Santa Cruz, CA
Hybrid: Remote and/or In-Person
3-year Position
February 28, 2022

Institute of the Arts and Sciences: Program Manager (Visualizing Abolition)

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is the premier visual arts organization at UC Santa Cruz, originating groundbreaking art and social justice initiatives is seeking a Program Manager.

Experienced professional to manage programming associated with 3-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for a major art and prison abolition initiative, “Visualizing Abolition”. The position will: 

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and outreach for related activities including art exhibitions, events, and education programs.
  • Hold primary responsibility for administering foundation grant programming undertaken through the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), a multi-disciplinary visual arts center at UC Santa Cruz.
  • Work under supervision of the Director of the IAS and in collaboration with the grant Principal Investigator to implement foundation grant goals Administers major program components and operational requirements of the range of the foundation grant “Visualizing Abolition” projects, which include art exhibitions, public programming, faculty and graduate workshops, graduate internships and projects, and course planning and implementation.

Candidates must possess the: 

  • Ability to independently execute the full range of responsibility related to the foundation grant activities.

Duties include: 

  • Financial accounting and record keeping; overseeing the logistics and communication with artists, galleries, and museums for commissions and loans; managing the logistics for art shipping and handling; organizing public events and conferences; working with incarcerated participants and with prison authorities to foster collaborations across prison walls; providing support for education initiatives; and coordinating outreach and communications for exhibitions, programs, and faculty working groups.

This position is hybrid, including in person at the UC Santa Cruz campus and remote work. Currently, 60% of the position is in person, 40% remote; the time spent in person may increase.

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