George Mason University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) seeks an experienced Programming Manager. This position is responsible for the booking and coordination of professional artists, ensembles, and companies to be presented at the Center for Arts (CFA) on the Fairfax Campus and the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus. These artists may be presented as part of one of many series including the Great Performances at Mason series (at CFA), Hylton Presents, a Family Series presented at both venues, chamber music and American music series at the Hylton Center, or as stand-alone performances at either venue. The College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University is dedicated to making the arts an inescapable presence in the lives of all George Mason students, faculty, staff and Northern Virginia residents. We do this in our belief that the arts represent the highest expression of human potential, and are a powerful force for creating and sustaining a sense of community. The Programming Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
Working with CVPA senior leadership team to plan the scope and content for each series, and curate seasons that include an appropriate balance among artistic genres, are reflective of the tastes and interests of each community, and are supportive of the educational mission of CVPA and the university; Working within the overall CVPA calendar, and coordinating with the Executive Directors of each venue, ensure that performance dates are supportive of academic needs, and are not in conflict or competition with the events of the academic units and programs, Resident Arts Partners, or community organizations who perform in CVPA-managed performance spaces; Negotiate contracts, riders and agreements with artists, agents, and artist management companies to ensure that performances are presented with the best possible audience experience, meeting the needs of the artists and the technical needs of the productions, and at the same time negotiating the least possible financial cost to the organization; Whenever possible, create the opportunities for meaningful interaction between visiting professional artists, faculty, and students, as well as donors to CVPA; Contract administration; Development of program budgets; Work closely with Marketing Director and team to ensure accurate information is communicated to patrons about events, provide necessary information for revenue projections and pricing, and help liaise with management companies concerning promotional and program materials. Represent the Centers to speak about the performances with press or other public groups as needed; and The Programming Manager will also maintain liaison with various departments to coordinate event details.
The successful candidate must have a passion for the performing arts, a willingness to embrace innovation, a collaborative spirit, and genuine curiosity about the role of the arts in both the academic community and the larger world around us. Required Qualifications
Experience and extensive knowledge in all genres of the performing arts, specifically cultural and arts-driven programming; Experience in negotiating and working with agents and artist management; Must be a strategic thinker/planner, detail oriented, organized and have the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment; Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, customer service and written communication skills; and Master’s degree in an arts-related discipline, or bachelor’s degree with 10+ years’ experience in the field.