Arts Administration

Arts Administration Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships in the Arts Administration program are available to students on the Master of Fine Arts degree track. In these assistantships, students are considered professional staff at one of our affiliate organizations. Students are awarded assistantships on an individual basis according to the needs of the program and the affiliate organization. The career goals of the student are also taken into consideration. Assistantships are not available to students on the online Master of Arts degree track.

artsFUSION: Elementary Arts Education Program Associate
The artsFUSION Graduate Assistant works with the Director of artsFUSION in developing, planning, and facilitating arts education opportunities in Southern Utah. The artsFUSION Graduate Assistant will:

  • Organize all aspects of the annual Art, Music, & Me Kids Summer Camp
  • Assist with arts professional development workshops for local teachers throughout the year
  • Promote artsFUSION events to educators in the region
  • Manage collaborative projects with the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Southern Utah University, elementary schools, etc.
  • Write and submit grant proposals
  • Update social media and website
  • Write press releases
  • Document all workshops and events
  • Create the annual report
  • Perform other duties as assigned

College of Performing and Visual Arts – Marketing Associate
The Marketing & Public Relations Graduate Assistant for the College of Performing & Visual Arts (CPVA) works alongside the Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator to market and promote over 100 music, theatre, art and dance events produced by the CPVA each academic year. As the Marketing & Public Relations Associate, this individual will be responsible for creating, writing and planning press and marketing plans for specific larger productions and exhibitions as well as smaller performances requiring less promotion. The Marketing & Public Relations Graduate Assistant will:

  • Write press releases and social media posts promoting performances and events
  • Work with graphic design team on developing concepts for posters and promotion art   
  • Collect and coordinate information for performance programs
  • Create the layout some programs for performance series (music only)   
  • Help Coordinator develop marketing and advertising campaigns for larger events
  • Work on marketing and media plans for Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA)
  • Create and implement new media promotions directed at SUU students
  • Create content for various social media platforms
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Collections Management Associate
The Collections Management Associate at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for the care of the museum’s collections. The associate will:

  • Maintain complete and accurate electronic and hard copies of all object records
  • Be responsible for all digital and paper documentation related to the permanent collection in close collaboration with SUMA staff
  • Catalogue new acquisitions in collaboration with museum’s Curator
  • Maintain Collection Management database and data input management including digital images
  • Secure images and non-exclusive licenses for permanent collection works and new acquisitions
  • Manage correspondence and logistics associated with loans to SUMA including loan agreements, loan records, insurance, shipments, and condition reports
  • Coordinate the museum’s fine arts insurance coverage and risk management
  • Supervise and mentor graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Participate in regular departmental staff meetings as well as other interdepartmental meetings as directed
  • Prepare grant reports and assists in grant writing projects as necessary
  • Disseminate information as needed to other departments, researchers, and students
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Community Engagement Associate
The Community Engagement Associate at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for oversight of the museum’s engagement and outreach experiences. The associate will: 

  • Coordinate and oversee the activities of the Learning + Experience team relating to these core areas: partnership with Cedar Breaks National Monument and expand outreach opportunities for SUMA
  • Work with the staff to establish annual goals for the department that are reflective of the core areas
  • Supervise and mentor graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Work with the College of Education to develop partnerships and programs as needed (Integrative Learning Coordinator assist with this process)
  • Manage docents and interns as it relates to Cedar Breaks National Monument and community engagement
  • Create participatory learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities for pop up events in the community
  • Attain a working knowledge of the objectives and curricula of the school system as it relates to Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Oversee department budget and consult with Manager of Finance and Administration
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Development Associate
The Development Associate at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for all museum fundraising efforts, in cooperation with the University’s Advancement Office, to meet the objectives of the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The associate will:

  • Plan, organize, implement, and evaluate a variety of fundraising and special events, focusing on cost-effectiveness & worthwhile return on investment
  • Research possible grants and complete successful grant writing for the museum’s various programs
  • Implement a structured program for developing donor relationships with museum staff and board
  • Participate in donor solicitations
  • Supervise and mentor graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Manage the recording and acknowledgement of gifts and maintenance of a clean and accurate donor database
  • Conduct donor prospect research with regard to individual, corporate and foundation donors
  • Research and recommend strategies for new development initiatives such as planned giving, e-giving and others
  • Prepare regular reports for the staff and board as directed
  • Serve as liaison to the Friends of SUMA board
  • Participate in Board meetings by taking minutes
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Southern Utah Museum of Art – School & Family Programs Associate
The School and Family Programs Associate at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for oversight of the museum’s K12 programming and family experiences. The associate will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the activities of the Learning + Experience team relating to these core areas: K12 programming for Iron County schools and expand public programming for families
  • Work with the staff to establish annual goals for the department that are reflective of the core areas
  • Supervise and mentor graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Serve as mentor and trainer to the first-year Arts Administration student working with the Learning + Experience team
  • Work with the College of Education to develop partnerships and programs as needed (Integrative Learning Coordinator assist with this process)
  • Manage docents and interns as it relates to school and family programs
  • Create participatory learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be installed in the Rocki Alice Gallery during select exhibitions
  • Attain a working knowledge of the objectives and curricula of the school system
  • Oversee department budget and consult with Manager of Finance and Administration
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Public Relations & Marketing Associate
The Public Relations and Marketing Associate at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for all aspects of museum marketing. The associate will:

