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Events and Commuications Specialist

Reporting to the Executive Director of the African American Arts Institute (AAAI), within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), the Events and Communications Specialist is responsible for:

  • Researches data, responds to inquiries, initiates and reviews contracts, schedules and plans events, collaborates with internal and external constituents, assists in the overall long and short term planning and organizing of performance engagements and other events.
  • Supports AAAI goals, objectives, and its mission, as well as the mission and priorities set by OVPDEMA and Indiana University.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely arrangements of performance engagements for AAAI’s ensembles, African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble, and IU Soul Revue while creating opportunities among a diverse and wide range of local, national, and
    international performance venues that may include educational facilities, churches, nightclubs, civic, and professional performance arenas.
  • Develops, coordinates, and executes AAAI’s marketing, promotion and outreach strategies for the academic school year and summer activities
    while interfacing with OVPDEMA Marketing and Communications.
  • Gathers data, writes and edits text, and ensures successful media communications, promotional writing, graphic design, website design, and site maintenance in accordance with university branding guidelines and marketing and communications team review.
  • Develops financial estimates and budgets and creates and maintains reports; and serves as AAAI liaison among university departments across all campuses, external constituents, community, and regional and national organizations.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, audience members, university units, media outlets, alumni,
    presenters, and donors.
  • Assigns projects, supervises, schedules work hours, trains and evaluates performance of employed temporary graduate
    and undergraduate work study students and temporary staff.

To apply for this position, please visit iujobs and search for job listing #03361P. A cover letter and resume are required to apply.

Applicants selected for an interview are required to provide two professional letters of written recommendation for the position.



Student Employment

The AAAI is not currently accepting student employment applications.


The African American Arts Institute announces graduate and undergraduate student employment for Academic Year 2015-2016. Positions with the AAAI offer financial aid and work experience in instructional, marketing, road management, media design, and audio technical areas of the performing arts. Employment opportunities are open to full-time students seeking degrees at Indiana University – Bloomington. The AAAI puts no restrictions on the academic majors in which its student employees may choose to enroll.

Potential new students may apply for employment; however, acceptance for admission to the university must be confirmed before appointments are awarded. All applicants must complete a FAFSA form, which may be accessed at IU’s Student Central on Union website.


Graduate Student Positions

Students enrolled in or applying for admission to graduate degree programs on the Bloomington campus are eligible to apply for graduate assistant or associate instructor position with the AAAI. Positions are for the academic year, August through May, and are renewable for up to two years. Compensation includes a monthly stipend, fee remission, and health insurance benefits paid by the university (See health insurance at http://hr.iu.edu/benefits/GA-eligibility.html)

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Graduate Assistantships

Writer/Editor and Alumni Assistant – writes and edits copy for communications, reports, web entries, and promotional materials; serves as AAAI Alumni Association student representative with responsibilities for communication, research, and event planning; must have excellent skills in oral, written, and interpersonal communication; must be organized; previous experiences in event planning and leadership roles desirable; previous performing arts experience, especially with Black music or dance, desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Promotion Coordinator – – plans and coordinates promotional activities; organizes and implements mailing and distribution of promotional materials; submits and updates information on electronic advertising resources; maintains dialogue with student organizations and community groups; keeps records of promotional activities; must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; must be organized; previous experience in event planning and leadership roles desirable; social medial skills desirable; previous performing arts experience, especially with Black music or dance, desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Graphic Designer – creates graphic designs and page layouts; updates web text and media; must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; must be organized; must have high level skills in photo, audio, and video editing/processing on Mac platform using professional level applications; experience in web editing required; some experience in digital photography and videography desired; previous experience working with African American subjects in visual media, and previous performing arts experience, especially with Black music or dance, desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Road Manager – manages ensemble performance engagements on and off campus, within and outside of Bloomington; develops itineraries; travels with the ensemble on out-of-town engagements; maintains ensemble personnel and costume records; facilitates communication between ensemble and AAAI administration; must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; must be organized; previous experiences in event planning and leadership roles desirable; previous performing arts experience, especially with Black music or dance, desirable. Click to download position announcement.

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Associate Instructorships

Associate Instructor, African American Dance Company – Assist with instruction, choreography, and management of classroom and performance activities; must have formal dance training and experience; previous teaching and performance experience in Black dance styles desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Vocal Coach, African American Choral Ensemble – Assist with instruction, musical arrangements, and management of classroom and performance activities; must have formal vocal training; ability to transcribe and arrange music, and play vocal parts on keyboard; previous teaching and performance experience in Black choral genres desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Vocal Coach, IU Soul Revue – Assist with instruction, musical arrangements, and management of classroom and performance activities; must have formal vocal training; ability to transcribe and arrange music, and play vocal parts on keyboard; previous teaching and performance experience in the range of Black popular music styles (R&B, Soul, Funk, etc.). Click to download position announcement.

Rhythm Coach, IU Soul Revue – Assist with instruction, musical arrangements, and management of classroom and performance activities; must have excellent performance skills (keyboard or guitar preferred) in the range of Black popular music styles (R&B, Soul, Funk, etc.); ability to transcribe and arrange music; previous teaching experience desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Horn Coach, IU Soul Revue – Assist with instruction, musical arrangements, and management of classroom and performance activities; must have excellent performance skills (trumpet, saxophone, or trombone preferred) in the range of Black popular music styles (R&B, Soul, Funk, etc.); ability to transcribe and arrange music; previous teaching experience desirable. Click to download position announcement.

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Graduate Position Application Procedures

Send letter of application, resume, and names of three references (along with phone numbers and email address) by April 15, 2015 to:

Charles E. Sykes, Executive Director
African American Arts Institute
275 N. Jordan, Suite 310
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

Email: csykes@indiana.edu

Phone: (812) 855-0350

Applicants to Associate Instructor and Graphic Designer positions are required to submit samples of their work. Email or call Charles Sykes for details.

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Undergraduate Student Positions

Students enrolled in or applying for admission to undergraduate degree programs on the Bloomington campus may apply for positions with the AAAI. Employees in these positions are paid an hourly rate, the amount of which is based on skill level and experience.


Photographer – Shoots photos of AAAI performances and events; process photos for various marketing and promotional uses; high level photography skills necessary; must own or have access to professional quality photographic equipment; previous performance photography experience desirable; previous experience photographing the full range of skin tones desirable. Click to download position announcement.

Photographer Application Procedures

Send letter of application, resume, and names of three references (along with phone numbers and email address) by August 1, 2015 to:

Charles E. Sykes, Executive Director
African American Arts Institute
275 N. Jordan, Suite 310
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

Email: csykes@indiana.edu

Phone: (812) 855-0350



Audio Technician – sets up and operates PA and recording technology for rehearsals and performances; loads, unloads, moves, and operates equipment at performance engagements off campus and outside of Bloomington; must have training and experience with professional analog and digital audio technology. Click to download position announcement.

Audio Technician Application Procedures

Send letter of application, resume, and names of three references (along with phone numbers and email address) by September 1, 2015 to:

Johnny Campbell, Technical Supervisor
African American Arts Institute
275 N. Jordan, Suite 310
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

Email: jccampbe@indiana.edu

Phone: (812) 856-5927

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Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity.