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Programs and Production Assistant
School of the Arts
Hours per Week
Months per Year
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching
its educational environment and culture through the diversity of
its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing
inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of
its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative
Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse
groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of
diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive
Purpose of Position
Northern Kentucky University is seeking a Programs and Production
Assistant for the School of the Arts. The School of the Arts ( SOTA
) at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a
full-time staff position assisting the Programs and productions
beginning in the Summer of 2022. This position provides
administrative support to SOTA and its three programs by
coordinating front line services to students, faculty, staff, and
visitors; scheduling appointments and meetings, assisting with room
reservations, filing, researching files and records, preparing
documents for request; oversee office work-study students in the
program’s offices. Serves as Production Manager for SOTA
productions, primarily in the Theatre + Dance Program.
The Art & Design, Music, and Theatre + Dance programs make up
the School of the Arts that sits in the College of Arts and Science
at Northern Kentucky University. Through quality interdisciplinary
education, scholarship, and civic engagement, NKU’s School of the
Arts provides high-quality education for students interested in
developing creatively. SOTA encourages serious humanistic inquiry
that is not easily achieved within traditional disciplinary
boundaries, heightens the visibility of the arts at NKU, and
provides the public with an awareness of the central role of the
arts in the quality of human life. Currently SOTA has over 900
students and host 136 events each year. With 12 majors, more than
30 specializations to study and 15 regional arts partners, NKU’s
transdisciplinary School of the Arts is a powerhouse of the visual
and performing arts in the Midwest.
Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky
University is a 15,000-student nationally recognized metropolitan
university committed to active engagement with the Northern
Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people.
Greater Cincinnati has one of the most vibrant and multifaceted
cultural scenes in the Midwest, with a large community of working
artists, musicians and designers and a variety of theaters. It
offers an outstanding quality of life and an affordable cost of
living. We welcome candidates with unexpected skill sets to help in
unexpected ways. We encourage applications from all qualified
candidates, but especially from individuals who contribute to the
diversity of our academic community.
- Provide administrative support and help facilitate the daily
operation of the School of the Arts and Programs within the School.
Assist Program Head in all three SOTA Programs with front office
operations and support.
- Serve as production manager for SOTA productions, primarily in
the Theatre + Dance Program (securing copyrights, coordinating
production meetings, calendars, and timelines)
- Assist Program Heads in all three programs with various
projects and assignments (lockers, etc.)
- Manage all SOTA key requests, distributions, and inventory
- Oversee implementation of annual inventory of Theatre + Dance
& Art and Design Programs
- Receive all incoming mail for SOTA and communicate with
stakeholders, update order tracking systems, and distribute
- Assist students (majors, minors, and non-majors) for various
requests and/or resolutions of student issues.
- Attend SOTA staff meetings, coordinate staff efforts where
- In coordination with each Program Head, oversee office
work-study students in the Art & Design and Music Office and
the Theatre + Dance office. Approximately 3-5.
- Other duties as assigned by SOTA administration
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in the
performing arts with 3 years of related management experience.
While no formal production management experience is required for
this position, it is necessary to be familiar with theatre and
dance through some aspect of work experience or college study.
Stage management or other theatre management training and
experience is also highly preferred to be successful in this role.
Impeccable organizational skills and demonstrated communication
skills are required. Detail oriented and efficient in managing day
to day tasks. Basic computer skills including email and familiarity
with Microsoft Office 365 suite.
Please highlight any of the following material in your application:
- Production, Stage, or other Theatrical Shop Management
- Management of staff, including part-time employees and student
- Collaboration across disciplines
- Other technical skills are plus Questions regarding the use of
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additional information on NKU and the School of the Arts, visit
nku.edu and nku.edu/academics/sota
Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern
Kentucky University’s website portal jobs.nku.edu. Required
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Names and contact information for 3 references
- A statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and
inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please
include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience
promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive
of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Further materials may be requested at a later date. In order to
ensure full consideration, applications should be received by July
15, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled.
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go
through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by
Posting Detail Information
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Is this an internal only posting?
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Documents Needed to Apply
- * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- NKU Jobs Site
- Inside Higher Ed
- Employee Referral
- What is your highest level of education?
- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree or higher
- Is your degree in the performing arts?
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Diversity Statement 1