Job Opening – Arts Programming Manager (09/2011)

2011 September 30

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

For over 100 years the mission of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning has been to prepare students for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations and institutions whose goals are to improve the quality of our lives and the built environment. The college is located in the Art and Architecture Building on the North Campus, and has an enrollment of over 600 students.  The College has two PhD programs, an MSc program, master’s programs in architecture, urban planning, and urban design, and a bachelor’s program in architecture.
This position supports the exhibition and editorial needs of the college and will report to the Director of Communications.  It is a combined position requiring installation, design and writing skills.  This position would also supervisor student workers and/or temporary employees.


  • Responsible for exhibit communication, coordination, consulting/supporting/conceptual design, construction, installation and maintenance of college exhibitions in conjunction with the exhibition chair.
  • Participate in and support special events and openings, programs and receptions, etc.
  • Coordinate visual aspects in exhibits in conjunction with the exhibition chair including but not limited to: exhibit, directional/informational signage, displays, visitor information, etc.
  • Oversee daily maintenance and operation of exhibits.
  • Perform editorial and research duties and prepares final copy for publication in scholarly works, professional journals, college and/or University publications.
  • Work with exhibition chair and committee to insure a quality product and as a member of the exhibition team in the long range planning of exhibits, content and concepts.
  • Maintain and purchase an inventory of relatable exhibit tools and supplies.
  • Provide editing support for college communications materials by making stylistic, structural and grammatical corrections.
  • Research and write about Taubman College events, exhibitions and news in publications.
  • Maintain contact with authors, printers, faculty, staff and/or others concerning published work.
  • Use excellent customer service skills to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with faculty, staff, vendors, and members of the general public.


  • Ability to organize, direct, and manage activities and projects, work independently and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Ability and initiative to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, temporary employees and students.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and electronically.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of personnel at different levels of responsibility.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, evenings and occasional holidays.
  • Knowledge of drafting practices, project management skills, and exhibit fabrication standards and resources a bonus.

Education and Training Requirements

  • Experience/internships in the publication, publishing, and/or exhibition world.
  • A bachelor’s degree in revelant field (English, journalism, art history, or other related fields)

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hand to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; climb ladders; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

These physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions The employee may be required to perform work in a rotation of days and evenings including some weekends and holidays.

Please note: A cover letter, a 1-3 page writing sample, and a 1 page curating example should be submitted along with your resume.  These must be sent as one document in pdf format and to

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