The University of Iowa

Community Engagement Manager

Hancher Auditorium at The University of Iowa is now accepting applications for the role of Community Engagement Manager. The Community Engagement Manager will actively coordinate and collaborate in a leadership capacity as a member of the Hancher Auditorium Public Engagement program, to plan, organize, manage and implement the full range of Hancher's community and campus engagement initiatives through collaborative and impactful residencies in partnership with Hancher’s presented artists and projects. Additional duties will include:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with a broad representation of university and community collaborators and programmatic partners.
  • Identify and develop opportunities of meaningful partnerships across the University of Iowa campus and throughout local and regional communities.
  • Identify and recommend artists and projects relative to youth and family programming for inclusion in Hancher’s annual season of presented artists.
  • Participate in grant writing and reporting as well as documentation and evaluation of engagement, residency, and education programs.
Salary: $43,500.00/year
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UI Student Positions

STAGEHANDS (starting wage at $10.40/hr)
The Hancher Production Department employs around 35–40 student stagehands to provide labor for a variety of artists that are presented throughout the year. Stagehands work to set up for performances; provide support during rehearsals, sound checks, and performances; and help to strike all equipment and restore the space afterwards. Stagehands learn how to work with various types of theatrical lighting, video and sound equipment. The Hancher Production team will train and test all students on procedures at the beginning of employment.

Typically, work in the Hancher Production Department is not regular, weekly hours. We work when there are shows. Students may not be working every week. Work shifts are often during the evening and into the late night hours on weekdays and weekends. Stagehands will need to commit to working a minimum amount of shifts each month to remain on staff.

We are currently accepting stagehand applications for the 2020/2021 season. If you are interested in this position, please fill out and submit Hancher's online application (find the link below). Interviews for positions will take place closer to the start of the fall semester; although, the timeline is subject to change due to the pandemic crisis. Questions may be addressed to Danielle Wilbanks, Stage Manager.

APPLICATION - Stagehand - Hancher Auditorium

BOX OFFICE CASHIERS (starting wage at $10.40/hr)
The Hancher Box Office cashier staff provides friendly, knowledgeable service to those interested in attending Hancher performances or productions by the Division of Performing Arts. Cashiers work a regular weekly schedule in the box office, as well as a fluctuating schedule of evening and weekend shifts that revolve around the event schedule. We prize great communication skills, experience with customer service, computers and cash handling, and view interest and knowledge of the arts as a big plus. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Hancher Box Office at

If you are interested in applying, please do so through Hireahawk. Search "Hancher," and all active openings will be listed.

USHERS (starting wage at $10.40/hr)
Ushers welcome theatergoers to Hancher Auditorium, scan tickets, hand out playbills, help people find their assigned seats, and provide general information and friendly assistance. We employ individuals with excellent communication skills and a ready smile, with abilities to greet patrons, to solve problems on immediate terms, and to generally make everyone’s experience at Hancher as memorable as possible. Work times are usually evenings and weekends, fluctuate with the schedule of events, and are never overwhelming. Some months, ushers may be scheduled to work for only a few hours. To be eligible for student employment, applicants must be currently registered for at least one semester hour at the University of Iowa.

The acceptance of applications for usher positions closed August 29. Hancher is reviewing applications and contacting those selected for interviews. Questions may be addressed to Connie Tipsword, Director of Patron Services.


There are no internships at Hancher at this time; however, students interested in opportunities for a Hancher internship may contact Chuy Renteria, Public Engagement Coordinator.