Office of the Arts: ArtsEmerson/HowlRound (Emerson College)

120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
April 08, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Executive Administrator


Reporting directly to the Vice President of the Office of the Arts/Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, the Executive Administrator provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Administrator serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the VP’s office and supports the Office of the Arts through general office management. The Executive Administrator also serves as a liaison to the Office of the Arts’ team and the wider College community, organizes and coordinates VP communications and external relations efforts; and oversees special projects. The Executive Administrator must be creative and enjoy working within a fast-paced environment that is mission-driven, values-centered and community oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple competing priorities. The Executive Administrator will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

Under limited direction, the Executive Administrator will complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the VP’s ability to effectively lead the office, including but not limited to:

  • Managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arranging travel plans and agendas, and compiling documents for travel-related engagements.

  • Works closely and effectively with the VP to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Keeps VP abreast of important internal departmental updates and clearly communicates them in a timely fashion.

  • Researches, prioritizes and follows up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the VP, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature. Determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.

  • Develops and coordinates the rollout of internal and external policies and procedures; makes recommendations for process improvement and efficiencies.

  • Manages competing priorities handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with time sensitivity.

  • Provides leadership to build positive and collaborative relationships crucial to the success of the Office, and manages a variety of special projects for the VP.

Your Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to all levels of the organization to meet their current and future information needs; answer inquiries and provide guidance on inquiries made to the department.

  • Provide event management support as requested.

  • Serves as the office project coordinator on a variety of projects and strategic initiatives.

  • Oversees general office management functions, including procurement of office supplies, liaising with Human Resources, IT as well as other internal/external stakeholders.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Grade of Position: A17E
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25
Hiring Range: $73,550.00 - $77,100.00

  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently; strong ability to execute work broadly with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.

  • Significant executive support experience, including supporting senior leaders. Nonprofit board experience is highly preferred.

  • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including, senior executives, staff, faculty, artists, community leaders, donors, community partners and Trustees.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Able to maintain a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information.

  • Make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time.

  • Ability to respond with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround.

  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office and desktop publishing software; technical proficiency and problem-solving skills related to IT infrastructure; IT support and troubleshooting; and cloud-based environments (web-based applications).

  • 5-7 years of administrative support for a high-level executive.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

You’ll be Preferred with:

  • Strong work tenure: 2 to 5 years of experience supporting senior leaders, and with project work preferably in a non-profit organization.

  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications, partnership development, and fundraising.

Experience working in an arts organization

How To Apply:

Please visit Emerson Careers to apply
Apply by:
May 15, 2021
$73,000 - $77,000
About this Organization:

The Office of the Arts at Emerson College is home to ArtsEmerson and HowlRound and exists to serve Emerson College students, faculty and staff, the Greater Boston community, and the field of performance practice through the management and stewardship of our world class facilities.

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre, and is the professional presenting and producing arm of Emerson College. Performances take place in its two landmark locations: the Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Paramount Center in Boston’s Downtown Theatre District.The organization is committed to building a cultural institution that embraces and reflects the changing demographics of the City of Boston. ArtsEmerson is led by Co-Artistic Directors, David Dower and P. Carl, and Executive Director, David Howse. This shared leadership model reflects the organization’s values — that multiple voices are essential to leading a 21st century arts organization.

HowlRound is an international online theatre commons rooted at Emerson College and includes an online journal, HowlRound TV,and The World Theatre Map. It is a place for artists to provide feedback, learning, expertise, frustration, and vision—in an effort to enliven the fields of theatre and performance to the aspiring and established artist alike.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in the liberal arts, communication, and the arts. The College has approximately 3,500 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs at Emerson Los Angeles, located in Hollywood, and at its beautifully restored 14th-century castle in the Netherlands.