The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a collaborative, energetic, and visionary leader to serve as Director of the Fine Arts Center (FAC). This is an opportunity to lead a complex administrative unit that presents exemplary performing and visual arts events throughout the year. The Fine Arts Center partners with the academic departments and engages the campus community to celebrate the arts with high-quality exhibitions and programs; it also provides the communities of western Massachusetts with compelling educational and artistic experiences. In all of its activities, the FAC supports the educational aims of the institution and serves the residents of the Commonwealth.
The largest public university in New England and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system, UMass Amherst has nearly 23,400 undergraduates (from 78 countries and every state in the union), approximately 7,000 graduate students, and more than 1,300 full-time tenure and non-tenure track faculty. Total research and development expenditures were $215 million in 2016, approximately one-third of the $632 million across the entire University of Massachusetts system. Two years removed from a record-breaking campaign, UMass Amherst has undertaken over $1.4 billion in new construction and renovations. The University is on a remarkable upward trajectory, and aspires to lead among public institutions.
UMass Amherst seeks a Director who will embrace the opportunity to develop a distinctive vision for the Fine Arts Center at a time of pronounced institutional growth. Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the Director will seize the chance to strengthen artistic and academic connections across the University, support the work of departments and faculty, and conceive of initiatives that complement and integrate student learning. On campus, the Director will be a valued colleague and partner to faculty and administrators, aiding and amplifying the impact of their efforts. The Director will also work assiduously to deepen relationships with area schools, community groups, and civic leaders, thereby fostering meaningful programs that are compelling, relevant and inclusive, and that resonate with and attract the diverse audiences of the region.
A search committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Anita Tien, Partner
Ben Tobin, Managing Associate
David Ferguson, Associate
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.
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