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Audience Survey Data Collection Manager

Job Posting— June 6, 2024

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Audience Survey Data Collection Manager.

Organization Overview

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the State of Minnesota to make final decisions on the use of appropriations for local/regional arts development. SEMAC has served Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties since 1977 and is charged with assessing regional needs and planning and administering programs and services using its legislative allocation.

SEMAC Mission

SEMAC exists to encourage, promote, and assist regional arts development by providing leadership, outreach, advocacy, mentorship, grants, and services.

SEMAC Vision

  • All community members are inspired to take part in the arts and build partnerships that promote the arts and artists.
  • New culturally rich artistic opportunities are incorporated into our communities while preserving our existing artistic heritages.
  • Community members, leaders, and policy-makers foster a climate that celebrates imagination, creativity, innovation, and excellence that encourages life-long participation in the arts.

Position Overview

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) is hiring for two temporary part-time positions to begin immediately and continue through the end of the calendar year.  These independent contractors will follow the instructions and use the materials provided by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to collect a minimum of 400 surveys from audience members at arts events throughout the 11 counties in Southeast Minnesota (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.)  These surveys will be used by AFTA and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) in their sixth study of the economic and social impact of the arts throughout the state.  This is an ideal position for a college student or someone with a flexible schedule who is available evenings and weekends.  A strong love of the arts or interest in economic development is a plus. 

SEMAC offers a stipend of $25 per hour for up to 80 hours.  In addition, mileage to attend events will be reimbursed at the federal rate of $.67 per mile and SEMAC will pay admission to ticketed events.  The contractors set their own schedules, although the majority of events will take place on evenings and weekends.

Position Responsibilities

With SEMAC’s Executive Director, create a schedule of arts events in each county where surveys should be collected, ensuring a broad range of venues and artistic disciplines, as well as intentionally reaching BIPOC audiences. Attend events to collect surveys and coordinate with arts organizations to facilitate their collection of additional surveys. Provide these partners with the materials and training they need to accomplish the task.


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a reliable form of transportation to travel to venues throughout all 11 counties. No previous experience collecting surveys is required.  The ideal candidate will be outgoing and organized, have strong communication skills, and have experience successfully interacting with a broad range of people.


Follow this link to a Google Form:

You will be asked for your name, contact information, a brief description of why you are interested in the position, and up to three references (two are required). You also will be required to upload a pdf of your resume.


Please contact Anastasia Shartin, Executive Director, at or 507-281-4848.