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New arts jobs open at SCAC, ABC Project

Arts ed, accounting, marketing positions available now


In order to provide effective and efficient service to South Carolina citizens, the S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) and Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project are growing.

Four brand-new positions, created as a direct result of South Carolina's landmark new $20 million arts education partnership, are now accepting applications. This morning, two Columbia-based positions went live for the SCAC:
  • For a dependable, industrious, and detail-oriented accountant/fiscal analyst with experience in financial management and knowledge of state government fiscal and accounting processes. Our ideal candidate will share our mission and values and have the ability to work closely with agency executives, staff, board, funders, governmental officials, and the public in support of financial activities for the SCAC.
  • And for a creative, resourceful, and organized digital content manager who has experience generating compelling social media and video content across platforms. Our ideal candidate will share our mission and values. They will artfully capture the essence and impact of our work to show broad audiences how it brings value to and serves diverse communities across the state.
These two positions close Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Yesterday, two positions went live for the ABC Project, which is based at Winthrop University in Rock Hill:
  • For an ABC District Programs Specialist, who "provides leadership and guidance to help school and district administration develop and sustain policies and practices that result in arts-rich learning environments in which students have access to quality, comprehensive, standards-based arts education. Works collaboratively to coordinate programmatic activities of the ABC Project and fulfill the project’s mission across the state and the national community, as needed."
  • And for an ABC Educator Programs Specialist, who "provides educational expertise to South Carolina educators and administrators in order to create and maintain arts-rich learning environments in which students have access to quality, comprehensive standards-based arts education. Works collaboratively to coordinate programmatic activities of the ABC Project and fulfill the project’s mission across the state and the national community, as needed."
(Ed. note: These two positions closed Sunday, October 17, 2021.)

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Technical director sought by Columbia City Ballet

Immediate hire for looming season


Columbia City Ballet is seeking a technical director for the 2021/2022 performance season.

From the company: The ideal candidate will be proficient in all theatrical technical elements including scenic, carpentry, sound, lighting and projections, and stage management. A creative problem solver with at least 3 years of professional experience and capable of quickly troubleshooting technical theater elements and possessing exemplary organizational and communication skills.
  • This key position reports directly to the executive & artistic director and has responsibility for all technical needs and requirements including music, lighting, and scenic elements.
  • Coordinates technical requirements in all performance venues.
  • Supervises load-ins, strikes, and technical rehearsals.
  • Prepares and delivers all lighting, fly rail, and other designs in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates truck rental and other transportation needs.
  • Maintains, stores, repairs, transports, and controls inventory of all artistic collateral including but not limited to sets, scenery, and props.
  • Provides technical support for all public, community and promotional events including performances, technical rehearsals, galas, public appearances, demonstrations, and other events.
  • Works closely with the finance director on all purchasing, sourcing, budgetary, and expense related tasks.
  • Coordinates crew assignments with all performance venues and coordinates all tour logistics for sets, scenery, and technical crew members. Manages technical crew members and provides accurate payroll information to the office of the finance director. Reviews and provides technical guidance for tour and venue contracts.
  • Manages all rentals of sets, scenery, props, and costumes from our extensive collections including negotiating and executing rental agreements.
A bachelor's degree or acceptable combination of education and professional experience is required. Salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references to:
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CMA posts education + engagement job opening

The Columbia Museum of Art is seeking an education and engagement coordinator to facilitate and support the daily operational, administrative, and programmatic functions of the Education & Engagement Department.

According to the job description, the person in the role serves that department in three primary areas:
  1. support for and work developing education programs and interpretation projects,
  2. general departmental administrative functions, and
  3. assistance with assigned EE program(s).
Major job areas include:
  • 75% Coordinate logistical and technical aspects of CMA’s tours, trainings, and education programs and assist with development of educational and interpretive initiatives, in concert with the Curator of Education
  • 15% Manage general departmental administrative functions
  • 10% Provide support for assigned Education & Engagement program(s)
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, non-exempt position. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. For the full job description and other information about the role, please visit this link. (Ed. note: A deadline to apply was not provided.) Please email cover letter and resume to Jeanna Dixon-McCray, at JDixon-McCray@columbiamuseum.org with “Education & Engagement Coordinator Position” in the subject line.

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New opportunity to join South Arts team

Help keep the program budget growing

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until filled

In the past three years South Arts has tripled its budget ($3M - $9M).

