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JOB: Associate Director, CMU Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Associate Director, CMU Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
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The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University is a unique academic center dedicated to supporting the creation and presentation of interdisciplinary arts research and paracurricular educational programs. The STUDIO is a mission-driven, non-degree-granting unit of CMU’s College of Fine Arts, and is internationally recognized for supporting experimental creative work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, technology, and culture.

The STUDIO seeks an Associate Director to work as part of a team to provide administrative and production support to our community. The Associate Director is responsible for assisting the STUDIO’s Director and a variable number of STUDIO-supported artists (who may be creatives-in-residence, faculty, staff, or students), in order to realize our department’s mission of supporting emerging creative practices and research. The Associate Director’s responsibilities include implementing and often directing a diverse range of arts administration and project management activities, including grant-writing and reporting, contracting, fundraising, public relations, social media, community building, event planning, artist support, project documentation, facilities management, and staff oversight. The Associate Director serves as the STUDIO’s staff liaison to the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, and coordinates the STUDIO’s activities with many other organizations within Carnegie Mellon University and beyond.

The role of the Associate Director is a dynamic and atypical position, as the projects supported by the STUDIO are constantly unique in both process and intent. The STUDIO supports emerging artists who create and adapt emerging practices, providing them with direct financial, administrative, logistical, advisory, and technical assistance. The Associate Director is central to the STUDIO’s support system, helping creative people realize their vision by connecting them to the widest possible array of resources, experts, and facilities.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • STUDIO research administration
  • Communications, marketing and community relations
  • Manages personnel and other research associates
  • Manages projects, programs, public events, and the STUDIO facility
  • Plans and oversees development activities
  • Manages the STUDIO’s intra-CMU support programs
You must demonstrate:

  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent project management and coordination skills, including the ability to schedule and oversee multiple ongoing projects
  • Advanced computer proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere), Google Docs, and WordPress.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within The STUDIO. Inclusion, accessibility, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years related work experience
  • Minimum three years of project management or equivalent experience, preferably in a creative field.
  • Successful Background Check

Applications should include a resume and cover letter. Upon request, submit professional references. Optional but encouraged, please provide a link to a professional website and/or relevant online presence. Apply here: