Programs Manager

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Programs Manager

Job Title


Job Type



Craft Center Workshops

Job Purpose

The Programs Manager is responsible for developing, producing, evaluating, and marketing non-academic arts education programs and public events in coordination with the faculty and managerial staff, to achieve the mission of the Craft Center. The Programs Manager will collaborate with university staff on the design and maintenance of program-related promotional collateral, including web and print, coordinate programs with faculty, supervise assigned staff, and write and facilitate program grants. Perform other duties as assigned.

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

Oversees, develops, produces, evaluates and markets annual workshops and K-12 educational outreach programming in cooperation with Craft Center faculty and staff. Year-round supervision of the assistant for promotion and events, and supervision of 6 resident artists and other support staff members during workshop and outreach programs for successful implementation of programs. Identify and organize staffing and support needs, budget, and acquire part-time and contract personnel resources, delegate tasks to existing staff, coordinate staffing needs with the Director. Collaborate with the Financial Analyst to create and monitor annual program budgets to meet projected income and expense guidelines. Plan, design and implement craft center public events, and educational outreach programming for middle and high school students, write related grants, and produce/manage grant reports and budgets. Implement recruitment efforts relating to workshops and educational outreach programming. Collaborate with university staff on the routine update of the website and supervise the creation/production of electronic and print publicity materials relating to workshops, outreach programming, and events with the supervision of Craft Center assistant for promotion and events staff member. Coordinate with other arts organizations, civic groups, and governmental agencies in promoting the Craft Center and art programming.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or three years of experience in planning and/or implementing similar craft and/or arts programs. Experience designing, planning, implementing, and organizing workshops and outreach programming and public events. Experience supervising support staff. Strong communications, organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to understand and interpret the content of visual arts programs, to communicate with visual arts professionals in the planning of programs, and to communicate program goals to the public effectively.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong background in contemporary craft or arts education. Experience working with constituencies of diverse ages, diverse cultural backgrounds, and diverse educational objectives. Experience writing grants. Experience with software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. Ability and experience managing a database and website via a CMS system. Experience with social media marketing.

Work Hours

Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants will be required to electronically upload a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts if applicable (official transcripts required upon hire), and complete contact information for three references. References will be contacted at a later date. Submission of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Transcripts 2
  3. Other Documents
  4. Licenses/Certs
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution OR at least three years of experience in planning and/or implementing similar craft and/or arts programs?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
Posted: 08/17/2022