Program Coordinator, Art Foundation Program

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Application Deadline: To guarantee full consideration, application materials must be received by November 19, 2018.

The Opportunity:

The purpose of this position is to administer the day to day needs of the Art Foundation program including, admissions, answering public inquiries, scheduling models, maintaining databases, updating website, helping students, faculty and staff. This position provides administrative and programmatic support to the large adjunct faculty body that teach in the Art Foundation Program. This position reports to the Administrative Coordinator.


The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. US News & World Report ranks VCUarts ( as having the top public university art and design graduate programs in the nation. Located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution. VCUarts is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space. The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives ( VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally-recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUarts-Qatar (, the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.

Personal Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Substantial experience in a fast-paced, complex work environment.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to work with a variety of constituencies (i.e., general public, faculty, students, models, student workers).
  • Proficiency in computer graphics software, Microsoft Office Suite, and other database management programs.
  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems independently and use available resources.
  • Ability to oversee the work of volunteers, interns, or work study and hourly employees.
  • Proven ability to attend to details and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with University, State, and school policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Ability to identify problem areas and recommend solutions.
  • Strategic and analytic thinker, who exhibits engagement, creativity, problem solving skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain favorable external and internal relationships with the various departments within School of the Arts and the University.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teaming skills and the ability to effectively and positively interact with a diverse range of people.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of VCU and VCUarts’ undergraduate programs and related admissions procedures and policies; and a thorough understanding of the VCUarts’ Art Foundation Program and related admissions requirements.
  • Working knowledge of FileMaker is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree focused in arts or a Bachelor’s Degree and work experience in the arts required by the time of employment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with advanced office management is preferred.
  • Understanding of the Student facets of the SCT Banner system is preferred.
  • A broad understanding of undergraduate academic affairs is desirable as is experience working in an upper level administrative environment in the arts in higher education.
  • Experience with first-line public relations is preferred.

To read the full position announcement and to learn more about VCUarts, visit:

To guarantee full consideration, application materials must be received by November 19, 2018.

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing accessible and equitable living, learning and working environments free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

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