University of South Carolina’s Spark program seeks assistant

University of South Carolina’s Spark program seeks assistant

Spark Laboratory, at the University of South Carolina School of Music, is accepting applications for an assistant to the director. The assistant will be involved in all aspects of the Music Leadership Laboratory, and job duties may include event design and management, marketing, grant writing, donor cultivation, website and social media content creation, and guest artist coordination. The assistant will serve on the core creative team, report to the director of Spark and work closely with the director of Music Entrepreneurship. This position requires a high level of relationship building, organizational planning, flexibility, and the ability to solve problems. The candidate should have technological aptitudes, a talent for managing multiple time-sensitive projects, the ability to maintain a professional demeanor and a sense of humor within a fast-paced, innovative environment.

Spark oversees a number of vibrant initiatives that contribute to an entrepreneurial culture throughout the University of South Carolina School of Music and region. These include the nation’s first music entrepreneurship minor, an array of extracurricular programs, an experiential arts entrepreneurship workshop, a chamber competition centered on artistic excellence and innovative event design, a developing summer program that impacts underserved high school students through innovative arts education, and an engagement wing that organizes performances in community venues. Beyond transforming the USC community, Spark is regularly featured at national profile events (such as the 2016 Chamber Music America pre-conference day) and aims to serve as a model for 21st Century music schools.

A Bachelor’s degree and outstanding written and oral communication skills are required. Desirable qualifications include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a concentration in music, arts administration, marketing, communications, or a related field; at least two years of fundraising/arts organization experience; and a passion for positively impacting society through the arts.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start date is July 1, 2015. Applicants must apply at, attaching a letter of application specifying qualifications for this position; a CV/resume; and contact information for three references. For more information, call (803) 777-4336 or email

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