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MFA-Track 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 both the needs of the program and of the affiliate organization. The career goals of the student are also taken into consideration. All students are given the opportunity to change assistantships at the end of their first year in the program if they so desire. Assistantships are not available to students on the online Master of Arts degree track.

Photo: SUUAA Capstone Presentations (2018)

The Marketing & Public Relations Associate 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 associate will:

  • Write press releases and social media posts promoting performances and events
  • Work with graphic design team on developing concepts for posters and promotion
  • Collect and coordinate information for performance programs
  • Help Coordinator develop marketing and advertising campaigns for larger events
  • Create and implement new media promotions directed at SUU students
  • Create content for various social media platforms
  • Perform other duties as assigned
CPVA Dean's Office

The Associate Preparator at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for coordinating, preparing for, and implementing exhibitions, as well as basic collections management. The associate will:

  • Collections
    • Complete collections rehousing projects
    • Assist the team in properly packing, unpacking, or preparing artwork for storage and display
    • Assist the Coordinator of Collections with research, data entry, and condition reporting as needed
    • Prepare grant reports and assists in grant writing projects as necessary
  • Exhibitions
    • Assist in all aspects of gallery rotations, with emphasis on installation, as well as overseeing gallery preparation (patching, painting, moving walls)
    • Assist with artwork transportation
    • Assist with framing projects for exhibitions, and framing workshops/appointments for SUU A&D Faculty/BFA students
    • Assist with exhibition logistics, including:
      • Designing gallery layouts
      • Designing exhibition layouts/artwork placement
      • Organizing installation plans
      • Organizing submissions for High School, BFA, and other exhibitions
      • Building materials for display needs (pedestals, vitrines, custom mounting hardware, etc.)
    • Assist with exhibition planning/curatorial work
    • Participate in regular departmental staff meetings as well as other interdepartmental meetings as directed
    • Disseminate information as needed to other departments, researchers, and students
    • Perform other duties as assigned

 Southern Utah Museum of Art

NOT AVAILABLE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Associate Registrar at the Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for the care of the museum’s collections, as well as helping with exhibition rotations. The associate will:

  • Collections
    • Assist with collections database management - organize and update collections records and artist files, perform collections research, update images, etc.
    • Assist with compiling information for collections committee meetings, taking notes at meetings, and inputting designations
    • Complete collections rehousing projects
    • Execute Campus Loan program, facilitating requests, and utilizing team members for installation appointments. Coordinate other installations/pick ups on campus.
    • Execute annual campus inventory
    • Implement the Integrated Pest Management Plan
    • Assist in all condition reporting
    • Catalog new acquisitions in collaboration with museum’s Curator and Coordinator of Collections
    • Prepare grant reports and assists in grant writing projects as necessary
    • Participate in regular departmental staff meetings as well as other interdepartmental meetings as directed
    • Disseminate information as needed to other departments, researchers, and students
    • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Exhibitions
    • Assist with correspondence and logistics associated with loans to SUMA including loan agreements, loan records, insurance, shipments, and condition reports
    • Create object labels for artwork going on display
    • Assist in all aspects of gallery rotations, with special emphasis on condition reporting/deinstallation process
    • Assist the team with artwork transportation when needed
    • Assist the Coordinator of Exhibitions with exhibition planning/curatorial work as needed

Southern Utah Museum of Art

NOT AVAILABLE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Campus & Community Engagement Associate at Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for oversight of the museum’s engagement and outreach opportunities for both SUU Campus and Community audiences. The associate will:

