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Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education

Company: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis
Posted on: June 15, 2022

Job Description:

Position Details

Position Information

Department
Liberal Arts Admin (CLA)

Position Title
Commmunications & Marketing Coordinator

Job Title
Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education

Appointment Type
Administrative/Professional Faculty

Job Location
Corvallis

Position Appointment Percent
100

Appointment Basis
12

Faculty Status
Regular

Tenure Status
N/A

Pay Method
Salary

Pay Period
1st through the last day of the month

Pay Date
Last working day of the month

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Position Summary

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.

Position Duties

50% Educational Programming

Write, create, edit, commission, and/or manage educational, didactic, interpretive, or informational content associated with performances and exhibitions.

Participate on curatorial teams with primary responsibility for audience engagement within the development of exhibitions.

Develop, manage, and implement a cohesive group of education programs that link campus and community audiences of all ages with the Audience and Engagement Complex ( AEC )'s performing and visual arts programs and exhibitions.

Work closely with school and district staff, OSU Precollege Programs, students, and community members to assess and implement the AEC's K-12 educational programs and needs.

Create innovative and collaborative educational programs for adults and youth with various OSU units and community partners.

Develop and exercise oversight of a series tentatively called "AEC Unboxed" - a series of public-facing programming that is presented outside of the AEC facility itself.

30% Marketing and Communications

Collaborate with marketing and promotion professionals at Oregon State University (including in the College of Liberal Arts, AEC , and/or University Relations and Marketing) to develop communications and marketing materials.Research, plan, and implement marketing strategies for the AEC and its programs.

Manage and oversee the writing, editing, and reviewing of marketing and communications content - including social media posts, event advertising, flyers, and digital assets - as well as the recording, editing, and or/selecting of images, videos, and other digital assets as necessary.

Supervise staff, student interns and hourly workers in content areas related to audience, market, social media, advertising, and/or communication.

20% Audience Research and Community Relations

Research and monitor AEC visitation and audience demographics, setting a clear plan to meet established audience demand and to build new audiences - including student, community members, and faculty/staff - as well as to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Advise and collaborate with AEC staff in productions, exhibition and curation, and arts integration to bring audience-centered perspectives to decision-making scenarios involving artistic content. Assist in event scheduling decisions to maximize audience access.

Work closely with on- and off-campus communities to build engagement; maintain a visible role in local and statewide arts-presentation fields, including the creation and stewardship of relationships with researchers, community partners, donors, and members of the general public.

Actively develop audience engagement strategies that address the historical underrepresentation of BIPOC , LGBTQIA , and socioeconomically disadvantaged audiences in art spaces.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

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.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Master's degree in a field related to the position duties.

Academic or practical involvement in the relationship between art, science, and technology.

Experience supervising student workers and/or volunteers.

Experience working with faculty and students on audience engagement projects.

Demonstrated record of successful community engagement and partnerships.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

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.

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities.
No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
P05573UF

Number of Vacancies
1

Anticipated Appointment Begin Date
08/01/2022

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Posting Date
05/11/2022

Full Consideration Date
06/15/2022

Closing Date
07/01/2022

Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Felicia Phillips at Felicia.phillips@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1667

The anticipated starting salary will be $61,500 - $72,000.

OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university's COVID -19 Vaccination Program. Please visit https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ for additional information about OSU's plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.

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.

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. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter Optional Documents

Keywords: Oregon State University, Corvallis , Associate Director of Audience Engagement and Education, Education / Teaching , Corvallis, Oregon

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