The Arts and Education Complex at Oregon State University is seeking an Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.
The Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education will be responsible for the ways in which the Arts and Education Complex (AEC) at Oregon State University presents arts content (events, exhibitions, residencies, and all other elements of the AEC's portfolio) to the public. This role includes print and digital communications; audience research and audience development; and education, didactive, and interactive content related to exhibitions, performances, K-12 visitation, and additional areas. As an enterprise committed to education and outreach as a component of all of its programming goals, the AEC seeks an Associate Director who will creatively pursue a diverse portfolio of audience engagement strategies, educational materials, and opportunities, ranging from interactive displays and gallery experiences to videos, web materials, symposia or conferences, and events. The position requires the ability and willingness to work hands-on in all of these areas while also supervising staff.
Scheduled to open in Spring 2024, the AEC is a new $70M building currently under construction. The facility features a 500-seat recital hall, a black box theater, a 3000 square foot gallery, and additional art presentation spaces, classrooms, and programming locations. In addition, the AEC will act as a convener for a variety of arts activities throughout the OSU network, which includes units on the Corvallis campus, the Cascades campus, and beyond. The Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education will be expected, as part of the broader mission of the AEC, to work across the University.
The AEC seeks to build particular strengths in content related to art and science as well as art and technology, and the Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education will be expected to have an interest in, and commitment to, those areas. The Arts and Education Complex is mindful that traditional arts education and engagement approaches may create barriers to access that are socioeconomic, racialized, or otherwise reflective of systemic forms of bias, and has committed to using its artistic platforms to lower those barriers and advance Oregon State University's goals in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Alongside all the staff of the AEC, the Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education will be responsible to that mission.
The Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education reports to, and will work closely with, the Director of the Arts and Education Complex. The Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education will engage closely with curatorial teams in the preparation of content associated with exhibition and performance, and will work with staff that may include Oregon State University faculty in relevant disciplinary areas, student interns, student workers, graduate fellows, and additional positions.
The Associate Director of Audience Engagement is an in-person position that will be expected to work as part of a team during regular business hours, with the additional willingness to be flexible in relation to exhibition preparation, installation, visitation, AEC events, and other work. Some in- and out-of-state travel will be expected. As a start-up organization, the Arts and Education Complex seeks an enterprising and energetic individual who is comfortable working in the context of a developing organization in which organizational and operational decisions are still being made.
Typically requires Bachelor's degree in field related to the discipline of the college, unit or department with professional communications and marketing experience.
Bachelor's degree in field of choice.
Prior experience in educational programming in an arts, gallery, museum, exhibition, cultural, or public context.
Prior experience in marketing, communications, promotions, or public relations.
Experience developing curriculum, interactive educational experiences, didactic gallery or museum content, and/or other education-centered material.
Commitment to, and ability to take, a multidisciplinary approach to interpretation and audience engagement to tell complex stories that include multiple perspectives and/or mediums in age-appropriate ways.
Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices and to embedding those practices throughout audience.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to articulate complex ideas and proposals; able to move between a wide range of topics, both historical and current, always with an eye to connecting with the AEC's audience.
Facility with, and commitment to innovation within, digital and technological forms of communication and education.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
The incumbent in this position will be expected to work as part of a team during regular business hours, with the additional willingness to be flexible in relation to exhibition preparation, installation, visitation, AEC events, and other work. Some in- and out-of-state travel will be expected.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offic...es, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.