New Work Study Opportunities for 2017-2018

Published on August 14, 2017

If you have received federal work-study through your financial aid package at VCU, you may be eligible to apply for some of these positions below.  If you have received this award and you’re not seeing anything of interest here, you can find many more opportunities HireVCURams.  

If you have questions about any of the job postings at HireVCURams, please reach out to the contact listed in the posting.  Please note work study  positions are for students that have federal work-study only.

Communication Arts: Program Coordinator

(Position #27729)

Position Description:
Answer incoming calls in a courteous and professional manner, and transferring them when required/appropriate.
Taking detailed phone messages and email them to the appropriate staff/faculty.
Become knowledgeable of important School of the Arts phone numbers, online directories, maps, guides, resources, and other departments in the building, in order to provide maximum assistance to callers and guests.
Assist incoming students as they arrive for advising meetings. Keep record of arrival times and names. Inform advisor as students arrive.
Picking up and dropping off interdepartmental mail. Log incoming mail and alert appropriate faculty via email whenever deliveries are received.
Assist in administrative duties when called upon.
Monitor classrooms and assist in their upkeep.
Preferred Qualifications:

Dependable, flexible, and great work ethic.

This is a 10-15 hour/week position. The schedule is flexible, but the candidate must be available between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Applicant Instructions:
Apply through VCUHireRams (position #27729). Please submit resume, and a cover letter communicating how you meet the minimum qualifications.

Sculpture Department

Social Media and Communications Specialist
The eligible candidate will work with VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media faculty, staff and graduate students to maintain our departmental website and social media pages with current information on shows, performances, lectures and other events. Selected candidate will help with promoting and the set up of visiting artist lectures, and will help in the redesign of our alumni database. Will be required to perform office related duties to assist the department chair, assistant chair, administrative coordinator and other faculty and staff in the Sculpture Department as needed. Expected to perform tasks such as copying, sending and checking emails, answering front desk phone, distributing mail, updating online accounts and other duties as assigned. Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, or Filemaker is preferred but not required.
Sculpture Department Shop Assistant
The shop assistant position in the VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media will learn about and perform tool maintenance throughout the wood, metal, plaster, and foundry shop areas of the department, with supervision from the shop technician. Regular responsibilities of this position will include cleaning, organizing, and maintaining the facilities and equipment. In addition to payment the selected candidate will receive a shop card and safety training on how to use many of the tools in the metal and wood shop.

Studio Art Research and Production Assistant for Craft and Material Studies 

Position Description:
The part-time Studio Art Research and Production Assistant will be participating in the production and completion of components for an indoor sculpture installation. Research Assistant will assist faculty mentor with production of studio practices and processes including metal casting and mold making and participate in the collection of research materials and documents.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
Wax sculpting and pouring wax molds, rubber mold making, casting, and fabrication
Assist with inventory and management of materials including researching and ordering materials and research related documents
Assist with preparation of materials and researching installation methods

This is a 10-15 hour/week position. While the schedule may be flexible at times, the candidate must be available to meet with faculty mentor between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday. The Studio Art Research and Production Assistant will report directly to the faculty mentor. Training will be provided.

Preferred Qualifications:
Current major in the School of the Arts and/or studio experience with general knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques, and processes. Academic and/or experience related to the field of art research. Candidates must be detail-orientated, able to work independently, and take initiative. While training will be provided, knowledge of and skill in contemporary two-dimensional and three-dimensional methods is preferred. Ability to learn terminology related to area of casting, mold-making and theoretical art research is preferred.

Essential Functions:
Ensure safe studio practices are maintained; oversee and assist in preparation and clean-up of work
Learn and provide assistance in mold making and casting processes, resolve simple issues that arise with production; research solutions for new situations
Develop a sense of
Maintain equipment and surrounding areas specific to the project, and make minor repairs as necessary

Applicant Instructions:
Apply through VCUHireRams (position #27381). Please include a cover letter communicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and how this experience may benefit your academic career.


Work Study Opportunities in Kinetic Imaging

You pilot the front desk! With cat-like reflexes you’re ready for anything that comes your way whether it’s visitors, department communications or drafting schedules. You thrive in an ever changing work environment, are attentive, and ready to lend a hand with various tasks. You’re an active problem solver, clear communicator, and don’t mind taking on new tasks. Perks: this looks awesome on your resume, an opportunity to make personal recommendation connections, and, of course, make some money! To Apply: send a current resume and cover letter to Stephanie Thulin at
Full details here.

Cameras, microphones, monitors, mixers, cables, green screen morph suits, lights, and all the KI facilities (and much, much, more) are you domain! You know every piece of equipment, old and new, in our check out room. You like being able to try out equipment, troubleshoot it, occasionally fix it, and best of all, it’s all tools you can use for your projects! Perks: again, looks awesome on your resume, potential for personal recommendation connection, make money, AND you might pick up some installation skills! To Apply: send a current resume and cover letter to Josh Rodenberg at
Full details here.

Social media is like a 6th sense to you. You know what’s trending and what people are talking about off the beaten path. You have a discerning curatorial eye and excellent design sensibilities. You thrive in an active work environment where you could be tasked with making a poster one day to alumni outreach the next! You’ll be the first to know the latest opportunities and events and will have an active hand in KI’s image and digital presence! Perks: essentially you know what’s up, all the time, utilizes your creative skills, looks good on a resume, personal recommendation connection, and making money! To Apply: send a current resume and cover letter to Emma Hadley at
Full details here.

Work Study at the Depot

VCUarts Depot Assistant

The VCUarts Depot is looking for workstudy students to serve as assistants for events, technology, student programming, and social media. Responsibilities for these positions include staffing events, helping maintain the space, coordinating events, learning and assisting with technology including but not limited to lighting, sound, video, motion capture, and 3D printing, painting the soundstage, running errands, social media, and assisting Depot faculty with the various bookings and activities hosted at the Depot. These students will be working on the 2nd floor and in the soundstage primarily.

This position is ideal for energetic and motivated students interested in at least one of the following fields – event management, emerging technology, new media, student engagement, interdisciplinary studies, and social media. Please let us know your primary interest in the interview.
Apply through HireVCURams using position number 27430.


VCUarts Depot Videographer


The VCUarts Depot is looking for workstudy students to serve as videographers to video and stream events happening at the Depot.
This position is ideal for energetic and motivated students interested in media, video, and events.
Apply through HireVCURams using position number 27431.