Arts Administration

Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships in the Arts Administration program are available to students on the Master of Fine Arts degree track. These assistantships are considered professional staff at one of our professional affiliate organizations. Students are awarded assistantships on an individual basis according to the needs of the program and the 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.

Professional Affiliates

artsFUSION: Elementary Arts Education Program
Coming soon.

Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
See Southern Utah Museum of Art.

College of Performing and Visual Arts – Office of the Dean
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

Frehner Museum of Natural History
The Frehner Museum Graduate Assistant Director works with the Director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History to develop programming for the Frehner/Braithwaite Fall Education Program. The graduate assistant in this position can also design new exhibit material and outreach events, as well as coordinate social media for the museum. The Graduate Assistant Director will:

  • Assist in the yearly update and implementation of the Fall Education Program
  • Coordinate and organize community events such as Earth Day, Art Walk, Darwin Day, Moth Madness, and others 
  • Write press releases
  • Obtain and analyze monthly social media metrics  
  • Design exhibit and educational material
  • Coordinate and direct undergraduate assistants, docents, and volunteers
  • Maintain the collections database
  • Lead and coordinate museum tours
  • Create content for various social media platforms
  • Assist with weekly Blog posts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Collections Management
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Collections Management Graduate Assistant is responsible for the care of the museum’s collections. The Collections Management Graduate Assistant 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 work-study assistants, interns, and volunteers who are assigned registration duties
  • 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 – Development
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Development Graduate Assistant 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 Development Graduate Assistant will:

  • Develop a fundraising plan in cooperation with museum administration
  • 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 lead a staff of assistants 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 Board of Directors for all development-related committees and initiatives
  • Participate in Board meetings
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Education
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Education Graduate Assistant is responsible for oversight of the museum’s educational programming. The Education Graduate Assistant will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the activities of the Education Department’s three core areas: Outreach programming for schools K-12 in the community/region; Volunteer coordination/community involvement; Integrative learning at SUU
  • Work with the Education staff to establish annual goals for the department that are reflective of the three core areas
  • Work with Education Supervisors to develop programs for each core area and delegate tasks to the Supervisor in each area
  • Serve as mentor and trainer to the Assistant Education Coordinator (1st year Arts Administration Student)
  • Work with the College of Education to develop partnerships and programs as needed (Integrative Learning Coordinator assist with this process)
  • Manage Education Department personnel
  • Mentor staff and volunteers involved in the creation and implementation of educational and outreach programs
  • Ensure daily activities meet professional standards while maintaining a work environment that inspires creativity and participatory learning
  • Assist museum department directors in periods of staff transitions by assisting with effective training
  • Attain a working knowledge of the objectives and curricula of the school system
  • Oversee department budget and consult with Finance Director in department budgeting
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Finance
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Finance Graduate Assistant is responsible for oversight of the museum’s finances. The Finance Graduate Assistant will:

  • Manage the museum’s financial processes including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, and tax management
  • Work closely with the University’s financial management staff to develop appropriate budgets, financial statements, and annual reports
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director to create a financial plan or update established plans to reflect the current position of the museum
  • Develop contracts for all traveling exhibits in conjunction with the College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Clearly records membership, endowment, and fundraising activities
  • Maintain clear records of investments and interest-earnings accounts as applicable
  • Work with University staff to complete external and internal auditing
  • Update records regarding revenue-generating activities, such as the gift shop and programs
  • Supervise and lead a staff of assistants as applicable
  • Monitor cash flow and oversee all treasury management functions
  • Monitor agency fiscal activity to ensure ongoing compliance with fiscal policies and procedures; report discrepancies to the Executive Director or Audit Committee and work cooperatively with directors to ensure adherence to approved fiscal procedures and policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Southern Utah Museum of Art – Marketing
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Marketing Graduate Assistant is responsible for all aspects of museum marketing. The Marketing Graduate Assistant will:

  • Design and implement the museum marketing plan
  • Design and implement advertising strategies
  • Serve as a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students working at SUMA by helping with the development and evaluation of individual goals
  • Supervise and lead a staff of assistants as applicable
  • Conduct and manage the assessment of public and visitor perception of the museum’s image and services; present findings to SUMA staff
  • Manage the Marketing Department budget
  • Cultivate relationships with the museums’ various publics

Southern Utah University Advancement
Coming soon.

Southern Utah University Center for Creativity and Innovation
The Center for Creativity and Innovation Graduate Assistant supports student EDGE Projects in the area of the arts, design, and entrepreneurship. The EDGE Program is an SUU undergraduate graduation requirement that teaches students the basics of problem-identification, project planning and management, and reflection through the creation and execution of a project of their own selection or design. The Center for Creativity and Innovation Graduate Assistant will:

  • Work as a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate Creativity and Innovation Center online courses
  • Assist with mentoring undergraduate students through arts-related EDGE Projects
  • Help organize SUU's annual TEDx and MakerFaire events
  • Assist in the inventory of experiential and project-based learning activities on campus and in the community/region.
  • Help design and develop an arts programming volunteer program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Utah Shakespeare Festival – Education I
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
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
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