We want to continue this momentum and anticipate significantly increasing the program budget within the next 3-5 years. South Arts is seeking a dynamic individual with a proven track record that can accomplish that goal. This position reports to the president & CEO, is part of the executive management team, and will be expected to be a major contributor of vision and leadership, helping to accomplish the strategic plan and fulfill South Arts’ mission of advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Our major sources of funding have been government and foundations, to include:
  • The National Endowment for the Arts,
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation,
  • and Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
These will continue to be important sources and we want to increase our foundation footprint, but South Arts also wants to diversify its funding streams by moving into corporate and individual contributions. South Arts is not a membership organization and is not planning to become one. We serve nine southern states and anticipate that advancement will be an effort in each state. South Arts is one of six regional arts organizations in the U.S. and has been primarily serving the performing arts field. A recent example of the organization’s programming initiatives is a multimillion-dollar national grant program related to jazz artists touring across the U.S. In the past three years South Arts has expanded to serve a broader range of art forms and constituents. Diversity, equity and inclusion are key values of this organization. It is an exciting growth period for South Arts, and we are looking for someone who wants to be a valuable part of that growth.

Advancement responsibilities

  • Design development strategies and oversee ongoing development efforts for the organization working with the executive management team, board and staff to identify funding opportunities, targets and approaches that integrate with South Arts’ program plan and overall strategic plan
  • Work directly with the Vice President of Programs to identify revenue streams for programs
  • Work closely with the Communications Director to advance South Arts
  • Design and implement an annual individual giving campaign
  • Support and partner with the President & CEO and Board of Directors on all major fundraising initiatives and staff the Advancement Committee
  • Develop all fundraising proposals, including corporate sponsorship and local and national grants
  • Oversee grant compliance and reporting
  • Help the organization define performance measures for fund development and systematically monitor results
  • Devise and implement special fundraising projects as needed (e.g. programmatic campaigns, etc.)
  • Oversee all donor information using the Salesforce database system, provide statistical analysis to the board and the executive team as needed, and support staff responsible for daily Salesforce functions and donation tracking and processing
  • Hire, train, and mentor any additional staff, interns or contractors in the advancement office
  • Identify and steward prospective donors
  • Stay on top of fundraising trends and the nonprofit community
  • Respond to donor and prospect inquiries in a timely fashion
  • Use prospect research tools and your donor database to build donor relationships
For additional responsibilities, qualifications, and instructions on applying, please click here.

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Communications arts job opens at Winthrop University

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, August 23, 2021


The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University is accepting applications for the Director of Communications position.

Winthrop University logo and wordmarkJob Purpose

Reporting to the Dean, the Director of Communications serves as the coordinator of communications and marketing for various co-curricular and educational programs, special events and community engagement for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at Winthrop University. The Director works with a variety of internal and external constituents to execute and promote projects, events, programs, data collection and reports and encourages interest in the College from prospective students and various public constituencies.

Job Summary

The Director of Communications creates and produces recruiting, marketing and branding communications and materials (digital and print-based) for CVPA programs. Handles media relations and promotions. Provides accurate and timely information to a variety of media outlets and through social media; writes press releases; generates and responds to social media posts. Coordinates and promotes specific college and community events and activities. Supports student recruitment through social media, advertising, and outreach to high schools and community colleges; coordinates open houses with the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing; and supports pre-university and ST-ARTS programs.

Qualifications

Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in design, media, technology or arts-related discipline
  • At least two years of experience in marketing and branding, communications/design, social media, and web development
Preferred
  • Experience in public relations, event promotion, content development/editing (web, video and print), and managing a creative team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Summary

Candidates for this position will need to possess the following:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly master software programs, including web management systems and data collection and reporting software
  • Knowledge of marketing techniques and best practices
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and develop and maintain appropriate interpersonal relationships
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and the ability to communicate effectively to diverse internal and external audiences
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with various groups, including faculty, staff, students, department chairs, other university units, media outlets and the general public
Use this link to learn more and apply: https://winthrop.peopleadmin.com/postings/8821

Jason Rapp

Trustus Theatre conducting search for new executive director

Trustus Theatre is searching for a new executive director.

The executive director will serve as the chief operating officer responsible for managing the human and financial resources of Trustus Theatre according to the policies, strategic direction and mission formulated by the board of directors. He or she will provide direct oversight of all financial, operations, resource development and public relations objectives. The executive director will report to the Board of Directors through the Board President and will advise the Board on all matters that may be of benefit in achieving the theatre’s objectives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and manage the operations of a creative nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the lives and deepen the experiences of artists and patrons.


