Oklahoma City University — Executive Director of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment

Position Summary:

The Executive Director is responsible for the management and success of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment. The Executive Director provides leadership that ensures excellence in curriculum design, scholarly activity, instructional delivery, assessment, and outcomes. The responsibilities also include recruitment, appointment, evaluation, reappointment, and professional development of faculty and staff; cultivation of an environment of continuous improvement as well as the development and implementation of new programs; budget development and management; and leading or supporting advancement initiatives. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for supporting an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion, and student success. 

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Manages the overall operations of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment in accordance with the University’s mission, core values, policies, and procedures. 
  • Provides leadership for increasing student enrollment and supporting appropriate student retention efforts. 
  • Plans and executes the budget, assuring that funds are requested for all necessary programs for the school. Assures that operations are executed within allocated funding. 
  • Continuously works to improve educational programs. Provides leadership in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the programs. 
  • Works with faculty to maintain appropriate accreditation and other standards. 
  • Plays an important role in the strategic planning processes of both the school and the university. 
  • Assures that adequate provisions are made to advise dance and entertainment students regarding their academic programs. 
  • Actively engages in fundraising activities for the university and the school in accordance with Oklahoma City University’s Office of Advancement Policies and Procedures. 
  • Assures that well-qualified faculty are in place, assuring that new hires are adaptable to the school and university cultures and that their qualifications meet professional accreditation standards. 
  • Oversees faculty workload and performance issues. Coordinates with the Provost/VPAA on such issues as the promotion and tenure process, faculty development and evaluation, and faculty overload policies. 
  • Assures that the school is organized efficiently to administer its academic and administrative programs and committees. 
  • Maintains good relationships and represents the school with other academic and administrative offices on campus. 
  • Maintains a presence in the local, state, national, and international communities. Represents the university and the school by engaging in public speaking and other roles as necessary. 
  • Takes part in overall campus activities as appropriate and/or as directed by university senior management. 
  • Assures that academic and administrative operations are administered in such a way as to foster responsiveness to students, faculty, senior university management, and other administrative activities in the university. 
  • Takes a leadership role as a liaison between the school, the university, and the dance and entertainment community.
  • Develops and implements diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at enhancing the academic programs and the faculty profile of the school. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Required Skills: 

  • Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Respects the integrity of the varied needs of departments and degree programs as these relate to teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service 
  • Works in a collaborative manner with faculty, staff, and administrators in an atmosphere of shared governance 
  • Possesses the ability to develop and maintain relationships with external constituencies including donors, alumni, and community members 
  • Accessible and transparent in interactions with students, faculty, staff, and administration 

Required Experience: 

  • Graduate degree in a discipline represented within the School or in a related field. 
  • Five years administrative experience with a track record of innovation, the ability to lead change, a proven background of designing programs that support positive learning outcomes, the ability to collaborate within the university community and the public-at- large, and experience leading equity-based initiatives are essential. 
  • Minimum of three years full-time teaching experience at the college level is required. 

Additional Required Application Materials:
Cover Letter, CV or Resume, List of Professional References 

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