Virginia Tech — Director, School of Performing Arts

The Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences seeks a Director of the School of Performing Arts (SOPA). This full-time, 12-month appointment at the rank of professor begins July 1, 2022. We seek an experienced leader to shape the extensive investments by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in SOPA faculty, staff, and facilities that have positioned the school to expand our already extensive profile of teaching and scholarly and creative work. 

The Director should be an established leader in the performing arts with successful records of administrative and financial management, advancement, and demonstrated potential for collaborative leadership and shared faculty governance. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the implementation of the School’s strategic plan and promote new strategic scholarship, teaching, and community-based initiatives. The successful candidate must also have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Director works with faculty, staff, and Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) to realize the School’s vision and mission and continue to build a school that balances performance and scholarship. The Director supports ongoing development of the School through external fundraising, alumni support, and marketing. The SOPA Director is appointed by the Provost to a 3-year term and is subject to administrative review as outlined by University policy. 

We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate are especially encouraged to apply. 

Description of the School
The School of Performing Arts is currently home to B.A. programs in Music, Theatre, and Cinema, as well as an M.F.A. program in Theatre. Students can pursue a B.A. in music, a B.A. in Theatre, and an M.F.A. in Theatre (17 students). In addition to nearly 250 majors, there are over 120 students pursuing minors in Music, Theatre, or Cinema, as well as courses in an emerging Dance program. The NASM and NAST-accredited school is supported by 10 full-time staff, 55 full-time faculty and 13 part-time faculty, whose teaching reaches more than 13,000 students across the university annually. Facilities include multiple performance spaces, a dance studio, and a recording studio. The Director is supported by the Faculty Chairs of Theatre and Cinema as well as Music. 

The School of Performing Arts is a place where talented students with a variety of academic interests come to grow as artists and people, with abundant opportunities for individual attention and mentoring. Our students regularly participate in internships and apprenticeships with professional theatre and media production companies, at significant music festivals, and in other non-classroom and applied learning opportunities. New investments in faculty, staff, and facilities have positioned SOPA to expand its teaching and creative scholarship in the next five years. 

Director Responsibilities

  • Articulate—in concert with faculty, staff, and students—the core goals of SOPA, the Programs of Music and Theatre/Cinema, and the emerging program in Dance 
  • Foster and maintain a collegial, effective working and learning environment for the SOPA faculty, staff, and students 
  • Coordinate SOPA efforts regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, including recruitment of faculty, students, and staff 
  • Provide oversight and leadership for personnel and administrative matters based on School, College and University guidelines, including (but not limited to) annual reviews of staff and faculty, tenure and promotion, and the preparation of SOPA’s annual report
  • Chair the SOPA executive committee, charged with providing leadership for the School and its programs. This executive committee works on shared issues that arise, including but not limited to: 
    • Creating and implementing governance, policy, and operational standards 
    • Working with the Office of the Dean in formulating a plan of strategic growth for SOPA programs 
    • Making strategic investments in the school (equipment, instruments, renovations, personnel, hiring, etc.) 
  • Serve as SOPA’s representative on the Arts@VT Board, a university-wide multidisciplinary arts initiative 
  • Manage the allocation, administration, and monitoring of School funds 
  • Work with the College’s Advancement team to set fundraising priorities for SOPA, cultivate and manage donors and prospects, and expand alumni engagement 
  • Ensure compliance with SOPA, College, University, and State policy and regulations 
  • Oversee NASM and NAST accreditation in collaboration with the Faculty Chairs of Music and Theatre/Cinema 

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in Music, Theatre, or Cinema 
  • A substantive record of research and/or creative activity that would support an appointment to the rank of professor with tenure in the school 
  • Ability to effectively advocate for the performing arts and articulate the value of traditional disciplines working alongside experimental forms of art making 
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive group of faculty, staff, and students and integrating principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    into performing arts practice 
  • Demonstrated success with development and advancement at an institution of higher education or a non-profit organization 
  • Experience with personnel (faculty and staff) and budget management in higher education or arts administration
  • Demonstrated success in fostering and maintaining effective working relationships across diverse performing arts disciplines 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience managing performing arts facilities 
  • Experience managing complex organizational budgets 
  • Experience with higher education strategic planning
  • Experience with curricular development and teaching in higher education 

PROCEDURE: Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Nominations should be submitted to the School of Performing Arts Director Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jason Crafton, Virginia Tech, School of Performing Arts, at jcrafton@vt.edu. Qualified candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described, and the names and contact information of five references online at jobs.vt.edu job number 519308. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 10, 2022. This search will be conducted with the utmost respect for confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Please note that occasional travel to national conferences is a requirement of the position, and the successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background check. More information about Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts can be found at School of Performing Arts. 

About Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. 

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