James Madison University — Performing Arts Administration Specialist

The James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance seeks an Administrative and Professional faculty member and performing arts administrator with skills in arts management, marketing, grant writing, budget oversight, and financial planning. This specialist will collaborate with other arts management and marketing personnel in the College of Visual and Performing Arts to coordinate a wide range of arts administration functions. This is a 12-month position that is not tenure-eligible.

Responsibilities will include: budget management of the School of Theatre and Dance; securing music and literary rights; executing contracts for visiting artists, including processing paperwork with performing arts unions; collaborating with various offices across campus to promote dance and theatre events; website and marketing support, and oversight of monthly and annual expenditures and income. The specialist may teach arts management as part of a basic technical production course, or other arts management-related coursework.

Qualified candidates shall demonstrate:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Management experience in a not-for-profit performing arts organization
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Financial management experience in a performing arts environment
  • Effective time management, organization, and attention to detail
  • Will demonstrate an interest in contributing to the education of undergraduate performing arts students
  • Teaching strategies for developing dancers in a liberal arts context.
  • M.F.A., M.B.A., or M.A. is preferred, but other appropriate degrees will be considered with experience in a professional or educational performing arts environment emphasizing theatre and dance events

To apply visit http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6541 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1391. Candidates will complete the faculty application and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae. The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s contributions or potential contributions to diversity within the program and university. Additional references may be requested later in the interview process. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15th.

With approximately 22,000 students, JMU is centrally located in Virginia’s beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. JMU is the number two public university in the south, according to US News and World Report. The university has a nationally recognized commitment to undergraduate research and student entrepreneurship. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) brings together the Schools of Art, Design, and Art History; Theatre and Dance; and Music. Research centers include The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement; The Institute for Creative Inquiry; and The Lisanby Museum. The CVPA is a founding member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU). With over 98 full-time tenure-track faculty and 1,200 majors, the CVPA is a vital and collaborative artistic community.

The School of Theatre and Dance, with approximately 270 students, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in dance, musical theatre, and theatre. The School emphasizes artistic collaboration, artistic excellence, and student-centered learning. A part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and housed in the award-winning Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Theatre and Dance fosters a collegial environment and intensive, practical training within a liberal arts tradition. The School presents a robust season during both the academic year and summer.

JMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer. We seek candidates who will contribute to the climate and body of diversity in the school and the college. JMU promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support our ongoing commitment to these core qualities. The College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University strives to create an educational environment that inspires responsible citizenship in a diverse world.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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