  • Coordinate and oversee Community Days/Second Saturdays (Community), and participatory learning opportunities for SUU students (Campus) and adult community members (Community), through events and programming with clear learning objectives and informal assessments.
    • Create a hands-on activity for community members of all ages with clear learning objectives and informal assessments.
    • Manage partnership with any participating performers, speakers, or educators
    • Coordinate with Manager of L+E and the Coordinator of VE about staffing needs
    • Budget for supplies and catering as needed
    • Track and report attendance
  • Assist in expanding events and programming for SUU students through informal learning pop ups. (Campus)
  • Assist in creating learning guides, audio guides, translations and gallery activities for each exhibition
  • Understand annual goals for the department that are reflective of the core areas
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers as applicable
  • Work with Marketing & Visitor Experiences as it relates to SUU campus and community engagement
  • Attend and help lead STEAM Night activities across Iron County
  • Assist K-12 Learning Associate with tours and art camps
  • Assist with department budget and consult with Manager of Learning & Engagement
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art

The K-12 & Family Learning Associate at Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for oversight of the museum’s K-12 and Family programs. The associate will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the activities of the Learning + Experience team relating to these core areas: K12 programming for Iron County and surrounding schools (K-12) and expand public programming for children and families (Family)
  • Plan and implement art camps during fall, spring, and summer breaks (with fellow Learning + Experiences Associate)  
  • Foster the partnership with Cedar Breaks National Monument and expand collaborative program opportunities for SUMA
  • Work with the College of Education to develop partnerships and programs as needed (Integrative Learning Coordinator assists with this process)
  • Assist, and oversee the implementation of lesson plans that align with the Utah standards for tours, camps, and related programs
  • Attain a working knowledge of the objectives and curricula of the school system as it relates to Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • 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 Marketing & Visitor Services as it relates to K-12 and Family programs
  • Coordinate with team, including Manager of Finance & Administration, to write grant and develop budget for the Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 Southern Utah Museum of Art

The Marketing Associate at Southern Utah Museum of Art is responsible for contributing to the museum’s overall marketing initiatives. In this position, the associate will have the opportunity to gain experiences in varying marketing tasks such as:

  • Draft media materials including press releases, pitches, media alerts, and event recaps
  • Draft content for various social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and YouTube
  • Draft or rewrite copy for various marketing materials and audiences — posters, postcards, brochures, websites, digital signage, advertising, etc.
  • Draft special email campaigns for specific programs, events, and exhibition announcements
  • Oversee all on-campus marketing efforts including the mySUU Portal, chalking, tabling, digital signage, app notifications, toilet times, and poster distributions
  • Compile and maintain weekly, monthly, and quarterly marketing reports to track social media, public relations, and advertising efforts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art

The Graduate Associate in the SUU Advancement Office works alongside University Advancement Officers to experience a wide range of donor-related activities with an emphasis on SUMA and CPVA programs. As a member of the SUU Advancement team, the Advancement Associate will:

  • Support the SUU Advancement office by participating in the planning and execution of various donor-related programs, activities, and events.
  • Collaborate with CPVA Director of Development (DOD) to develop and execute projects and campaigns specifically supporting the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and/or the College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA)
    • Utilize Banner, Asana, and Basecamp tools for data recording and communications
  • Collaborate with DOD and SUMA’s Executive Director to strategize and implement SUMA fundraising and friendraising programs and projects.
    • Lead the Friends of SUMA membership program including identification, qualification, solicitation, and retention of new and existing members at all levels of giving
    • Maintain current Friends of SUMA membership information, track expiration dates, execute monthly communications to meet new member and retention goals.
  • Participate in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of CPVA and SUMA donors
    • Participate in writing and tracking of funding applications
    • Create contact reports and contribute to data accuracy efforts in Banner
  • Support the Exec Director of Government Relations in preparing for and participating in the upcoming legislative session
  • Perform other duties as assigned

NOT AVAILABLE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Graduate Associate in SUU's Marketing Communication Office helps in its efforts to promote and elevate the SUU brand. This individual will join a team of professional creators who define, elevate, and protect the brand identity of Southern Utah University, providing a positive and interactive experience for the campus community who utilize our services and talents. Through our engaging storytelling, the Marketing Communication Office reinforces the mission and vision of SUU. In this position, the Marketing Associate will:

