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22 May 2018

Full-Time Director of Programming and Education

Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University  Auburn, Alabama, United States

Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Director of Programming and Education for the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is responsible for executing the artistic vision of the Executive Director by programming a comprehensive and diverse season lineup for the GPAC’s annual season, gala, special activities, and curated festivals. Directs and coordinates all activities related to contracted artistic performances and operations.

The following essential functions are representative of major duties of positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon unit needs. Other duties may be assigned similar to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

1. Establishes the guiding principles of GPAC’s programming, including the character and makeup of single-night performances and the annual series under the artistic leadership of the Executive Director and support from staff. Coordinates with artist management companies to secure talent line-up for the GPAC’s season, gala, special events, and curated festivals.

2. Provides creative and innovative leadership for the continued enhancement of GPAC’s programming by continuously researching artists, artistic and presenting trends, and artist management companies to identify new programming directions and sources. Balances artistic programming selections with institutional goals.

3. Develops, implements, and manages all educational and engagement programs for the GPAC. Oversees all program events and experiences and manages logistics of activities and engagement opportunities. Creates and fosters partnerships and relationships on and off campus and acts as the educational liaison between these groups and the GPAC.

4. Provides vision and programming support to the Executive Director, to include review of potential performers for all performances including education and community engagement opportunities and to strategize short-term and long-term goals for the programming of the GPAC presented events as it relates to the overall institutional direction of the Gogue Center.

5. Oversees budget and goal objectives for the Programming and Education department. Works diligently to ensure that all expenditures fall within the set budgets and to maximize a positive net outcome. Strategically works with the Director of Marketing and Communications and Executive Director to execute marketing, branding, and promotional activities to maximize revenue goals.

6. Responsible for receiving artist contracts from artist management companies and reviews for accuracy, technical detail, and verbiage that is unique to GPAC and Auburn University. Negotiates terms that are favorable to the GPAC and Auburn University. Communicates effectively the pertinent sections of contracts to appropriate GPAC departments. Coordinates the performances with the Production Department to ensure contractual obligations to all parties are fulfilled while protecting the interests of GPAC and Auburn University.

7. Ensures that all aspects of artist hospitality, as required by contracts, are met by the GPAC in a courteous and timely manner. Advances all travel and hospitality requirements to include accommodations, catering, transportation, and any other contractual requirements.

8. Identifies grant writing opportunities and develops grant proposals. Responsible for providing documentation for and writing final grant reports.

9. Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and motivating a strong and strategically-focused team, including but not limited to: Artist Services, Education, and Engagement Coordinators.

About the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University:

In 2015, John and Rosemary Brown gave the largest gift in Auburn University’s history, a $57 million commitment to support Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University. They designated a portion of that gift, $25 million, as the lead gift to ensure the construction of a new, state of the art performing arts center on Auburn University’s campus.

Named after Auburn University’s past President and First Lady, the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center will support the university’s vision to provide access to world-class performances and culturally enriching experiences for the university, community, and region.

The Walter Stanley and Virginia Katharyne Evans Woltosz Theatre is a 1,200-seat multi-purpose hall that has been designed with natural, variable acoustics; orchestra pit/lift; adjustable proscenium; and a stage (and stage house) to accommodate a full range of performers and performances from a small ensemble or dance troupe, a full symphony orchestra and chorus, acoustic and amplified concerts, and touring Broadway shows and staged opera.

The Amphitheater at the City of Auburn Porch and Lawn is the second venue at GPAC accommodating over 1,500 in the lawn and an additional 1,000 surrounding. The amphitheater will house a multitude of performances, events, and festivals incorporating support for food and beverage vendors.

GPAC is currently under construction and will open in August of 2019.

For more information about GPAC and its venues, visit

About Auburn University:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions, and in 2018 it was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence. Its 2017-18 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into fifteen academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,330 faculty members oversee more than 140 majors (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, a positive work environment, research, community and global outreach, and student engagement.

For more information about Auburn University, visit

About Auburn, Alabama:

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community recognized as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities and outdoor recreational areas. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama; the combined Auburn-Opelika, Alabama-Columbus, Georgia statistical area has a population of over 500,000 with excellent public-school systems, outstanding recreation facilities, and a regional medical center.

For more information about Auburn, Alabama and Lee County, visit


How to Apply

Minimum Qualifications and Application Information:

Entry into the applicant pool requires the following:

1.) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Theater, Music, Dance, Arts Administration, Humanities, Business, Communications, Public Relations, or a relevant field.

2.) Ten (10) years of experience in professional performing arts programming, presenting, and arts education. Must have experience as a an Executive Director, Managing Director, Director of Programming, Director of Education, Director of Engagement, or comparable for a minimum of (7) seven years at a professional performing arts presenting facility/organization where a majority of workload is professional performing arts presenting (including touring Broadway) and arts education (including family programming).

3.) Extensive knowledge of professional performing arts programming, presenting, and arts education.

4.) Experience working with professional artists and performers, contract negotiation and execution, event coordination, university systems, community organizations and schools, and granting agencies.

Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment site and attach the following: cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Only applicants who submit a complete application packet containing all these items will be accepted for review. Application link is here:

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required.

Desired Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field. Extensive knowledge of arts programming and arts education, as well as experience dealing with professional artists, contract negotiation, event coordination, university systems, community organizations and schools, and granting agencies.

Additional Salary Information: Administrative Grade 37; Job Class Code AB11; Internal Number: 27671; Salary Range: $68,700 – $114,500
Internal Number: 27671

Job Categories: Arts and Culture. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts administration, arts education, dance, director, music, performing arts, theatre, and university. States: Alabama.

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