Ars Nova Seeks Operations & Facilities Assistant

Ars Nova
New York, NY 10019

Job Details




STATUS: Part-Time, Hourly

Ars Nova seeks a detail-oriented, determined, reliable Operations & Facilities Assistant to provide on-site custodial services. Reporting to the Operations and Facilities Manager, the Assistant serves as an indispensable support to the theater’s administrative team, serving as their eyes, ears and hands across all maintenance and repair projects in two multi-use, expansive venues across Manhattan.

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their careers. We were founded as a playground and launchpad for emerging artists to create new work, with a dual mission to build the next generation of audiences for live entertainment by prioritizing a zeitgeist-forward aesthetic and marrying it with accessible ticket prices. Today, Ars Nova is known for its “pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart” (New York Times).

The Operations & Facilities Assistant joins the five-person General Management Team, which is responsible for line-producing/company managing our Off Broadway productions, as well as the finance, facilities, IT and HR functions for our $4m organization with 18 full-time employees.

Ars Nova recognizes both that it is a predominantly white organization and that historic institutional practices have led to an exclusionary and harmful environment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We are actively working to become a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organization in all ways, across all our activities. Unraveling systems of power and privilege requires active engagement across our community of stakeholders and we acknowledge the complexity of the work ahead. We strongly encourage candidates of color, and/or from diverse backgrounds/underrepresented groups to apply.


Reporting to the Operations & Facilities Manager, the Operations & Facilities Assistant is our custodian, handyperson and solution-finder and helps our team deliver safe, pristine, usable, and professional-grade spaces to Ars Nova’s community of artists, staff, and audiences. 


-Deliver exceptional and consistent custodial services at our 5-story Hub on 54th street, including a theater, artist dressing rooms, two floors of offices, a penthouse loft used for rehearsals and events, a small shop, six single-stall restrooms, three kitchens, storage, plus one garden terrace and our front sidewalk/curb and facade.
-Serve as a Handyperson, completing maintenance or repair needs in both venues as applicable, including refinishing or repainting floors, stairwells and walls, changing light bulbs, furniture repairs and overall being the hands-on leader for keeping the building functional and beautiful; collaborating with our Technical Director on any facility notes requiring carpentry work.
-Open the 54th street Hub building every morning and prepare each space for staff & artist use;
-Deep Clean as needed, including steaming/shampooing carpets and couches, cleaning external windows, cleaning refrigerator interiors, and other projects as assigned;
-Inventory and restock all building, first-aid, event and office supplies, ensuring that Ars Nova is always hospitable, including handling deliveries of office, building or bar supplies and unpacking/ restocking them;
-Conduct daily walk-thrus, noting any facilities or equipment irregularities and making sure that Ars Nova is fully functional and arranged for scheduled use and activities;
-Assist with large repair, capital improvement, and theater services projects to upgrade the buildings and production spaces;
-Generally assist the Operations and Facilities Manager in ensuring that Ars Nova’s infrastructure and systems are running smoothly and providing the best experience to all, including other tasks as assigned.

-You have prior training and/or experience in a custodial or porter position in a commercial or busy mixed-use building with daily janitorial duties;
-You have a “doer” mentality;
-You value attention to detail;
-You have handy-person skills; 

-You have a positive attitude, respectful and polite demeanor;
-You are comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and cultures;
-You have prior training and/or experience at a theater or other live performance or multi-arts venue;
-You have a  belief that the physical space in which we welcome artists and audiences directly impacts their experience and a passion for making that experience as positive as possible;

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume or list of prior work experience, and at least one reference to Jake Haungs, Operations & Facilities Manager, by October 2, 2020.

“This is a non-exempt, part-time hourly position with an hourly pay rate of $18, a typical schedule of Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm averaging 30 hours per week, and paid sick and family leave. Start date will be on or around November 2, 2020.
Ars Nova is an equal opportunity employer, values equity and inclusion, and prioritizes representation and diversity. People of color, and/or from diverse background/underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Email submission only. (Send only word or PDF files; no web links). Send questions and/or your submission to [email protected] with the subject line “Operations and Facilities Assistant” Candidates of interest will be contacted; please no calls.


November 2, 2020 –



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