The Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) and Student Affairs are seeking a creative, collaborative, energetic, and student-centered Student Arts Engagement Manager to foster a culture of belonging, inclusion, and sustainability through arts participation with Penn State students. Both units share goals to elevate the presence of the arts at Penn State and collaborate to ensure that every student has at least one meaningful experience with the arts during their time at the University. The Student Arts Engagement Manager position advances these shared goals through the development, support, and execution of a wide range of arts engagement programs and services. A specific focus will be to engage students – both arts-inclined and non-arts-inclined - where they are, respecting their lived experiences, and encouraging their growth through arts participation.
This position reports to both the Audience and Program Development Director in the Center for the Performing Arts and the Senior Director of Student Engagement Programs in Student Affairs. The Arts Engagement Manager is a critical member of both teams and will work with the respective staffs and University to advance their goals.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Program Development and Execution
· Develop and oversee student-focused engagement opportunities connected to the Center for the Performing Arts performances and related programs;
· Work with the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and other units to manage the Arts and Wellness initiative;
· Collaborate with campus organizations, clubs, and units to develop and manage arts-related events, for both public and invited audiences.
· In collaboration with the Sustainability Institute, provide direction and strategic vision for IllumiNATION, a sustainability-focused series of arts experiences related to Earth Hour and Earth Day;
· Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing staffs of the Center for the Performing Arts and Student Affairs to create and disseminate relevant marketing materials designed to generate an audience for the developed programs and services;
· Create new programs and services that facilitate student arts engagement.
Student Leadership and Engagement
· Serve as the advisor to the Performing Arts Council, an affiliate student organization within Student Affairs that coordinates and advocates for the 80 music, dance, and performing arts organizations on campus;
· In conjunction with the Director of the Center for the Performing Arts, facilitate the Student Advisory Council, a group of student leaders who advise the Center about performances, venues, audience building and pricing;
· Hire, train, and supervise student interns to assist with arts engagement, including event marketing, planning, and execution;
· Assist in the creation of the Center for Performing Arts’ proposal to the University Park Student Fee Board; provide stewardship and innovation in using those funds;
· Identify student organizations to host, sponsor, and participate in arts engagement programs and services.
· Establish working relationships with faculty, staff, and units across the University that will enable students to engage in the arts;
· Maintain and enhance existing relationships with the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, Residence Life, the School of Music, and the Sustainability Institute;
· Seek new partnerships with units that align with the missions of the Center for Performing Arts and Student Affairs;
· Seek places on campus where art can be created and presented;
· Seek ways to support Penn State campuses and their efforts to engage students in the arts.
· Identify the barriers that prevent students from participating in the arts;
· Determine program outcomes and create ways to measure program success;
· Work with others on campus to better understand the impact that the arts have on students’ experiences.
Salary commensurate with candidate’s education and experience. Salary range: $47,000-69,000.
The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and essential element of our public service mission. The College of Arts & Architecture, Center for Performing Arts, and Student Affairs are committed to developing an equity-minded community that fosters students’ academic, social, cultural, and personal growth through the curriculum, co-curriculum, policies, and practices.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and 4+ years of related experiences, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Arts Administration, Higher Education, or Student Affairs is preferred. Candidates should address how equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging relate to their professional experiences in their cover letters. Successful candidates must be willing and able to work flexible hours to support night and weekend activities.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with candidate’s education and experience.
About Penn State Univ / Center for the Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts provides a context, through artistic connections, to the human experience. By bringing artists and audiences together we spark discovery of passion, inspiration, and inner truths. We are a motivator for creative thinking and examination of our relationship with the world.
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