The Programming & Education Director will lead Hancher Auditorium’s Public Engagement Team to plan and direct the full range of Hancher's performing arts, education, and artist residency programs. Develop projects and negotiate contracts with touring artists, identify and develop equitable partnerships in the university, community, region and state, seeking to deepen and broaden impact through collaborative efforts. Maintain relationships with a variety of constituents at the University of Iowa in support of Hancher’s Creative Campus initiative. Supervise marketing, communications, education, and audience development activities. Lead grant writing and reporting. Must be available to work nights and weekends when required.
Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks
Establish artistic priorities, program objectives, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Select events based on research and knowledge of artists and art forms.
Develop and evaluate marketing, education, and audience development strategies.
Evaluate and document education activities and curricular connections.
Allocate resources to meet objectives.
Negotiate artist contracts.
Plan and schedule events in Hancher Auditorium, and throughout the state and region.
Schedule and arrange events with teachers, speakers, and performers.
Develop and maintain systems for recordkeeping and planning.
Human Resource Management
Hire, develop, and manage the performance of staff using a collaborative, team-based approach.
Assure that staff are compliant with UI policies and procedures and supervise professional staff.
Write grant proposals and/or develop projects to meet grant opportunity guidelines.
Develop and approve budget requests.
Search out new grant funding opportunities.
Monitor and report on awarded grants.
Develop and support collaborative practices to assure cooperative teamwork.
Collaborate with other members of Hancher’s Public Engagement Team to meet departmental goals.
Collaborate with Hancher staff, university and community partners, and touring artists.
Create opportunities to cultivate relationships with new donors.
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Education or Equivalency Required
Master’s degree in one of the performing arts, arts administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.
Considerable (typically 3-5 years) experience in both of the following:
Administrative, supervisory, and program experience in the performing arts.
Experience as the primary person responsible for programming a performing arts center that presents a varied program including, but not limited to, music, dance, and Broadway performances.
Demonstrates experience developing budgets for performances at the expert/leader level.
Demonstrates at an expert/leader proficiency level of knowledge, awareness, and expertise regarding the breadth of available performing arts disciplines.
Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills; demonstrates team-based approach to staff management.
Demonstrates an expert/leader ability to work with a variety of people and commitment to supporting an inclusive work environment.
Experience planning and directing programming for a large, (typically 1500+ seats) multi-space performing arts center.
Reasonable experience in public speaking.
Reasonable experience with grant writing.
Experience in a university setting and familiarity with university policies and procedures.
Application and Position Details
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
Regular salaried position. Located in Iowa City, Iowa.
Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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About HANCHER AUDITORIUM
Hancher is a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter committed to connecting artists and audiences with transformational artistic experiences. Since 1972, Hancher has been the cultural hub of the University of Iowa campus—presenting world-class dance, music, and theater. Along the way, Hancher has extended its reach far beyond campus, engaging thousands of Iowans each year, on campus, throughout the community, and across the state. Hancher is one of the leading university presenters of the performing arts in the nation and has earned an international reputation for excellence.