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Priority consideration will be given to applications received by July 12, 2021.
The University of Washington School of Drama (SoD) is seeking a person to join our staff as Director of Engagement. The Director of Engagement fosters, stewards, and supports the School of Drama’s relationships with students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, audiences, local communities, and professional theatre arts communities nationwide. The Director of Engagement is a member of the school’s administrative leadership team.
The School of Drama is committed to building and supporting a multicultural community that fosters equity, diversity, inclusion and access. Our faculty, staff, and students are engaged with the ways that race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class, and ethnicity intersect with and shape the human experience, both inside the educational experience and outside of it. We encourage all members of the School of Drama to think critically about the world around them and engage actively. Thus, we are seeking candidates whose education, work experience and lived experience have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to equity and inclusion but have also given them the confidence to effectively engage with students, staff, and community from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Our faculty and staff are expected to understand and embrace our commitment to respecting and representing diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions, and to interrupt behaviors that hinder our work towards anti-racism and our diversity and inclusion efforts. Black, Indigenous, People of Color and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
Our mission is to develop innovative and courageous artists and scholars poised to be the creative leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to producing citizens capable of contributing to a more creative, connected, and compassionate world. The School’s graduates go on to careers in theatre, film, television, arts management, advertising, design, creative media and other areas such as law and business where the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, entrepreneurship and creativity are essential. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 45,000 students, faculty, and staff, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and faculty from over 70 countries. Seattle is a well-known center of innovation and culture, and the School of Drama enjoys a close relationship with the area’s many regional theatres.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: Communications:
Develop and implement effective communications for internal and external constituencies including students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, audiences, and local and national theatre communities. This includes written, verbal, and visual communications in digital and print forms and in school meetings.
Coordinate with the Executive Director of the School, School leadership, and UW media relations, a strategy and communications related to the School of Drama Anti-Racist Action plan, as well as sensitive issues that may arise.
Develop and implement the promotion of all School activities, including the theatrical season, audience engagement events, student recruitment, student career launch activities, and school events. This includes the development and management of marketing collateral from inception to completion.
Adhere to University brand guidelines and incorporate the School’s specific messaging in all marketing and communications efforts.
In coordination with Production Manager, oversee photography and/or recording of productions and events for promotional and archival purposes.
Oversee front-of-house patron services including hiring and training of house managers, management of invites and comps for the press and industry professionals and management of patron correspondence vis pre-and post-show emails and audience surveys.
General Administrative Duties:
Supervise and support the Constituent Relations Officer (CRO) and together coordinate and integrate advancement, communications, and marketing paramount to the functioning and success of the School.
As a member of the school’s senior administration and leadership team, attend anti-racist/anti-oppression and anti-bias trainings and workshops as scheduled by the school.
Participate in weekly senior administration meetings and take part in decision-making conversations.
Represent the School and the UW to all constituents of the school and provide outstanding customer service.
Attend School of Drama openings, and events on a regular basis.
Attend ArtsUW meetings and School of Drama staff and faculty meetings.
Work closely in a cooperative manner with UW Arts Ticket Office personnel and oversee patron and ticket sales information from TESSITURA ticketing system.
Monitor the status of the Engagement budgets and develop budget estimates and projections as requested.
Bachelor's degree (Degree in marketing, communications, journalism, English, performing arts or related fields is preferred.)
Three years of experience in engagement, marketing/communications, and/or public relations.
A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access.
Proven success in reaching and engaging diverse populations through communications and marketing.
Possess strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and pace of a team.
Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Must be flexible in a fast-paced setting and able to meet due dates.
Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills.
Capacity to work effectively with many constituencies (e.g., staff, faculty, students, alumni, friends, vendors, donors and volunteers).
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive), Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets), Zoom, Photoshop.
Five or more years of experience in engagement, marketing/communications, and/or public relations.
Familiarity with theatre and/or performing arts communities locally, nationally, and/or internationally. Specific familiarity with the Seattle community preferred.
Experience working in higher education or other complex organizational environment.
Experience working in engagement, marketing/communications, and/or public relations for an arts organization.
Experience working with email distribution systems such as Marketo and Mail Chimp.
Familiarity using content management systems such as Drupal.
Experience in search engine optimization.
Experience in graphic design and ability to use tools such as Illustrator, In-Design, etc
Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications. Except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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Commitment to Diversity The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint.
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