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Programming and Engagement Manager

Programming and Engagement Manager 

The George Mason University Center for the Arts (CFA) is seeking qualified candidates for a Programming and Engagement Manager. This position is responsible for planning, coordination, and implementation of artist engagements (including performances, residencies, and select special events) for CFA. In collaboration with the Director of Programming, this position will lead the conceptualization and implementation of performances and engagements in the Great Performances at Mason and Family Series, Mason Artist-in-Residence program, as well as the College of Visual and Performing Arts special initiatives. The Programming and Engagement Manager will manage relationships across CVPA, with other Mason academic units and local community partners. 

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 


  • Serves as representative, authority, and liaison between George Mason University, Center for the Arts, and contracted artists/artist representatives, ensuring an exceptional overall experience to visiting artists while fulfilling contractual obligations;
  • Assists Director of Programming in strategic planning and implementation of educational and engagement activities in conjunction with Center for the Arts artistic programming and College of Visual and Performing Arts special initiatives;
  • Supervises full-time Artist Services Coordinator, supporting their administrative work, ensuring deadlines are met, and working with them to achieve departmental goals;
  • Supports select programming initiatives in coordination with the College’s seven academic units: Music, Dance, Film, Game Design, Theater, Art, and Arts Management;
  • Participates in regular staff, event, marketing, and production meetings. Facilitates coordination across multiple departments for effective overall management, ensuring compliance and adherence to deadlines;
  • Assists Director of Programming in assembling institutional and government grants related to CFA and CVPA programming; and
  • Supervises Artist Services wage staff and interns.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a performing or visual arts discipline, Arts Administration, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Ability to multi-task the conceptualization of major long-term program initiatives while managing extensive details and deadlines;
  • Strong collaborative and team leadership skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including both written and oral communication;
  • Willingness to research and master new digital technologies as they become necessary for the implementation of programming;
  • General computer skills in PC operating systems and software; and
  • Must currently possess an appropriate, active, valid motor vehicle operator’s license that meets all of GMU’s requirements for operating state vehicles and equipment under Mason’s Vehicle Use Policy 1411 The Office of Risk Management reserves the right to review the driver’s licenses and Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) of all candidates selected with employment contingent upon a favorable review.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years experience in the performing arts preferred, particularly in a multidisciplinary presenting venue.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Equity Statement: 

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


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