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Fellowship Opportunity

Ohio Arts Council Seeking Arts Administration Fellow

Fellowship Overview

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC), a national leader in arts administration, is seeking a dynamic, motivated candidate for a high-quality professional learning opportunity and fellowship focused on government communications and multimedia content production. Designed in partnership with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association (CAMA), this is a yearlong, paid fellowship. The person accepting the fellowship will gain hands-on, practical experience with Ohio’s state arts agency.   

The Arts Administration Fellow works with the OAC Operations and Public Affairs Office, which is responsible for the agency’s communications and several major events throughout the year. The fellow will have opportunities to gain experience in communications and marketing, special events, project management, and research. The fellow will also engage in professional learning and leadership development through CAMA and through participation at one national-level conference.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in audiovisual storytelling, video production, journalism, or communications.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Gain hands-on experience producing original multimedia content for a state agency.
  • Develop public sector communications experience and working knowledge of state government.
  • Produce videos and other multimedia content showcasing the work of the OAC that can be added to a portfolio or reel.
  • Complete a capstone project that focuses on an arts-related topic of interest that can be added to a portfolio or reel.
  • Establish connections and expand professional networks within the Ohio nonprofit arts community.

Fellowship Duties

Audiovisual Media Production

  • Assist with video production and editing for various OAC and OAC Riffe Gallery projects, including ongoing video series, social media video content, livestreamed presentations, and other multimedia projects that develop during fellowship tenure.
  • Assist with content development, recording, and editing for the OAC’s ArtsChat Ohio audio blog.
  • Research, pitch, and produce reported content showcasing constituent success stories for the OAC’s website and e-newsletter.
  • Develop, plan, and execute a longform capstone feature focused on an arts-related topic of your choice.

Communications & Events

  • Assist in executing the OAC’s media strategy by tracking the agency’s traditional media coverage and performing social media analysis.
  • Contribute to the planning of social media content and complete analytics-informed performance reports.
  • Develop a working understanding of OAC identity and style while working with the OAC’s communications strategists to ensure consistent voice across platforms and publications.
  • Assist with special events (e.g., Arts Impact Ohio conference, Governor’s Awards for Ohio) as needed.

Professional Development

  • Participate in periodic professional learning opportunities designed to strengthen the fellow’s understanding of effective leadership, including an arts-related national conference.
  • Participate in CAMA meetings and events, work with a designated mentor from CAMA, and engage with CAMA committees to gain practical experience as a member of a professional organization.

Term & Compensation:

  • 24 hours per week, hours may vary due to special projects or events, beginning as early as January 3, 2022 and ending December 31, 2022.
  • The selected individual will be paid $18/hour, not to exceed $1,728/month.
  • Paid annual membership to Columbus Arts Marketing Association (CAMA).
  • Financial support to attend one national conference focused on grantmaking, marketing and communications, or other arts administration fields during the fellowship.

Preferred Qualifications & Requirements:

  • One year or more of practical experience in multimedia content creation, video editing and production, journalistic writing, communications, or public relations OR completion of/enrollment in a degree-granting program in multimedia journalism, media production, documentary film production, communications, or a related field is required.
  • Computer proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro or a similar video editing software preferred), Microsoft Office, and Outlook.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with the public with an enthusiastic, positive attitude.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adhere to deadlines.
  • Ability to learn and apply brand standards as conveyed in an agency style guide.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

NOTE: To make this opportunity available to as many deserving applicants as possible, fellows may take part in one OAC fellowship only, and may not apply in the future for this or another OAC fellowship.

Schedule & Location:
Flexible daytime hours are available, generally between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Regular schedules are preferred (e.g., specific days of the week). Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours and some travel may be required infrequently. The fellow will work in a hybrid setting, remotely and at least one day per week at the OAC’s office at 30 East Broad Street in the Rhodes State Office Tower in downtown Columbus.

Application Instructions and Timeline:
Please submit the following items to OAC Operations & Public Affairs Director Justin Nigro by email:

  • A one-page cover letter describing: 1) why you are interested in working with the OAC and 2) your relevant experience for this opportunity
  • Resume
  • Up to three links to completed video or multimedia work

The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 5 p.m. Only complete application packages will be considered. Interviews will take place during the last two weeks of December, with the fellowship beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, if the selected applicant is available. The fellowship ends December 31, 2022, regardless of start date.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at

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