Senior Programming Manager

August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Website August Wilson African American Cultural Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is located at the gateway of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Center, named for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson, showcases nationally and internationally renowned performing and visual artists, as well as supports and nurtures the burgeoning local arts community. This programming connects the entire community to the rich, substantive artistic content that reflects the African Diaspora.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 492-seat theater for performances in all genres, multipurpose spaces for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, community programs and events. The Center is housed in an iconic building designed by award winning architect, Alison Williams.  Offering the community, a distinctive mix of cultural spaces as well as a rehearsal studio, sweeping walkways and ample community gathering and meeting spaces, this bold facility serves as a true “center,” a place of coming together where all manner of art, artistic expression and community conversation are welcomed and encouraged.


The Senior Programming Manager will have expertise in developing meaningful programming; program production (live arts, film, exhibits, other programmatic activities) that will fulfill the mission of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.  Ideally, the person will work with the President/Artistic Director to create new programming initiatives, manage current calendar of events, and establish plans for long range programming plans.  Experience with established and emerging artists, selecting, negotiating, and contracting with artists, managing relationships with artists agents and managers is required.  An entrepreneurial spirit, positive nature, a collaborative and opportunistic approach to work is required to be successful in this role at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

  • Manage performance related activities
  • Carry out programming functions as directed by the President/Artistic Director
  • Ensure that front of house/backstage and artist relations are at the highest level
  • Work with guest curators and programmers to ensure the highest level of efficiency, best practices, and customer service
  • Manage the AWAACC performance calendar
  • Represent the AWAACC at various programming events and conferences
  • Work with Marketing to develop materials to promote seasons of programming
  • Seek appropriate programming partnerships locally/nationally/internationally
  • Contact Promoters, Artists, Tour Managers and Representative Agents to secure Performers/Bands/Acts/Events
  • Liaise with Bands, Labels, and Management to agree upon a window for show dates, financial, and logistical requirements of the event.
  • Complete expense/revenue analysis for each proposed show prior to recommending event to the President/Artistic Director for booking and signing contracts; including but not limited to establishing payouts, rider, guest list, and equipment needed.
  • Network to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of venues, artists, and promoters
  • Keep AWAACC team informed of activities or required tasks and participate in managing weekly team meetings to share goals, strategies, and schedules to maximize performance revenue and bookings.


  • Demonstrated understanding and passion for the performing arts and live entertainment industry.
  • Appreciation, knowledge base and respect for African American culture and African Diasporic programming
  • Excellent networking and negotiation skills required.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, even temperament, and ability to supervise effectively.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, oral and written, including follow-up via email and phone.
  • High level of organization and attention to detail; time management skills and ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to have fun, stay calm, and work with others in a sometimes stressful, fast paced, energetic environment.
  • Strong work ethic, reliable and self-motivated; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Creative brainstorming skills, ability to take initiative, strategize, and meet high standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, accommodating the AWAACC event schedule.


  • Minimum of 5 years of industry experience required; 10+ years preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music/Arts, Production, or related field; Master’s degree is preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite required.

August Wilson African America Cultural Center is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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