University of Wisconsin–Madison

Program Assistant Job Opening

The Center for Visual Cultures
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Job Opening: 2017-2018 Program Assistant

Posted: February 20, 2017

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017


Appointment: 12 months

Benefits: 50% appointment, tuition remission, and health insurance

Starting date: July 1, 2017

About the Center for Visual Cultures:

Founded in 2002, the Center for Visual Cultures (CVC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supports curricular innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration from faculty and students in the emerging field of visual cultures. We sponsor a yearlong speaker series on topics of general and critical interest and invite members of the community and the university to meet speakers and participate in events and workshops. For students, we offer a transdisciplinary minor and a certificate in visual cultures. Learn more at

Job Description:
A one-year program assistantship is open to current graduate students looking to gain valuable professional experience and program administration skills. This position is tasked with managing and shaping the Center for Visual Cultures’ digital presence and assisting the director with coordinating and expanding events and programming, including undergraduate and graduate certificates and a year-long visiting speaker series.

This position offers interested applicants the opportunity to learn a great deal about program administration and communications. In addition to managing the CVC’s website and social media presence, the PA works with faculty, staff, and students across campus to gain a deeper knowledge of and experience in program development, funding opportunities, and outreach. This PA will be asked to work in close coordination with the director, but also to exercise independent judgment and self-directed initiative. During his or her tenure, the PA will pursue ongoing learning about website design and social media, programmatic communication and publicity strategies, curricular development and event planning. This assistantship is designed to help graduate students broaden their institutional knowledge and master important professional skills.


Applicants should be current graduate students in good standing, with experience in web design, graphic design, and writing. Applicants with training in art, art history, and communication arts preferred. Applicants who might be available to continue in position during 2018-2019 a plus. Applicants will work an average of 20 hours a week; dissertator status preferred.

Principal duties include:

  • Manage and update the Center’s website (WordPress), Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other media
  • Assist Director in the creation, planning and management of events prior to and on-site
  • Design, develop and implement all marketing and publicity plans and efforts for Center programs and events (electronic, poster, media)
  • Deepen engagement of current audiences while seeking to develop new audiences (both on campus and into the many communities in the area and beyond)
  • Manage event calendars
  • Act as liaison to students, affiliates, departments, libraries, the Center for the Humanities, the Arts Institute, etc.
  • Assist Director in managing the administrative aspect of the Center’s academic program, including communication with students
  • Assist Director in writing grant proposals
  • Manage the Center’s email account
  • Act as liaison to visiting artists and scholars as needed
  • Filing print and electronic materials
  • Assist with other program duties, as assigned


To Apply

Please email a brief letter of application, CV, transcript, sample of academic writing, and list of three references (academic and/or work) in a single document to Professor Guillermina De Ferrari (

In your letter, include (1) a description of relevant training and prior relevant experience, including poster design and (2) a list of 2017-2018 work and school responsibilities (including coursework and other scholarly commitments). In your transmittal email, use the subject line: Project Assistant Application (YourFullName).

For assured consideration, please apply by March 17. Interviews will be held at the end of March. Applications will be considered until position is filled.