate user and group security access to the network, creating global policies, and managing system resources.
  • Administer Microsoft Exchange mail server, including applying security best practices.
  • Coordinate and perform system backups; coordinate safe storage of backup media and/or offsite storage.
  • Coordinate and maintain remote sites and structure/provide technical support to remote sites; provide support for mobile technology for business use of staff mobile devices.
  • Provide technical support to Flynn staff, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival staff, clients, and patrons. Troubleshoot/diagnose a wide variety of hardware and software operating problems; modify software and repair hardware to correct problems, arranging for outside service/replacement as needed.
  • Maintain IT Disaster Recovery Plan. Assure proper contingency plans are in place.
  • Make recommendations for new equipment and services to purchase and work with various vendors for procurement. 
  • Use new and established monitoring systems for notifications and troubleshooting. Daily review of all logs and immediate attention to irregularities is required.
  • Create and maintain good technical documentation related to all assigned functions. Assist in the organization and inventory of all hardware and software resources.
  • Be available during occasional off-hours for upgrades and installations to minimize the impact to Flynn staff.
  • Provide off-hours support to staff.

 Security Responsibilities

  • Safeguard information system assets by identifying and solving potential and actual security problems.
  • Assure proper security of network systems by maintaining security updates on all servers and workstations, creating and implementing secure access policies, and keeping up-to-date on security risks.
  • Implement and follow Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulations for all systems and processes.
  • Develop technical solutions and security tools to help mitigate security vulnerabilities and automate repeatable tasks. Follow security best practices.
  • Administer and maintain virus and malware protection for Flynn and Discover Jazz Festival; assure daily updates of virus definitions, scanning of workstations and servers; notify users of new viruses; educate users on safe handling of documents and email; administer updates of workstation/server antivirus software and email antivirus software; clean any viruses and malware that affect systems; stay updated on new viruses and virus protection procedures.
  • Perform patch deployment for all software and systems.
  • Implement security improvements by assessing current situation; evaluate trends; anticipate requirements.
  • Determine security violations and inefficiencies by conducting periodic audits.


  • Maintain excellent communication with the IT Director on all tasks and projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other appropriate discipline, plus three to five years of relevant technical experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Solid base of technical knowledge and skills in computer hardware and software installation and operation, with relevant network management experience.
  • Advanced hardware and software troubleshooting skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with Windows Server network administration with an emphasis on Active Directory.
  • Proven working experience in building and maintaining security systems.
  • Hands-on experience in security systems, including firewall; experience with intrusion detection systems is a plus.
  • Thorough understanding of the latest security principles, techniques, and protocols.
  • Familiarity with web-related technologies (Web applications, Web Services) and of network/web-related protocols.
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Solid knowledge of LAN/WAN configurations.
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Exchange administration.
  • Quality customer service skills, a strong work ethic, and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Must possess above average organization skills, excellent communication skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to address continuous task reprioritization.
  • Ability to practice good judgment with regards to disseminating and accessing confidential information.


Send cover letter & resume to:
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Human Resources Department
153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Email to: HResources@flynncenter.org
No phone calls, please. EOE


The Flynn Center seeks Teaching Artists in Dance, Theater, and Music. We're looking for highly skilled and empathic individuals for current and future openings on our teaching faculty. We offer courses at the Flynn Center for community members (all ages), as well as in schools through our School Programs.


FlynnArts Classes
• Accepting resumes for any genre


FlynnArts Classes
• Planning and leading classes
• Collaborating with other instructors and administrators
• Evaluating and refining courses


• Several years of relevant teaching experience
• Familiarity with youth and child development and classroom management
• Strong communication skills
• Team player who is responsive to deadlines

New openings arise regularly, and we go through submitted resumes before posting positions. It is to the benefit of an interested teaching artist to submit a resume and example descriptions of genres/courses taught at any time so we have your information on file.


Send cover letter & resumé to:
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Human Resources Department
153 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401, or
Email to: HResources@flynncenter.org
No phone calls, please. EOE


The Flynn Center seeks Teaching Assistant Volunteers for our classes and summer camps. We're looking for bright, kind, efficient, and attentive individuals for current and future openings as summer camp or after school class assistants. This is a great way to obtain college credit or high school volunteer credit hours.


• Classes
• Summer Camps (summer 2016 closed)


• Helping Teaching Artist to lead class/camp activities
• Redirecting disengaged students
• Modeling enthusiastic participation
• Monitoring lunch
• Leading after-camp-care activities
• Set-up/clean-up


• An affinity for and experience working with children
• Interest and experience in the performing arts (dance, theater, music, puppetry, film, etc.)


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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Human Resources Department
153 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401, or
Email to: HResources@flynncenter.org
No phone calls, please. EOE




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