Programs and Production Assistant Sought by NKU SOTA

NKU_SOTA logoNKU School of the Arts – Programs and Production Assistant
Work Schedule M-F
Hours per Week 37.5
Months per Year 12
Purpose of Position Northern Kentucky University is seeking a Programs and Production Assistant for the School of the Arts. The School of the Arts (SOTA) at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a full-time staff position assisting the Programs and productions beginning in the Summer of 2022. This position provides administrative support to SOTA and its three programs by coordinating front line services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors; scheduling appointments and meetings, assisting with room reservations, filing, researching files and records, preparing documents for request; oversee office work-study students in the program’s offices. Serves as Production Manager for SOTA productions, primarily in the Theatre + Dance Program.

The Art & Design, Music, and Theatre + Dance programs make up the School of the Arts that sits in the College of Arts and Science at Northern Kentucky University. Through quality interdisciplinary education, scholarship, and civic engagement, NKU’s School of the Arts provides high-quality education for students interested in developing creatively. SOTA encourages serious humanistic inquiry that is not easily achieved within traditional disciplinary boundaries, heightens the visibility of the arts at NKU, and provides the public with an awareness of the central role of the arts in the quality of human life. Currently SOTA has over 900 students and host 136 events each year. With 12 majors, more than 30 specializations to study and 15 regional arts partners, NKU’s transdisciplinary School of the Arts is a powerhouse of the visual and performing arts in the Midwest.

Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University is a 15,000-student nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. Greater Cincinnati has one of the most vibrant and multifaceted cultural scenes in the Midwest, with a large community of working artists, musicians and designers and a variety of theaters. It offers an outstanding quality of life and an affordable cost of living. We welcome candidates with unexpected skill sets to help in unexpected ways. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, but especially from individuals who contribute to the diversity of our academic community.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide administrative support and help facilitate the daily operation of the School of the Arts and Programs within the School. Assist Program Head in all three SOTA Programs with front office operations and support.
  • Serve as production manager for SOTA productions, primarily in the Theatre + Dance Program (securing copyrights, coordinating production meetings, calendars, and timelines)
  • Assist Program Heads in all three programs with various projects and assignments (lockers, etc.)
  • Manage all SOTA key requests, distributions, and inventory
  • Oversee implementation of annual inventory of Theatre + Dance & Art and Design Programs
  • Receive all incoming mail for SOTA and communicate with stakeholders, update order tracking systems, and distribute accordingly.
  • Assist students (majors, minors, and non-majors) for various requests and/or resolutions of student issues.
  • Attend SOTA staff meetings, coordinate staff efforts where possible
  • In coordination with each Program Head, oversee office work-study students in the Art & Design and Music Office and the Theatre + Dance office. Approximately 3-5.
  • Other duties as assigned by SOTA administration
Qualifications Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in the performing arts with 3 years of related management experience. While no formal production management experience is required for this position, it is necessary to be familiar with theatre and dance through some aspect of work experience or college study. Stage management or other theatre management training and experience is also highly preferred to be successful in this role. Impeccable organizational skills and demonstrated communication skills are required. Detail oriented and efficient in managing day to day tasks. Basic computer skills including email and familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 suite.

Please highlight any of the following material in your application:

  • Production, Stage, or other Theatrical Shop Management experience
  • Management of staff, including part-time employees and student workers
  • Collaboration across disciplines
  • Other technical skills are plus Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Catherine Schmeal, Costume Shop Manager, via email: For additional information on NKU and the School of the Arts, visit and

Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern Kentucky University’s website portal Required materials include:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 references
  • A statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Further materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education Bachelor’s Degree
Minimum Experience 3 years
Salary $16.01/hr minimum
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