founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
Wesleyan University is known for its global and experimental
perspective on the arts and its innovative integration of the arts
into the curriculum and the core of campus life. It seeks to serve
as a cultural center for Middletown and the surrounding region, by
working in tandem with faculty, students, community members, and
artists to elevate the arts as a means of understanding the world.
The university’s Arts Production department supports the technical
and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater,
and art and art history, student groups, and Wesleyan University’s
Center for the Arts ( CFA ) which focuses on artistic process and
the incubation of original creative work.
Reporting to the Producing Director for the Arts, the
Assistant Director is the Arts Production department’s primary
position responsible for the execution of arts events in CFA
This public-facing positionprovides a strong foundation for the
varied creative practice housed within the CFA and ensures that the
planning and execution of arts events is done in a way that creates
a sense of welcoming and belonging for all constituencies.
- Manage relationships with artists from concept to execution for
curricular and student arts events.
- Use discretion to implement artistic vision within means of
Arts Production and CFA venues.
- Educate students and other on-campus stakeholders about
producing practices and venue capability within CFA spaces.
- Determine scope, feasibility, technical needs, budget, and
calendar placement for CFA event requests.
- Resolve any logistical ambiguity in advance of events by
managing communications between the Event Producer, Arts
Production, and other stakeholders.
- Execute event needs through partnerships with internal and
external university service providers.
- Manage CFA’s master calendar including internal departmental
calendars, public-facing calendars, and university scheduling
- Hire, train, and manage student staff that provides onsite
- Manage and provide onsite Front of House ( FOH ) and stage
management support for events when required, typically during
weekend and evening events.
- Ensure successful execution of events including best practices
are followed while responding to emergency situations.
- Analyze event request trends to evaluate the efficiency of
current scheduling practices and implement improvements where
- Consult on, and support, CFA /Arts Production/Arts Department
events outside of CFA as needed.
- Other projects as assigned.
This position is required to work on campus.
(Relocation assistance to CT is available for those who
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of at least three years of
professional experience in arts event management, venue management,
stage management, production management, or other administrative,
production, or producer roles at an arts organization or an
equivalent combination of education, training, and
Experience in managing an art event from the concept phase through
Ability to work through ambiguity collaboratively during a planning
process with stakeholders.
Enthusiasm for creative experimentation, empathy for artistic
process, and a passion for collaborative producerial
Experience creating and/or implementing production schedules for
performing arts events.
Computer fluency at a level that allows for ease of learning the
university scheduling system.
Proficiency in MS Office and Google.
Strong organizational skills that allow for the management of
complex calendars and working on a variety of multifaceted projects
Demonstrated experience in working independently and as part of a
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and
work collegially with individuals of different backgrounds.
Strong Communication skills.
Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and
weekends, especially during peak times for campus events around the
end of the Fall and Spring semesters.
Familiarity with a variety of artistic disciplines.
Previous experience with EMS or other scheduling software.
Previous calendar management experience at an arts
Prior experience working with technical staff.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please
apply by July 14, 2023 when first review of applications will
All offers to external applicants are contingent on
the candidate’s completion of apre-employment
background check screening
to the satisfaction of
Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age,
gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital
status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder,
learning disability or physical disability, political belief,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or
non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from
women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries
regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination
policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and
Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University
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statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s
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