Program Manager, Special Events, University of Nevada, Reno

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno announces a search for a Program Manager, Special Events to begin late fall 2018. This is an administrative faculty position; administrative faculty are professional staff members who perform responsibilities related to the formation and implementation of managerial policies or general operations of the university.

The Program Manager, Special Events serves as coordinator and head manager of several major School of the Arts (SOTA) events and programs. Programs currently include the Reno Jazz Festival (RJF), Performing Arts Series (PAS), and Lake Tahoe Music Camp (LTMC). The individual is responsible for the development, coordination, oversight, and supervision of the SOTA special events office operations and aforementioned programs.

The Program Manager, Special Events works with representatives from the University and community to develop and implement performances/presentations and outreach activities, both internal and external to campus, that are designed to increase the impact of the School of the Arts by engaging its many constituents. The individual oversees SOTA program artistic negotiations/contracts; is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing and public relations plan for events and programs by working with the School of the Arts/College of Liberal Arts Marketing and Communications Specialist(s); works with the Liberal Arts Development Officer(s) assigned to the School to research, develop, and solicit donations and sponsorships for SOTA events and programs; provides centralized grant management and coordination for the School of the Arts programs by identifying, researching, and developing grant proposals and completing required grant paperwork and final reports; and oversees School of the Arts special events annual budgets and fiscal analysis including supervising budgets and spending.

The Program Manager reports to the Director of the School of the Arts and completes other projects as assigned by the Director. The individual is expected to be able to exercise thoughtful judgment and meet deadlines; develop and maintain effective professional relationships with staff, faculty, University representatives, vendors, and other constituents; function effectively under stress; adapt to changing environments; and display flexibility.

University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno, is ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s top tier of “best national universities.” Our student enrollment of some 22,000 includes nearly 3,000 graduate students. Nearly half of incoming students identify as being from an underrepresented group, and Latinos comprise around 20% of the undergraduate student body. The university aspires to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

The university has a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art and music scene. Known for its proximity to the Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is close to Sacramento and San Francisco and has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico.

The College of Liberal Arts is home to the School of the Arts that is comprised of three academic units: Music, Art, and Theatre and Dance. More than 4,000 students enroll in art, music, theatre and dance courses each semester. Talented students and faculty from each department engage in scholarship and artistic activity that are showcased to the community on our beautiful stages, concert halls, and visual arts venues. Each year over 75,000 visitors attend University arts events that highlight a range of guest artists as well as our outstanding faculty and student work.

Required Qualifications

A Master’s Degree with two years of related work experience OR a Bachelor’s Degree with three years of related work experience in managing, coordinating, and developing arts programs in a public or non-profit arts organization.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with event program development including the creation of plans that affect the impact, longevity and financial solvency of special event programs, grant writing, marketing, fiscal management and computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.

How to Apply

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Required Attachment

Please attach the following documents to your application.  Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

1)  Resume/Vita

2)  Cover letter

3)  Reference contact information for three professional references

4)  Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying

Contact Information

Search Chair- Tamara Scronce

Search Coordinator- Nora Lum

This posting is open until filled.