Job Category:

Art & Creative, Education & Training, College & University


$21,000-$24,000 per year


A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The mission of the Stamps School’s Engaged Creative Practice program is to provide a platform for students, staff, and faculty as they generate collaborative and reciprocal creative projects and to provide support for building relationships with a broad range of local, national, and international community partners. As educators, we want students to be able to understand the meaning and impact of their work – “engaging” them in a curriculum that builds understanding of the agency they possess as artists and designers and guiding them in determining how to use that agency to impact the world around them.

The Stamps School seeks an administrative professional to support the School’s ambitious social engagement mission. The Social Engagement Coordinator is responsible for a range of operational and programmatic duties, including day-to-day management, coordination of the Schara Residency Program, and developing relationships with program partners. Note: This is a 50% regular staff position (20 hours per week).

Engagement Program Oversight and Coordination (60%)

* Oversee daily management of engagement programs for students, faculty, and community partners.

* Support faculty and administration with the strategic planning and continued development of Stamps’ social practice goals and coordinate programming to achieve those goals.

* Manage implementation of engagement based courses and projects that align with Stamps curricular needs, faculty goals, and the needs of our community partners (4-5 courses per semester).

* Advise Engagement Committee members in setting priorities for Stamps engagement courses; assist with coordination of meetings.

* Serve as the School’s primary resource and resident expert on social engagement best practices and for Stamps school faculty in the design of engagement learning experiences.

* Gather, organize, and make available resources and workshops to facilitate realization of new courses and supportive programming.

* Prepare annual reports for internal and external audiences.

Coordination of Schara Residency Program (20%)

* Oversee all aspects of the selection and project implementation of 4-6 resident artists and designers each year.

* Work with Stamps faculty and Detroit school partners to identify appropriate projects and locations.

* Work with chosen artists in residence to implement proposed projects in the context of our partner schools – offering administrative, coordination, and facilitation assistance.

* Purchase supplies, manage budgets, and arrange logistics with Detroit partner schools.

Maintain and develop relationships with university and community engagement partners (10%)

* Maintain working relationships with current partners, expanding, revising, and clarifying shared purposes as needed; meet regularly with community partners in order to gain an understanding of their goals and needs and to develop meaningful future collaborations.

* Coordinate and collaborate with staff colleagues, academic departments, and faculty across the college and university to develop new opportunities for Stamps engagement courses and programming.

* Explore and initiate collaborations with new communities and partners.

Program Visibility (5%)

* Organize photographic and written documentation of Engagement Courses and projects for web, print, and exhibitions.

* Maintain an archive of photographs, videos, and project documentations of the Engagement activities.
Update and maintain the engagement web presence in collaboration with the Stamps Communications team.

Program Support (5%)

Assist with identifying funding opportunities, proposal development, and reporting to support Engagement Programming.

Required Qualifications*

* Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

* Demonstrated interest in the application and intervention of art and design practices in public realms.

* Knowledge and skills sufficient to significantly shape best practices within the School regarding social engagement, or the demonstrated capacity to develop. such skills and knowledge. Initiative, innovation, and ownership of the job are strongly desired.

* Experience coordinating multiple simultaneous projects; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail a must.

* Strong interpersonal skills, especially in team management and consensus building, with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy.

* Ability to interact cooperatively and independently with a diverse community, including University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students, as well as faculty, staff, and students in K-12 public schools.

* Web, graphic design, digital photography and video skills.

* Knowledge of a wide range of art and design based techniques – basic wood and clay construction, drawing, painting, etc.

* Ability to travel between Ann Arbor and Detroit as needed.

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