The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Brief Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on a 78-acre campus, UNCSA is today one of the leading schools for the arts in the world. It is evolving its leadership team for a 21st century world of art and culture.
History & Mission Founded by a collaboration among diverse arts, business, civic and political leaders in 1963 and integrated into the University of North Carolina in 1972, UNCSA was initially founded and stewarded by American composer Vittorio Giannini. Deans and faculty are often working artists, and UNCSA administrative leaders have generally been strongly affiliated with the various arts disciplines taught by the school, although there have been exceptions. UNCSA’s mission is to provide gifted emerging artists with the conservatory training, experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and their lives.
Academics & Students Long a national hub of arts education, and regional hub of arts producing and presenting, UNCSA’s strategy is to engage academic, business, and community leaders in building a fully realized arts ecosystem that mirrors the arts ecosystems that students will experience throughout their careers. The school’s programs are nationally recognized for academic rigor, teaching excellence, artistic merit and for cultivating arts professionals across diverse disciplines.
2018 college enrollment comprised 1,042 students (890 undergraduate and 152 graduate). The UNCSA High School additionally hosts 250 high school students who experience immersive conservatory training in the arts while earning a high-school diploma. All students are selected by audition or portfolio review and interview.
The School of Filmmaking educates undergraduate (BFA) students in the areas of animation, cinematography, directing, picture editing and sound design, producing, production design, visual effects, and screenwriting. It also trains MFA students in three disciplines: creative producing, film music composition, and screenwriting. The School prepares students for careers in film, television, and new media. The School also houses the Media and Emerging Technology Lab (METL), dedicated to the advancement of storytelling and content creation through emerging technologies including virtual and augmented reality, game engines, and motion capture.
Work Schedule and Hours
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – evenings and weekends for special events.
Description of Responsibilities and Duties
The Dean will lead a team of award-winning faculty who are committed educators and working professionals currently active in the entertainment industry. The Dean of the School of Filmmaking is the public face of the school, with responsibility for fundraising, interacting with alumni and donors, interfacing with the other four conservatories on the UNCSA campus (Music, Drama, Design and Production, and Dance), soliciting and maintaining relationships with multiple industry partners, and collaborating with UNCSA administration. Additional responsibilities include:
Budget Management Manage, or oversee the management of, annual School of Filmmaking budget and related program funds
Faculty/Staff Supervision and Development • Define areas of responsibility for and monitor the overall performance of faculty • Assign responsibilities to oversee the work of School staff members • Discuss and recommend new faculty appointments • Evaluate and assign faculty workloads • Actively support faculty development
Educational Programs • Develop and monitor execution of the School of Filmmaking’s long-range educational plans • Develop, review, and approve procedural and policy changes for all School of Filmmaking programs • Implement curricular, procedural, and policy changes required for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges • Review scholarship recommendations with the faculty; award merit scholarships in collaboration with faculty • Review and make recommendations in cases involving poor academic and/or substandard artistic performance; correspond verbally and/or in writing with parents and appropriate parties • Review and recommend actions in Arts probation cases; correspond verbally and/or in writing as necessary • Individually meet with any student at the end of each term who have substandard artistic performance evaluations • Review and advise in cases involving extracurricular disciplinary action • Participate in student conferences • Assist with writing and editing the Student Handbook • Initiate, coordinate and approve collaborative projects with other schools
Development and Fundraising • Develop and implement strategies and tactics to raise significant contributions in collaboration with the Provost and marketing or designee. • Establish priorities for private fundraising among school of filmmaking projects • Contribute to the Office of Advancement’s efforts to write grant proposals to various funding sources • Maintain and develop relationships with current and prospective donors and solicit contributions • Maintain and develop relationships with members of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors • Attend fundraising events, performances, and dinners and receptions hosted by, or for, patrons of the School • Maintain and develop relationships in the profession • Draft and deliver speeches at ceremonies, receptions, and other special events
Enrollment and Recruitment • Monitor current and projected enrollments • Review and approve all on-campus and nationwide audition dates and locations • Review and assist with on-campus recruitment events • Conduct annual review and evaluations of all recruitment events • Review all printed materials and all photographs/images used for publications • Develop, review, and approve all advertising • Conduct information sessions with parents and students during on-campus auditions, recruitment events, and orientation periods • Work with the School of Filmmaking’s Director of Academic Programs to recruit a student body of the highest caliber
Administration • Review and approve staff workloads • Monitor enrollment numbers • Mediate problems among faculty and/or staff • Advise instructors on issues involving student problems • Evaluate and approve faculty and staff requests for short and long term leaves of absence • Oversee appointments and election of faculty to committees • Review policy issues; implement changes as appropriate • Review curricular and program issues/changes • Conduct annual review of faculty evaluation • Conduct evaluations for faculty contract renewal; recommend reappointment or non-reappointment • Review members’ annual Update of Professional Activities reports; evaluate and recommend merit salary increases • Implement evaluation procedures for office staff; recommend salary changes • Evaluate and recommend faculty requests for Faculty Welfare and Development Funds • Review and determine whether requests for outside employment constitute a conflict of interest • Oversee planning of and approve school-related off campus performances • Solicit input from faculty and staff regarding equipment needs
Other Duties as Assigned
Extensive professional experience in filmmaking. MFA or equivalent professional experience
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Filmmaking, one of the top-ranked film schools in the country. The ideal candidate will have previous experience both in higher education and in the filmmaking industry.
UNCSA seeks a dynamic and transformative candidate who can lead the School of Filmmaking into this new decade and beyond. The ideal candidate must have experience managing large groups with disparate interests and agendas, and be an experienced consensus builder with excellent communication and conflict resolution skills.
UNCSA seeks an individual who will foster a collaborative and healthy work environment for students, faculty, and staff in the School of Filmmaking. Candidates should have a demonstrated history of successful efforts to create work environments that have been defined by an exceptional level of diversity, inclusivity, and team-building, as this is currently a top priority for the university as a whole.
Candidates should possess robust professional networks to advance the training and careers of students after graduation, and be able to demonstrate familiarity with emerging technologies that are currently innovating visual storytelling. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the ability to quickly onboard into a complex academic organization. The capability to work within a higher education administration in a publicly-funded state university system will be crucial to the chosen applicant’s success.
A track record of being able to pull together multiple constituencies, and of being a leader who is equally responsive to students, faculty and staff alike, is imperative. The ideal candidate will also be able to lead on issues of work-life balance and wellness, and recognize the particular importance of these areas to all the constituencies in the School of Filmmaking.
Internal Number: 036100
About UNC School of the Arts
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts.