The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is one of the largest academic units on the UW Seattle campus, employing over 1400 tenure-track and research faculty, in 43 departments and centers, and generating an average $120 million dollars in sponsored research each year. CAS is comprised of 4 major divisions – Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science – whose cutting-edge research spans from malaria treatment to solar energy to human rights. CAS is home to diverse music, art, drama, dance, digital arts academic units and degrees, and runs one performance hall (Meany) and two major museums (Henry Art and Burke). CAS academic programs support more than 22,000 undergraduates and 2600 graduate students. The College occupies over 1 million square feet of space spread across campus and off-campus facilities in more than 50 buildings.
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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.
This position has core responsibilities in 5 areas: 1) Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, + Access, 2) Communications, 3) Marketing, 4) Patron Relations, 5) Administrative Duties.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA)
Uphold the School’s student-centric mission.
Stay up to date and participate in the School’s Process for Voicing and Receiving Concerns.
Model and support the mission and values of the School by:
Demonstrating inclusive behavior such as: -Maintaining a safe working environment free from any aggressions. -Recognizing micro-aggressions and interrupting behaviors that hinder the Schools diversity and inclusion efforts. -Attend EDIA sexual harassment, and other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the School. -As part of the School’s leadership team, engage with strategies for implementation of the School of Drama’s Anti-Racist Action plan
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.
Develop and execute a season announcement marketing and communications plan.
Collaborate on creation of advertising for recruitment.
Patron Relations (15%):
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.
Coordinate with production on front-of-house to ensure that people entering our spaces are welcomed and safe.
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.
General Administrative Duties (10%):
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.
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 in marketing, communications, journalism, English, performing arts, or related fields, and three years experience in engagement, marketing/communications, and/or public relations.
Demonstrated internal and external communication and marketing skills.
Experience working with diverse groups of internal and external constituencies including students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, audiences, and local and national theatre communities
Ability to manage employee relations with a wide variety of diverse backgrounds.
Ability to analyze and understand issues pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive), Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets), Zoom.
Mobility in crowded indoor spaces, ability to negotiate stairs, and ability to perform administrative work using a computer for periods up to six hours a day
Understanding of theater practices with an established network within the community.
Understanding and experience in higher education.
Experience working in engagement, marketing/communications, and/or public relations for an arts organization.
Skill in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign), Email Marketing Platforms (Marketo, Mailchimp, etc), CMS platforms (such as Drupal) and Search Engine Optimization
EEO Statement University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.