  • Design and implement the museum marketing plan
  • Design and implement advertising strategies
  • Write press releases related to SUMA exhibitions, events, and programs
  • Cultivate relationships with the media
  • Oversee SUMA’s social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as find new ways of connecting with young patrons
  • Supervise and mentor graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Conduct and manage the assessment of public and visitor perception of the museum’s image and services; present findings to SUMA staff and board
  • Manage the PR/Marketing budget for general campaigns as well as exhibitions and programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival – Education I Associate
The First Year Education Graduate Assistant, or Tour Booking Manager, is responsible for booking the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s annual Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour. This individual serve as a representative of the Education Department with the presenters and schools in the Intermountain West. The First Year Education Graduate Assistant, or Tour Booking Manager will:

  • Have a working knowledge of all aspects of the tour, from programming opportunities to acting and technical company
  • Contact and negotiate prices and times with presenters
  • Book the tour, keeping in mind traveling distances and time
  • Maintain an updated tour calendar with contact information, times, prices, and other presenter specific information
  • Track, record and process payments for tour as they come in and compile tour financial reports as needed
  • Assist the company manager before and throughout the tour by sending updated schedules and as administrative support
  • Conduct a satisfaction survey with schools and report on findings at the end of the tour
  • Work with the Education Director to plan next year’s tour, taking into consideration past feedback, data and company experiences
  • Draft and send out and track tour contracts, invoices, tech riders and checklists to presenters in a timely fashion
  • Research contacts and develop relationships with presenters to ensure future tour bookings
  • Train and mentor incoming Tour Booking Manager
  • Update Tour Booking Manager Job description and instruction manual as needed
  • Write and submit tour related grant proposals, specifically the NEA Shakespeare in American Communities Grant
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival – Education II Associate
The Second Year Education Graduate Assistant is responsible for coordinating registration of the annual High School Shakespeare Competition, and developing and implementing the marking and communications plan for the summer camps and classes program. This individual also acts as producer and manager of the Play On audio podcast, as well as a number of administrative duties in the education department. The Second Year Education Graduate Assistant will:

  • Assist in organizing High School Shakespeare Competition, including setting up the Registration Room, organizing T-Shirts for staff and volunteers, and arranging room assignments for round schedules
  • Develop and implement marketing and communications plan for summer camps, workshops, and Playmakers productions.
  • Act as department liaison with Communications department to develop season brochure and other marketing materials.
  • Produce the Play On audio podcast, including scheduling guests for year-round programming, recording, editing, and publishing the audio, managing podcast social media platforms, and collecting and reporting on statistics monthly
  • Assist Office Manager in registration, and payment for all camps, workshops, and Playmakers productions
  • Work with Education director to develop promotional and educational materials for students and teachers.
  • Assist in organizing and running the Wooden O Symposium, including distributing the call for papers, assist in keynote scheduling, and facilitating registration and coordinate hospitality at the event
  • Assist in Grants for Festival Education programs
  • Act as personnel coordinator for summer events and camps, including scheduling actor seminar participants, coordinating talkback and workshops for Shakespearience, collecting statistics for all events and activities, and assisting in scheduling talent for Camp Shakespeare, an external organization.
  • Serve on the USF Social Media Committee
  • Coordinate the POPS Free Seat giveaway to schools in Utah, including researching schools who we need to serve and coordinating and booking seats for productions

Utah Shakespeare Festival - Marketing Associate
The Marketing Assistant/Community Engagement Graduate Assistant helps the Communications Team in its efforts to promote the Utah Shakespeare Festival in daily marketing and public relations activities. As the Community Engagement coordinator, this individual will be responsible for organizing, planning and implementing the Festival’s community involvement. This can include speaking arrangements, educational outreach, local parades/art festivals, or attending trade shows. This position reports directly to the Media and PR Manager and serves on the social media committee. The Marketing Assistant/Community Engagement Graduate Assistant will:

  • Assist in the yearly update and implementation of the marketing plan
  • Coordinate and organize community events  
  • Write press releases
  • Obtain and analyze monthly social media metrics   
  • Assist the PR manager in writing reports and analyzing data
  • Assist with local and regional media interviews
  • Oversee and implement traditional and new media promotions directed at SUU students
  • Maintain media database
  • Create content for various social media platforms
  • Assist with weekly Blog posts
  • Assist other members of the marketing and publications team as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned