Staff Assistant - Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, School of Arts and Sciences - (21001412)

Tufts University

Medford/Somerville, MA

ID: 7079385
Posted: June 3, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies celebrates the power of scholar-artists to engage with their society, pose challenging questions, and re-imagine the role of the arts in contemporary culture. We are deeply committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. Our work is enriched by students, faculty, and colleagues able to share differing opinions and experiences with respect and compassion. The courses we offer and the works we produce challenge us to recognize, value, and give voice to social justice issues. We tell stories that recognize the humanity and lived experience of people of color, LGBTQ citizens, and people with disabilities. We believe that the arts offer us a unique opportunity to expand our understanding of what it means to be a more open, representative, and collaborative community.

With over twenty-five full-time and part-time faculty and staff in areas including acting, dance, design, directing, dramatic history and literature performance studies, dramaturgy, film, production, and technical theatre, we offer an undergraduate major and minor in Theatre and Performance Studies, a minor in Dance, and an MA/PhD program in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Under limited supervision, the Staff Assistant performs complex and diverse duties for the department and serves as a source of information and problem solving for students, faculty, staff and other constituents. They will provide general guidance and explanation of departmental policies and procedures and may communicate on behalf of manager(s) to explain or disseminate information. The Staff Assistant will also provide administrative support to Theatre and Dance, including organizing files systems for office, coordinating meetings and travel arrangements, as well as producing, proofreading and editing complex reports, documents and spreadsheets. Monitors, tracks expenditures, resolves problems and reports on department budget and/or grants. They will coordinate planning and logistics for meetings and special events including design of marketing and publicity materials, tracking responses, working with speakers on materials and set up. May also coordinate department projects or programs, which may entail assisting with development of materials and brochures, updating web information and assisting with content and design. They will assist in monitoring student workers, particularly in the Dance Program, and will support Dance faculty with classroom technology when needed. The Staff Assistant will divide time between the Dance Office in Jackson and the Main TDPS Office in Aidekman (the buildings are joined by a hallway).


Basic Requirements:

Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by a high school diploma/GED and 2-4 years of administrative experience or college degree with 1-3 years’ experience.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including word processing, editing, graphics, spreadsheet and database knowledge.
Bookkeeping or basic accounting knowledge.
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred experience in the arts, graphic design, and marketing

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Some evening hours may be requested to support departmental arts programming if needed.


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