Public Programs Coordinator

Wexner Center for the Arts
May 16, 2023
1871 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43210, Columbus, OH
Job Type
Annual Base Salary
Location Type
Work at location


The Wexner Center for the Arts, seeks a Program Coordinator in the department of Learning and Public Practice. The hiring committee strongly encourages emerging professionals and those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and individuals with disabilities, to apply.

The Program Coordinator will be engaged in a range of Wexner Center public programs including talks, panels, and workshops. The Program Coordinator will also assist in the development, coordination, and facilitation of engagement initiatives in the Wexner Center’s Learning & Public Practice department, with a particular focus on programming for a variety of interests, audiences, and communities (youths and adults, university faculty and students, and a diverse general public).

The Program Coordinator will report to the Community, Public, and Academic Programs Manager, and serve on several inter-departmental working groups with colleagues across the institution. In consultation with the Community, Public, and Academic Programs Manager, this position is responsible for supporting existing programs, research, and evaluation, and developing new programming where opportunities exist. Specific programmatic responsibilities may shift depending upon annual priorities set by the Community, Public and Academic Programs Manager and in collaboration with the Head of Learning & Public Practice and other staff members. Occasional evenings and weekends required.

Public Programs (40%)
This position prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Works closely with the Community, Public, and Academic Programs Manager and Head of Learning & Public Practice, assisting in organizing and facilitating public programs; then in consultation with the Community, Public, and Academic Programs Manager assists in the implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of those programs, including endowed lectures, gallery talks, artist talks, panels, workshops, convenings, and other public events.

University Collaborations (25%)
Establish and sustain relationships and collaborations with faculty, staff and students across the University, including assisting in the development of work that strengthens the support of university courses and initiatives.

Outreach and Engagement (25%)
In collaboration with the Community, Public, and Academic Programs Manager, assists with the implementation and facilitation of community engaged programming and activities that promote inclusion and access to the arts.

Special Projects (10%)
Specific programmatic responsibilities will shift depending upon annual priorities set by the Head of Learning & Public Practice in collaboration with other staff members. Additional miscellaneous duties and special projects as assigned by the Head of Learning & Public Practice.


  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to and proficiency in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion practices.
  • Degree in or experience supplemented by study in Education, Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field appropriate to the position. Alternative or equivalent of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Expressed or demonstrated interest in the arts, museums, nonprofit, learning settings, community-based settings, or similar environments encouraged. Interest in or demonstrated experience with the arts, including visual art, film, literary arts, or performance.
  • Strong research and writing skills required; excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven experience working with the public. This position is hands-on and works directly with the public, with job responsibilities that include work onsite and in the community.

Strong organizational, teaching, communication, and customer service skills required. Desire and ability to work collaboratively. Detail-oriented and accurate; ability to foresee, evaluate, and respond effectively to complex circumstances and conditions; a willingness to troubleshoot and problem solve; strong initiative and organizational skills; a demonstrated customer service mindset and collaborative style of work; proven ability to manage multiple time-critical priorities and projects and long-term, ongoing initiatives. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products strongly preferred, including Excel.


The target hiring range for this full-time position is $20.53-22/hour. As an Ohio State employee, you will also have access to a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Retirement Package choice of OPERS or Alternative Retirement Plan
  • Competitive Vacation and Sick Leave Program
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental, Vision, and Prescription Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Work-life benefits including family care, employee assistance, and discount programs.

 Questions? Please contact Emily Oilar, Project Manager, Learning & Public Practice, Wexner Center for the Arts at eoilar@wexarts.org.

The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University's multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. The Wexner Center values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. We encourage candidates to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Application Instructions

Application Timeline and Procedures

All applications must be submitted online, through Workday. Applications or related materials will not be accepted via email, postal mail, or in person. For consideration, applicants are required to provide the following:

  • A letter to the selection committee stating your interest and reasons for applying for this position.
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and/or publications.
  • Contact information for two references.

*We recommend that all applicants carefully review application materials before submitting. All application materials must be submitted June 4, 2023 to be considered

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