The successful candidate will possess the following leadership competencies:
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising expertise. It is critical for the future of Trustus Theatre that funding be secure. The executive director must have the ability to establish and strengthen community relationships, cultivate new sources of revenue, lead fund solicitation to include grant and proposal writing, secure program and season sponsors, and assure donor stewardship. Grant management experience is also necessary.
  • Strong community engagement and collaboration skills. The executive director must be a good listener, strategist and collaborator. He or she will be able to engage with long standing stakeholders and also build relationships with a wider group to build strong connections that are mutually beneficial to Trustus Theatre and the community. Able to build strong community and civic leader relations to leverage good will and financial support. Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuinely warm and approachable behavior.
  • Strategic thinker with visionary leadership. The executive director will be a strategic thinker, able to engage Trustus Theatre staff and board in a strategic, thoughtful process of growth. The executive director will inspire confidence and provide leadership and vision to ensure a promising future for Trustus Theatre. He or she will demonstrate honesty, sincerity and respect for individuals while modeling organizational values, inspiring trust in and from others.
  • Personnel and financial management. The executive director will be an experienced and effective manager of people. He or she will be able to build an effective staff team working together toward a common vision. The executive director will have the ability to engage, manage, motivate and unite staff around common goals and strategies, and to drive teamwork and results across functions and work groups. He or she will have strong financial acumen and demonstrate fiduciary responsibility, ensuring generally accepted accounting principles are continually adhered to and related to all budget and financial matters.
The successful candidate will have experience working in a leadership management role, with preference given to experience with a theatrical or other creative arts organization. Specific qualifications also include:
  • Proven business acumen, with a track record of effective management and budgeting.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related and appropriate discipline and a minimum of five years’ experience, with at least three (3) in a leadership role.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Google Suite and Slack.
Trustus Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants should submit their resume (cover letter optional) and salary requirements to the Search Committee by emailing trustus@trustus.org.
Trustus Theatre was opened in 1985 by Kay and Jim Thigpen. For 35 years Trustus Theatre has given talented and visionary theatre artists a home where they can be innovative and creative. It has also been home to adventurous theatre-goers who seek out contemporary stories and feel at home as members of a vibrant, cohesive community. Located in the Congaree Vista in Columbia, the theatre boasts two performing venues with the Thigpen Main Stage seating 132, and the Trustus Side Door Theatre seating 50. The underlying principle of Trustus has always been to bring the best of the newest and original plays to an audience craving professional theatre in a setting that is comfortable and unique. Success is measured by a commitment to collaboration and innovation, while impact is measured by the creation of a more diverse and vibrant Columbia.

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SC Philharmonic accepting applications for two openings

Marketing/Communications + Education/Community Engagement positions open

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 20, 2021

The SC Philharmonic is accepting applications for two full-time positions on its administrative staff.

The Columbia-based orchestra has been recognized lately for its leadership in incorporating virtual presentations (see #9) to stay connected to audiences during the pandemic. Just after performing a sold-out concert on a baseball diamond this month, they renewed Music Director Morihiko Nakahara's contract through the 2024/2025 season. - Ed.
UPDATE: This position has been filled as of Aug. 9.
Marketing & Communications Director
The South Carolina Philharmonic seeks an experienced arts marketing and communications professional to continue the momentum achieved with recent advances in its communication strategies, with a goal to make symphonic music fresh and relevant to a broad, contemporary audience. The person who holds this post will work collaboratively with the music director and staff to advance the artistic vision of the organization.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • 5+ years’ experience in marketing at another non-profit organization, preferably in the arts-and-culture sector, demonstrating proficiency and success in managing subscription and single-ticket campaigns and organizational communications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent
  • Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to respond thoughtfully, calmly and with excellent judgment to shifting priorities and urgent situations
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, team-driven, results-oriented environment
  • Commitment to providing world-class, patron-centric customer service in all patron interactions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, e-newsletter programs such as Mailchimp, and graphic design software such as InDesign and Illustrator
  • Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as driven by events
  • Click here to apply: https://www.scphilharmonic.com/meet-our-family/employment-opportunities/

Education & Community Engagement Director
The South Carolina Philharmonic seeks an experienced arts and education professional to lead its work in education, community outreach and lifelong learning to ensure meaningful and effective engagement in Columbia and throughout the Midlands. The orchestra is dedicated to expanding its work in these areas as part of its strategic plan and looks to reach and inspire audiences of all ages, and through a greater level of equity, diversity and inclusion. The person who holds this post will work collaboratively with the music director and staff to ensure that education and engagement programs are following the artistic vision of the organization."

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • 5+ years’ experience in arts education teaching and/or administration
  • Strong knowledge of how to navigate the public school system
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent
  • Excellent verbal presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to respond thoughtfully, calmly and with excellent judgment to shifting priorities and urgent situations
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and comfort with database software
  • Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as driven by events
  • Enthusiastic and Engaging personality with a knowledge and passion for music
  • Click here to apply: https://www.scphilharmonic.com/meet-our-family/employment-opportunities/

Both positions have an application deadline of Friday, August 20, 2021

Jason Rapp

Four new positions open at SCAC

UPDATE: Arts learning x 2, grants, and something new

APPLICATION DEADLINES EXTENDED: Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (all four)
Updated 30 July 2021 at 13:48 ET.

