The Director of Programming (director) leads an integrated approach to performing arts curation intended to support and increase participation in the programs at the Moss Arts Center, on campus, and in the communities we serve. The director supports the strategic vision established by the executive director and leads a collaborative approach to artistic planning that brings together all elements of programming, including community engagement and student learning.
The position is one of five directors that comprise the senior management team that reports to the executive director. Because programming is at the heart of the center and drives other divisions, the director serves as a collaborative leader and must be responsive to the needs of all constituents across the organization.
- Guided by the overall artistic vision of the executive director, curate the center’s presented season of 25-35 visiting artist engagements and performances annually, including summer opportunities and events, designed to engage a wide range of audiences and participants.
- Within a broad multidisciplinary programming season spanning music, theatre, dance, speakers, and more, retain the center’s emphases on engagement and learning opportunities, diverse voices and cultures, and contemporary expressions and forms.
- Discuss program ideas regularly with the executive director and create a collaborative environment for artistic discussion and idea sharing among other center staff, faculty, students, and community members.
- Maintain professional contacts in the performing arts field including artists, agents, managers, and other presenter colleagues.
- Actively research and pursue new artistic ideas by attending booking conferences and showcases, and seeking other opportunities to see work and meet with artists, management, and agents to identify programs relevant and of value to the campus and community.
Internal & External Relations
- Within the Moss Arts Center, provide effective leadership and clear, consistent communication with colleagues across all departments to articulate program content and goals, and to ensure the success of those programs.
- Within the university, liaise with colleagues in other departments and units to coordinate strategies and implement initiatives related to collaborative efforts, and deeper engagement opportunities with the center’s programs and visiting artists.
- Within the local and regional community, develop ties and seek partnerships that will increase participation in programs and serve as a representative of the center as requested and required by the executive director.
Budgeting and Management
- Work with the executive director and other senior leaders of the center to develop and manage budgets and perform periodic cost-benefit and productivity analyses.
- Supervise the associate director of programming (outreach, engagement, and partnerships) and program manager (contracts, artist services) and include them in a team approach to planning and artistic conversations.
- Considerable experience and demonstrated success curating programs within a large performing arts center that presents a varied program including, but not limited to, music, dance, and theatre performances.
- Significant experience working with national and international artists, management, and agencies to discover, negotiate, and advance performing arts engagements.
- Demonstrated experience developing budgets for performances at the expert/leader level.
- Advanced degree in an arts management, performing arts, or related field of study, or Bachelor’s degree combined with significant related professional experience.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with a demonstrated team-based approach to staff management with excellent consultative and collaborative skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of people and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Strong communication skills with demonstrated ability to present complex information clearly with confidence and credibility.
- Skill and experience in public speaking.
- The ability to effectively lead and supervise the work of other management staff in positions of significant responsibility.
- Interest and availability to attend evening and weekend events as required.
- Experience as the primary person responsible for artistic programming within a large multidisciplinary performing arts center.
- Experience in a university setting and familiarity with university policies and procedures.
- Grant-writing experience.