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ABOUT MEANY CENTER Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle, is one of the region’s premier performing arts presenting organizations and, together with its university and community partners, Meany Center fosters innovative performances that advance public engagement, cultural exchange, creative research and learning through the arts. Meany Center provides opportunities for diverse artists, community, students and faculty to connect in the discovery and exploration of the boundless power of the arts to create positive change in the world. Meany Center strives to model equity and inclusion throughout its organization and programs, fostering a dynamic environment of open collaboration and creative exchange. Located in the heart of the UW Campus, Meany Hall serves as the primary performance space for the University’s academic programs in Dance, Music, Digital Arts and Experimental Media, Drama and for the Meany Center Visiting Artist Program.
Diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) are priorities at Meany Center. We aspire to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone who works and engages with Meany Center. Staff members are expected to respect diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions and traditions, and they are encouraged to learn how to interrupt behaviors that hinder our work towards anti-racism and our DEIA efforts. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and people from other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We are also interested in learning about your professional growth goals connected to DEIA as they relate to this position.
Job Overview The MEANY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for an Engagement Manager. We are seeking a flexible and creative individual to work as a part of a small but dynamic team to collaboratively design and implement engagement programs for the MEANY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, in partnership with the Director of Artistic Engagement and other Meany Center staff. This position requires excellent organizational and coordination skills, effective prioritization and time management skills, and strong skills in written and verbal communication and knowledge of the performing arts. This position will also be involved in envisioning and executing strategies around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at Meany Center, especially as it pertains to campus and community engagement with our visiting artist series.
The Visiting Artists Program at Meany Center brings some of the world’s most renowned artists in classical music, dance, and global/contemporary music to our campus to perform and engage with our campus and community. The engagement department at Meany Center is responsible for working with visiting artists to envision relevant ways of connecting with the UW campus and broader Seattle community through engagement programs that are ancillary to the on-stage performances at Meany Hall, and critical to the Meany Center mission. These engagement programs are varied and often unique to each artist and community or student group with whom they are connecting. Meany Center visiting artists often teach technique classes or community workshops, some engage with k-12 students in schools or present matinee performances at Meany Hall. Special projects with selected artists are presented each season, designed specifically to engage more deeply with community members or students—typical examples include: on-stage engagement with community, student, or faculty artists collaboratively performing with visiting artists; site-specific performance on and off campus (such as galleries, museums, parks and libraries); and lectures or conversations that take place in UW classrooms or presented for the public, often in collaboration with UW faculty.
This position will perform day-to-day tasks necessary for managing, planning, and implementing a successful program. Employee works in Meany administration office, Meany Theater, and partner venues on and off campus. Some evening and weekend attendance at performances, community events, and other residency events is required.
Plan and execute strategies for connecting with UW students/faculty and Seattle-based community organizations and individuals to help build new and diverse audiences for Meany Center programs.
Plan and facilitate a variety of educational programs for the Meany Center, such as: technique classes, UW classroom visits, k-12 residencies and matinees, and community workshops, lectures, and performances.
Serve as a key point of communication between educators, partners, and Meany Center visiting artists and staff to help arrange, plan, and execute engagement activities with visiting artists both on and off campus.
Manage planning and coordination of lectures, panels and other conversations with visiting artists, UW faculty and visiting scholars related to the artistic and topical themes of Meany Center engagements. This includes communicating with venues, partners, participants, and Meany staff about the events, and assisting with outreach/marketing efforts as needed.
Lead planning and production of select Meany on Screen virtual engagement content, such as Creative Process conversations and live Meet the Artist events with Meany Center Visiting Artists, UW faculty and students, and other community participants and guests.
Manage promotional efforts for non-ticketed (free) engagement events on campus and in the broader Seattle community. This may include providing copy for event listings, contributing to social media efforts, and supporting departmental outreach efforts to UW students and community partners to help build awareness and attendance for our engagement programs.
Amplify promotional efforts for selected MCVA ticketed programs to UW students. This includes communicating with faculty and students surrounding program connections and UW student discounts, forging partnerships with student groups as well as campus academic departments and student life programs and assisting with departmental initiatives to help boost UW student engagement in Meany Center programs.
Other related duties as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in Performing or Visual Arts or a related field or equivalent experience as a substitute for degree requirement.
At least 2-3 years of experience with arts education or public programs.
Program or project management experience.
Current driver’s license and willingness to drive when needed.
Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends for performances and outreach events.
Master’s Degree in Performing Arts, Education, or similar field.
Experience in curriculum development, teaching, and evaluation/assessment.
Skills in cross-cultural communications, audience-building initiatives and best practices in building and maintaining equitable community partnerships.
Demonstrated understanding and advocacy around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in the Performing Arts or related fields or areas of study around DEIA.
Ability to work independently, effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, exceptional attention to detail, and strong organizational and communication skills.
Ability to operate in situations of uncertainty, and trouble-shoot challenges independently while demonstrating appropriate judgment.
Demonstrated collaborative nature in developing and executing new programs and partnerships and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage time wisely (experience prioritizing and managing deadlines).
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