The S.C. Arts Commission is hiring.

By now you have probably heard that South Carolina is making a massive investment in arts learning. With that will come increased demand for S.C. Arts Commission grants and other services. To ensure constituent service remains at a high level, applications are now being accepted for three positions serving grants and arts learning.

Arts Learning Director

Designs, manages, and implements statewide programs for schools and districts, arts organizations, and arts learning programs.  Working under supervision of the Deputy Director, they play a vital role in working with constituents: grantees, educators, artists, teaching artists, organizations, and partner agencies. Provides consulting and technical assistance to constituents within assigned programmatic areas.

K12 Arts Education Coordinator

Coordinates and implements activities, research, and administrative duties for the Arts Commission’s K-12 initiatives including grants and direct programs. Working under supervision of the Arts Learning Director, they play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, schools, organizations, and partner entities. Provides consulting and technical assistance to constituents within assigned programmatic areas.

Assistant Grants Coordinator

Ensures accurate and efficient processing of grants from application to final report in a cloud-based grants management system. Serves as the initial point of contact for requests for grants information and customer service. Working under supervision of the deputy director, they serve as a member of the Arts Commission’s grants team and play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, schools, organizations, and partner entities. Duties include grants office administration and grants processing.
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Introducing Arts Industry

The SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Soon, arts industry will be added as a fourth key area.

Arts Industry Director

The agency envisions its first arts industry director as someone who designs, manages, and implements statewide programs for arts organizations, including local arts councils, nonprofits, businesses, and non-arts organizations serving as arts providers. Working under supervision of the deputy director, they play a vital role in working with constituents, grantees, organizations, and partner agencies. Provide consulting and technical assistance to arts organizations, arts providers, and arts businesses within assigned programmatic areas. Chair the State Art Collection committee and manages the State Art Collection coordinator.

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences. A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on social media.

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Office manager arts job open in Columbia

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 31, 2021


One Columbia for Arts and Culture is hiring for the position of office manager.

  • Location: Columbia, SC
  • Employee Type: Full Time
  • Salary Range: $32,000-35,000 based upon experience

Position Scope and Objectives

One Columbia for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes collaboration and celebrates the arts and historic preservation community in Columbia, seeks an office manager for a paid, full-time position. The selected candidate will perform administrative duties including email messaging, social media, daily financial and organizational record keeping, event calendar moderation, project administration and volunteer coordination. Other duties may be required as assigned by the executive director. This is a moderately supervised position and supervisor will provide on-the-job training regarding specific duties.

Necessary Skills and Expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree and 2 years of experience, or a high school diploma and 4 years of experience
  • Strong administrative skills including typing, writing, and editing
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the general public and provide positive customer service
  • Excellent verbal presentation, written communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft office, including Word and Excel required.
  • Email messaging, social media, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite and Quickbooks experience required
  • Experience in non-profit organizational operations preferred
  • Grant writing and grant administration experience is a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to thoughtfully respond to shifting priorities
  • Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends
  • An understanding of and appreciation for art and history

Application process

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@onecolumbiasc.com by July 31, 2021. One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.

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UofSC Koger Center for the Arts accepting applications for stage manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 16, 2021


The Koger Center for the Arts, a division of the University of South Carolina School of Music, is accepting applications for a full-time stage manager.

The stage manager is responsible for the successful production of all events held at the venue and for the staffing, training, and supervision of a P/T production crew. This staff member is also responsible for the general maintenance of the staging area, including but not limited to flooring, lighting, dashers and other items. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3 years experience in radio or TV programming, production or engineering; or high school diploma and 7 years experience in radio or TV programming, production or engineering. Preferred Qualifications Assoc. or Bachelor’s degree in related field. Minimum 5 years experience in an entertainment venue setting to include staging, lighting, and sound production. Click here to learn more and apply.

About the Koger Center for the Arts

As the gateway to the Vista, Columbia’s vibrant hub of dining and entertainment, the Koger Center for the Arts has been a focal point of the cultural landscape since it first opened its doors in 1989. With remarkable acoustics, state-of-the art sound, lighting and live-streaming capability in the 2,256 seat Gonzales Hall, the Koger Center presents local performing arts groups, but also hosts large-scale shows, such as Broadway’s Wicked and well-known artists like Sarah Vaughn and James Taylor.