Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Director, Rutgers Community Arts for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Mason Gross seeks a highly collaborative, visionary, creative, and dynamic leader to serve as its next Director of Rutgers Community Arts, a community-facing program within the school that offers classes, summer camps, and individual and groups lessons in music, theater, dance, art & design, and filmmaking to preschool through high school students as well as adult learners and arts enthusiasts. Reporting directly to the Dean, the Director oversees all aspects of Rutgers Community Arts (RCA), including its for-profit academic programs and camps, community engagement and external partnerships, budget and finances, marketing strategy, fundraising initiatives, and personnel management. The Director works closely and collaboratively with the school's senior leadership, faculty from the five academic departments, and program staff to articulate a bold, forward-looking vision for RCA that fully leverages its revenue-generating potential while furthering the school's strategic priorities, in particular community engagement as a means of fostering inclusivity and increasing access to the arts for underserved populations.
Among the key duties of this position are:
Managing a small staff, the Director devises and implements strategies to align the mission, goals, and operations of RCA with those of the departments, working with department chairs and colleagues to recruit program faculty and participants as well as foster innovative curriculum, community engagement initiatives, and external partnerships.
Overseeing day-to-day business operations; coordinating scheduling and logistics, including housing, dining, and facilities for residential programs; overseeing program assessment and accreditation; coordinating operations with relevant university offices and ensuring compliance with university policies.
Cultivating partnerships with educational, business, and community organizations; developing assessment mechanisms to ensure quality and profitability; participating in fundraising efforts, including grant submissions on behalf of RCA; providing consistent, in-person leadership to RCA faculty, staff, and program participants; managing RCA staff and delegating responsibilities; and maintaining a level of leadership and visibility within Mason Gross, the community, and, as appropriate, the broader field of the arts.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's degree in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience
A minimum of five years administrative experience working with a similar community arts program or non-profit organization and/or leadership experience in a comparable role.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience developing and implementing long-range strategic institutional goals.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Excellent written, verbal, and public presentation skills.
The ability to work with diverse constituents. Evenings and weekends often required.
A visual or performing arts background, especially in music, the largest program area.
Experience successfully generating revenue and/or raising funds through arts programs and/or non-profit organization.
RCA uses several software applications in support of operations, including but not necessarily limited to, online payment, registration, and processing applications, Microsoft 365 Office Suite, Google Suite of applications, Asana (work management software), WordPress, and ArtSpace. Additionally, the Director will use software applications through Rutgers portals for expense management, financial reporting, procurement, employee management (hiring and evaluation), and scheduling.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Mostly office environment, but occasional off-site events and some travel required, particularly in pursuit of partnerships across New Jersey.
Posting Number: 22ST1911
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 166434
About Rutgers University
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