Cultural Affairs & Engagement Specialist

Salisbury University   Salisbury, MD   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on September 15, 2023
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Cultural Affairs & Engagement Specialist

Salisbury University, a member of the University System of Maryland, is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 62 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Located on the historic Eastern Shore, SU's beautiful campus is some 30 miles from the Atlantic beaches and 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Salisbury University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Cultural Affairs & Engagement Specialist in the Cultural Affairs Departments. 

Primary Job Duties: Implement consistently strong event programming in support of the University’s academic offerings and coordinate internal and external marketing in support of that, including public-facing cultural calendar and magazine. In support of University mission, events present the diversity of human cultures and experience while celebrating our shared humanity, drawing from the visual and performing arts, humanities and other academic disciplines.

Programming implementation is accomplished by arranging, delivering, and assessing a series of events throughout the year, which may in a given semester focus on a relevant theme; marketing cultural events on and off campus and leading community engagement and outreach to increase event attendance; and ensuring effective communication among multiple programming groups across campus and, to that end, convene the Cultural Affairs Council, which is chaired by the Dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.

Through the engagement and outreach process, identify prospective donors and work with the Office of Advancement in the cultivation of donor relationships.

Additionally, monitor and analyze state-allocated funds for programming, identify sources and apply for grants in support of programming.  Serve as a liaison and provide logistical support to the Fulton Advisory Board, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Board and other Fulton-related boards and affinity groups.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Humanities, Communication, PR, or allied fields. Three to Five years of related experience.

Experience with diverse populations and working knowledge and experience with successfully planning cultural events for campus and community.

Must be competent in handling and negotiating contracts, providing logistics and using social media platforms.  Have the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a network of professional agencies and on campus support units. Must have the social skills necessary to provide the needs of a wide variety of performers and patrons.

Must be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization and planning, prioritization, problem solving, follow through, time management, and oral and written communication skills.  Also, must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work well under pressure, work independently and in a team-oriented environment. 

The position is a full-time, exempt State position with full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Visit our website to apply online, submit a cover letter in which you elaborate on your experience with this type of position, as well as a resume and complete a work history by September 29, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Only applications submitted through Salisbury University's Online Employment Application System will be considered. Any other documents, including a cover letter, must be uploaded with your online application. No documents will be accepted via e-mail. Three professional references will be requested and required before the final stages of the search. Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our institution, today and in the future.  To this end, the University recruits exceptional and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across Maryland, the United States, and around the world, supporting all members of the University community as they work together to achieve institutional goals and vision. To learn more about the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus, please visit  

Salisbury University (SU) has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities to all qualified people. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics.  Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President, Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, 100 Holloway Hall, Tel. (410) 548-3508.