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Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
The Director reports to the Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and works closely with the Provost office staff. The Director provides leadership for the development and implementation of the School's vision and mission within the scope of the larger University vision and mission, and is responsible for the School's effective operation including its Oregon Center for the Arts component. Participates in the Academic Director's Advisory Council and other university wide committees as appropriate.
This 1.0 FTE position is encouraged to teach one course per year.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Appropriate terminal degree and academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Associate Professor or Professor within a department represented in the School.
At least two years of experience as Department Chair or higher, or equivalent.
Demonstrated ability to manage an academic enterprise.
Demonstrated ability to effectively represent School programs to the external stakeholders and community partners.
At least three years of experience as Department Chair or higher, or equivalent.
Familiarity with producing and/or presenting artistic events.
Tenure or Tenure eligible at current institution.
Demonstrated experience with enrollment management, including recruitment and retention strategies.
Experience managing an academic enterprise that includes an arts communication, and or media organization.
All Listed Duties:
Scheduling and Curriculum:
Oversee work of Department Chairs regarding course scheduling and faculty loading within academic areas of the School, curricular review, and other academic planning within affiliated Departments and Programs. Monitor enrollment patterns and confer with Department Chairs on appropriate adjustments. Supervises and advocates for academic national and international exchange programs and projects.
Develop long range personnel plan for the School and Center. Manage personnel issues, in consultation with Chairs and the Provost's Office, for faculty, staff, and student workers. Supervise hiring and regular evaluation of faculty and staff, both ongoing and temporary. Participate in the evaluation of faculty for sabbaticals, colleague reviews and promotion and tenure as well as periodic staff evaluations. Convene and consult with Department/Program Chairs as well as with Center Managers and Affiliate Program Directors.
Budget and Resources:
Oversee budget and resource management for the School and Center. Oversee and manage endowments, special funds, and scholarship fund accounts. Administer faculty academic loading. Initiate or respond to requests for budget information. Develop requests for resources regarding faculty release, hiring, equipment, facilities, special projects, events, etc
Coordinate with appropriate entities including the SOU Foundation, Grants Offices, and upper administration to further fundraising activities that benefit the School and the Center.
Develop special events in coordination with the SOU Foundation including but not limited to donor relationship building, solicitation of gifts, and other cultivation activities.
Oversee all marketing strategies, actions, and outcomes for the School and Center and coordinate those with overall University marketing strategies. Supervise the Center's Box Office and audience development activities. Supervises all media and web platforms related to the School and Center.
Programming, Festivals, and Institutes:
Oversee productions, performances, exhibitions, institutes, and festivals, and related production management and coordination of theaters, performance and exhibition spaces, and other arts related venues. Consult with faculty and staff on performance facility rentals. Supervise Center's Affiliated Arts programs.
Liaise with designated Community arts partners and organizations; collaborate with organizations and governmental agencies on arts related projects, and international cultural exchange programs and projects.
Develop and maintain relationships with community arts organizations and related industries represented in the School regionally, statewide, and nationally. Engage with the regional cultural community. Represent the School and Center on behalf of the University and throughout the community, the state, and the nation as appropriate
Facilities and Equipment:
Direct new facility planning, remodeling, and/or construction as appropriate with Vice President of Finance and Administration, the Provost, and University Facilities Management and Planning. Coordinate all capital equipment requests and procurement for the School and Center. Oversee arts facilities (six buildings) and equipment maintenance.
Manage student issues that cannot be handled by Department Chairs. Monitor assessment and accreditation activities and supervise completion of required reports. Meet and greet special guests including artists, prospective students/families, and visiting dignitaries and associates. Develop long-range planning goals and objectives. Participate in university meetings as well as serve on university committees and task forces as appropriate. Represent the School and Center at professional associations, on special task forces and to internal and external constituencies
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.