Jobs & Student Opportunities

Full-time/Permanent Staff Positions

Senior Manager of Digital Media. Position open until May 29, 2018.

The Senior Manager of Digital Media reports to and works closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications. This person is responsible for managing UMS’s online promotional and communications efforts from content development to distribution. The ideal candidate for this hands-on position will be a strategic and creative thinker with the ability to develop larger strategy and insights and translate them into ideas and executable plans, ultimately helping UMS expand its brand presence and claim a space in the national media landscape.

These efforts will be managed through a great deal of interdepartmental collaboration, as well as coordination with University of Michigan platforms. The position ultimately supports all facets of UMS and is undertaken with an eye toward attracting audiences to UMS events (ensuring that ticket sales and attendance goals are met or exceeded), supporting educational events and fundraising campaigns, and increasing UMS’s regional and national visibility. The person in the position will work with a great deal of autonomy, collaborating with talented people internally and externally to make a valuable contribution to the organization. Complete job description [pdf]



Director of Development. Position open until April 15, 2018.

This senior position reports to and works directly with the UMS President to design and lead a comprehensive development program that includes: annual, major, planned, and endowment giving; foundation and corporate giving; and donor engagement. The Director will be responsible for a portfolio of key donors and prospects, and will actively direct and support the President, Board and staff members in fundraising efforts. The position requires broad and comprehensive experience, both of high-level strategic planning and management of practical day-to-day operations, and a strong commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout the organization. The Director will be responsible for helping shape, then translating UMS’s vision, strategy, and commitment to U-M, Ann Arbor, and Southeast Michigan into a clear and compelling fundraising strategy, with achievable goals and performance objectives. More…[pdf]

Part-time/Temporary Staff Positions

Teaching Artists (Independent Contractor Position) [pdf]

Work-Study Opportunities

Work study opportunities at UMS provide valuable experience in all areas of arts management, including backstage production, education, administration, customer service and ticketing, programming, development, and marketing.

General Work Study Opportunities

Students who receive college work-study funding as part of their financial aid package are eligible for paid positions up to the amount of their work-study award.

General work study opportunities (September-April) are posted on the Student Employment Office (SEO) Website and filled as needed.  If you would like to be notified when our positions are posted for the upcoming term, please fill out our contact form. Be sure to check the “Student Work-Study” box.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, until all positions have been filled.

Position Descriptions

Ticket Office. Ensure the best possible patron experience leading up to a performance. Process ticket sales, answer customer questions, and manage the ticketing for UMS; the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Development Office.  Offer support for key fundraising initiatives, donor communications, and reports. Projects will range from fundraising initiatives like Giving BlueDay, to research/data gathering and analysis for grant reports and donor stewardship communications. In addition, this position will assist with developing and designing event invitations, annual report, ads, newsletters, and donor impact stories. Opportunities are also available in graphic design, social media, creative thinking, and/or writing/editing.

Education & Community Engagement. Plan and implement programming for K-12 students and educators, UM students and faculty, and the community. Research and write learning guides, and assist with artist visits, master classes, public talks, and receptions.

Marketing & Communications. Work in a communications department and execute integrated marketing plans that encompass digital, traditional, and event-based marketing and PR. Video/multimedia production and editing, motion graphics, and graphic design opportunities are also available.

Artist Services & Programming. Provide event support for performances, rehearsals, and educational events. Transport artists, assist with artist hospitality, and facilitate load-ins and load-outs. In the programming department, maintain our archive of programs, photos, and artist and repertoire information. Compile and edit program books.

Current Openings

Ticket Office Work Study Position

Artist Services Work Study Position

Education & Community Engagement Work Study Position

Marketing Graphic Design Work Study Position

Marketing Multi-media Work Study Position

Programming Work Study Position

To hear about future openings, please fill out our contact form. Be sure to check the “Student Work-Study” box. Or, you can reach us via email at

21st Century Artist Internships

Each year, UMS and SMTD chooses 4 students to intern for 5-7 weeks between May and August with a professional dance, theater, or music ensemble that UMS plans to present during its upcoming season. UMS presents ensembles from all over the world, though many will be based in major metropolitan areas in the USA. Students:

  • Work with the University Musical Society.
  • Spend the summer with an artist or ensemble.
  • Earn $5,000 to support your summer internship.

Interns receive a $5,000 stipend to be applied to travel, housing, and living expenses during the summer internship. Upon returning to campus, interns will enroll in a one-credit independent study during the semester in which his/her assigned company is visiting the U-M campus (ARTSADMN 491).

Questions? Contact

The application deadline for Summer 2018 internships has passed.