 
  • Create fun, engaging content for multiple social media platforms and various audiences such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tik-Tok
  • Assist the Marketing Manager in developing new marketing and advertising campaigns
  • Help analyze web, social and advertising data and offer recommendations
  • Help with campus marketing efforts for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the Southern Utah Museum of Art, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival as opportunities arise.
  • Write some press releases and blog posts
  • Assist with the website redesign project
  • Assist with campus brand ambassador program
  • Research latest industry trends and best practices
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Southern Utah University- Marketing Communication

The Development Associate of The Utah Shakespeare Festival is responsible for assisting
the development department achieve its fundraising goals by engaging directly with donors
in all phases of the fundraising cycle.  The associate will:

  • Support the Director of Development and the Executive Producer in the development
    of fundraising plans
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive annual
    fundraising calendar including specific target dates for individual activities detailed in
    project management software
  • Assist in the calendaring of appointments for the Director of Development, Executive
    Producer, Artistic Director, members of the Board of Governors, and others as needed
  • Conduct prospect research in all areas of fundraising, including attending events,
    conference and community activities to identify and develop relationships
  • Conduct back-office support, including processing donations, managing and
    maintaining lists in the database and other office duties as requested
  • Meet with visiting guests and arrange/conduct backstage tours and interactions with
    USF artists and organizational leaders, serve as an ambassador to the Festival,
    Including greeting guests in the lobby, at seminars, greenshows, etc.
  • Plan, write and submit grant applications according to project management software
    schedule
  • In coordination with the Director of Development, help manage special events such as
    USF Galas (Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Cedar City), on-site fundraising events, spring
    and fall appeal and assist in the creation of future events
  • Provide written content for development materials as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Education I Associate at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is part of a four-person team that plans, develops, and coordinates all education initiatives of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This position includes marketing, development, event planning, data analysis, and guest experience. The associate will:

  • Plan and manage education events during the academic year such as: ThunderBard, Sensory Friendly Performance, Shakespeare Competition, UTA, Playmakers, Bard’s Birthday Bash, and Renaissance Day 
  • Develop, market, and implement summer education camps, classes, and programs such as: Backstage tours, seminars, camps, classes, Playmakers, and the Wooden O Symposium
  • Coordinate and organize PLAYTEAM members to assist in education programs and events
  • Assist Education Associate II with Shakespeare-In-The-Schools Tour management, taking full responsibility in the summer
  • Act as department liaison with Communications department to develop season brochure and other marketing materials
  • Data collection and analysis of education events
  • Assist Education Associate II with creation and maintenance of online education resource content including study guides, lesson plans or podcasts
  • Attend fundraising events as a representative of the Education Department
  • Assist in the writing and submission grant proposals
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with representatives of SUMA for events in the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival

NOT AVAILABLE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Education II Associate at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is part of a four-person team that plans, develops, and coordinates all education initiatives of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This position includes marketing, development, event planning, data analysis, and guest experience. The associate will:

  • Train and mentor Education I Associate
  • Plan and manage education events such as: ThunderBard, Sensory Friendly Performance, Shakespeare Competition, UTA, Playmakers, Bard’s Birthday Bash, and Renaissance Day
  • Continue preparations for Wooden O Symposium (a national academic conference)
  • Data collection and analysis of education events
  • Attend fundraising events as a representative of the Education Department
  • Work on the creation and maintenance of online education resource content including study guides, lesson plans or podcasts
  • Have a working knowledge of all aspects of Shakespeare in the Schools touring production, from programming opportunities to acting and technical company. Manages bookings, payments, scheduling, media relations, and other responsibilities as needed
  • Assist in the writing and submission grant proposals
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with representatives of SUMA for events in the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Marketing Associate at the Utah Shakespeare Festival helps the Communications Team in its efforts to promote USF 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 associate 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

Utah Shakespeare Festival